Jazz Bands Melbourne

March 16, 2015
Australian jazz

The Shirazz Jazz Band: Matt Dixon, Travis Woods, Mike Di Cecco, Adrian De Fanti, Michael Hanley, Alistair Robertson

About Shirazz

Shirazz is a six-piece Melbourne trad jazz and dixieland musical organization, specialising in classic hot jazz associated with the 20s and 30s, and it has been quickly getting a reputation as one of Melbourne's premier jazz groups.

Shirazz plays classic trad jazz because it ended up being meant to be played. With hot solos, operating rhythms and tight arrangements, a set from Shirazz is one step back in time, to a jumping brand new Orleans party hall where quick, hot tunes intersect with swinging requirements and laid-back Louisiana road beats. Utilizing the odd initial tune and some re-imagined pop music classics, Shirazz should always be enjoyed irresponsibly, and in excess.

Shirazz ended up being created last year even though it took about annually the musical organization discover its feet in the Victorian festival circuit, therefore wasn't until very early 2010 that existing make was created. Since exploding on the scene with roof-raising activities within Echuca and Moe Jazz festivals at the beginning of 2010, Shirazz has-been steadily gaining a reputation as one of Melbourne and Victoria's must-have festival bands.

Shirazz has actually performed at many Victorian and interstate festivals including the Grampians, Barham, Phillip Island, Thredbo, Jamieson and North Queensland jazz festivals, and several Jazz clubs across the country. This season they circulated their very first full-length record album - The Window - and their second record album, love Responsibly, observed in 2012. 2013 might find the production of their third record album, Rewined.

Probably the most exciting dixieland musical organization i've heard... You never hear traditional brand new Orleans material played just how Shirazz does today.

photo of Matt Dixon, trombonist and vocalist- Ziggy de Gisevius, Producer & Presenter, Jazz at Oak Street, 3BBR FM

Effortlessly one of the most entertaining rings on scene today. Positively mindblowing.

- Ross Anderson, Commander, New Melbourne Jazz Band

This highly professional team plays with a freshness and vigor … however with respect for the jazz requirements. I'm not sure would you their particular plans, but they are seriously their, while maintaining the essence regarding the tunes' "trad" origins. All people in the musical organization are talented musicians … additionally the ensemble is a cohesive and gleaming group.

Matt Dixon

Matt is the trombonist, vocalist and leader of Shirazz. He's got had a wealth of trad jazz knowledge, specifically aided by the New Melbourne Jazz Band (2009—2010) and Jazzenodians (2002—2007). He was the person of the 2010 Ray Clarke younger Musician Award, awarded at the Moe Jazz Festival, and was granted the Patrick Flint honor for Excellence 2010 by the Victorian Jazz Club. Matt's knowledge includes stints with several big bands, funk rings, choirs and orchestras, as well as slightly music theater.

photo of Adrian De Fanti, reedsAdrian De Fanti

Adrian plays both clarinet and saxophone in Shirazz and periodically has actually a spin at some vocals as he's experience game. He has already been playing old-style jazz songs for more than a decade whilst still being enjoys its uniqueness. Adrian features a great deal of various other musical experiences having played in rings of some other designs including huge musical organization move, folk, funk, stone covers, musical theatre, brass band and traditional. Along with reeds, Adrian also plays the piano and keyboards and enjoys a laugh from the piano accordion. You should definitely playing music, Adrian teaches maths, research and geography full-time at a second school.

Travis Woods

Travis studied trumpet in the Victorian College associated with Arts and nyc University and recently finished his Bachelor of Music Performance at Monash University. Their playing has permitted him to fairly share the phase with top notch performers like Don Burrows, Aaron Goldberg, Mike Nock, George Garzone, John Abercrombie, Mirko Guerrini, Bob Sedergreen in which he has also done on 'Dancing utilizing the Stars'. Travis has played into the Melbourne Global Jazz Festival, The Melbourne Jazz Fringe Festival, The Melbourne Global Brass Festival and also the Melbourne Overseas Comedy Festival.photo of Travis Woods, trumpet With trumpet teachers like Chuck Findlay, James Morrison, Roger Ingram, Wayne Bergeron, Greg Spence, Eugene Ball and Paul Williamson, Travis has several diverse impacts that shine through their playing. Travis was also a finalist inside James Morrison Jazz award this season. Travis joined Shirazz during the early 2010, and enjoys going around Australian Continent aided by the band, playing at numerous prestigious jazz festivals.

Michael Hanley

Michael Hanley plays banjo and occasional ukulele in Shirazz, and sings when he feels around it. He in addition plays with Melbourne rings Susy Blue and Second Hand Heart.

Alistair Robertson

Alistair's music job started on piano, albeit shortly while he quickly switched to tenor saxophone at the beginning of senior school. A couple of months later on another modification arrived, now he shifted their focus on electric bass. Since then he had been introduced toward double-bass in his senior school year and contains never checked back since. Alistair was the person of many scholarships of which modern for high academic success inside the last 12 months of research at the Victorian university of Arts. Alistair enjoys playing music of most types and genres in particular funk and groove music (needs to be a rhythm area thing). In the spare-time Alistair enjoys the field of cars and motorsport and often takes part in some motorsport activities himself.

Michael Di Cecco

Michael Di Cecco is a drummer which enjoys playing songs that makes people move. Funk, Hip Hop, Reggae, Danchall, New Orleans, Drum'n'Bass, Breakbeat, Soul, R'n'B and Samba tend to be types that have influenced Michael's playing since he began drumming in his early teenagers. Shirazz is Michael's first foray to the world of trad jazz and then he brings a groove toward band this is certainly both steeped in tradition and modern-day any way you like.

photo of Michael Hanley,  banjo photo of Alistair Robertson,  double bass
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Source: www.shirazz.com.au
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