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2012

 

03
Oct
2012

Jazz In The Family

By jparlane, posted in Music

It’s not long until the big band sound of the Count Basie Orchestra swings into Australian shores. From Wednesday 10th October the talented group will be boasting the voice of Carmen Bradford in Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney and Perth.

Being the daughter of legendary trumpeter/composer Bobby Bradford and composer/vocalist Melba Joyce, musical talent is in Carmen’s blood. However, music goes back slightly further to her grandfather, who sang with Lucky Millender’s Big Band in the 40s. Now, Carmen continues to make history for herself and her family in the world of Jazz. 

The Count himself discovered Carmen and her incredible musical talent, hiring her for his orchestra in which she featured for nine years. Since then, Carmen has worked with some of the biggest names in music and jazz history such as John Clayton, Doc Severinsen, James Brown, Patti Austin and Frank Sinatra.

Carmen’s soulful voice has seen her succeed as a solo artist and is known for her critically acclaimed album, ‘Finally Yours’, which was released in 1992. Her second album, ‘With Respect’, was released in 1995 boosting her reputation to being one of the jazz world’s most exciting vocalists. Carmen also occasionally sang for stage productions and Hollywood films!

Don’t miss the performance of the year and be part of a night that will go down in your event history! Performances are strictly limited so don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity.

For more information and to purchase tickets please click here.

03
Sep
2012

Bear Grylls is coming to New Zealand!

By jparlane, posted in Uncategorized

After the huge success of the Australian Tour in 2011, the end of 2012 will see Bear Grylls pack his bags and head to the southern hemisphere again for a tour of New Zealand!

Bear Grylls, star of ‘Man vs Wild’ has taken us around the world to some of the most amazing yet grueling destinations on the planet as he endures nature’s most extreme elements, unimaginable to most of us.

Bear Grylls is known around the world for his expertise in adventure and survival, with a one-of-a-kind willingness to teach all who watches just what it takes to survive in the wilderness. When he’s not on our TV screens, he’s writing books, being awarded an honorary commission as a Lieutenant-Commander in the Royal Navy, and raising money for children around the world.

If you’ve ever wondered what it takes to climb to the top of Mount Everest, sleep inside a camel, jump naked into a icy lake or chew on a scorpion, the star of Man vs Wild will tell you himself! You can even submit your question to him here, and Bear may answer it live on stage!

Join in as Bear relives the stories of his survival, adventure and interesting ‘cuisine’. Sign up for pre-sale tickets on the Bear Grylls New Zealand Facebook page here.

16
Aug
2012

Swinging and Bopping

By jparlane, posted in Music

For those of you jazz fans out there, Clark Terry is sure to be one of your household names. If you’re just getting into the world of jazz, Clark Terry’s musical career spans over 70 years! Appearing in over 905 known recording sessions Terry is one of the world’s most successful jazz musicians.

Known to the world as a swing and bop trumpeter, Terry was also responsible for introducing the flugelhorn, to the world of jazz. Besides sharing his incredible talent with Count Basie and his band from 1948 to 1951, Clark Terry received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010 in his 90th year, as well as NARAS President’s Merit Award, and nominations for three Grammies and two Grammy certificates! 

When he wasn’t recording with the likes of Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Quincy Jones and the London Symphony Orchestra (to name but a few), Terry also managed to perform for eight U.S presidents.

The perfect description for one of the world’s most influential musicians is by writer, Chuck Berg, who describes Terry as,  “One of contemporary music’s great innovators, and justly celebrated for his great technical virtuosity, swinging lyricism, and impeccable good taste. Combining these with the gifts of a great dramatist, Clark is a master storyteller whose spellbinding musical ‘tales’ leave audiences thrilled and always awaiting more.”

To this day, students seeking his expertise travel from all over the world for music lessons and as he says, “Teaching jazz allows me to play a part in making dreams come true for aspiring musicians.”

Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime performance of the Count Basie Orchestra, and witness the Big Band excellence. For more information and to purchase tickets please click here.

 

03
Aug
2012

Count Basie’s Old Testament Orchestra

By jparlane, posted in Music

Count Basie has been responsible for bringing the world the sounds of many talented musicians – a remarkable achievement for one person. During the early days of the Count Basie Orchestra, American Jazz Trumpet player, Buck Clayton was one such artist that would make his own unique mark on history.

