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: Schroder’s Big Band next at Kelvin Club on tuesday 1 August

> Hi all,
> this is a group email to tell you about a gig
> Schroder’s Big band
> Tuesday 1 August
> at the
> kelvin Club
> melbourne Lane
> City (off Russell st between Bourke and Lt Collins on the east side)
> Tpts: Sean Rankin, Damian maughan, Gianni marinucci, Ed Fairlie
> saxes: Ken Schroder, Lachlan Davidson, julien Wilson, Anton Delecca,
> Paul Williamson
> Troms: Dave Palmer, Andrew Werner, Eric Budd, Dr Who
> Rhythm” James Sherlock (gtr), Dave Allardice (pno), Dean Addison
> (bass), hugh Harvey (dms)
> Set 1 7.30 small band , ken with Rhythm section)
> Set 2 9pm big band
> We’re back!
> in the dead of winter, we must be crazy.
> but the music will be cool and hot.
> I have in mind to write up “Epistrophy” by monk but done in the
> Cootie Williams style, Cootie was a great promoter of monk’s music
> in the early days of monk’s career.
> that’s a present for Jim Colbert (the man who collects the money),
> someone told me it’s one of his favourite tunes.
> And lots of other gems
> Don’t forget to book a table.
> 9654 5711

In previous years:

Spring has done a gig for the MJAC (Jazz Co-Op) each year at Bennett's Lane or The Paris Cat for the past 5 years. Spring has also done a regular stint at the Bell Awards which herald the beginning of the Melbourne International Jazz Festival. Spring occasionally did gigs at Dizzy's or Paris Cat during recent years.

In 2008 Ken did a tour of regional Victoria with 'General Store' - Annemarie Sharry (vocals), Pierre Jaquinot (guitar), Ian Wilmot (bass).

In the years 2002-2005, Ken did a series of gigs at the Richmond Hill Cafe and Larder.
Jazz Food and Wine.. Themes included:

Parisian Swing (with Andy Baylor - gtr/violin) music from the Hot Club of France etc.
Bebop (w. Gil Askey - tpt) the music of Bird and Diz.
Black and Blue (w. Dave Williamson - vocals) songs from the jazz/blues of the '30s.
Soul (w. Dave Williamson - vocals) songs from Otis Redding, Percy Sledge et al.
Some Like It Hot (w. Paul Van Ross - reeds) music from the Billy Wilder film.
From Fellini to Mancini (w. film music that suits jazz improvisation.
Cool Yule (w. Rebecca Barnard - vocals) jazzed up Christmas songs.
Primavera (w. Shelley Scown - vocals) songs of Spring.
Autumn Serenade (w. Michelle Nicolle) songs about Autumn etc.
Samba (w. Shelley Scown) samba/bossa nova - Jobim, Bonfa and lots more.

Another regular has been the trip to Camperdown west of Melbourne with Andy Baylor to play with Peter Daffy at gigs in the country... rock with a bit of jazz and a bit of this and that.

At the 2007 MIJF, Ken did a duo with David Allardice for a lunchtime recital at BMW Edge. They performed tunes from "Conception" (George Shearing) to Opinao (a Brazilian tune.)

Ken had a band called Emanon that did quite a few season's at the Night Cat around the year 2000. A sextet, this band consisted of sax, piano, guitar, bass, drums and percussion and played jazz for dancing with a latin emphasis.

Other offshoots were More than Mambo with a bigger frontline (added trumpet and trombone) as well as Rebecca Barnard, vocals. This band also did a Mambo night for the Melbourne Festival some time back when the emphasis that year was on dancing.

For more info on earlier successes, see Ken's biography.

Ideas by Pixels At Dawn