See the full list of performers for the Thredbo Jazz Festival Below.
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Carolina Moon Ensemble
The Carolina Moon Musik Ensemble perform an unconventional brew of world music and jazz with ancient and modern roots, evocative looped guitarscapes, exotic grooves, flavours of flamenco, klezmer, Arabic and Gaelic and wild, boundary stretching improvisations - at the heart of which lie the beautiful Ladino melodies of Judeo Spain.
Carolina Moon heads this world music project which began in a collaborative performance with Mark Isaacs at the Great Synagogue, Sydney 2002.
The NZ ensemble was formed in 2008 to explore medieval world song and original / contemporary world music within the context of a modern improvising group, and assembles some of NZ's finest, creating improvising artists with representatives from Sephardic, Western and New Zealand cultures.Their interpretations remain true to the spirit of this beautiful music whilst bringing it into the present day.
The ensemble performs in various sized line-ups to a backdrop of visual imagery by sound artist Maree Quinn.
TEK TEK ensemble is a festive anthropological mini-orchestra consisting of three guys and three girls playing trumpet, trombone, violins, percussion, guitars, double bass, piano accordion, and the human voice. TEK TEK ensemble experiments and creates new compositions with inspiration from exotic and festive music from across the globe. The encyclopaedic repertoire of the ensemble is bound by the strict yet simple stipulation of danceability.
TEK TEK ensemble are from Melbourne, Australia but have performed across Australia and Europe. We hope that you enjoy exploring our site.
Feel The Manouche
Manouche is a term derived from the Romany gypsies of Europe, what we in Australia call gypsy jazz. This fine band has been put together by it's individual members as an exercise in small group swing. Feel the Manouche has a 'world music' feel. Through it's use of double bass, guitar, accordion & fiddle, the band achieves a strong melodic groove that can take on gypsy waltzes, swing jazz, choro and many other flavours of music from our diverse planet.
Lionel Robinson & The Dukes of Lounge
WARNING: This act could be too much fun
British singer / pianist / tunesmith LR returns to Thredbo with a sackful of songs, an outrageous line-up of musos and a couple of nice shirts.
Take a blend of Latin rhythms & sizzling swing, add a smattering of smoochy American songbook and plenty of sixties sauce and you've got the delicious Dukes (ideally accompanied by a glass or three of Yalumba wine).
This year Lionel considers himself blessed to be accompanied by:
living legend Andrew Oh on sax, flute & percussion;
the suave and sensitive Stephen "Doctor Oscillator" Marquis on bass;
and winner of Sydney's smiliest drummer award 2012, Andy "the Samba" Byrnes on drums. Get involved!
ADDITIONAL WARNING: Book early for Cascades Sunday lunch!
Rick Robertson Trio
Well known for his work with internationally acclaimed and award winning acid jazz band d.i.g, Baecastuff and more recently with Eon Beats, saxophonist/vocalist Rick Robertson has a wealth of experience and success being one of the founding members of D.I.G and Eon. He has played all over the world at major festivals and funky clubs from New York to Berlin, won Mo and Apra awards and been nominated for 3 Aria Awards.
Gerard Masters is an exceptional young keyboard wizard who has carved himself a fine reputation working with the great Lily Dior, eon, Missy Higgins, Wes Carr and many more.
Ian Mussington Originally from London, where he worked with the likes of Lonnie Liston Smith, Cameo, Stevie Winwood, Courtney Pine, Paul Weller and Steve Williamson, drummer Ian Mussington spent the last five years in the States touring and recording with Soul Asylum. He now resides in Sydney and is laying down wicked beats with a truly international flavour.
Afro Moses Trio
Afro Moses is a multi-award winning artist from Ghana, West Africa. He is a singer, composer, multi-instrumentalist and teacher with a magnetic personality, who has enchanted people all over the world with his high energy music, powerful messages, showmanship and colourful stage presence. He plays a range of traditional instruments - the seprekora, mbira, gonde, talking drum, balafon, blending them with technology to create a tasty blend of jazz, reggae, funk, traditional vocals and more. Moses has graced the stage with international artists including Michael Franti, Youssou N'Dour, Angelique Kidjo and has previously been awarded the Best International Music Ambassador of his country Ghana
Asim Gorashi is a musician who has traveled the long and winding road, earning him a unique background both as an artist and educator. His studies include a bachelor degree in music from the University of Sudan, a Graduate Diploma in Music Technology and a Master of Music Performance from the Queensland Conservatorium. A sim has also lived and worked in Cairo, where he played with the mysterious maverick of Egyptian jazz, Fathy Salama. A multi-instrumentalist, Asim focuses on the oud (Arabic lute), violin, viola, mandolin, vocals, the Sudanese traditional Tamboor and is a world champion whistler.
Blair Greenberg is a well known Sydney based multi-instrumentalist playing guitar, steel drums, djembe, didgeridoo, marimba and all kinds of percussion. Blair has studied various music forms around the world and for many years has been a bridge between different musical cultures in Australia, particularly West African musicians.
Raf Nazario Trio
Raf Nazario's Trio Sol embodies a synthesis of straight-ahead jazz and Latin music sensibilities. A love of melody and reverence for traditional classics combined with an adventurous spirit brings fresh light to well-known Latino and American Songbook standards. Trio Sol is Raf Nazario on piano & keyboards, Andrea Pacifico on Congas & Percussion and Junichi Shiomi on 5-string Bass.
INDIAJIVA is muli-instrumental duo Ron Ragel and Vicki Hansen, based around classical Indian and jazz fusion. They perform an array of traditional and modern instruments, such as sitar, lap steel guitar, keyboards, flutes, didgeridoo and voice.
