jazz and improvised music


Touring 2013 - Swinging Blades  |  Jo Fabro  |  Andrew Dickeson | My Goodness McGuiness | The Vampires

Tour completed in 2012 - The Vampires  |  Sandy Evans  |  Bernie McGann

The Vampires toured for us in 2012.  You can catch them on a national tour in 2013 - see below for dates

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Iconic Sydney-based band The Vampires are promoting the release of their anticipated fourth studio album “Tiro” with an Australia Tour and festival performances throughout October.

The Vampires’ music is a unique blend of soulful jazz, old-school reggae, romantic Afro-Peruvian, danceable Afro-Cuban, exotic Balkan and all-out funk-laden Afrobeat. Combined with risk-taking improvisation, sophisticated compositions and an uncanny sense of dialogue and emotion between the sax/trumpet front line, the band defies these genres and have wrought a style of their own.

The band has enjoyed success from their three critically acclaimed albums South Coasting (Jazzgroove Records), Chellowdene and Garfish, as well as extensive touring and festival appearances over the past seven years, including the Melbourne International Jazz Festival, the Wangaratta Festival of Jazz, Brisbane International Jazz Festival, Peats Ridge Festival and the Sydney Opera House.

Described by the press as playing with “verve, high ability and inspiration” (The Australian, 4/5 stars), the band has developed a following across the country and drawn critical attention. The band's award winning saxophonist and composer Jeremy Rose describes the new album as “taking a new direction for the group.” “This album casts a wide net of influences but particularly draws from my recent travels and musical studies in Greece and Cuba. The album was also influenced by Nick Garbett's travels to the Pacific island of Palau and Colombia, and Alex Boneham's sojourn in Rome over the past year. Yet at the same time these diverse elements have come together conceptually very well. I think its our strongest release yet.”

TIRO is out October 7 on Earshift Music. The Vampires will be touring nationally in October 2013.

Jeremy Rose – saxophone | Nick Garbett – trumpet
Alex Boneham – bass | Alex Masso – drums

“Played with verve, high ability and inspiration,
The Vampires have produced another distinguished album.”

**** - 4/5 stars – The Australian
“The Vampires play with wit, soulful melody and invention” 
**** - 4/5 stars - Sydney Morning Herald



Sun 6 Oct    MANLY, NSW Manly International Jazz Festival, Sydney Rd Stage 3.00pm free
Mon 7 Oct    Hobart, TAS Tasmania University lunchtime concert 1pm + workshop and masterclass
Tues 8 Oct    BRUNY ISLAND, TAS, Adventure Bay Hall, Adventure Bay, 7.30pm $15/$10/$8 and $40 for family.         Support from Julius Schwing solo
Thurs 10 Oct    DARWIN, NT, Mindii Beach Sunset Market, off Gilruth Ave, Darwin, from 6.00pm free
Sat 12 Oct     DARWIN, NT Railway Club, Somerville Gardens, Parap, (08) 8981 4171, support 8pm, show at             9.30pm, $15 www.thedarwinrailwayclub.wordpress.com
Sun 13 Oct    MELBOURNE, VIC, Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, 25 Bennetts Ln, (03) 9663 2856, 8.30pm                 www.bennettslane.com Presented by Melbourne Jazz Co-op
Mon 14 Oct    ADELAIDE, SA, The Wheatsheaf, 39 George St Thebarton, (08) 8443 4546, presented by COMA 8.00         and 9.00pm tickets $15, $10 for COMA members www.coma.net.au
Thurs 17 Oct    GOSFORD NSW, Rhythm Hut, 135 Faunce St, Gosford, workshop from 6.30pm, support from 7.30pm,         show at 8.30pm $25 for the workshop + show / $15 for show only www.therhythmhut.com.au
Fri 18 Oct    BELLINGEN, NSW, #5 Church St dinner from 6pm, show at 7.30pm $12 www.5churchstreet.com
Sat 19 Oct    GOLD COAST, QLD, Mandala Organic Arts Cafe, 2558 Gold Coast Hwy, Mermaid Beach, 7.30pm, $5         www.mandalaorganicarts.com.au
Sun 20 Oct    BANGALOW, NSW, 'Sunday Afternoon Jazz at the Bowlo' - Bangalow Bowling Club with The Vampires         plus special guests saxophonist     Dave Ades and percussion master Greg Sheehan, 4pm, $15/10             kids under 12 free
Thurs 31 Oct    CANBERRA, ACT The Loft, Majura Medical Centre, Cnr Antill and Cowper Sts Dickson.                 8.30pm Tix $15/$12

Sat 2 Nov    WANGARATTA, VIC Wangaratta International Jazz Festival, WPAC Memorial Hall, Wangaratta,             8:00pm www.2013.wangarattajazz.com
Tues 12 Nov    NEWCASTLE, NSW The Underground presented by NIMA, The Grand Hotel, cnr Bolton St and Church         St, Newcastle, $15/$10 doors at 7.30pm, music from 8pm, www.nima.org.au
Sun 17 Nov    WOLLONGONG, NSW, Clifton School of the Arts, 338 Lawrence Hargrave Drive, Clifton, 2.00-5.00pm         $20, $10, $50 family
Thurs 5 Dec    SYDNEY, NSW, ALBUM LAUNCH PARTY* The Basement, 7 Macquarie Pl, Sydney, with Danaides         (formerly The Alcohotlicks) and Slo Poke Rodriguez, $20, (02) 9251 2797, www.thebasement.com.au