FRIDAY NIGHTS AT THE ART BAR
Alma Zygier has been fascinated by the pre war era of Jazz; the singers, Ella Fitzgerald, Bessie Smith, Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Memphis Minnie, & the Broadway composers who largely provided the repertoire, Gershwin, Kern, Porter, Rodgers.
She has a voice from another era & brings an emotional maturity to her performance that belies her years. Performing with a similarly minded group of hot young players she brings her American Songbook repertoire to the 21st century.
"It is obvious Alma has a remarkable voice: dexterous, low and expressive. But she has something else, too: the music, and it's emotion, possesses her. Her body moves like a marionette doll – large sweeps of arms, fingers and hands, her face elastic. She looks as if she is in labour, then grieving her firstborn in a drowning accident and is now in a full-blown argument with a parking inspector. It is utterly mesmerising."
Good Weekend by Melissa Fyfe
Catfish is a gypsy jazz band with a classic Australian influence. A product of Melbourne's unique jazz scene, the band draws upon influences from the 30’s to present day. Intricate, quirky arrangements of borrowed and original material give the band a unique exciting spirit. Catfish crafts each set for maximum impact drawing influence from Django Reinhardt, Les Doigts De L'Homme, Louis Armstrong, Julian Lage and more. Joyous and exciting, Catfish is not be missed.
Lachlan Mitchell (Jazz Party, Laneous) armed with a whiteboard and a pen, directs an improvised jam one chord away from ambiguity with an ever-changing cast of local heroes.
The Preston Nocturnes are inspired by lounge exotica music of the 50’s and 60’s including classic Crime Noir found in the soundtracks of movies such as “In Cold Blood” and “A Touch of Evil.”
They also have an affinity for the timeless Blue Note recordings of the same era which featured some of the great Tenor Saxophone players of all time, Sonny Rollins, Dexter Gordon and Ike Quebec to name a few.
Led by Saxophonist Darcy McNulty (Jazz Party) and his Quartet.
The Preston Nocturnes pair best with a Bourbon Sour, an open heart and an a touch of Pessimism.
Loretta and Her Boyfriends play their own brand of swinging Blues and spooky Ballads. Taking influence from the greats like Dinah Washington, Patsy Cline and Julie London. Women with Soul, impeccable phrasing and attitude. Featuring a band of handsome Lovers with refined musical taste. Loretta's voice is as powerful, sweet and dynamic as anything you'll hear in Australia.
Honest to a T and feminine to a fault, Don’t Thank Me, Spank Me! combine immaculate vocal harmonies, violin, guitar and piano accordion for a new take on the jazz/pop experience... Wear your tightest underwear so you can’t physically get them off, because you will most soitenly wanna throw them.