AUSTRALIAN JAZZ SUPERGROUP TOURS NEW ALBUM THIS FEBRUARY
Mike Nock, Hamish Stuart, Julien Wilson and Jonathan Zwartz celebrate the launch their stunning new album THIS WORLD with performances across Australia’s east coast this February.
Hailed by Rhythms Magazine as “sublime” THIS WORLD’S sound is quintessentially Australian, showcasing the quartet’s exceptional musicianship.
THIS WORLD masterfully articulates the struggle, strength and sense of hope faced in life each day. Each member has contributed compositions for the nine-track album, which was recorded in pristine high definition stereo at Sony Studios by Ross A’Hearn.
Individually the quartet has worked with some of the greatest jazz musicians in the world including Coleman Hawkins, Pharoah Sanders, Hugh Masekala, Yusef Lateef, Hermeto Pascoal and Charlie Haden. Combined the ensemble has been awarded almost every Australian accolade and has released a plethora of critically acclaimed albums under their own names.
The stellar rhythm section brings together ARIA Award-winning bassist Jonathan Zwartz and legendary jazz drummer Hamish Stuart whose musical partnership spans more than three decades. Bell Hall of Fame Inductee and Don Banks Award recipient pianist Mike Nock (OMNZ) and National Jazz Award winning saxophonist Julien Wilson complete the quartet.
Having worked together in various formats over many years, their shared history and personal connection can be felt throughout the album.
It was after an intimate show together in the basement of a Sydney restaurant in December 2018 that THIS WORLD was conceived. The performance was Nock’s return to the stage after a six-month hiatus. The joy and vitality of his return to live performance was palpable and the chemistry was immediately evident. In June 2019, the group recorded THIS WORLD. To celebrate its release on Lionsharecords, the ensemble will be touring in February supported by the Australian Council for the Arts and the Sydney Improvised Music Association.
Friday 7 February, 8pm The Music Lounge, Wollongong Town Hall www.wollcon.com.au
Saturday 8 February, 8pm John Painter Hall @ AIM, Sydney www.sima.org.au
Sunday 9 February, 4pm The Street Theatre, Canberra www.thestreet.org.au
Monday 10 February, 7pm St Andrew’s Anglican Church, Braidwood www.sima.org.au
Saturday 29 February, 9pm Jazzamanca Festival, Hobart www.salarts.org.au
Sunday 1 March, 9pm Jazzamanca Festival, Hobart www.salarts.org.au
ABOUT THE MUSICIANS
MIKE NOCK (ONMZ)
New Zealand born pianist/composer Mike Nock is one of the acknowledged masters of jazz in Australasia. Based in Sydney since 1986, he previously spent 25 years in the USA. He is a multi award-winning artist, recipient of the Don Banks Music Award and in inductee of the Australian Jazz Bell Awards Hall of Fame.
JONATHAN ZWARTZ & HAMISH STUART
New Zealander Jonathan Zwartz and Sydney native Hamish Stuart form one of Australia’s great musical partnerships. For 30 years they have run the iconic monthly venue, the Starfish Club, together along Sydney’s eastern beaches and are the first-call rhythm section for a who’s-who of the Australian music industry and international touring acts. Their simpatico is legendary.
Zwartz’ own albums regularly top best-seller lists and have won numerous awards including an ARIA, an AIR Award and a handful of Australian Jazz Bell Awards. Zwartz recently joined the APRA AMCOS Board of Directors.
Melbourne saxophonist Julien Wilson is a National Jazz Award winner, Freedman Fellow, received an APRA/AMCOS Art Music Award, and a swag of “Bell” Awards including Australian Jazz Musician of the Year. He runs a number of his own musical groups.
WHAT THE PRESS ARE SAYING
“These four musicians are the dream quartet of Australian jazz. If you get just one Australian album this year, make it this.” Jazzozmentis
“What’s immediately striking is the sense of calm and spaciousness found at the heart of this music. …there is an intense focus on mood, on emotion, with each instrumental voice striving for an intelligent and restrained clarity…..This World is a sublime album performed by a quartet of stellar improvisers.” Des Cowley, Rhythms Magazine
“In its cadence and stylings, it has the feel of early to mid-sixties Wayne Shorter Blue Note dates mixed with a sort of ECM label vibe. To say that the ensemble is steeped in (modern) tradition would be to oversimplify the case. This album has staying power since there is no importance placed on shock of the new or gimmick/novelty. Everything unfolds with an organicness where emotion is not sacrificed for technique.” Max Chandler, Our Man on the Coast
Friday 21st February 2020
$20 ENTRY – Music from 8pm
JMI Live – 10 Exhibition St Bowen Hills