Phillip Johnston & the Coolerators
Phillip Johnston has led Phillip Johnston & the Coolerators in one form or another since moving to Australia in 2005. Their recent release, Diggin’ Bones has been garnering rave reviews in Australia, the US and Europe, and regular airplay on Sydney’s jazz radio stations.
The band brings together two of Australia’s most internationally acclaimed touring musicians, Alister Spence (Alister Spence Trio, Clarion Fracture Zone, AAO) and Lloyd Swanton (The Necks, the catholics) with, for this gig, one of Sydney’s most in-demand rhythm section players, Jamie Cameron.
The music reflects Johnston’s unique take on avant organ jazz.
"…a hard-grooving quartet session that feels like an even looser, funk-and swing-heavy, horn-driven extension of Medeski, Martin & Wood's decades-long innovations, with strong emphasis on group chemistry, on Spence's swirling organ work and Johnston's swinging and identifiably smooth tone on both alto and soprano. . . [the music] is performed with such reckless abandon as to suggest that no two performances of any of Diggin' Bones' ten tracks will ever be remotely the same." –John Kelman, Allaboutjazz.com
Paul Cutlan’s Far Cry – The Music of Eric Dolphy
Eric Dolphy was a virtuoso multi-instrumentalist whose fertile imagination and boundless energy made him a uniquely dynamic and arresting performer and composer. Merging elements of bebop, the classical avant-garde, bird song and free jazz, Dolphy’s music has had its share of critics as well as ardent fans.
Multi-instrumentalist Paul Cutlan’s Far Cry explores and celebrates this unprecedented music. Joining him are Simon Ferenci trumpet, Luke Sweeting piano, Abel Cross bass and Paul Derricott drums, delving into music from albums such as Far Cry, Out to Lunch and Fire Waltz.