Ron and Vicki are pioneers in the world music community with their eclectic "East meets West" sound and contribution to the world music scene in this country. With their global collective of musicians they create a stimulating and exotic mix of raga influenced jazz that is a new synthesis in sound, transporting the listener beyond the boundaries of East and West.
The five piece global collective is completed by Nigel Date on guitar, tabla player and percussionist Nila Hagglund and saxophone/flute master Emanuel Leiberfreund.
Jeff Duff All Stars
In a flamboyant & often controversial carreer Jeff Duff has released 26 albums including a recent album with members of legendary British band Deep Purple. Jeff has been one of the most popular and regular performers at Thredbo Jazz Festival and this year he'll be bringing his star-studded trio. He posseses one of the finest voices in Australia and his albums and live performances cover just about every musical genre.. Fronting half a dozen uniquely eclectic line-ups including 'Ziggy' his David Bowie spectacular, Jeff performs regularly at the Opera House, State Theatre, Enmore Theatre, Basement and most major music festivals in Australia.
Jeff's recent leading role in 'Genius', the Ray Charles gospel show staged in Melbourne was acclaimed by critics.''Duff was truly magnificent!...How such an extraordinarily soulful voice can come out of such a skinny white guy is beyond me.
Jeff will be bringing his brilliant Jeff Duff 'All-Stars' to Thredbo this year. The All-Stars feature amazing ambidextrous keyboard player Glenn Rhodes, who will be playing keyboards with his right hand while doubling on keyboard bass with his left hand. Glenn also joins Jeff on vocals. Apart from playing with the 'All-Stars', Glenn has been musical director for Thelma Houston, Grace Knight, Margaret Urlich, Rick Price among many others. Duffo and Glenn have been working together for twenty years and have been called the best duo in Australia.
The Harry Brus' Rhythm Ride
With over forty years of experience in the Australian music scene, Harry Brus has established himself as a truly seasoned professional with his dynamic and soulful style on bass ensuring his longevity as a highly respected and sought after musician. The Harry Brus Band is a melting pot of soulful and funky grooves, rounded out with elements of jazz, blues, reggae and R&B. The band features the powerful, emotive vocals of Mitchell Anderson, who also brings his talents on the Fender Rhodes. On drums is Keith Sullivan, a master of cool groove. Blend these skilful musical talents with the sweet guitar tones of Franco Raggatt and the class of Frank Bennet on sax and vocals and you have a world class outfit.
Continental Robert and his Rinky Dinks
"The Rinky Dinks" will be featuring "Continental" Robert Susz (vocals & harmonica), Clayton Doley (Hammond organ & vocals), Adam Pringle (guitar & vocals) & Antero Ceschin (drums & vocals).
Playing a mix of downhome blues jazz & boogaloo & inspired by greats like Jimmy Smith, Charles Brown, T. Bone Walker, Little Walter to name a few, they'll be combining their original compositions with versions of some of the treasures from the vaults.
Their sole aim is to turn on the audiences by playing the music they love!
Nigel Gavin is one of New Zealand's musical treasures. The eccentric range of his musical projects is matched only by his astonishing virtuosity with stringed instruments and his prodigious musical imagination. Guitarists will be simply astonished by the technique on display here. Nigel's finger-picking is so fast, so smooth, and so laden with sudden virtuoso explosions that it is damn near impossible to work out either what he's doing, or how he's doing it.
Kirrawee High School
Thredbo's favourite big band is back again with a stand full of Australia's brightest young jazz ?hopefuls. ? This band has been a consistent training ground for some of this countries best new Jazz talent. ?See them swing in Thredbo again this year.
Hot Potato Band
The Hot Potato Band: Be prepared. Anything could happen! The Hot Potato Band brings New Orleans to the streets of New South Wales with traditional and modern arrangements of some of the hippest tunes to date. Sure to put a smile on your face, this exciting and energetic band is filled with life, fun and laughs as they make you the centre of their performance... literally!
Melbourne based musician Jules Boult has already turned a lot of heads in the industry. His progression into a performer came naturally but only after dipping his toes into an array of eclectic positions from oil rigger to model his feet are now firmly planted in the music industry. From listening to his father play in their family home, Jules Boult grew up surrounded by live music, so it was really no surprise that he returned to the comforts of home and established himself a career in the industry.
His music and performance remains true to the jazz/blues tradition and his effortless demeanour has been closely linked with that of the genre's legendary predecessors. Boult's songs are imbued with a good sense of humour and this is reflected in both his lyrics and performance style, consequently, revealing his true character. This consummate musicians sound is unyielding despite the fact that his performances remain graceful and without tension. Audiences are constantly captivated by Boult's intimate and interactive performance style landing him the title of a must see live musician for any lover of music.
Mark My Words was Boult's second album, and as an independent release received very approving reviews from critics. The album release also saw him awarded Best New Talent at the 2011 Australian Blues Music Chain Awards a coveted accolade indeed. The album is an exploration of sorts, and sees him spread his talents across guitar, piano, banjo, ukulele and vocals. In a sign that is indicative of the momentum Boult is gaining he wasted little time in releasing his follow up albums Live Carnivale in 2011 and Almost Alone at the end of 2012. The albums feature Boult leading the way with in front of constellation of fine musicians and collaborators.
Performing at the Thredbo Jazz Festival for the first time, Jules Boult will bring his seasoned professionalism, and a little bit of Melbourne, to the stage in New South Wales. He will be joined by his band - The Redeemers.
This promises to be an unforgettable performance that all music lovers will enjoy.
Please note that artists may change at any time and without warning.
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