Last Saturday night was a fantastic opportunity to hear one of Melbourne’s best bands – Michael McQuaid’s Late Hour Boys in full flight. Absolutely fabulous small group jazz reflecting the influence on Australian Jazz by the great Ade Monsbourgh. Michael McQuaid on trumpet & reeds, Jason Downes on reeds, Doug Rawson piano , John Scurry banjo & guitar, Richard Mander bass and Sandra Talty drums & vocals playing rarely heard Australian compositions such as Kelly’s Deal, Stomp Miss Hannah and the pop tunes that Ade loved such as We’ll Gather Lilacs.
A great opportunity too to purchase a copy of Michael’s brand new CD called Diaspora. Recorded in London in January 2017 Michael plays clarinet with American born Andrew Oliver who now resides in London on piano and Londoner Nicholas Ball on drums. The trio format really allows all three of these very talented musicians to stretch out individually and as a group on a great repertoire of jazz classics, some lesser know ballads and two of Michael’s own compositions Black Spur and the title track , Diaspora. Highly recommended and available at any good gig featuring the talents of Michael McQuaid.