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Late-night jazz sessions: THE FIX
Friday 25 March 10.30pm
From 2004 until the onset of the pandemic, THE FIX ran a legendary late-night jazz session on Thursdays at The Moon Café. If you’ve ever been out in Northbridge, chances are you’ve stumbled upon this excellent, tight-knit, and spontaneous group doing their thing!
Ricki Malet: trumpet
Chris Foster: piano
Nick Abbey: bass
Peter Evans: drums
Hankering to play together once more, this iteration of the quartet recently relaunched on The Ellington Jazz Club’s late-night stage, with their sold-out and celebrated March show marking the beginning of a new regular event on the last Friday of each month.
These shows are impromptu jazz at its finest: a great way to see off the work week or to wind down post-gig. Expect the core quartet to bring their high-energy, trademark take on hard bop, featuring tunes made popular by classic groups like Art Blakey, Wayne Shorter, Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, and Lee Morgan, as well as a few original compositions.
Their long-running residency frequently featured drop-ins by national and international jazz luminaries (such as Aaron Choulai, Alex Norris, Troy Roberts, Linda May Han Oh, Sam Anning, Emiliano Sampaio, Carl Mackey, Brandon Allen, Mat Jodrell, and Mariel Bildsten, to name a few!), so don’t be surprised if you catch them collaborating on-the-fly with a heavy-hitting special guest or two, especially in the second set!
A note for patrons:
Table seats are available for late-night jazz! They’re unallocated, though, so be there early if you’re keen on securing one.
A note for musicians:
Impromptu sit-ins are a much-loved feature of THE FIX, and we are excited to be bringing them back starting in May! With the heightened performance focus of The Ellington, we can’t make it exactly the same ‘open jam’ format as it was back at The Moon – instead, the band will generally play the first set, then we will come and scope people out in the break and put together some lineups and tunes for the second set.
Don’t be shy in coming to chat with us! There won’t be an opportunity for everyone to play every time, but we will work to make it a welcoming vibe and share the love around