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Urbanity

A brilliantly successful fusion of two top talents, long time collaborators, guitarist Albare (Albert Dadon) and Phil Turcio (keys), playing at Bird’s with Pablo Bencid (drums) and Peter Mollica (bass), URBANITY in a short while has made its mark internationally. Albare and Turcio’s eponymous album has had Billboard chart success and completed seasons in major clubs across the U.S.

Soul Sacrifice - The Music Of Santana

Soul Sacrifice is an eight-piece band that pays genuine tribute to the great music of Carlos Santana. For the band, it's all about the music and putting on a great show focusing on classic Santana (late 60's/70's) with a splash of later hits covering Latin rock, jazz, funk, Latin soul and rock genres. Classics such as Black Magic Woman, Evil Ways, Oye Como Va & Smooth create the infectious grooves and rhythms of Santana. If you love Carlos Santana, you will be sure to enjoy every minute of this masterful fan band. 

Renée Geyer

Renée Geyer’s career has spanned four decades and is still going strong with her 25th album of 2013 Swing. A precocious jazz, blues and soul singer in her late teens; Countdown royalty in her 20s; a string of pop, soul and reggae hits spanning the 70s and 80s; her LA years in the studio with the likes of Stevie Wonder, Sting, Joe Cocker and Chaka Kahn; her 90s renaissance with Paul Kelly. She is a singer, songwriter, producer, and author. In 2005 Renée was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame, and in 2013 into The Age Music Victoria Hall of Fame, both proud occasions in which she joined the ranks of Australia’s most respected and accomplished musicians.

 

Barney McAll

Barney McAll is one of Australia’s most esteemed jazz musicians and one of the few who has also achieved distinction in that great, global music metropolis, New York City. He is a Grammy-nominated, multi award-winning pianist, composer and ensemble leader and is an extraordinary performer and communicator. 

Julien Wilson Trio

Comprising three bandleaders, the Julien Wilson Trio are rarely able to get together, but after more than a decade of perfomring, it is always magical when they do. With Stephen Magnusson (guitars) and Stephen Grant (piano accordian) collaborating with Wilson (saxophones & clarinet), this unique ensemble has a distinctive sound and approach that has produced three acclaimed albums. Their first album was Trio-Live (2007). Their last album, Swailing saw them expanding their sound with the addition of electric guitar, moog guitar, bass clarinet and soprano sax.       

Karrin Allyson

Karrin Allyson captures the hearts of her audiences with her honest, soulful vocals and her optimism and wise-cracking humor. Audiences are invited to go on an everlasting journey with Karrin’s lyrics and to live through the vast emotional range of her pitch perfect voice. Karrin sings dreamily in English, French, Portuguese, Italian and Spanish and five of her albums have received Grammy nominations for Best Jazz Vocal Album. Karrin is considered to be one of the most established jazz vocalists of our time and her legacy keenly shapes the evolution of jazz today. 

 

Virgil Donati

Virgil Donati's drumming has been at the leading edge of music for at least a decade. Originally from Melbourne, Virgil has been living in the USA for the past 25 years and has played at major venues around the world, non-stop. Having recently won Modern Drummer Magazine's best recorded performance, the bar has been set for his rhythm explorations.

Allan Harris

Over the past 20 years, Harris has steadily developed his reputation as one of the finest vocalists of his era. Brooklyn-born and Harlem-based, he has forged his sterling credentials through his ten previous albums, covering a broad range of contexts, all netted together within the rich territory of the jazz tradition. In addition to his recordings, he has performed on a worldwide stage that has taken him to prestigious international festivals and halls in Europe, the Middle East and Asia, as well as the 2012 Olympics in London.

 

Cyrus Chestnut Trio

Cyrus Chestnut is an American jazz pianist, composer and producer. In 2006, Josh Tyrangiel, music critic for Time, wrote: "What makes Chestnut the best jazz pianist of his generation is a willingness to abandon notes and play space." Chestnut enjoys mixing styles and resists being typecast in any one niche, though his gospel sound is apparent on a number of his recordings. Cyrus Chestnut has also performed and/or recorded with many of the jazz greats including; Freddy Cole, Bette Midler, Jon Hendricks, Freddie Hubbard, Jimmy Scott, Chick Corea, Isaac Hayes, Kevin Mahogany, Dizzy Gillespie.

 

YolanDa Brown

Double MOBO Award Winning Saxophonist YolanDa Brown is widely regarded as the Premier Female Saxophonist in the UK. She is one of the most exciting and in-demand live performers, a real reneissance woman, set ot reach new heights.

After hugely successful week at Bird's Basement in Melbourne in 2017, she makes her eargerly anticipated Australian National debut on her "Love Politics War" Tour, celebrating 10 years in music. She has toured with Diana Krall, The Temptations, Billy Ocean, and collaborated with artists such as Snarky Puppy's Bill Laurence, Raggae Legend Bob Marley's son Julian, and the Royal Philharmonica Concert Orchestra.

Her music is a wonderful mix of genres, touching on Jazz, Soul and Reggae.

Join YolanDa Brown for a fantastic evening of sunshine music on her Australian Tour and return to Bird's Basement.

 

Avery*Sunshine

Avery*Sunshine is a singer, songwriter and pianist known for a signature sound that weaves soul, gospel, jazz and R&B. With her thunderous, gospel-bred pipes and heart-to-heart content, Avery*Sunshine is known for her invigorating live performances, revealingly honest songwriting and impeccable instrumentation.The earthy singer has collaborated with the likes of Roy Ayers, Will Downing, and Musiq Soulchild, and has lent her talents to live performances from Michael Bublé, David Foster, Anthony Hamilton, Eric Benet, Ledisi, B.B. King and Jennifer Holliday. In 2008 she received national attention when she performed at the Democratic National Convention in Denver, which led to an invitation to perform during President Barack Obama's inauguration in 2009. 

Stephen Magnusson and Kinfolk

Co-winner of the 2000 National Jazz Guitar Award at Wangaratta, Stephen Magnusson is one of the most versatile and distinctive musicians in Australia. Currently a member of Aria award winning ensemble Elixir with Katie Noonan, Stephen has performed or recorded with artists including Charlie Haden’s Music Liberation Orchestra, Meshell Ndegeocello, Rickie-Lee Jones, Tim Berne, Scott Tinkler, Ren Walters, George Garzone, Jim Black, Mike Nock, Julien Wilson and Vince Jones. In addition to winning the Melbourne Music Prize in 2013, Magnusson’s Magnet (on LP and CD), won the 2013 ‘Bell’ Australian Jazz Award for Contemporary Jazz Album of the Year.

Kinfolk is a band featuring four friends that have a long history growing up and playing music together in Melbourne. Kinfolk is about our friendship and musical journey. Formed in 2014 the Band features Dave Beck Frank DiSario Tim Neal and Stephen Magnusson. Kinfolk explores grooves, forms and improvisations that are influenced by Melbourne's rich music scene and suburbs.

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