If there was one voice in Australian jazz more recognized than any other, it would be that of Vince Jones. Our leading vocalist, interpreter, trumpet player and composer has entertained and informed us for decades with his ever-evolving elite group of musicians. For this performance, Vince is joined by Matt McMahon on piano, Ben Waples on bass and Simon Barker on drums.
Vince Jones' music includes original songs and beautiful contemporary versions of jazz standards. His themes are often love, injustice, peace and anti-greed. The heart of his work lies at the crossroads of Afro-American blues and the melodies of the Celtic folk tradition. The songs he chooses - written by him or by others - always make an original, personal statement.
"I believe that all of your experiences affect who you are, how you think, speak and how you sing. You could say that my voice is a cacophony of the music, musicians, politics, mentors and philosophers that I've been lucky enough to have been introduced to. And if my voice is 'distinct', then I have to thank all of those people and experiences for helping me find my identity." - Vince Jones
Whirling waltzes, driving country rhythms and breakneck gypsy virtuosity; mix it all together and you have some idea of what Eyal & the Skeleton Crew have install for you.Join Israeli-born troubadour, Eyal and his bunch of rag-tag musicians on a musical journey from the depths of the Earth to the wild seas. Drawing influences from klezmer, jazz, folk and country music - eclectic doesn't even begin to describe Eyal & the Skeleton Crew. After spending three years in the military, a summer in Texas, bitter winters in New York and more hours in transit than he cares to recall, Eyal has amassed an opus of hauntingly beautiful, gravel sodden songs.
"My father was a clarinettist. Through him I was exposed to a range of musical styles, from klezmer to classical. I've been writing music for as long as I can recall, but always for a band or with collaborators. Every so often I'd write a song that just wouldn't fit in. It took me a while to understand that these songs are the ones I need to hold on to, the special ones that belong to me alone."
"These are my songs. My stories".
Showcasing songs from their new EP, Of Beggars and Choosers alongside old favourites and new gems, Eyal & the Skeleton Crew are as well known for their original song-craft as their surprising reinventions of popular songs. In the past they have balkanised Britney Spears, gypsy-styled Gaga and played Dixieland Disney songs. You never know what to expect at a Skeleton Crew show.
Eyal Chameides - Vocals and Guitar, Edward Ferris - Clarinet, Erin Lancaster - Violin and Vocals, Rob Grozdan - Harmonica and Vocals, Steve Hornby - Double-Bass, Daniel Brates - Drums