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Tuesday 25th Feb - Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras Party

Get ready to experience the wildest celebration of free for all feasting, boozing, rowdiness and true gluttony that Melbourne will ever experience this February! Mardi Gras, regarded as a national holiday in Louisiana, celebrates the last day of normalcy, where people come together in vivid, traditional Mardi Gras colours of purple, green and gold, dress up for eccentric parades and indulge in a variety of dishes before returning to their daily lives. Now, imagine the scene of music, conviviality, and a feast that never ends reinvented in the heart of Melbourne!

Come celebrate Fat Tuesday with us on February 25, a one day only event, open to everyone, full of free NOLA based dishes and drinks available for purchase at the bar, live performances and dancing - with everything needed for a magically raucous affair, why wouldn’t you want to come?

 

On arrival, guests will be welcomed with Mardi Gras beads as part of the festivities, as live jazz bands, The Bird Conference and Willow Jam, set the mood for the evening fun. Plenty of drinks, sponsored by the likes of KAIJU!, Abita, Varichon & Clerc blanc de blancs bubbles and New Orleans’ very own Southern Comfort can be purchased at the bar in style.

 

“Laissez les bon temps rouler!” - Let The Good Times Roll!

Saturday 1st Feb - Tony J King | Domenic Bello Trio

7pm - Tony J King

Tony J King’s signature sound is hard to pin down. Cycling between the contemporary alt-roots sound, to the jiving, dirty tunes of the 40’s and 50’s, King oscillates between worlds, sounds and moods taking influences from the likes of Muddy Waters, Bob Dylan, Howling Wolf, Leadbelly and Robert Johnson.

With a few stories, guitar and half a drum kit, Tony J King creates a ramshackle music that has its roots in the street-corner blues and folk of the forties. Drawing on his experiences growing up in the 'Northern Badlands' of SA and the interesting and unique jobs he's had since Tony J King weaves tales from his fascination with the unusual, the exotic and the downright bizarre delving into the darker and mysterious side of the flawed and the famous, the wild and the wicked.

9pm - Domenic Bello Trio

Domenic Bello is a Melbourne based guitarists working heavily as a guitar teacher and a session musician. Since the release of his independently album (Domenic Bello Trio) in 2010 he is making a quiet return to Melbourne’s Jazz scene performing old compositions, fresh new originals and jazz standards. Domenic will be joined by a bass player and drummer creating a new modern and dynamic sound.

Thursday 6th Feb - Dan Felix Combo

7pm - Dan Felix Combo

Like the feelgood groove music of the late 1960s? Then check out the Dan Felix Combo. The DFC bring the cool sounds of late 1960s soul jazz, sultry latin and funky blues into the present. With unique interpretations of works by the likes of Shorter, Jobim, Zawinul, Hancock, Turrentine they blend a grooving rhythm section with saxophones and Rhodes pianos. Freshly established and carving their own niche in the Melbourne music scene, this group of dedicated pro musos make a point to always bring the groove! 

 

The Combo is:

 

Andrew Martin – Bass

Dario Ogrin – Saxophones

Dan Felix – Drums

Special guest – Hammond/Rhodes piano

Friday 7th Feb - Max Teakle

7pm - Max Teakle

Soon to be graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School, Max Teakle will be presenting a night of Boogie, Blues and NOLA piano at the Moldy Fig. Come and celebrate the pianistic styles of Jelly Roll Morton, Fats Waller and the late great Dr. John. Later in the evening he will be joined by some special guests.

Saturday 8th Feb - Adrian Whyte | Not From Here

7pm - Adrian Whyte

Melbourne Guitar slinger Adrian Whyte plays an infectious mix of jazz, rockabilly and nostalgic pop instrumentals. Whilst capable of swinging wildly from Sinatra to Sting, Johnny Cash to George Gershwin, somehow it all rolls into one to make for a memorable evening over some tasty food and choice drinks. He will be joined by the exquisitely talented Scott Meally on Double Bass.