Influenced greatly by Louis Armstrong, Clayton was a leading member of the ‘Old Testament’ Count Basie Orchestra. He was persuaded to join the band by Count Basie himself during a stop over in Kansas City, where the orchestra had residency at the Reno Club at the time.

1937 saw the orchestra based out of New York where Buck Clayton freelanced in the recording studios. After being drafted for war service in 1943, he left Count Basie and was based at Camp Kilmer, as it was close to New York he had the opportunity to participate in a range of all-star sessions. After his discharge from service in 1946 he prepared arrangements for Count Basie as well as becoming part of Norman Granz’s ‘Jazz at the Philharmonic’.

For nine months in 1949 he went to Europe and led his own band in France. Touring  Europe again in 1953, this time in Italy, he played alongside clarinetist Mezz Mezzrow and Frank Sinatra.

In the world of jazz Buck Clayton was an iconic figure, and according to the Penguin Guide To Jazz he “synthesized much of the history of jazz trumpet up to his own time, with a bright brassy tone and an apparently limitless facility for melodic improvisation”.  Working as an arranger right up into the 80s, he died peacefully in 1991 at age 80 with an extremely successful career to his name.

Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime performance of the Count Basie Orchestra, the very same orchestra who nurtured the talents of Buck Clayton. Performances are strictly limited so don’t miss out on this unbelievable opportunity.

For more information and to purchase tickets please click here.

 

 

20
Jul
2012

The World’s Best

By jparlane, posted in Music

The Count Basie Orchestra has been responsible for the sound behind some of the world’s greatest vocalists, including the one-and-only, Frank Sinatra. It was during his teenage years that Sinatra started singing professionally despite learning music by ear and never actually learning how to read it. The legendary singer began his musical career in the Swing era and found extraordinary success as a solo artist in the 1940s. Sinatra joined Tommy Dorsey and his band in 1939 and in his first year with the band produced more than 40 songs, including ‘I’ll Never Smile Again’ which topped the charts for 12 weeks.

It wasn’t all fun and games for Sinatra and during World War II various rumours went around as to why he didn’t serve in the war such as paying his way out to avoid it. He was also criticized for staying home, making money and being photographed surrounded by beautiful women.

Despite a rocky patch his career jumped to the next level in the 1950s when he won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in the drama ‘From Here to Eternity’. In the late 50s he signed with another record label, working with the most exceptional composers of the time including Nelson Riddle, Gordon Jenkins and Billy May and in 1959 his hit single ‘High Hopes’ remained on the Hot 100 Chart for 17 weeks.

It was in 1962 that Sinatra combined his talent with the Count Basie Orchestra for the recording of Sinatra-Basie. Due to its popularity Sinatra and Count Basie joined again in 1964 and recorded, ‘It Might as Well Be Swing.’

With a career in music and show business spanning seven decades, Frank Sinatra is an American and world idol.

You now have the chance to be part of this once-in-a-lifetime performance of a band who has supported such an incredible talent. Performances are strictly limited so don’t miss out on this unbelievable opportunity.

For more information and to purchase tickets please click here.

 

06
Jul
2012

A Big Band In History

By jparlane, posted in Music

There’s nothing like the sounds of a ‘big band’ to takes us back to another time. The Count Basie Orchestra began to take on the world with their infectious swingin’ sounds, rising to prominence in the 1930’s.

Big bands began to dominate the jazz arena, forcing the older jazz generations to adapt to the various emerging styles or put down their instruments. The 1930s and 40s saw teens and young adults dancing to Big Bands on their radios, in their living rooms and going to as many live concerts to shuffle, spin and swing the night away!

The band members were much loved by their fans and they travelled far to perform for them, even if it was for one night only. Travelling and lodging in these times wasn’t always easy, often with a lack of sleep and food and it was up to the bandleader to hold it all together when the going got tough.

Big Bands also played a significant role in lifting the spirits in World War II, with many band members serving in the military. During this time some vocalists also started to go out on their own and Swing began to give way to other music styles such as Bebop.

Through decades of change, the Count Basie Orchestra is still taking the world by storm with their authentic Big Band sound and they’re making their way to Australia. Performances are strictly limited so don’t miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to go back in time!

For more information and to purchase tickets please click here.

 

 

20
Jun
2012

Next Stop Bob Dylan Night!

By jparlane, posted in Music

There’s only a short time to go until some of Australia’s most talented musicians come together for the hugely anticipated event – Bob Dylan Night.

