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SPEEDBALL: ‘We Have Moved’ Album Launch (MEL/PER)
Friday 28 September 7.00pm
Dynamic long-running Australian group Speedball has thrilled audiences since 2000. Their signature brand of no holds barred, high intensity performances has earned them a reputation as one of the country’s most exciting ensembles.
Originally hailing from Perth, the members have found themselves enjoying success across the globe, with 4/5ths of the group now residing in Melbourne. Members of the band have performed with heavyweights such as Ron Carter, Herbie Hancock, Joe Lovano, Chick Corea, Terence Blanchard, Miguel Zenon, Jose James, Gregory Porter, and Kenny Werner.
The combined accolades of the group’s members are extensive, including a Clifford Brown/Stan Getz fellow, an APRA Professional Development Award, Bell Awards, ARIA nominations, National Jazz Awards, James Morrison Scholarship recipients, and MCA Freedman Fellowship finalists.
After an extended hiatus, 2017 found Speedball back together and finally releasing their debut album, ‘We Have Moved’ to critical acclaim.
To launch the release, the group played to a sell out crowd at The Melbourne International Jazz Festival, Morrison’s Jazz Club and the Sydney Con International Jazz Festival. The album was a nominee for ‘Best Jazz Album’ in The Age Music Victoria Awards in 2017. This year, the album was nominated for 3 prestigious Bell Awards, taking out ‘Best Australian Jazz Song’ for Mat Jodrell’s ‘Judgement Day.’
Now it’s Perth’s turn, as this powerhouse group returns home and to The Ellington stage. Speedball has not performed in Perth in over 10 years, making this a highly anticipated event! Get your tickets now before they sell out.
Mat Jodrell – trumpet
Carl Mackey – saxophones
Grant Windsor – piano
Sam Anning – bass
Daniel Susnjar – drums