9pm - Not From Here

Thursday 13th Feb - MODAMI

7pm - Modami

Modami is a trio of itinerant do-somethings, Don Fraser, keys, Matt Birtchnell, upright bass, and Michael Findlay, percussion, from inner Melbourne who can think of nothing better to do with their time than nose around in the mysteries of jazz improvisation. They’re particularly nosey about ballads but also sniff around bop and even more recent aberrations.

Friday 14th Feb - Bridge

7pm - Bridge

Specialising in intimate performances at small venues, Bridge presents original interpretations of the music of Charlie Parker, Thelonius Monk, and The Great American Songbook. Featuring Alice Mary on saxophone, Matthew Si on guitar, James Lockwood on acoustic bass, and Paul Whitwood on kit, Bridge performs dynamic, interactive jazz, presenting a unique voice within the idiom. Bridge will premier interpretations of the music of the great Billy Strayhorn, presenting the composers music in an adventurous, contemporary setting.

Saturday 15th Feb - Ben Clifford | Groove Yard

7pm - Ben Clifford

Ben Clifford, lead singer and guitarist of Groove Yard, brings a special acoustic set featuring Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan & JJ Cale

9pm - Groove Yard

Groove Yard is a six piece band with horns, playing tight funky grooves and classic blues shuffles, with that big band sound, comprising of vocals, guitar, keys, bass. drums, baritone/tenor saxophone and alto/soprano saxophone. Groove Yard take influence from and play the great classic blues of artists such as Albert Collins, Freddy King, W.C Clark, Clarence Gatemouth Brown, BB King and many more.

Thursday 20th Feb - Brett Champion Quartet

7pm - Brett Champion Quartet

Formed in 2017, the Brett Champion Quartet play a joyful mix of contemporary jazz, soulful ballads, and blues tunes. Based in Melbourne, Australia, the BCQ are a guitar led ensemble that offer a fresh perspective on old classics, as well as energetic originals. Drawing inspiration from artists such as Freddie Hubbard, Chet Baker, and Indigo Jam Unit,, the Brett Champion Quartet are sure to provide an atmosphere of relaxed vibes and irrepressible fun.

Friday 21st Feb - Tony Lukav

7pm - Tony Lukav

 

Tony Lukav has unique vocals, well suited to his repertoire of classic blues, jazz ballads and rock standards. He draws on his life’s experiences and can texture by contrasting, for example, a Muddy Waters’ blues and a lilting Nat King Cole ballad. Story lines are traversed and explored in his repertoire, which is drawn from performers such as Louis Armstrong, Fats Waller, Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Leonard Cohen and Tom Waits. After extensive experience in band rhythm sections, playing double and electric bass, his piano style consists of a left-hand pushing bass lines and minimalist right-hand voicings with blues licks supporting the vocals. Tony’s evocative vocals and piano style make his performance one not to be missed.

Saturday 22nd Feb - Flying Home

7pm - Flying Home

Flying Home are a swing jazz and blues combo consisting of:

Brett Dellavedova - Guitar and vocals

George Stogiannou - Keys and vocals

Andrew Barcham - double bass

Damon Key - tenor sax

Pete Hodges - drums

 

During the dinner period from 7 - 9pm they play as a trio and perform some slower tempo jazz and blues to provide the perfect accompaniment to your meal. The full band appears from 9pm - 11pm to get the swing pumping and dance floor jumping, playing music made famous by artists such as Benny Goodman, Lionel Hampton, Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong & Nat King Cole.

Thursday 27th Feb - Three Spot Four

7pm - Three Spot Four

Three Spot Four is a jazz quartet committed to playing groovy soul-based jazz commonly found on Blue Note Records from the late 50’s and 60’s. Songs from artists like Lou Donaldson, Herbie Hancock, Jackie McLean, Jimmy Smith form the bands repertoire as do some standard New Orleans numbers all of which are sure to get your soul and toes tapping.  Its four members have all performed locally and elsewhere for a number of years and are sure to satisfy any jazz aficionado's or casual listeners need for some smooth-groove music. The quartet consists of Don Fraser on Electric Piano, Dario Ogrin on Saxophone, Matt Birtchnell Double-bass and Michael Findlay on the Drum Kit. Three Spot Four exclusively play every 4th Thursday of the month at Melbourne’s very own house of New Orleans food and music, The Moldy Fig.

