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.

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 - 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.

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

Friday 3rd April - 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 4th April - Ben Clifford | Groove Yard

7pm - Ben Clifford

Ben Clifford is a folk & blues singer songwriter who has been active in the Melbourne and International music scene for over three decades and is currently frontman and lead guitarist of his band Groove Yard. He brings his solo acoustic act to The Moldy Fig where he will explore blues and folk classics from Eric Clapton, Robert Johnson, Bob Dylan and many more featuring acoustic folk rhythm's & slide blues guitar.

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.

Ben Clifford: Guitar/Vocals
Peter Garam: Keyboards Lukas Drobik: Bass
John Egan: Drums 

David Taylor: Baritone/Tenor/Alto Saxophone
Antonello Mazzoccoli : Tenor Saxophone

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