Following his stunning turn on the Rhodes at our recent Herbie Hancock tribute event at Floripa a couple of weeks ago, we’re pretty happy to report that pianist Tom O’Grady has recently uploaded footage of the ENTIRE gig on to his Youtube channel. Filmed by Julian Fontenell, it features Tom and his band ploughing effortlessly through a number of Hancock’s more funk and fusion orientated tracks of the 1970’s including classics like ‘Butterfly’, ‘Actual Proof’ and yes, ‘Chameleon’. It was pretty special on the night and now, by the wonders of post produced video, you can enjoy the thing again, even if you weren’t there! If you want to hear more from Tom, look up his work with Myles Sanko and The Beauty Room and go check out his own project Resolution 88 on Facebook. We hear there’s already an album in the works, and a Jazz re:freshed gig pencilled in for
This Sunday we welcome UK pianist Tom O’Grady back to the Floripa stage for a very special evening in tribute to one of the 20th century’s most influential musicians, Herbie Hancock. Anyone who caught Tom’s band Resolution 88 playing at The Jazz Meet late last year will attest they have ‘the groove’ and as he spoke in detail of transcribing some of Herbie’s best-loved compositions in an interview we conducted with him around the same time, it was clear that the pioneering pianist is one of Tom’s musical heroes. As such, when the initial idea to do a Herbie Hancock special was floated earlier in the year (we originally wanted to do it on his birthday weekend back in April), we decided we had to approach Tom again to take care of the live element. He thankfully agreed and now with the gig just days away and after weeks of intensive work behind
Ahead of our Herbie Hancock special at The Jazz Meet next Sunday, the residents dip into their respective record bags to offer this little precursor to the event. With a taste of what’s to come, Rob, Sid and Jarred pull out some of the crazy covers from the influential pianist’s back catalogue of compositions and throw down an exclusive 55 minute mix. Kicking off with ‘Maiden Voyage’ from The Third Wave, versions of ‘Canteloupe Island’ and ‘Blind Man, Blind Man’ soon follow before we head into deeper waters with Rickey Kelley’s vibetastic ‘Dolphin Dance’ and The Sam Houston High School Stage Band funky ‘Fat Mama’. There’s further rareness in the form of Kaatee Frits Quartet’s ‘Cameleon’ before Woody Herman hits his big band stride with ‘Sandia Chicano (Watermelon Man)’ and Shingo Okudaira drops a KILLER version of ‘The Eyes of the Hurricane’. We round things off with a veritable dancefloor
Happy 73rd birthday to this man. A true don and arguably one of the most important figures in Jazz since it’s inception. We’ll be honouring Herbie Hancock at The Jazz Meet in our own special way on May 12th with a very special live show featuring pianist Tom O’Grady and his band.