Live jazz music in Melbourne, Australia. Vocal and instrumental bands, large and small.
Caught In The Act!
The Jazz Notes Latin and Party Band
CITA at Inverloch JF 2022
Want a band that’s “not just jazz”? That’s our band, Caught in the Act!
This is a bigger band, still with Ann Craig (flute) and Kevin Blazé (guitar) at the core and adding keyboard to free the guitar to augment the front line, including saxophone and/or trumpet in front of bass and drums. Sometimes with a vocalist.
Depending on the type of gig, Caught in the Act! will play crow-pleasing, “get on the floor and dance” tunes from the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s and most of the popular songs of the time with a great singer.
And if you’d like something different, Caught in the Act! (without a vocalist) performs a repertoire of cool and upbeat latin jazz, a crossover of funk and fusion and reimagined jazz standards with supercharged rhythms, the band brings a whole different level of enthusiasm and the music is just fun for the audience and the band.
Since 2016, Caught in the Act! has performed at various local and interstate festivals, venues around Melbourne and corporate events.
Some of our rehearsal recordings are included below. For the real experience come and see us live or purchase our CD!
In 2022, we released the first album by Caught In The Act! Including reinterpretations of works by Bob Sedergreen, Grover Washington Jr, Freddie Hubbard, the Eurythmics and more,
Ashley has been playing music since she was 4. She pursued classical piano and then ventured into the world of woodwind instruments, taking the lead from her strong family history of playing wind instruments. Studying at secondary college under Bob & Mal Sedergreen, Greg Clarkson and others drove her passion of everything jazz.
After completing her Bachelor of Music, and some international traveling and 3 years of teaching summer schools in New York, Ash joined CITA. Her musical expertise, ideas, expression and enthusiasm has added a unique splash of musical colour to Caught in the Act!
Ashley teaches woodwind and keyboard in schools.
Malcolm Hornby (piano/keyboard)
Malcolm started learning the piano when he started school, and has been playing ever since. His first job when he finished school was working in a music store, where he bought his first keyboard.
Malcolm’s first band played covers, but has performed in a wide range of settings since then. These have included a piano bar duo, a Carpenters tribute quartet, a Continental reception band, as an organist, and as a piano accompanist for various solo instruments and voice.
For the last 15 years he has worked as a school-based piano teacher. His favourite genre of music is jazz: for the creativity and spontaneity that it allows. He regularly attends jazz jams, where he enjoys the challenge of playing previously unseen (and sometimes completely unknown) charts with no opportunity to preview them.
As well as playing with Caught In The Act! (since 2019), Malcolm accompanies a vocalist in a duo and a trio.
We love the enthusiasm & humour that Malcolm brings to the band. He fits in perfectly and is so easy to get along with.
Frank Morgan (bass)
Frank joined CITA in 2018 and has loved every minute of it (or so he tells us!).
Frank’s experience in jazz, blues, rock & air traffic control certainly shows: with chops to tackle the funk-fusion-crossover style of CITA. And if we ever need to control any air space – Frank’s our man!
Frank cut his teeth playing rock and roll and pop with local bands, even making it into the Top 40 on a couple of occasions. He then moved into reception bands, playing with many luminaries
In the 1990s, Frank took to jazz, meeting Ann many years later and, thus, to Caught In The Act! where he anchors the band.
Simon Atkinson (drums/percussion)
Since his early teens, Simon played drums with brass bands in the UK. He also studied, clarinet and saxophone.
During his career with the police force, Simon had a sideline playing with Grade A Championship Brass Bands, then adding musical theatre and small, function bands.
After leaving the police, Simon played on P&O cruise ships, cruising the Mediterranean before emigrating to Australia and settling in Melbourne where he bumped into Kevin at a gig where he was the fill-in drummer. Soon after, he joined Jazz Notes and then Caught In The Act!
Ann Craig (flutes & percussion) & Kevin Blazé (guitars)
Ann is from a musical family and has been performing music to paying audiences since she was a child, learning to play a wide range of wind instruments in all styles: classical, jazz, pop, bossa, rock, funk, country and strict-tempo ballroom.
Ann attended her first jazz festival in 2008 and the Jazz genre quickly became her favourite style of music, and it’s as a jazz flautist that Ann has found her niche. Ann also teaches keyboard, piano and various wind instruments privately and in schools in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne.
Kevin comes from a classical background, having played cello for many years while also playing guitar in other settings. He and two friends had a residency at a coffee lounge for several years until the demands of non-musical careers and family made continuation impossible. For many years, Kevin led and played classical guitar with a mandolin ensemble.
Kevin’s family lived for a time in Darwin and, some time after returning to Melbourne, Kevin attended a short-course presented by Bob Sedergreen. It saw a damascene conversion: after more time with Bob, Kevin soon formed his first band, along with others who are still part of Melbourne’s jazz scene. Kevin has taught guitar for many years.
Ann & Kevin first met at the Inverloch Jazz Festival in 2012. A chance meeting a few weeks later led to a band that would feature flute and guitar: Jazz Notes.
Over the years, Jazz Notes has diverged into ensembles from duo to larger vocal and instrumental bands including Caught In The Act!
Ann & Kevin are a great musical team and love what they do!