I FIRST heard Shirazz when they played for the Victorian Jazz Club at the Oakleigh/Carnegie RSL in October 2010. They were impressive then as an up and coming band with a great future. Well by 2012 they’ve definitely up and come!
In constant demand on the festival circuit and at jazz clubs throughout Australia – check out their website for details of their busy schedule – Shirazz is about to launch their second album, Enjoy Responsibly.
Listen to a sample from the album by clicking on Dapper Dan , a standard with a local flavour.
The Album Launch will be held at Red Bennies, 373 Chapel Street, South Yarra starting at 9pm on Saturday 25 February 2012. Phone: 9826 2689 for information and bookings.
In addition to the Launch, Shirazz is headlining a night of riotous 1920s-style entertainment, with burlesque, vaudeville and circus acts bringing the 20s to life. The gig starts at 9pm, and entry is $10, or $20 including the album (normally $20 on its own). Be sure to say you’re there to see Shirazz, otherwise you’ll pay a lot more to get in.
Here’s a further taste of the Shirazz pizazz: at the 2012 Grampians Jazz Festival. The lineup is Matt Dixon (trombone/vocals), Adrian De Fanti (clarinet), Travis Woods (trumpet), Michael Hanley (banjo), Alistair Robertson (bass), Mike Di Cecco (drums). Filmed by Lois Stephenson.
And for the record, here’s a picture of Shirazz two years ago when they played at the Victorian Jazz Club. With the exception of Alistair Robertson replacing Eli Firestone on bass, the lineup is the same
This is a band which is making all the right moves, musically and as entertainers. Apart from their great sound, they have one of the best publicity machines in the business which many others could learn from. Come and enjoy Matt Dixon and his gang, and buy their CD for future listening pleasure.
What: Enjoy Responsibly Album Launch
When: Saturday 25 February, 9pm
Where: Red Bennies, 373 Chapel Street, South Yarra
How much: $10 entry (or $20 incl. the album), as long as you say you’re there to see Shirazz
For Shirazz’s Geelong/Bellarine Peninsula/etc fans, the band is heading down to beautiful Queenscliff the very next day (this Sunday) for a afternoon picnic concert in the Citizens Park Rotunda (1-4pm). Yes, you can buy their new album there.