Hi everyone. A long time between posts I know, but here is something I have been working on recently. This is a lovely bossa nova piece by A.C. Jobim, called ‘Corcovado’. It’s also known as ‘Quiet Night of Quiet Stars’. I hope you enjoy it.
Hi everyone. I have begun the process of recording some short videos of some of my favourite jazz standards, which I have arranged for solo guitar. Only two so far (although one arrangement combines two songs, so I guess that might count as three). I hope you enjoy them. More to follow soon. Cheerio, Michael.
From time to time, I am lucky enough to play a gig with Brisbane vocalist Trina Lincoln and her band Held To Ransom. These pics are from a 2015 gig we did, and I’ve been meaning to share them on the blog for some time now. I think the black and white pics capture the feel of the gig best. I’ve left them untitled as they pretty much speak for themselves. I hope you like them.
Hi everyone. This Thursday evening, 20 November, we – that is, Renoir’s Cat – will be back at the QUT Theatre playing some great jazz for their Season 2014 Launch Party. This is always a great gig, in a wonderful location overlooking the gardens. Take a look here for the booking details. It’s the theatre’s 10th birthday so it should be a fun night. Hope to see you there.
This Saturday night, 1 November, I’ll be gigging with my musical buddies in the New Groove Jazz Ensemble at Buddina on the Sunshine Coast. This is a great band with an awesome sound that you can only get from a large (18 piece) ensemble. We’ll be playing at the Kawana Community Hall at Nanyima St, Buddina. Most of our gigs are in Brisbane, and this is our first performance on the Sunny Coast – can’t wait. The Sunshine Coast Jazz Club’s Facebook page has all the details.
A little late with this post, but here we are at last. Late in 2013 I joined my tremendously talented musical buddies in Renoir’s Cat for our annual gig at the QUT Theatre season opening party.
This was our 4th – or was it 5th? – time at this event, and it’s always a pleasure to play some jazz for the theatre cognoscenti at this great venue.
This particular gig doesn’t include any vocals. We’ve been joined in the past by superb vocalists like Natalie de Jager and Laura Meldon, but this time around we dipped into our collection of ‘bop and beyond’ instrumentals. This includes pieces by Sonny Rollins (Doxy, St Thomas), Miles Davis (So What, All Blues), Thelonious Monk (Well You Needn’t, Bolivar Ba-Lues Are), Steely Dan (Babylon Sisters, Deacon Blues), Pat Metheny (James), Chick Corea (Spain). All very fun stuff to play.
The photography you see here is a small sample of the pics taken that evening by the brilliant Tafline Hoey. Thanks Tafline, love your work.
If you’d like to contact us Cats about gigs in the greater Brisbane area – or even beyond, please drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’d love to hear from you.
Last Saturday night I joined my utterly awesome musical buddies for another Swing Rendezvous dance gig at the Wavell Heights Bowls Club. We enjoyed the company of a small, but enthusiastic audience of amazing swing dancers. I don’t have a photo from this particular gig, so to give you an idea of what we look like, I’ve posted one from earlier this year.
One of the pieces we played was ‘Golden Wedding’, which has a phenomenal drum solo by Mark (super-drummer). And it was during said solo that I decided I wasn’t getting enough attention, and thought I’d show off how clever I am with an impromptu display of hat-twirling on the end of my index finger. You know how some things seem like a good idea at the time? My hat (naturally) went sailing off onto the dance floor, so I give a thank you to the kind audience member who retrieved it and placed it back on my head with great finesse while I was still playing!
If you like to dance to live jazz, or just want to listen, contact Peter, the boss dude of the band, at http://www.swingrendezvous.com.au/Swing_Rendezvous/Contact.html to find out when the next gig is on.