James Macaulay and the Happy Hoppy Orchestra - Album Launch

National Jazz Award winner James Macaulay recorded his dream project in Tokyo featuring Aaron Choulai, Joe Talia, Marty Holoubek, Ben Harrison, Akihiro Yoshimoto, Scott McConnachie, as well as special guests Miyama McQueen- Tokita and Lisa Salvo.

For the launch, James is joined by Melbourne musicians Ben Harrison (trumpet), Scott McConnachie (alto saxophone), Julien Wilson (tenor saxophone), Andrea Keller (piano), Sam Anning (bass), Maria Moles (drums) and Lisa Salvo (voice).

The compositions are inspired by James’ experiences in Japan, touring with Melbourne traditional jazz band the Lagerphones and with pianist Aaron Choulai. The title of the album refers to the cheerful and colourful advertising of ‘Happy Hoppy’ – an (ostensibly) beer flavoured, though non- alcoholic brand of soda often used as a mixer for cheap Shochu, a light Japanese spirit.

Inspired by the work of the Allan Browne Quintet, James’ compositions combine lyricism and abstraction in order to produce new ways to organise improvisation within the standard instrumentation of a jazz septet.

“… James Macaulay playing lines that sounded like he was doing the NYT
crossword puzzle blindfolded, underwater, shoes on backwards behind the wheel
of a studebaker. (we barely played together at all this trip, b/c the resulting
soundwaves generate antimatter- which creates logistical issues for the
surrounding environment, but it was a solid musical communion nonetheless &
no injuries.)” – Josh Roseman

Doors Open 20 Jun 2018 8:00 pm
Music Starts 20 Jun 2018 8:30 pm
Online sales end (Unsold tickets available at door) 20 Jun 2018 7:30 pm
The Jazzlab
27 Leslie St, Brunswick VIC 3056, Australia Brunswick , Vic 3056 Australia
The Jazzlab

Ticket Information

Ticket Type Price
General Admission $20.00
Concession $15.00
Unsold tickets available at the door

Location Map

Contact Info

27 Leslie St, Brunswick
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Phone: (03) 9080 4398


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