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It was a fantastic crowd at Smith’s Alternative last Thursday, the 23rd August! It is always wonderful to perform to a listening audience and to see such enthusiasm for live music!
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Shows, performances and appearances. Gigs!
I will be playing the last (for this year) of the Summer Sunday jazz gigs at Hoi Polloi this Sunday 6th March!
I’m thrilled to be performing with the very talented piano player, Clare Fitzgerald!
Clare has played in the Bella Groove band previously, this gig will be the first time we’ve played in a duo format together.
She is really becoming one of the most sought after keyboard / piano players in town!
I am looking forward to performing at the Hoi Polloi restaurant again this Sunday 28 February at 12.30pm!
For this gig I will be performing with guitarist and fellow Novocastrian, Luke Greenhalgh!
Luke studied jazz guitar at Newcastle Conservatorium.
His tutors included some of Australia’s most prominent musicians; Graeme McCutcheon, Giuseppe Zangarri, Terry Latham, Carl Dewhurst, Ron Philpott and Daryl Aberhart.
Luke was also fortunate to have private tutelage from internationally acclaimed jazz guitarist Gilad Hekselman. His playing style is heavily influenced by American contemporary jazz-rock guitarists John Scofield and Pat Metheny.
He also has a love of the new wave of jazz guitarists such as Gilad Hekselman, Adam Rogers and Kurt Rosenwinkel.
Luke’s day job is with the Australian Army Band. I know for a fact that military bands produce very fine musicians. They are expected to be of a high standard upon entry and are very versatile players.
I am looking forward to performing some jazz tunes with Luke for the very first time!
So come on down to the Hoi Polloi this Sunday, the 28th February, for some fine food & jazz!
I am looking forward to having the dynamic Afro Cuban percussionist Sinuhe Pacheco perform with Viktor Rufus and I at Rodney’s Garden Cafe, Pialligo, this Sunday (17th January)!
Sinuhe studied popular Afro-Cuban percussion at the prestigious Superior Institute of the Arts, as well as Felix Farella music schools in Cuba. He has gained a well regarded reputation not only in Canberra but across Australia including performances at W.O.M.A.D festivals and more.
I have been performing with the fabulous young jazz guitarist Victor Rufus over the past 4 to 5 months.
Victor graduated from the ANU in 2012, completing Jazz Performance Honours. He currently teaches at Music For Everyone (MFE). He also composes for his band Reverberation whist playing in various groups across town.
Victor is fast becoming a popular “young gun” for hire not only in the ACT but in Victoria and NSW!
So come on down to the beautiful surrounds of Rodney’s Garden Cafe. It’s sure to be a lively gig!
By the way, the food is terrific and the staff are friendly.
There’s also plenty of shading to keep you cool!
See you there!
Having performed some R&B / funk / soul material at past gigs, I felt it was time to form a new lineup specifically to pay homage to those musicians who inspired me so much.
Bella Groove is playing at Pheast Manuka this Sunday March 15th, we’d love you to see you there!
Come on down for a laid-back afternoon at Pheast with fine food, great company and some cool grooves!
Peter Barta will play bass with some groovy effects pedals. Jonathan Mao will play some bluesy licks on his guitar.
Last but not least, drummer Jon Nourse from The Black Hats Band will set the blues & swing rhythms for the day!
Bella Groove will be playing again at Pheast in Manuka this Sunday, January 25th!
Pheast is such a cool layback Sunday afternoon gig. I’m looking forward to playing funky, R&B grooves with Peter Barta (bass), Robert Nesci (drums) and Jonathan Mao sitting-in on guitar!!
So come along, grab a drink or late lunch, early dinner and sit back to Bella Groove’s funky tunes from 3 to 6pm!
It’s also the Australia Day weekend so no excuse not to come down and chill out at Pheast Manuka’s beer garden!
It will be BellaGroove’s last gig at the HippoCo for 2014! We’ll play some of our favourite tunes including a couple of soul & R&B tunes to round off the night.
It’s been fun playing at the HippoCo this year. There is always a warm and receptive crowd!
The line-up for this gig will be: John Burgess on (bass), Taliya Blom (drums), Don Fraser (Keyboard), Sinuhe Pacheco (percussion) and myself on flute and vocals.
This will be a fun gig at ANU Fellows Garden! I’m fortunate to be playing with fellow Kooky Fandango members Peter Barta, Robert Nesci and Claire Leske! So here’s hoping the weather will hold out!!!