James Flynn & Dave Rastrick
Saturday 13 March 7.00pm
‘The Denmartians have landed’
Popular vocalist James Flynn will perform over two nights crammed full of fun, great music and entertainment, with Harry Mitchell- piano, Adam Springhetti -bass & Chris Tarr – drums and featuring fellow Denmark resident, and multi-instrumentalist, the sensational, Dave Rastrick.
The two met when James moved to Denmark in March last year. “I was blown away with Dave’s talent and versatility, more and more instruments kept arriving on stage, all of which he could play really well. We’ve gone on to perform a number of concerts together and have built a great rapport on stage. I had to bring him up to Perth and introduce him to the Ellington audience. I guarantee you guys will love him and he also sings!” Flynn said.
Dave plays trumpet, cornet, flugelhorn, trombone, guitar and banjo and normally on the one night!
If you love the swing style of Nat king Cole, Sinatra, Dean, Gregory Porter, Chet Baker, Michael Buble, Louis Armstrong, Jamie Cullum and a sprinkling of James and Dave’s original compositions, then this is the show for you.
Friday 12th & Saturday 13th of March @ 7.30pm
More about James & Dave Below:
James Flynn has had a versatile career that spans three decades and has taken him around the world performing as a professional a jazz vocalist, band leader, composer, actor, director & writer.
Originally from Scotland, Flynn moved to Western Australia in early 2000. He has written, produced and featured in, regional and national touring productions within Australia and consolidated a significant reputation internationally for his many performances overseas.
Sample career highlights include: Support artist for the late, great, Ray Charles – Support & touring artist with Demis Roussos- Featured soloist with The West Australian Symphony Orchestra- Jazz Festivals performances in Australia, Europe, UK & Asia – Opening act in the USA for ‘The Summer Horns’ Featuring: Gerald Albright, Mindi Abair, Dave Koz & Richard Elliot) – Emcee/performer,The Singapore International Jazz festival 2016/17/18 – Emcee/host Gregory Porter in Concert – Singapore 2018.
James has recorded eight Jazz CD’s and is currently working on a new album of original compositions, featuring collaborations with artists from around the world and including, Australian jazz saxophone legend, Dale Barlow.
In addition to this he is also working on a project called ‘Jazz & Art, a collaboration with Japanese artist, Tsuyumi Miwa & an original screenplay “Angelicas smile” with, his BBC producer brother, David Flynn.
David Rastrick is a West Australian trumpeter, vocalist, song-writer and multi-instrumentalist with over twenty years performance experience in many styles. The skills of a jazz musician with classical and contemporary grounding have allowed David to play most any style with literally hundreds of bands on trumpet and multiple instruments.
David began playing trumpet at age 11 after his music teacher told him Euphonium would be too big for him to pick up (let alone play)! After playing in high school concert bands and rock bands David joined Will Upsons’ Rainbow Coast Big Band, which along with sit-ins with the South-Coast Jazzmen, gave him his first experiences playing with well accomplished jazz musicians.
David’s enjoyed playing on the same bill as acts as diverse as Carole King, James Taylor, Roxy Music, Ian Moss, The Choirboys, James Morrison, Cat Empire, Salmonella Dub, Tex Perkins, James Morrison and Deni Hines, Boz Scaggs, Michael McDonald, Darryl Braithwaite, Jon Stevens, Mamakin, The Violent Femmes, Directions in Groove (D.I.G), Tiddas, Nic Conway, Bob Malone, Marina Prior, David Hobson, Perth Symphony Orchestra, Jamdown Kings, Dya Singh, Blu Guru and more.
David has played with literally hundreds of bands throughout Western Australia (WA) and beyond. He has jammed, gigged, toured and recorded with acts including Lunar Circus, Toby, Junkadelic, Rusty Brooks, South-Coast Jazzmen, Saritah, Ernie Watts, Will Upson, The Waifs, Pugsley Buzzard, Jackie Orzascky, Libby Hammer, Tom Baker, Danny Moss Trio with Elle Deslandes, Nadira, Beeva Feeva, Luke Carra (Caravana Sun), Table 27, Double Entendre, Xave Brown, Katie J White, Blue Mannah, Lez Karski, Letterstick Band, Djerredjef Africa, Shangarra Jive, Ash Grunwald, Grace Barbe, Lorrae Coffin, Beeva Feeva, Fantuzzi, Mitchell “Fingers” Cullen, Earl St. Rumrunners, The Wayward Earls, Moondog J, and many, many more. Some of his collaborative and iconic south west bands including SilvaBeat, BeatRoot, Odd Sock, Moodswingz, Jungle Infection, Seahorse, Strange Brew, Midnight Mahina, Tama Rua, Freedom Police, The Secondhand Band, The Hoots, and Table 27, as well as current acts.
After high school graduation (and receiving a musicianship award) David studied jazz trumpet at WAAPA in 1992 and 1996, gaining a solid foundation in jazz theory, practice and improvisation. David completed a Diploma in Music (Song-writing) and a Diploma in Conservation and Land Management (Bush Regeneration) at South Regional TAFE (Denmark Campus) in 2011. David also holds a Certificate IV in Small Business Management (David Wells and Associates).
In 2018 David completed a Bachelor of Creative Arts (Music) (Honours) with the University of Southern Queensland (USQ), with a focus on composition and arranging in World-Jazz styles, a Bachelor Degree in Sustainable Development (Murdoch University), and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. During his undergraduate music study with USQ, David received both a Faculty Medal and a University Medal for high achievement.
David is currently enrolled in a Graduate Diploma in Carbon and Energy studies with Murdoch University and developing an application to study a PhD in Music with USQ.
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