120 Lygon Street, Brunswick East 3057

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Thursday 3rd October - Dan Felix Combo

Dinner Session and Late Night from 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 4th October - Polash Larsen | ELIJSMA | Not From Here

7pm - Polash Larsen (The Offtopics)

Polash Larsen, lead singer of The Offtopics and resident funk dynamo, will join us for a solo set of original material as well as some of his favourite Dr John and Allen Toussaint numbers.

8pm - ELIJSMA

EIJSMA (pronounced eyes-mah) is pianist/singer-songwriter, Ella Blackburn. The Melbourne-based artist interweaves her background as a classical pianist with lush harmony and production, moody synths, and beautiful, meandering interludes. Her songs of melancholy and bittersweet moments of love and mental struggles follow the vein of Bat for Lashes, Mitski, Rufus Wainwright and Fiona Apple. EIJSMA will be playing a stripped back solo set taking influence from some '60s and '70s songwriting greats.

9pm - Not From Here

Not From Here are a new Brunswick based Trio made up Dan Nilsson - guitar and vocals, Howard Norsetter - trumpet and Ben Harmsen - bass.  They play a mixture of Jazz, Blues and old-school pop music with a Brunswick bent.

Saturday 5th October - Nelson + Emma-Mae | Catch 23 Blues

Nelson Rufatt is a composer, jazz pianist, singer, and arranger. He front maned and wrote songs for Sydney jazz-rock band ‘The Alpha Experiment’ from 2011-2017. With that band he won the Sydney Fringe’s PIC award, and played at venues such as  Frankies, Venue 505, Lazy Bones Lounge, the Mona Vale Hotel, and The Modus Operandi Brewing Company. Nelson received his Bachelor of Music (Performance) from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in 2016. He will be joined by vocalist Emma-Mae Schmidt, an up and coming jazz vocalist, who has originally trained as a classical soprano performing in a variety of singing competitions and ensembles.

Friday 11th October - Floyd Thursby | Aurora Lumina

Dinner Session 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.

Late Night 9pm - Aurora Lumina

Aurora Lumina perform enthralling and unique brews inspired by improvisation, jazz, Middle Eastern and Western Classical music. Aurora (dawn Latin) Lumina (light Latin) Umina (place to sleep or repose Kurringai language). Featuring Jenny Game-Lopata, Saxophones, Peter Neville, Mallet Percussion, Poul Grage, Percussion, and Michael Currie, Basses. They will be joined by special guests Kaylie Melville and Anthony Schulz

Saturday 12th October - Bird Conference

Dinner and Late Night from 7pm

The Bird Conference

The Bird Conference are a quintet exploring the depths of the jazz tradition; unafraid to explore every corner the idiom has to offer. Pieces range from hard swinging numbers reminiscent of the Cannonball Adderley quintet, to free improvisation, to highly arranged pieces exploring harmony and odd time grooves. Join the group as they present original compositions from all members as well as interpretations of jazz standards. 

 

Soundcloud link: http://soundcloud.com/user-780778966

 

Richard Butler: Tenor and Soprano Saxophone 

Ainsley Finn: Piano

David Gooey: Guitar 

Kein Jenkin: Drums 

Ben Christensen: Double Bass and Vocals

Thursday 17th October - Brett Champion Quartet

Dinner Session + Late Night from 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 18th October - Elle T and Mal | Craig Horne

Dinner Session 7pm - Elle T and Mal

Laureen Thompson, vocals, and Malcolm Hornby, keys, are favourite regulars at The Fig. Sit back and relax for a jazzy evening as they sing us the classics.

Late Night 9pm - Craig Horne and

Singer song-writers Craig Horne and Wayne Burt (ARIA Hall of Fame) bring their new blues project to The Fig. The Age’s Warwick Mc Fadyen  said of Craig's regular band… 'The Hornets are steeped in the blues, they rise out of the Yarra Valley delta meeting at the mythical crossroads where Chicago grit has blown in. This is an earthy blues band with a pedigree of outstanding musicians…’ Don't miss this special show where he brings new material to his duo with Wayne Burt.

