Big thanks to Colin and all in evolved in organising the 2017 Castlemaine Jazz Festival. It was such a great weekend- we had a blast and it was a great way to get to know some more of Castlemaine's great venues.
A snapshot of F L U I D D Y N A M I C S rehearsing for show at The Maurocco Bar at The Castlemaine Jazz Festival this coming weekend.
The Sarah McDonald Quintet, comprised the of the formidable and versatile talents of:
Kumar Shome- Guitar
Ben Hanlon- Double Bass
Lewis Pierre- Drums
James Vincent- Tenor Sax
Sarah McDonald- on Voice and Flute
will be playing two sets at The 2016 Castlemaine Jazz Festival, the first of which:
will be playing a heady cocktail of old school jazz with a new school verve and energy with some fiery uptempo swing, swampy blues, obscure 1930's torch song and the odd original and recontextualised cover in the mix.
In this second show the same line up will performing as:
F L U I D D Y N A M I C S
FLUID DYNAMICS is the new project that is the liquid love child of contemporary jazz, neosoul and hiphop beats that is heavy on the groove with blazing solos. Featuring the orginal songwriting and arrangements of Sarah McDonald and some extra tunes by luminaries like Joe Henderson, Miles Davis and Herbie Hancock.
We're going to be having a good time and hope to get people feeling loose and libacious so head down to The Maurocco Bar, situated at 4a Templeton St. Castlemaine, and have a wine with us.
The Festival program is packed all weeked with great acts in a range of styles and settings to suit your mood and it is well worth making the trip as it's sure to be a top weekend.
Tickets available through the festival website:
"Vocal sensation" - Roger Young, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
"Sarah McDonald effortlessly segues from applying a dash of tropical swelter to thirties standards, tinkering with Thelonius Monk torch songs to a soul jazz rendition of an Amy Winehouse classic." Joel Shortman, Rathdowne Records.
"..deceptively laid back and self-assured, with an undercurrent of emotions waiting to sweep you by. When she sings “Rusted brandy in a diamond glass”, it’s the rust she focuses on, not the diamond. Tom Waits would approve...
..There’s a lot of nostalgic glamour associated with the ’20s and ’30’s era. Singers who choose to sing this material often end up as replicas of the sultry divas of the past, dressing up in satin gowns and pearls and stale femininity. Not Sarah McDonald. She approaches her material with a tomboyish attitude, phrasing the classic jazz and obscure torch songs that comprise her set list with a punk sensitivity and a kind of modern-day angst delivered by this beautiful, soulful chili-infused chocolate voice of hers. When she opens her mouth, she showers her audience with raw emotion. No pretense, no polished femininity, no nonsense. It helps that she’s sexy as hell when she does it; and that she’s surrounded by a killer band: Ron Romero on tenor sax, Kumar Shome on guitar, Ben Hanlon on the bass and Lewis Pierre-Humbert on the drums. As these musicians spew fire from their instruments, people get up and dance to her singing, even if she sings Monk’s “I mean you” (not the most danceable song out there)."
Nikos Fotakis, australianjazz.net
Sarah McDonald evokes cool smoky jazz club atmosphere with expressive melifluous phrasing contrasting with rhythmic dexterity. She is a singer who has been as influenced by horn players and drummers as she has by the great vocalists. Having delved deeply into music, she draws from the greats of the history of jazz, blues and soul and selects choice standards, along with original, contemporary and more esoteric repertoire that she infuses with a soulful authenticity.
The Quintet features the formidable talents of Kumar Shome on guitar, Ben Hanlon on double bass, James Vincent on tenor sax and Lewis Pierre on drums.
In this set, the first of two at the festival, the ensemble will be playing a heady cocktail of old school jazz with a new school verve and energy with some fiery uptempo swing, swampy blues, obscure 1930's torch song and the odd original and recontextualised cover in the mix.
The Sarah McDonald Quintet are thrilled to be a part of the line up of the fantastic The 2017 Castlemaine Jazz Festival, where the town, already rich is creative culture will be bustling with live music from a number of different venues. This set will be in the Mess Hall of the Old Castlemaine Gaol which is an impressive old stone building on the hill that was first built in 1861. It was active as prison for 130 years and now is a top notch venue which hosts regular shows and weddings and has an amazing cafe where you can get an upmarket breakfast in a rustic and relaxed setting with panoramic views overlooking the tree-clad Castlemaine hills. And it's definitely not too early to get libacious and enjoy some of the locally produced fine wine and craft beer.
