Edgy electric guitarist Nashua Lee, a finalist in the 2007 Wangaratta Guitar Jazz Awards finalist, and best-known for his contributions to Murphy's Law, Barney McAll and Twelve Tone Diamonds, formed Rabid Hawk in 2006 as collective group to workshop rhythmic, cross genre and compositional ideas. The original trio of Lee (guitar), Julien Wilson (tenor sax) and Sam Bates (drums) was later reinvigorated as a
quintet, enlisting the younger talents of Mark Hannaford (piano), and and new member, Marty Holoubek (acoustic bass) who recently relocated here from Adelaide. They will combine some new original tunes with an exploration of the standard jazz repertoire.
"What really sets them apart is the broad musical palette they have to play with, including complex unusual beats and time signatures, an array of harmonies and dissonances, and brilliant use of dynamics" - Indigo Music, Sept 2009
"Nashua Lee's electric guitar could either hook into the music's seductive sway or skip across it in resonant, iridescent waves." - Jessica Nicholas, The Age, November, 2005
"His playing gripped me in Murphy's Law, in his guitar competition heat, and in his own band, where in one racing passage he tightened his lyrical sound, made the chord more dissonant and distorted, until he seemed to meet resistance in the air. Or as if he had bottomed out on a big wave before cutting back and taking off again." -John Clare, SIMA, Nov.
"A fabulous performer with a knockout voice." - Tony Bennett
Nina Ferro is a London-based jazz/soul vocalist and songwriter who is fast making her mark as one of the hottest young stars of the UK scene. A multi award-winning vocalist, songwriter, session and recording artist, Nina's powerful, evocative voice, stunning vocal range and captivating stage presence have also earned her an enviable international reputation.
Originally hailing from Melbourne, Australia, Nina spends her time between the UK and Australia and is very excited to be performing her latest show at Bennett's Lane in her home town of Melbourne this summer. Joining her again for these shows will be Nina's London based Musical Director, Grant Windsor on piano and featuring Ryan Monroe on bass, Craig Fermanis on guitar, Darryn Farrugia on drums and Carmen Hendricks on backing vocals. It's sure to be a sell out yet again, so book your tickets now to avoid missing out!
"Ferro's voice is a pleasure to hear.... natural, sexy and effortless." Cadence Magazine, New York.
"Ms Ferro's mellifluous voice reflected her warm personality and as Bob Hope said of Dinah Shore: "Naturally the voice is good. Just look where it's been." Jack Massarik, Evening Standard, London