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
Thanks to all who reached our first guest band session of the year on Sunday at Floripa. It was great to see so many smiling faces in the building as Fenchurch 3io took the stage, and we were all treated to two hours of simply awesome groove-orientated music from the young trio. Eight hours earlier we’d taken a call from drummer Chris Draper who sadly had to bow out of the session through illness, but thankfully after pulling some strings collectively we were able to keep the gig on, albeit with a slightly different line-up. Without Chris, who is an integral part of the Fenchurch sound, the remaining members of the band, Clem Rooney and Moyses Dos Santos drafted in Marijus Aleksa on drum duty and set about arranging another set of tracks that afternoon. Resident Sid Ford warmed things up nicely before the live act, with a deft selection of Gil Scott-Heron’s finer moments over
Recorded just over a week ago as Jessica Lauren put together a special Jazz Meet house band and to kick off our 2013 calendar at Floripa on Sunday 13th January. Here the ensemble rip through a brilliant interpretation of Pépé Bradock celebrated deep house classic ‘Deep Burnt’ before effortlessly shifting into the tune that it sampled, Freddie Hubbard’s ‘Little Sunflower’ (just listen to those strings!). With thanks to Colin Brown for the footage. Jessica Lauren – Keys Dave Orchant – Trumpet Jason Simpson – Double Bass Sophie Alloway – Drums Mark Townson – Percussion You can catch more of our periodic live clips here on our YouTube channel.
Is it the end of May already? Wow that went fast. Another four sessions of live jazz went down at Floripa (and in Cecilia’s case, a touch of soul) with some special moments being captured (some of which we still need to get hold of… the amazing singer who jumped up on stage on the 13th, anyone?). Cecilia Stalin and her band rocked her ‘Step Like A Giant’ project proper on the bank holiday Sunday and Finn Peters brought his newly christened trio ‘The Grip’ down on the 20th for some freestyle jazz business. Add in two exquisite sessions from the house band and you can see why we all had a great time. There’s more goodness on it’s way in June, but in the meantime let’s reminisce with some of these videos. Cecilia Stalin ‘Step Like A Giant’ Live… Shades of Donny Hathaway from the Jazz Meet Band… Jazz
So with May just around the corner, let’s take a quick look back at some of April’s highlights at Floripa. We welcomed performers Heidi Vogel and Al Scott onto the Jazz Meet stage for two brilliant guest gigs and the house band continued to wow the crowds with some seriously killer sessions (particularly now we’ve welcomed our boy Francesco Mendolia back into the fold on drums!). We’ve got more surprises up our sleeve for May but before then let’s dip into a few of those videos… The Jazz Meet Band, April 1st… The Jazz Meet Band and special guest Heidi Vogel and Dudu Marques on drums revisit ‘Mas Que Nada’, April 8th… The Al Scott Trio supply ‘Northern Smiles’, April 22nd… But video of the month has to go to photographer and film maker Irven Lewis who dropped in on April 15th and filmed this tantalising black and white short.