The program is packed all weeked with great acts in a range of styles and settings to suit your mood and it is well worth making the trip as it's sure to be a top weekend.
Tickets available through the festival website: http://2017.castlemainejazzfestival.com.au
The Sarah McDonald Quintet at Mi Corazon, Brunswick 24th of September
Sarah McDonald and her crack team of jazz monsters head to Brunswicks' finest purveyors of tequila and Mexican flavours to bring a blend of jazz, swampy blues and hot original tunes to spice up your saturday night.
She is joined by:
Ron Romero- Tenor Sax
Jon Delaney- Guitar
Enzo Ruberto- Double Bass
and Luke Andresen on Drums
Come down with some crew and share some of the incredible eats [ the food there is off the chain! ] and imbibe from the fine selection of drank [ Agave fans will not be disappointed ] and we will bring the ruckus and get the party started [ bring your dancing shoes ].
Mi Corazon are at 462 Lygon Street, Brunswick East
Book yourself a table on: (03) 9384 6153
The Sarah McDonald Quintet return to cause a commotion at Open Studio
The Sarah McDonald Quintet
Kumar Shome- Guitar
Ben Hanlon- Double Bass
Ron Romero- Tenor Sax
Dan Macdonald- Drums
return to their favourite local bohemian wateringhole, Open Studio, to cause a rukus... hullaballoo...bruhaha...uprising, even!!
Yes folks- Spring is upon us [ well the magnolia, blossums and daffodils are out ] and it's time to shake off the winter heebie jeebies and come out to see live music on a Sunday night!
They will be bringing the rukus for 2 sets and playing a sizzling and soulful blend of fiesty jazz, dirty blues and original tunes to smooth of the edges, liquefy your senses and get your feet moving.
Supported by a special guest DJ compatriots The Vineland DJ's who are sure to appeal to your aesthetic sensibility and be bringing the trans-continental exotic, jazzy flavours to spice up your night.
Ten clams on the door
Be there or be oblong.
Violinist and arranger, Roger Young takes the listener on a voyage which plots the line between jazz and classical chamber music. The program pays tribute to the pioneers of early jazz string playing and great vocal standards through the history of jazz through to contemporary stylistic innovators with sumptuous arrangements.
A quintet of some of Melbourne’s most versatile string players including Tim Veldman, Jason Bunn, Rohan de Korte and Ben Hanlon will share the stage with jazz vocalist - Sarah McDonald, pianist - Joe O’Connor and drummer - Hugh Harvey.
Sarah McDonald and the rabble-rousing firebrand guitarist Kumar Shome join forces for a cosy, intimate afternoon at the very charming Lulu's.
Come and satisfy all of your Sunday afternoon needs with über coffee, delectable organic eats that are a foodie's delight and swim in the warmth, art, culture and style that Lulu's has in spades.
And of course we'll be bringing the jazz!
What better way to spend your Sunday afternoon?!
Entry is free.
See you there!
Lulu Café & Gallery 506 Queensberry Street, North Melbourne, Victoria, Australia VIC 305
The Collingwood Cassanovas and The Sarah McDonald Quintet join forces to create havoc at your favourite local bohemian watering hole, Open Studio.
Both bring a new school approach and energy to old school jazz and roots music with formidable musicianship and verve.
The Collingwood Cassanovas are a hot bluegrass picking, sweet harmony singing and great songwriting unit comprised of 5 of Melbourne's hopeless romantics featuring;
Grant Arthur on Banjo,
Ben Harrison on Mandolin,
James Gilligan on Fiddle,
Louis King on Guitar
and Jono Brown on Bass
They've been stealing hearts with their sweet sound around town at their residency at The Rooks Return, Bennetts Lane, baptist churches, parks, parties and miscellaneous places and they'll be sure to steal yours too.
The Sarah McDonald Quintet are a hot unit formed of some of Melbourne's finest jazz musicians and will be playing a high energy, spicy blend of old school jazz with an original flavour and a few suprises in the mix with;
Kumar Shome on Guitar
Ron Romero on Tenor Sax
Ben Hanlon on Double Bass
Lewis Pierre-Humbert on Drums
and Sarah McDonald on Voice.
They've been playing at jazz clubs, festivals and venues around town and heating up as an ensemble and forging a sound- come and get involved!
Ten clams at the door.
See you there!