Every day’s a jazz festival at Bird’s Basement April 2016 Program

Following the stunningly successful opening month of Bird’s Basement, Melbourne’s newest ultimate music and dining venue is going deep into the groove with a new line up of international and local talent ready to grace the neon blue stage this April.

 

Located at 11 Singers Lane, Bird’s Basement opened on a high note with a sold out six-night residency from Ravi Coltrane, son of legendary musicians John and Alice Coltrane. Other international talent to follow will be legendary guitarist Lee Ritenour from March 22nd – 27th, and from April 19th – 24th Melbourne can experience the musical genius of world-renowned band, Spyro Gyra.

 

Bird’s Basement, which is owned by entrepreneur and jazz musician, Albert Dadon AM, offers Melbourne an intimate performance and dining venue with one or two shows per night.

 

The first appearance on the Bird’s Basement stage this April is James Morrison, one of Australia’s greatest trumpet players featuring Special Guest Jeff Clayton from the U.S. Other artists include Grace Knight with the Daryl Mckenzie Big Band, Frances Madden, Russell Morris, Nicky Bomba’s Bustamento, Ross Wilson Quartet, Yvette Johansson and more. In a very special performance on the 9th and 10th of April, Bird’s Basement will host the Albare International Travel Diary (ITD) Supergroup. Described as a multicultural music affair, the group consists of Albare on guitar, Venezuelan drummer Pablo Bencid, Porto Rican Ricardo Rodriguez on bass a regular on the current Chic Corea line up, Cuban pianist Axel Tosca Lauguart and Latin Grammy nominee and percussionist Venezuelan Luisito Quintero.

 

Amongst an array of one-off performances, Bird’s Basement will host weekly resident performances by several bands throughout the schedule. Regular acts include the Melbourne Jazz Co-Op presenting an array of local bands every tuesday, Phil Turcio Grooves and Oddities and electronics on most Sundays, and the Bird’s Basement Big Band on Mondays under the direction of renowned composer and musician Andrew Murray. Also Joe Chindamo, the Mike Nock Trio.

 

Through their partnership with Birdland New York, known as the jazz corner of the world, Bird’s Basement is promising to elevate the Australian music scene to an international caliber and this is seen in multiple SOLD OUT performances and the remarkable artists performing this April.

 

Location: 11 Singers Lane, Melbourne

Website: www.birdsbasement.com

Facebook: Bird’s Basement

Instagram: @birdsbasement

 

UPCOMING SHOWS FOR APRIL

 

April 1

JAMES MORRISON WITH SPECIAL GUEST JEFF CLAYTON (USA)

James Morrison is, by anybody’s standard, a virtuoso in the true sense of the word. Besides the trumpet, this multi-instrumentalist also plays piano, all the brass, saxophones, and double bass. A special guest on the faculty is US alto saxophonist Jeff Clayton, best known for his work with the Clayton Brothers and the Clayton-Hamilton Big Band.

 

April 2

GRACE KNIGHT WITH DARYL MCKENZIE BIG BAND

Grace Knight is one of the most enduring talents in Australian music. With ARIA nominations and chart topping recordings in each of the past three decades, her career spans over thirty-five years. Acclaimed for her live performances, Grace is one of the finest interpreters of popular music in Australia today.

 

April 3

PHIL TURCIO’S GROOVES, ODDITIES AND ELECTRONICS

This band plays a contemporary mix of sound elements that find their influences in Weather Report, Return to Forever and Herbie Hancock. Phil’s virtuosic playing is matched by his compares on the stage with Gerry Pantazis on drums and Pete Mollica on bass. Their playing is inspiring, often breath-taking, always imaginative while remaining accessible to general audiences.

 

April 4, 11, 18, 25  

BIRD’S BIG BAND

Under the direction of renowned composer and arranger Andrew Murray, Bird’s Big Band comprises some of Melbourne most talented musicians. Experience a huge sound once a week.

 

April 5, 12, 26

MELBOURNE JAZZ CO-OP

A collection of different up and coming artists. You can expect to hear more about these young artists in the future.

