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Schroder’s Big Band plays at Kelvin Club on Tuesday 5 February

Hi all,
this is a group email to tell you about a gig.

Tuesday 5 Feb
kelvin Club
melbourne Lane (off Russell St between Bourke and Lt Collins on the
east side)

7.30 Set 1
Ken with the rhythm section
The Warm Up Band

9 pm Set 2 the Big Band

Trumpets: mick Fraser, Damian maughan, Gianni Marinucci, Steve Grant
Trombones: Dave Palmer, nick Mulder, Eric Budd, Dan Gordon(doubling
tuba)
Saxes: Ken Schroder, Lachlan Davidson, julien Wilson, Remco Kjeiser,
Paul Van Ross
Rhythm Section: Andrew James (pno), Craig Fermanis (gtr), Dean adison
(bass), hugh Harvey (drums)

New chart(s)
There’s always at least one new chart put together by me.
This time I have a couple being worked on, :
Tadd Dameron’s “On a misty Night”
and “This Time the Dream’s On Me” by harold Arlan.
I got a bit intrigued by songs with “Dream” in the title and thought
of a way to turn this wonderful standard into a big band instrumental
chart.
Hope you like the results

The rest of the repertoire revives a few of our charts like “I Say a
Little Prayer” (a la Roland Kirk), and the recent mega chart of
“Rhapsody for the Duke”
where sonata form has been employed to incorporate such Ellington
classics as “Creole Rhapsody”, “Harlem Air Shaft” and “The Tattoed
Bride”.
Ellington was always interested in “longform” jazz and this seemed a
good way to follow in his footsteps.

Lots of great soloists as well as the power of a 17 piece band when
there’s an ensemble (all together), plenty of swinging, ballads, what
more could you ask for?

The Kelvin Club is comfortable, good seats, tables, kitchen and bar,
great acoustics (the band plays “unplugged”

Booking is an extremely good idea.
9654 5711 is the number

hope to see you there,
Ken


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.

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