Making his mark on generation after generation, the master of songwriting has left his devoted fans with over 47 albums of varying sound and genre. Bob Dylan Night is an opportunity to reminisce in the music that has become familiar to all of us. 

Often photographed hard at work behind his typewriter his dedication has certainly inspired the young musicians of today. The exciting part of Bob Dylan Night is the chance you all have to pick and choose which songs you’d like to hear at the event.

With a collection of 500 songs, voting for your favourites will be an event in itself leaving Bob Dylan Night’s stellar line up to bring them all together.

If you haven’t had the chance to see a line up of Australia’s most respected musicians all under the same roof, performing the music of a true legend, then Bob Dylan Night is your perfect opportunity. That being said, if you’re a die hard Bob Dylan fan then this event is not to be missed, who wouldn’t want to join in on the fun of a Bob Dylan 50th Anniversary Concert.

Don’t forget to lock in your votes here if you haven’t already done so and snap up your last minute tickets here 

08
Jun
2012

The Sound Of Swing

By jparlane, posted in Music

When was the last time you experienced the wonders of an 18-piece orchestra featuring an abundance of first-class instruments combined with the undeniable talent of those who have been the pinnacle of the international world of jazz for decades? Get ready for the long-awaited return of the legendary Count Basie Orchestra as it makes its way to Australian shores in October 2012. 

Directed by veteran drummer Dennis Mackrel, over the years the Count Basie Orchestra has showcased the talents of Lester Young, Harry ‘Sweets’ Edison, Buck Clayton, Papa Jo Jones, Eddie ‘Lockjaw’ Davis, Frank Foster, Thad Jones, Clark Terry, Al Grey and Frank Wess.

Founder of the orchestra was American Jazz pianist, organist bandleader and composer, William ‘Count’ Basie. Being taught piano by his mother and performing by his teens, the ripe age of 16 saw him playing jazz piano at parties, resorts and beyond. 1924 was the year Count Basie experienced the musicians of Harlem, hitting the jazz scene with the likes of Willie ‘the lion’ Smith and James P. Johnson.

It was in the early 1930s that Count Basie formed his own orchestra with their first recording being in Chicago. Leading the group for almost 50 years Count Basie introduced generation after generation to the ‘big band’ sound. For many decades, The Count Basie Orchestra has been bringing the sound of swing alive, from Billie Holiday to Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra to Nat King Cole, Sarah Vaughan to Ella Fitzgerald and Tony Bennett to Sammy Davis Jnr.

For music and jazz lovers this once-in-a-lifetime event is not to be missed! If you would love to marvel in the presence of one of the world’s most influential ‘big band’ orchestras then a night out with the Count Basie Orchestra won’t be matched.

Performances are strictly limited so for more information and to purchase tickets please click here

25
May
2012

It’s All In The Lyrics

By jparlane, posted in Music

History has witnessed many talented musicians but when it comes to the art of songwriting, Bob Dylan is in a league of his own. More than just a combination of notes and lyrics, Bob Dylan has been telling stories through his music for many decades. An inspiration for those who have worked with him in the industry as well as for his fans, his music has reached the hearts of even the youngest generations, who have become fascinated by his life to date.

There are a select few of us who are meant to leave a significant mark on history and it’s quite certain that Bob Dylan is one of those few. So how do we preserve such a unique talent and how do we pass it on to the generations to come? Perhaps it’s not so easy, however, certain universities have held lectures where students are taught the art of poetry through Bob Dylan’s songwriting.

Don’t forget you can vote for the Bob Dylan songs you’d like to hear! For tickets please click here.

11
May
2012

A Tribute To A Legend

By jparlane, posted in Music

Nothing makes a tribute concert more memorable than the right combination of distinguished talent bringing the performance to life. Since Bob Dylan has recently been awarded the ‘Presidential Medal of Freedom’, the highest honour an American citizen can be granted, having the best Australian talent perform the magic that he has created over many decades goes without saying.

Australia’s Eskimo Joe has been a household name since the band released their first Album, ‘Girl’, in 2001 after a couple of very successful EP’s including their hit single ‘Turn Up Your Stereo”. We’re is thrilled to have the group’s front man and songwriter, Kav Temperley, be part of this unforgettable concert. The group shot to international stardom with the release of album, ‘Black Fingernails, Red Wine’, which saw them tour Europe and the USA.

Another one of Australia’s home grown talents to be part of the line up is the esteemed singer/songwriter, Josh Pike. Like Bob Dylan, Josh’s unique music tells stories which have made it difficult to slot him in just any genre but rather create one of his own.