Saturday 19th October - Brooklyn '86

Brooklyn '86

Brooklyn '86 are a 5-piece New Orleans style brass band, inspired by the traditions of the famous city. With modern influences including The Rebirth Brass Band, The Hot 8 Brass Band and The Hackney Colliery Band, Brooklyn '86 brings elements of jazz, hip-hop and funk to their party grooves and soulful sounds playing some slammin' NOLA classics, unique covers and fresh originals.

Thursday 24th October - PR Club

Dinner Session + Late Night from 7pm

PR Club

With a love of political spin, self-promotion and 60's and 70's soul music, The PR Club is a new project featuring guitarists Matthew Roche and Michael Panton. Coming together out of their strong friendship and duo format they slowly unravel familiar ear-worms and bring to the surface the forgotten songs of your youth.

Friday 25th October - Tony Lukav

Dinner Session 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 26th October - Closed For Private Function

Thursday 31st October - Three Spot Four

Dinner and Late Night from 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 1st Nov - Flying Home

Dinner Session and Late Night from 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.

Saturday 2nd Nov - Nelson + Emma-Mae | Groove Yard

Dinner Session 7pm - Nelson + Emma-Mae

Nelson Rufatt is a composer, jazz pianist, singer, and arranger. He front maned and wrote songs for Sydney jazz-rock band ‘The Alpha Experiment’ from 2011-2017. With that band he won the Sydney Fringe’s PIC award, and played at venues such as  Frankies, Venue 505, Lazy Bones Lounge, the Mona Vale Hotel, and The Modus Operandi Brewing Company. Nelson received his Bachelor of Music (Performance) from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in 2016. He will be joined by vocalist Emma-Mae Schmidt, an up and coming jazz vocalist, who has originally trained as a classical soprano performing in a variety of singing competitions and ensembles.

Late Night 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.

Tuesday 5th Nov - Melbourne Cup Day

Open from 5pm for business as usual.

Thursday 7th Nov - Dan Felix Combo

Dinner Session and Late Night from 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 8th Nov - Jen Salisbury | Max Teakle

Dinner Session 7pm - Jen Salisbury

Jen Salisbury and Mark Morand perform the quintessential jazz classics of the 30's,40's and 50's. Mark's solo guitar style has been inspired by the greats such as Joe Pass and Kenney Burrell, while Jen Salisbury's vocals provide a timbre and delivery well matched to the era of choice.

Late Night 9pm - 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.

Saturday 9th Nov - Bird Conference

Dinner and Late Night from 7pm

The Bird Conference

The Bird Conference are a quintet exploring the depths of the jazz tradition; unafraid to explore every corner the idiom has to offer. Pieces range from hard swinging numbers reminiscent of the Cannonball Adderley quintet, to free improvisation, to highly arranged pieces exploring harmony and odd time grooves. Join the group as they present original compositions from all members as well as interpretations of jazz standards. 

 

Soundcloud link: http://soundcloud.com/user-780778966

 

Richard Butler: Tenor and Soprano Saxophone 

Ainsley Finn: Piano

David Gooey: Guitar 

Kein Jenkin: Drums 

Ben Christensen: Double Bass and Vocals

Thursday 14th Nov - 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 15th Nov - Tony Lukav | Aurora Lumina

Dinner Session 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.

Late Night 9pm - Aurora Lumina

Aurora Lumina perform enthralling and unique brews inspired by improvisation, jazz, Middle Eastern and Western Classical music. Aurora (dawn Latin) Lumina (light Latin) Umina (place to sleep or repose Kurringai language). Featuring Jenny Game-Lopata, Saxophones, Peter Neville, Mallet Percussion, Poul Grage, Percussion, and Michael Currie, Basses. They will be joined by special guests Kaylie Melville and Anthony Schulz

Saturday 16th Nov - Closed For Private Function

Thursday 21st Nov - Brett Champion Quartet

Dinner Session + Late Night from 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 22nd Nov - Elle T + Mal | Kaboobie

Dinner Session 7pm - Elle T + Mal

Laureen Thompson, vocals, and Malcom Hornby, keys, are favourite regulars at The Fig. Sit back and relax for an evening of smooth jazz as they sing us the classics.

