You won’t find modern, top-40 pop at Wodonga’s Jazz Basement on Friday night, but it will be the place to be for a night of cool grooves and laid back interpretations of some classic tracks.
The Jazz Basement’s annual major fundraiser show features an eclectic line-up of regional performers on stage from 8pm.
After a July 8 album launch gig in Yackandandah, Border-based four piece Grooveyard Hammond Combo will return to the stage with “music from the best bits of your vinyl collection”.
Basement regulars, either as a four-piece or soloists, the Combo has been performing their relaxed but upbeat grooves across from courtyards to vineyards across the region for years.
Their new six-track album, Greatest Hits Never, features covers of classics from Booker T and the MGs, JJ Cale, The Rolling Stones and more.
Guitarist Phillip Stone – who performs with the Grooveyard Hammond Combo with Caz Higgs, Graeme Cook and Kevin McGrath – will also play a solo set.
Considered one of the best players and teachers in Australia, Stone has 40 years’ experience as a professional musician.
The sort-after studio musician has recorded for TV, film and various artists’ albums and performed across the globe, including the Middle East, and Asia.
He’s worked with Rick Price, Kevin Borich, Darryl Braithwaite band, Ross Williams, Monica Trapaga, Renee Geyer, Tommy Emmanuel, Venetta Fields, Phil Emmanuel, Normie Rowe, The Aztecs, Billy Thorpe, Angry Anderson, Swannee, Enormous Horns Bigband, Ted Mulray and more.
The night will also include a performance from SITE dance group with Margot McCallum while classical pianist Miriam Briggs is also on the fundraiser program.
The Yackandandah pianist has been teaching piano and performing across the North East for 15 years
Briggs and Stone both also spend their time as Jazz Basement educators.
The Jazz Basement is run by not for profit organisation Jazz Albury Wodonga – Border musicians and lovers of good music – at its 1940s-era double brick venue at Gateway Village.
The group originally started in a basement room in the Elgins Hotel Complex in 2004 and moved to Gateway Village in 2009.
Many great national and international performers have hit the stage over the past 15 years, making the Border a ‘must play’ Australian jazz venue.
Acts have included several prominent jazz artists from the United States and Europe as well as many of Australia’s finest jazz musicians.