Bands

The Moovin’ & Groovin’ Orchestra

Moovin' and Groovin' Orchestra Picture

The Moovin’ & Groovin’ Orchestra (MGO) was formed in Melbourne 1990, when a small number of bands, including the Swingin’ Sidewalks and the Jam Tarts, got together with other interested instrumentalists, singers and arrangers.

It was very much about Swing and R&B, there was plenty of excitement in the air and the band took off like a rocket. The repertoire later broadened considerably to take in Latin American, the great show songs of Broadway and Hollywood, the hipness of the jazz arrangers like Quincy Jones and Gil Evans, and the need to write original music as well.

The MGO was very much connected in the early days with PBS radio’s live recordings – the very first gig was a fairly impromptu get together in the foyer of PBS radio’s studio in Fitzroy Street St Kilda. A quick rehearsal, some microphones strung up around the space and the band went live to air.

More of these early live performances went out from the Gershwin Room at the Esplanade Hotel in St Kilda for the PBS recordings of their Saturday afternoon Moovin’ & Groovin’ shows – which is how the band got it’s name.

The band was managed by Carolyn Logan in the early years and she did a great job in getting us on the map. Two notable early residencies were at the Café Hotel in North Melbourne and later at the Ritz in St Kilda. Another ongoing connection is with the Melbourne Zoo Twilight Concerts. See Where They Have Played for more information.

Over the years band members have come and gone, but there are a substantial set of originals as well as some new blood these days.

The band is now managed by Ken Schroder. For more information, visit their website: www.mgo1.com


SPRING – Jazz Quintet

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SPRING is a quintet comprising – two reeds, piano, bass and drums, and was formed in 2004.

Ken Schroder – sax/bass clarinet, Cheryl Clark – sax/oboe, David Allardice – piano, Ian Wilmot – double bass, Sonja Horbelt – drums.

This band is no longer a chicken and can blithely strut from one season to another just like a leopard changing it’s spots. Arranged a little, but not too much, we definitely expect you to be enchanted by our smorgasbord of woody tones, brassy tones, and other assorted noises.

Repertoire includes “Cubism” , “Springsteen Can Really Hang You Up the Most”, and the delectable “Baltimore Oriole”.

SPRING has performed at Bennett’s Lane, and has been the house band at the Bell Awards for the last 3 years. The members also play with the Moovin’ & Groovin’ Orchestra.


CASA NOVA – Australian Jazz Samba

CASA NOVA is a trio comprising:

Doug deVries – guitar, Ken Schroder – sax/clarinet, Denis Close – percussion.

We specialise in Australian Jazz Samba playing both originals and Brasilian standards from the samba/bossa nova/choro tradition.

Doug de Vries has a website at www.dougdevries.com for more information on his career.

Both Denis Close and Doug deVries have visited Brasil on several occasions and the love of this music goes back at least a couple of decades.

All three musicians have been in the jazz scene for a long time and work together in many different ensembles doing different types of music e.g. blues, Afro-Cuban music, the repertoire of Django Reinhardt and more.

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