29
Apr
2013

The Big Four Zero

By jparlane, posted in Music

What were you doing 40 years ago? Maybe it was a time when life was much simpler, perhaps you were kicking back whilst soaking up the sounds of the 70s. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the release of Pink Floyd’s album, ‘The Dark Side of the Moon’. With over 50 million copies sold globally, the album takes us on a journey through the passage of time.  The album’s release was an immediate hit, maintaining its place on the charts for 741 weeks. The recording took place at the one-and-only, Abbey Road Studios in London, and at the time using some of the most advanced recording techniques available. 

The Dark Side has remained Pink Floyd’s most commercially successful and best-selling albums and is still ranked as one of the greatest albums of all time. So what makes the album so unique? The album features a continuous piece of music, only stopping when turning it from side A to B. Beginning with a heartbeat the album represents the different stages of human life, exploring mental illness, stress and anxiety, greed, conflict and even death. Perhaps it’s the combination of these elements with the incredible musical capability of Gilmour, Waters, Wright and Mason that have allowed the album to strike a chord with generations’ post 1973.

If The Dark Side of the Moon has been one of your favourite albums since its release or if you have discovered its magic at a later date, you won’t want to miss the opportunity to re-live the sound when The Pink Floyd Experience return to Australia in July. For more details and tickets to this not-to-be-missed event click here.

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 

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