Singer/Songwriter, Kevin Mitchell, who has grown up in the musical spotlight will also be joining the stellar acts. Kevin formed Australian band, ‘Jebediah’, at only 16 years old. The band went on to dominate TV and radio with their unique sound.  Despite all the success Jebediah has brought for Kevin, he also launched a successful solo career.

Don’t think it will just be male talent dominating the evening, Bob Dylan Night proudly presents Sydney artist, Holly Throsby. Holly has released five solo albums and has been nominated for four ARIA awards. She has toured Australia as well as internationally mainly with her band, ‘The Hello Tigers.’ Holly has also toured with the likes of Paul Kelly, Jose Gonzalez and the Handsome Family to name a few.

Well it wouldn’t be an Australian concert if ‘The Grates’ front woman weren’t playing her part. Patience Hodgson is loved by many, and is known to put on quite a stage show for her countless fans. The stage isn’t the only place where’ you’ll see Patience, as she seems to feature on the covers of many Australian magazines and newspapers. The ARIA nominee helps to complete the group that will create this not-to-be-missed event!

Don’t forget you can vote for the Bob Dylan songs you’d like to hear! For tickets please click here

27
Apr
2012

Bob Dylan Night – 50th Anniversary Concert

By jparlane, posted in Music

There aren’t too many individual artists in the world today who would have an entire event dedicated directly to them. Bob Dylan is one of those rare few. Since beginning his career in the early 60s Bob Dylan has gone down in history as one of the greatest and most influential artists the world has ever witnessed.

Over 50 years, 47 albums and more than 500 songs ago Bob Dylan released his debut album. Since then endless artists, writers and musicians have been inspired by this musical legend. 

For over five decades Bob Dylan has caught the hearts of countless dedicated fans and been the foundation behind the music performed by some of the worlds most esteemed musicians over the years. Truly standing the test of time, Bob Dylan has epitomized story telling through his music, leaving his audience pondering the meanings and reflecting on his words.

Spiritworks is excited and honoured to present Bob Dylan Night – 50th Anniversary Concert Live in Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney.

A line-up of Australia’s distinctive musicians of today including Josh Pyke , Kav Temperley of Eskimo Joe, Kevin Mitchell of Jebediah, Holly Throsby  and Patience Hodgson of The Grates.

Our favourite musicians unite to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of a music legend. Not only is this a chance to reminisce and sing the night away to your favourite Bob Dylan songs, you have the opportunity to vote for which ones you’d like to hear most at the concert. With so much history we know you’ll enjoy picking your favourites for this not to be missed event. For tickets please click here

06
Apr
2012

The Wizard of Woz

By jparlane, posted in Events

When Steve Wozniak left Apple in the 80s after being awarded the National Medal of Technology by the President of the USA, his achievements were far from over. An inventor and philanthropist, Steve Woz is a huge believer of hands-on learning for students and encouraging creativity in schools. To this day, the importance of education is the driving force behind Steve Woz, which has seen him contribute huge donations of computer and technology products to students and schools.

Besides being the co-founder of Apple, Steve Woz founded the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and was the founding sponsor for the Silicon Valley Ballet, the Tech Museum and the Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose to name a few. Now the Chief Scientist at Fusion-io, Steve Woz isn’t just a master at heading up companies. Steve Woz is a true inventor and this was confirmed upon his induction into the Inventors Hall of Fame in 2000 for ‘Microcomputer for Use with Video Display – Personal Computer.’

Earlier on in his career, Steve Woz lost his memory after a plane crash in 1981, he could not recall the crash or even remember day-to-day events. As time passed, his memory eventually recuperated. Read up on how Steve Woz describes it.

An all-round hub of knowledge, Steve Woz is someone you want to shake hands with. Full of positivity, and passionate about the importance of ideas, you’ll certainly gain some inspired industry insights if you’re lucky enough to sit in on one of his Australian or New Zealand (Auckland) seminars coming up in May 2012.

For more information on venue and timings click here.

Photo credit: Getty Images

 

 

 

 

 

16
Mar
2012

A Night Out With Doris

By jparlane, posted in Music

Spiritworks is thrilled to be presenting “Doris Day – So Much More Than The Girl Next Door”. A huge musical success in 2011 in both Sydney and Melbourne, Australia’s very own Melinda Schneider will once again take on the role of iconic American musical talent, Doris Day! This fabulous production will take you back through history showcasing some of world’s most stunning Hollywood fashion trends while telling the story of the life of Doris Day. Re-live the hits of “Calamity Jane”, “Love Me or Leave Me”, “ The Pajama Game” and many more.

