Pippa Wilson with Jazz Notes – 21 June 2014

A great night with Pippa at the Ringwood RSL on Saturday 21 June!

It was a good-sized and enthusiastic audience (at least, judging by the whooping and hollering on our recording) for dinner and the show. The music gelled well and we even managed two unrehearsed requests. There were calls for ‘one more’ even after ‘just one more’!

A few dancers, too.

We received a couple of emails the next day:
‘Have listened to Pippa many times and havn’t heard her sound better —-flute and strings rhythm worked really well’
‘Thank you – a wonderful night, thoroughly enjoyed by all !’

Thanks to John Craig for suggesting the event and providing some of the equipment.

A lot of preparation went into this event: graphics for printed materials, lighting, candles and gemstones for the tables, … . So many hours put in – especially by Ann! And then there was the preparation of the Ringwood RSL’s Function Room. Thanks to Justin, Ashley, Andrew and Marion for helping with setting up, working the door and packing up.

Marion’s really getting the hang of the photographs, too. Some examples below.

Pippa Wilson (vocals)
Ann Craig (flute)
Kevin Blazé (guitar)
Andrew Eames (bass)
Rob Mercer (drums)

Photographs by Marion Blazé

 

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At Burrinja Café with Juliane Pasternak and Sevil Sabah

A cosy afternoon at Burrinja Café: Jazz Notes playing as a trio with some songs from Juliane Pasternak (after a long break) and Sevil Sabah (for the first time).

Juliane Pasternak (vocals)
Sevil Sabah (vocals)
Ann Craig (flute)
Kevin Blazé (guitar)
David Taylor (bass)

 

Photographs by Marion Blazé

 

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Pippa Wilson with Jazz Notes on World Music Day

Pippa Wilson will perform with ‘Jazz Notes’ on Saturday 21st June 2014 at the Ringwood RSL (16 Station Street, Ringwood).
Pippa Wilson – vocals
Ann Craig – flute
Kevin Blazé – guitar
Andrew Eames -bass
Rob Mercer – drums
‘The notes dip and flow with the ease that comes from artistry of a high calibre which has made her one of the most sought after and admired performers on the Australian jazz scene’
Doors open at 7 pm. Music starts at 7:30 pm.
Entry: $20
Tickets available at the door (booking recommended). For Bookings, call 0412 063 603 or email – bookings@jazznotes.net.au .
Drinks at Club prices. Meals available from 6:00 to 8:30 pm; can be served at the show.
Dance floor
The Ringwood RSL has loads of off-street parking and is opposite Ringwood Railway Station.
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The Opportunists – Castlemaine Jazz Festival 2014

Seeing a gap in the program, Kevin decided to fulfil an ambition: to play with Nicole Thorne. Andrew Eames and Simon Atkinson held the band together.

With no time for rehearsal and some challenging music, this was musically risky but there were some very good musical moments and a lot of fun.

Nicole Thorne (piano)
Kevin Blazé (guitar)
Andrew Eames (bass)
Simon Atkinson (drums)

Saturday at The Comma
Sunday at The Bridge Hotel

Photographs by Marion Blazé

 

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Jazz Notes Trio – Castlemaine Jazz Festival 2014

Kevin was originally scheduled to play in a guitar duo but illness interfered.

Ann Craig (flute) stepped in and, on Saturday night, we were joined by Brian Paulusz  (who was available to play guitar at 5 minutes notice but for only 20 minutes), giving Frank O’Brien (bass) just enough time to travel from his previous set!

On the Sunday, Ann, Kevin and Frank settled into some playing when Anne Hayres appeared, joining the trio with some vocals.

On both occasions, the audience was enthusiastic and supportive.

Anne Hayres (vocals)
Ann Craig (flute)
Brian Paulusz (guitar)
Kevin Blazé (guitar)
Frank O’Brien (bass)

 

 

Photographs by Marion Blazé

 

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Jess Wood Quintet – Castlemaine Jazz Festival 2014

Jess formed this quintet on the Sunday – it was a delightful surprise for everyone! Thanks for inviting Kevin.

Alex (sax)
Kevin Blazé (guitar)
Ben Hooper (keys)
Jess Wood (bass)
Monique Zucco (drums)

 

 

Photographs by Marion Blazé

 

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Synopsis Combo – Castlemaine Jazz Festival 2014

Kevin filled the vacant guitar spot for the Synopsis Combo at the Cumberland Hotel (Saturday) and the Public Inn (Sunday) playing Colin’s sax favourites.

Colin and Kevin played in The Jazz Drive together so it was great to renew the musical experience.

Colin Garrett (tenor saxophone)
Kevin Blazé (guitar)
Jess Wood (bass)
Monique Zucco (drums)

 

Photographs by Marion Blazé

 

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Jazz Notes Quintet – Castlemaine Jazz Festival 2014

Three great sets with the Jazz Notes Quintet: Luella at the front. Two sets on Saturday night (at the Public Inn and the Cumberland), both with Chelsea on drums. Then, Sunday night at the Bridge Hotel with Mark on drums.

Enthusiastic and appreciative audiences at all of them.

Luella McCormack (vocals)
Ann Craig (flute)
Kevin Blazé (guitar)
Andrew Eames (bass)
Chelsea Allen and Mark Voogd (drums)

 

Photographs by Marion Blazé

 

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Castlemaine Jazz Festival 2014

What a great festival!

Thanks to everyone who played with Kevin: Alex (sax), Andrew Eames (bass), Ann Craig (flute), Anne Hayres (vocals), Ben Hooper (keys), Brian Paulusz (guitar), Chelsea Allen (drums), Colin Garrett (tenor saxophone), Frank O’Brien (bass), Jess Wood (bass), Luella McCormack (vocals), Mark Voogd (drums), Monique Zucco (drums), Nicole Thorne (piano), Simon Atkinson (drums).

To the organisers: congratulations on a great effort. We’d expected to strike problems at the inaugural Castlemaine Jazz Festival but had none. Such a good vibe, too. (Even the weather was great!)

We can only hope that you had enough fun to make it happen again in 2015 – perhaps extending into Monday.