New Directions: Tal Cohen, Nick Abbey, Bronton Ainsworth
Thursday 22 October 7.00pm
Tal Cohen – piano
Nick Abbey – bass
Bronton Ainsworth – drums
These outstanding musicians have crossed paths in various bands over the years but had never previously played all together. As a trio, the chemistry was instant and undeniable. They have relished nurturing this connection over the following months and are excited to be debuting it at The Ellington Jazz Club.
Expect nothing less than swinging, interactive, and risk-taking music, and entertaining, authentic camaraderie between the three as the trio navigates a selection of their original tunes and fresh takes on their favourite jazz standards. With Tal returning to the USA shortly, it may be a while before the group plays in this format again – don’t miss out on catching this compelling unit in action!
Bassist/composer Nick Abbey has become an integral fixture of the jazz and contemporary music scenes in WA since arriving from Melbourne in 2006. Well known for holding down the low end as an eminently reliable sideman to many groups, this PhD recipient, 2020 Freedman Jazz Fellowship nominee, WAAPA sessional lecturer, and finalist at the 2015 National Jazz Awards is also a compelling artistic voice in his own right. His compositions have repeatedly drawn accolades, including the 2018/2019 WAM Jazz Song of the Year award for Song for The Days When (from the album Phantoms) as well as a further nomination in 2020, which followed three consecutive wins of the same award (2012–2014). Nick has featured with a host of national and international luminaries, including the likes of Veronica Swift, Peter Bernstein, Vivian Sessoms, George Garzone, John Scofield, Paul Bollenback, Alex Norris, Jim Pugh, Howard Levy, Paul Grabowsky, Jamie Oehlers, Tom O’Halloran, and Troy Roberts.
Influenced by masters past and present, Bronton Ainsworth’s natural affinity for the drums began at ten. Since then, his burgeoning career has seen him work with musicians and bands all over Australia and around the world. Sparked by his studies at the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts, he has become inspired by and equally at-home in all kinds of musical styles, from rock, folk, and blues, to jazz, latin, RnB, and beyond. Highly in-demand, Bronton has played with some of Australia’s leading musical figures, including Marina Prior, Grace Knight, Joe Echo, Bobby Fox, and Lucky Oceans, and through his tenure with the West Australian Youth Jazz Orchestra has shared the stage with national and international icons Fred Wesley, Jim McNeely, Kate Ceberano, Ross Irwin, and Kristin Berardi. Bronton currently plays with local groups Adam Hall & the Velvet Playboys and the Danny Moss Jnr. Trio.
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