Late Night 9pm - Kaboobie

Kaboobie is a Piano Trio plus percussion. They play a raucous mix of 1960’s Soul filled Jazz, Rhythm and Blues and Gospel Grooves. The kind of sound that you get swept up in. Boasting an exceptional line up of musicians, Kaboobie focusses on the tension within each groove, riding the dynamics and creating a cathartic and uplifting atmosphere.
Come and shake your hips and clap your hands to the rapturous sounds of Kaboobie.

Saturday 23rd Nov - Floyd Thursby | Catch 23 Blues

Dinner Session 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.

Late Night 9pm - Catch 23 Blues

Catch 23 Blues are four seasoned musicians drawn together by a love of the Blues! A solid Blues Rock machine with a tight rhythm section, smokin' guitars and great vocals, this four piece unit really packs a punch! With years of entertainment experience between them , they put on a dynamite show!

Thursday 28th Nov - Three Spot Four

Dinner and Late Night from 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 29th Nov - Adrian Whyte + Mark Pase | Combinado

Dinner Session 6pm - Adrian Whyte + Mark Pase

Two guys who bonded over a love for Jazz guitar and the wonders of harmony and melody, Adrian Whyte and Mark Pase bring to you a polite set of finely crafted jazz Standards. With hours of blood sweat and tears (or a regular Tuesday coffee and jam session really) poured into their guitars, you can guarantee they will throw a warm blanket of notes and colour over your evening.

Late Night 9pm - Combinado

Hailing from the inner suburbs of Melbourne, Combinado is an exciting new quartet that combines the infectious rhythms of Brazilian music with the exploratory nature of contemporary jazz. Consisting of Igor Dallegrave on drums/flute, Declan Stewart on electric bass, Matt Si on electric guitar, and Jordan Cottee on Tenor Saxophone, Combinado has a unique sound and chemistry that’s not to be missed.

Saturday 30th Nov - Flying Home

Dinner Session and Late Night from 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 5th Dec - Dan Felix Combo

Dinner Session and Late Night from 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 6th Dec - Nelson + Emma-Mae | Groove Yard

Dinner Session 7pm - Nelson + Emma-Mae

Nelson Rufatt is a composer, jazz pianist, singer, and arranger. He front maned and wrote songs for Sydney jazz-rock band ‘The Alpha Experiment’ from 2011-2017. With that band he won the Sydney Fringe’s PIC award, and played at venues such as  Frankies, Venue 505, Lazy Bones Lounge, the Mona Vale Hotel, and The Modus Operandi Brewing Company. Nelson received his Bachelor of Music (Performance) from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in 2016. He will be joined by vocalist Emma-Mae Schmidt, an up and coming jazz vocalist, who has originally trained as a classical soprano performing in a variety of singing competitions and ensembles.

Late Night 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.

Friday 13th Dec - Miff | Bridge

Dinner Session 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.

Late Night 9pm - 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 14th Dec - Bird Conference

Dinner and Late Night from 7pm

The Bird Conference

The Bird Conference are a quintet exploring the depths of the jazz tradition; unafraid to explore every corner the idiom has to offer. Pieces range from hard swinging numbers reminiscent of the Cannonball Adderley quintet, to free improvisation, to highly arranged pieces exploring harmony and odd time grooves. Join the group as they present original compositions from all members as well as interpretations of jazz standards. 

 

Soundcloud link: http://soundcloud.com/user-780778966

 

Richard Butler: Tenor and Soprano Saxophone 

Ainsley Finn: Piano

David Gooey: Guitar 

Kein Jenkin: Drums 

Ben Christensen: Double Bass and Vocals

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