To her fans, Doris Day appeared on screen as if she hadn’t a care in the world, she was glamorous, humorous and an all-round talent. Through a breathtaking performance, Melinda Schneider conveys the unsuspecting ups and downs that occurred in the life of the talented beauty. You won’t find a better actress when it comes to playing tribute to Doris Day. Relating to Doris in more ways than simply singing her songs, both Melinda and Doris adore animals, were born to German Catholic parents and have been on an emotional rollercoaster when it comes to men and relationships. Through the collaboration of acts and songs from her brilliant career this is one night out that’s not to be missed. Join Melinda Schneider along with other stellar acts that will create this once only encore performance at the Sydney Opera House. For more information click here

27
Feb
2012

Lock this date in your iPhones!

By jparlane, posted in Announcements

We’re excited to present, co-founder of Apple Inc, Steve Wozniak in a world first seminar “The Apple Story: Disruptive Innovation, Inspiration and Entrepreneurial Wizardy”.

Hear first hand from Steve Wozniak on Apple’s fundamental business philosophy and Steve Jobs’ legacy.

Steve Wozniak is living proof that an idea can change the world.

In 1976, the University of California engineer created the first Apple computer, throwing open the doors to the home microcomputer revolution. Along with Steve Jobs, he revolutionised the future we now take for granted.

In May 2012, Woz will tour Australia and New Zealand to give a series of talks, his first half day seminars anywhere in the world, to discuss the story of Apple’s rise from suburban garage to one of the most powerful brands of our time.

Woz will share his reflections on Steve Jobs’ monumental legacy, and the way in which they together transformed not just the electronics industry but the very nature of global information exchange.

Join Woz for this unique insight into a radical company culture that spawned one of the great success stories of the modern age.

This is an unrepeatable opportunity to hear from a true corporate revolutionary and cult icon who has profoundly influenced the way the 21st Century lives, works and thinks!

Check out venue and times here.

10
Feb
2012

Inspiration is coming to our shores!

By jparlane, posted in Music

With only a matter of days to go until Shankar Mahadevan, Ehsaan Noorani and Loy Mendonsa hit Australian shores, it is so exciting to be able to host the first ever Shankar Ehsaan Loy Australian tour and experience the magic of the Three Kings of Bollywood live!

For a software engineer turned music composer (Shankar), a guitarist (Ehsaan) and a keyboardist (Loy) with backgrounds in plays, television and jingles, the guys each bring a wealth of experience and talent to their trio.

This success, however, has not come without hard work. During the band’s first foray into composing, the movie director Mukul Anand died mid movie, with the film never to be released. The band then went on to compose for several more films that failed to get noticed.

The turning point for SEL’s career was with the movie Dil Chanta Hai. This fame was also assisted by Shankar’s title track to his 1998 album of the same name “Breathless”. The song “Breathless” contains three minutes of a near endless stream of vocals, without a break or, it seems, a pause for breath! Have a listen to it here.

If you don’t know SEL by name, you’ll certainly know them by sound, and now every album they produce seems to just get better and better. When the band come together, they emanate an individuality, passion and excitement that ensures each project  and each concert is one wild ride!

Get your dancing shoes ready and join in on the fun. For tickets to see an unforgettable summer performance, click here.

26
Jan
2012

Born For Success

By jparlane, posted in Music

How do musicians become successful? Is it their connections and ability to reach an extended audience, their desire to travel or is it that certain talented people happen to be in the right place at the right time? As for Shankar Mahadevan, Ehsaan Noorani and Loy Mendonsa also know as Shankar Ehsaan Loy (SEL), they believe they are three individuals meant to be together and we think it’s fair to say that the world is grateful for their musical union. 

Each classically trained in one area of music, SEL’s sound has taken the world by storm. Though they may not be a household name to all of us, their sound is what is special and unmistakably recognizable. Thanks to the film industry it has been captured on a global scale.

Shankar Ehssan Loy are travelling the world, leaving their unforgettable musical footprint, slowly but surely, country by country. The electrifying combination of musical talent has recently wowed audiences in the UK and the Middle East and it’s not long until they hit Australian shores for the first time!

SEL will be performing live in Australia for the first time ever in February 2012. To purchase tickets for this not-to-be-missed event click here.

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