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09/05/2022 Vale Bob Barnard – Jazz Icon passes

It is with deep sadness that the Jazz world has lost a gentleman and an icon Robert Graeme Barnard AM who has died. He’d been living with cancer over the last few years, and his condition was exacerbated by a few other complicating conditions. He was 88.
Bob is survived by Danielle, his wife of 30 years; his children from his first marriage to Patricia Greig: Loretta, Tony and Adam; his grandchildren Beau, Casey, Erin and Cara, his great-granddaughter Juniper; and his stepsons Marc and Philip Boas and their families.
Bob was one of the pioneering jazz artists in this country, and played a huge part in taking Australian jazz to the world, with Graeme Bell’s band in the 1960s, his own band in the 1970s-1980s, and as a solo artist from the 1980s until he retired professionally about five years ago. In an almost 70-year career, he performed with the biggest names in Australian and international jazz, guest-starred at all the national and international jazz festivals; he has a devoted legion of fans across the globe. He made countless (literally!) recordings either under his own name, as a sideman, or as guest artist.

09/05/2022 James Morrison Heading to The Barracks

Friday 7 October
The legendary James Morrison , accompanied by his talented band will blow you away with an unforgettable and entertaining Motown experience.  This feel-good evening will get you on your feet and includes four soulful voices, a pumping rhythm section and some smoldering horns lead by the incomparable James Morrison.  Songs include hits from James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder and all the Motown greats.  This is one show not to be missed.
Saturday 8 October
James Morrison is renowned as one of the finest jazz players Australia has ever produced. Revel in this rare and sensational night of brassy sounds as James is joined on stage by acclaimed vocalist Emma Pask and his big band.  You’ll be swingin’ from the first note as they bring you a heap of big band classics made famous by greats Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington, Gershwin and, of course, Frank Sinatra.  Prepare to be blown away in a toe-tapping, show-stopping evening of entertainment for the whole family.
Venue:                    The Barracks at North Head, Manly 33 N Head Scenic Drive, Manly
Season:                   Friday 9 September – Sunday 9 October 2022
Showtimes:            Thursday & Friday performances
                                 6pm gates to the event site will open - 7.30pm show / 9.30pm finish
                                 Saturday & Sunday performances
                                 3.30pm gates to the event site will open - 5pm show / 7pm finish
Prices:                    from $69 (Transaction fees apply)
Bookings:               Ticketmaster.com.au
Groups:                 Ticketmaster groups via email groups@ticketmaster.com.au

10/05/2022 Frank Presley’s Now’s the Time Shuffles to 7pm Tuesdays 99.3

After several years in the popular drive time slot on Northside Radio, Now’s the Time has shuffled down the line to an evening time slot of 7-9pm.  This year Now’s the Time celebrates it’s 20th year on Northside Radio and its 29th year on community radio stations in New South Wales.  Tune in at 7:30pm for ‘Talking Jazz’, Sinatra at 8, Tuesday Night Live at 8:15pm and at 8:33 1/3 the Microgroove Wax track of the week.
Northside FM 99.3
Stream live at www.northsideradio.com.au

08/02/2022 Venue 505 forced to close again

For 18 years 505 has been a vital member of Sydney’s live music and theatre landscape. Over the years we have had many iterations and adventures from the early warehouse days to our internationally renowned Cleveland Street club Venue 505, and our beautiful award winning Old 505 Theatre in Newtown. In that time we have supported tens of thousands of artists in their careers and welcomed hundreds of thousands of people through our doors. Through all of those years 505 has remained fiercely independent, staunchly artist run and vehemently community minded.
The past decade has been incredibly difficult for Sydney venues from lockouts, archaic regulation, pressures of gentrification and rising cost of business; but nothing has compared to the impacts we have felt this past two years. We have worked hard to reimagine our offering, our business model and to just keep going. We teamed up with our friends at Sydney Fringe to share space, reduce risk and safeguard the venue; we have had tremendous support from the building trustees and Government that kept us going for the past 24 months, but the reality of operating in this environment for a third year is simply untenable.
The new year’s wave of Omicron has thrown our sectors plans for recovery out the window, exposed our fragility and to be frank, is just too much. So we have made the decision to wrap up 505 and stop presenting work at the Newtown venue, as such the last Acoustic Ritual gigs will be in March and then we will hit stop and take a long breath.
We don’t know what the future holds for 505, it is unlikely we will have a permanent bricks and mortar space again, certainly not in the near future. I am sure we will pop up here and there and we will of course continue to find ways to provide gigs to artists and space to creatives where we can. Cameron will get back to playing the bass, teaching at the Conservatorium and is embarking on a PHD; and Kerri will continue to champion the independent arts sector and help make Sydney the city we all want it to be.   

08/02/2022 Asteroid Ekosystem on Tour

In a few weeks Asteroid Ekosystem —Alister Spence, Ed Kuepper, Lloyd Swanton, Toby Hall—will finally begin touring, exploring our 2020 debut album in a live setting. We hope you can join us.
Presented by
Feel Presents
Feb 23: Canberra, Ainslie Salon @ Ainslie & Gorman Arts Centre
Feb 24: Melbourne, Brunswick Ballroom
Feb 26: Sydney Jazz: NOW Summer Festival, Marys Underground
Feb 27: Sydney Jazz: NOW Summer Festival, Marys Underground
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