JOHN Morrison’s Moonee Valley Jazz Band has been playing rhythmic, hot four-beat jazz to the delight of local and interstate audiences for a very long time (more than 20 years?).
On Sunday 24 March the Band will be playing for the Williamstown Jazz Club at the Williamstown RSL, corner of Ferguson Street and Melbourne Road, Williamstown from 4.00pm to 7.0pm. Bookings 9311 3349 or 9397 1885..
On this occasion there will be a couple of changes to the front line in the shape of two special guests: Bob Whetstone will be keeping things lively on trumpet and a song or two, while on reeds will be a visitor, not just to Melbourne, but to Australia – David Horniblow from the UK.
David’s CV is certainly impressive. Here are some exerpts.
– Studied clasical clarinet at the Guildhall School of Music, then switched focus to jazz.
– Of the five biggest UK jazz acts he has played or recorded with four – Chris Barber, Kenny Ball, Jools Holland and Jamie Cullum, and regularly shares the stage with the fifth, Acker Bilk.
– Has toured extensively in the UK and Europe, particularly with The Big Chris Barber Band.
– Done gigs at most of the major jazz and music venues throughout the British Isles.
– Worked in London’s West End theatre, most recently in “Jersey Boys”.
– Has had extensive teaching experience including the Royal Academy of Music Junior Department which attracts students from around the world.
Here’s an audio clip of The Big Chris Barber Band playing Wabash Blues featuring David on clarinet. Click on the image of Chris Barber to hear it.
David is currently based in Sydney on an extended visit, and has already played with Bob Barnard, Geoff Bull and Bob Henderson, and is booked for a gig with Gary Walford at Unity Hall. He is likely to be in Melbourne until about the end of March, so this is an opportunity to hear him while he’s in town which shouldn’t be missed.
As an aside, David came to be playing with the Moonee Valley Jazz Band through a chance connection with Bob Whetstone. They met at the Swanage Jazz Festival, Dorset, England last summer, when Bob and the lovely Marcie were staying with old jazz mate, Keith Nichols. David had played with Nichols on a number of gigs, and was introduced to Bob as a possible contact on his forthcoming visit to Australia.
And just to remind you of the Whetstone magic, here Bob plays and sings “When It’s Sleepy Time Down South” at the Amora Riverwalk Hotel, Richmond with Willy Purcell and James Clark.
And if you’d like to meet Bob’s mate Keith Nichols, here he is playing piano at the Whitley Bay Classic Jazz Festival in 2011.