  

April 6

FRANCES MADDEN

Frances is one of the classiest young entertainers Australia has produced in recent times. Frances and her band regularly sell out their shows at the best jazz venues, nightclubs and festivals around the country.

 

April 7

DANIEL SUSNJAR – THE AFRO PERUVIAN PROJECT

Perth based drummer/ composer Daniel tours regularly in the United States. He has won the 2015 Best Jazz Album of the year, Best Australia Song of the Year – at the Australian Jazz Bell Awards. Bird’s Basement is excited to present his unique brand of groove at Bird’s Basement with a cast of top-shelf musicians based in Australia.

 

April 8

RUSSELL MORRIS

Russell Morris is an Australian singer-songwriter who had five Australian Top 10 singles during the late 1960s and early 1970s. In a bold attempt to deliver a piece of untold Australian history, Russell Morris’s Sharkmouth has done just that. Loosely based on characters and events spanning from 1916, Sharkmouth is a journey through some of Australia’s most iconic and untold stories.

 

April 9,10

ALBARE INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL DIARY (ITD) SUPERGROUP

“Albare iTD was an exhibition of musical genius, and something that The Vulture cannot recommend highly enough.” Vulture Magazine.

 

April 13

MINGUS AMONGST US

This powerful 9-piece ensemble perfectly capture the raw, infectious energy of legendary bassist and composer Charles Mingus.

 

April 14

JOE CHINDAMO QUARTET PLAYS BACHARACH

Joe Chindamo is routinely described as one of the best jazz pianists in the world but as an artist he transcends jazz, having composed concertos, chamber music and film music.

 

April 15

ROSS WILSON QUARTET

Ross Wilson is a true star of Australian rock. His show is built around the paired back semi-acoustic setting of the Ross Wilson Quartet, featuring Colin Snape on Keyboards and Vocals, Haydn Meggitt on Drums, Percussion and Vocals and Chris Paraha on Bass and Vocals.

 

April 16

BUSTAMENTO

Nicky Bomba’s Bustamento are a tropical shaking six-piece that pays homage to the upbeat rhythms of the Caribbean, covering the Calypso, Mento, Early Reggae and Ska styles.

 

April 17

PHIL TURCIO’S GROOVES, ODDITIES AND ELECTRONICS

This band plays a contemporary mix of sound elements that find their influences in Weather Report, Return to Forever and Herbie Hancock. Phil’s virtuosic playing is matched by his compares on the stage with Gerry Pantazis on drums and Pete Mollica on bass. Their playing is inspiring, often breath-taking, always imaginative while remaining accessible to general audiences.

 

April 19-24

SPYRO GYRA

Spyro Gyra is an unlikely story of a group with humble beginnings in Buffalo, NY who has continued to reach an international audience over forty years, resulting in sales of over 10 million albums and having played over five thousand shows on five continents. Spyro Gyra are contemporary jazz icons who observed their fortieth year as a band in 2014 with shows that showcased their breakthrough Morning Dance album

 

April 27

VIRNA SANZONE

Since releasing her first album in 2005, Virna Sanzone has built an exciting reputation, as one of Australia most in demand singers whose expressive power goes straight to your heart.

 

April 28

JOHN MORRISON ALL STARS

One of Sydney’s swingingest drummers, John Morrison, brother of James, has invited an all–star band for his debut at Bird’s Basement. Joining him will be Australian jazz legends George Golla (guitar) and Bob Sedergreen (piano), along with two of Adelaide’s finest exports in vocalist Jacki Cooper and bassist James Clark.

 

April 29

MIKE NOCK TRIO

Pianist- composer Mike Nick has rmained a vital force on the jazz scene for more than 50 years. His trio, with bassist Brett Hirst and drummer James Waples, are regarded as one of the top modern jazz groups in Australasia.

 

April 30

YVETTE JOHANSSON

Yvette is one of the most popular and in-demand singers on the Melbourne jazz scene. She has a richly expressive voice, she can improvise a scat solo that will take your breath away, and she knows when to put the lyrics of a song in the spotlight. On April 30, she interprets Ella, Billie & more from the Great American Songbook.