John Scurry's Reverse Swing CD Launch
John Scurry has been a stalwart of the Australian swing and traditional jazz scene for five decades, while simultaneously being a renowned visual artist and teacher. He has performed at major jazz festivals throughout Australia, Europe and North America withiconic bands including The Red Onions, while his paintings have been exhibited at theNational Gallery of Victoria and the Art Gallery of NSW. This is surprisingly his debut release under his own name. Appropriately, the cover features one of his own paintings.
The songs Scurry has composed and curated for Post Matinee provide an openframework for a collection of his closest musical colleagues to shine. As a soloist and accompanist, John manages to be simultaneously consummate and unassuming. The album artwork includes an historical photo of the Windsor Theatre where John procured his first paid employment as a ten year old theatre attendant. Post Matinee offers a collection of evocative and cinematic musical vignettes, fleeting glimpses of a tapestry of rich memories from less hectic days.
As JAZZLIVES’ Michael Steinman writes in the liner notes: 'Scurry's music, although irresistibly swinging, is MUSIC first, jazz second. I imagine a dance programme ranging from uptown funk to pastoralia, or soundtrack music for a never seen Dennis Potter project. Each song is complete and shapely: a painting or photograph in itself, which is apt. I am also thrilled to hear so much of his guitar playingout in the open. Of the other players I write, as would Louis, that they are Topmen On Their Instruments, masters of Tonation and Phrasing. I'd never heard Shelley Scown sing before, but I bow low before her sweet elegance. Alec Wilder would have admired this: Ellington, too. I want a second and third volume.'
|Doors Open||21 Mar 2018 8:00 pm|
|Music Starts||21 Mar 2018 8:30 pm|
|Online sales end (Unsold tickets available at door)||21 Mar 2018 7:30 pm|
|Ticket Price||$20 or $15 concession|