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April Shows


7.30 small band
ken Schroder – reeds, Gianni Marinucci- tpt, Leigh Barker-bass, Andy Swann- drums
play interesting material in a chordless quartet manner.

9 pm Big Band
Tpts- Paddy McMullin, Damian Maughan, Gianni Marinucci, Sean Rankin
Troms- Dave Palmer, nick Muldor, Eric Budd, Charles McInnes
Reeds- Ken Schroder, Lachlan Davidson,Anton Delecca, Julien Wilson, Paul Van Ross
Rhythm-David Allardice, James Sherlock, Leigh Barker, Andy Swann

Ken is still delving into Gil Evans material and this time is presenting “Miles Ahead” as a new arrangement, a transcription modified for local conditions, (Miles Davis wasn’t available!) Other charts include “I’m Coming Virginia” which follows Gil’s “New Bottle, Old Wine ” approach of presenting great early jazz pieces in dressed up orchestral colours.. and much more, including Schroder originals, and pieces by Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Ernie Wilkins.

Accent on great soloists.

hope to see you there

Free but buy a CDe to show your appreciation ($10)

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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