Friday 28th Feb - Miff

7pm - Miff

Melbourne based singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist 'Miff', places a  pop-infused groove on the traditional aspects of soul music. Influenced by an array of different artists such as Stevie Wonder and Prince, ‘Miff’ has created a unique sound which is both refreshing and familiar. His debut album is slated for release this year and is sure to impress music enthusiasts.

Saturday 29th Feb - Floyd Thursby | Willow Jam

7pm - Floyd Thursby

Floyd’s been song-hunting in the mountains of Kyrgyzstan. He’s spun Bulgarian transvestite gypsy dance pop in clubs. He slumbered by the Flaming Crater of Darvaza. He sang chansons françaises for the French consulate in Saigon. He gave a private show to the Squatter King of Hanoi. He founded avant-garde instrumentalists the Ang Fang Quartet. He fronts acclaimed jazz manouche and French chanson ensemble La Mauvaise Réputation. He’s composed scores for award-winning films. He’s been to the High Court. He'll be joining us for a romp through the back streets of early New Orleans music.

9pm - Willow Jam Jazz

Willow Jam Jazz begin like your typical jazz band with a background in jazz and latin and then spice things up with a mix of blues, soul and good ol' rock N roll to get your feet tapping! Formed by Drew Wright, saxophone and flute, in 2010 the band comprises of Tim Lukey, guitar and vocals, Nick Goulding, keys, Will Donnelly, double bass, and George Karandais, percussion.

Thursday 5th March - Dan Felix Combo

7pm - Dan Felix Combo

Like the feelgood groove music of the late 1960s? Then check out the Dan Felix Combo. The DFC bring the cool sounds of late 1960s soul jazz, sultry latin and funky blues into the present. With unique interpretations of works by the likes of Shorter, Jobim, Zawinul, Hancock, Turrentine they blend a grooving rhythm section with saxophones and Rhodes pianos. Freshly established and carving their own niche in the Melbourne music scene, this group of dedicated pro musos make a point to always bring the groove! 

 

The Combo is:

 

Andrew Martin – Bass

Dario Ogrin – Saxophones

Dan Felix – Drums

Special guest – Hammond/Rhodes piano

Saturday 7th March - Ben Clifford | Groove Yard

7pm - Ben Clifford

Ben Clifford, lead singer and guitarist of Groove Yard, brings a special acoustic set featuring Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan & JJ Cale

9pm - Groove Yard

Groove Yard is a six piece band with horns, playing tight funky grooves and classic blues shuffles, with that big band sound, comprising of vocals, guitar, keys, bass. drums, baritone/tenor saxophone and alto/soprano saxophone. Groove Yard take influence from and play the great classic blues of artists such as Albert Collins, Freddy King, W.C Clark, Clarence Gatemouth Brown, BB King and many more.

Thursday 12th March - MODAMI

7pm - Modami

Modami is a trio of itinerant do-somethings, Don Fraser, keys, Matt Birtchnell, upright bass, and Michael Findlay, percussion, from inner Melbourne who can think of nothing better to do with their time than nose around in the mysteries of jazz improvisation. They’re particularly nosey about ballads but also sniff around bop and even more recent aberrations.

Friday 13th March - Bridge

7pm - Bridge

Specialising in intimate performances at small venues, Bridge presents original interpretations of the music of Charlie Parker, Thelonius Monk, and The Great American Songbook. Featuring Alice Mary on saxophone, Matthew Si on guitar, James Lockwood on acoustic bass, and Paul Whitwood on kit, Bridge performs dynamic, interactive jazz, presenting a unique voice within the idiom. Bridge will premier interpretations of the music of the great Billy Strayhorn, presenting the composers music in an adventurous, contemporary setting.

Thursday 19th March - Brett Champion Quartet

7pm - Brett Champion Quartet

Formed in 2017, the Brett Champion Quartet play a joyful mix of contemporary jazz, soulful ballads, and blues tunes. Based in Melbourne, Australia, the BCQ are a guitar led ensemble that offer a fresh perspective on old classics, as well as energetic originals. Drawing inspiration from artists such as Freddie Hubbard, Chet Baker, and Indigo Jam Unit,, the Brett Champion Quartet are sure to provide an atmosphere of relaxed vibes and irrepressible fun.

Friday 20th March - Tony Lukav

7pm - Tony Lukav

 

Tony Lukav has unique vocals, well suited to his repertoire of classic blues, jazz ballads and rock standards. He draws on his life’s experiences and can texture by contrasting, for example, a Muddy Waters’ blues and a lilting Nat King Cole ballad. Story lines are traversed and explored in his repertoire, which is drawn from performers such as Louis Armstrong, Fats Waller, Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Leonard Cohen and Tom Waits. After extensive experience in band rhythm sections, playing double and electric bass, his piano style consists of a left-hand pushing bass lines and minimalist right-hand voicings with blues licks supporting the vocals. Tony’s evocative vocals and piano style make his performance one not to be missed.

Saturday 21st March - Flying Home

7pm - Flying Home

Flying Home are a swing jazz and blues combo consisting of:

Brett Dellavedova - Guitar and vocals

George Stogiannou - Keys and vocals

Andrew Barcham - double bass

Damon Key - tenor sax

Pete Hodges - drums

 

During the dinner period from 7 - 9pm they play as a trio and perform some slower tempo jazz and blues to provide the perfect accompaniment to your meal. The full band appears from 9pm - 11pm to get the swing pumping and dance floor jumping, playing music made famous by artists such as Benny Goodman, Lionel Hampton, Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong & Nat King Cole.

Thursday 26th March - Three Spot Four

7pm - Three Spot Four

Three Spot Four is a jazz quartet committed to playing groovy soul-based jazz commonly found on Blue Note Records from the late 50’s and 60’s. Songs from artists like Lou Donaldson, Herbie Hancock, Jackie McLean, Jimmy Smith form the bands repertoire as do some standard New Orleans numbers all of which are sure to get your soul and toes tapping.  Its four members have all performed locally and elsewhere for a number of years and are sure to satisfy any jazz aficionado's or casual listeners need for some smooth-groove music. The quartet consists of Don Fraser on Electric Piano, Dario Ogrin on Saxophone, Matt Birtchnell Double-bass and Michael Findlay on the Drum Kit. Three Spot Four exclusively play every 4th Thursday of the month at Melbourne’s very own house of New Orleans food and music, The Moldy Fig.

Friday 27th March - Adrian Whyte

7pm - Adrian Whyte

Melbourne Guitar slinger Adrian Whyte plays an infectious mix of jazz, rockabilly and nostalgic pop instrumentals. Whilst capable of swinging wildly from Sinatra to Sting, Johnny Cash to George Gershwin, somehow it all rolls into one to make for a memorable evening over some tasty food and choice drinks. He will be joined by the exquisitely talented Scott Meally on Double Bass.

Saturday 28th March - Tony J King | Not From Here

7pm - Tony J King

Tony J King’s signature sound is hard to pin down. Cycling between the contemporary alt-roots sound, to the jiving, dirty tunes of the 40’s and 50’s, King oscillates between worlds, sounds and moods taking influences from the likes of Muddy Waters, Bob Dylan, Howling Wolf, Leadbelly and Robert Johnson.

With a few stories, guitar and half a drum kit, Tony J King creates a ramshackle music that has its roots in the street-corner blues and folk of the forties. Drawing on his experiences growing up in the 'Northern Badlands' of SA and the interesting and unique jobs he's had since Tony J King weaves tales from his fascination with the unusual, the exotic and the downright bizarre delving into the darker and mysterious side of the flawed and the famous, the wild and the wicked.

9pm - Not From Here

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