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Spirituals, Folk Songs and some Jazz with Allira Wilson and Lucky Oceans
Friday 13 October 7.00pm
Gospel, Blues, Spirituals, Folk songs and some jazz all come together for a night of melodies you know and rhythms to tap along to. Join Lucky Oceans and Allira Wilson for a night of inspired music ranging from the spiritual to the secular.
Artists like Ray Charles, Mahalia Jackson, Duke Ellington and even John Scofield have brought together elements of gospel music and Jazz. The sounds of spirituals have influenced some of the most famous Jazz compositions like “Summertime” and “It Ain’t necessary so”.
Lucky Oceans –
Lucky Oceans was born into a music loving family in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA in 1951. He married Australian Christine Haddow in 1979 and settled in Fremantle, Western Australia a few years later. He co-founded and named the group Asleep at the Wheel, playing pedal steel guitar with the group for most of the 70s, and winning two Grammy Awards (1978 and 1993) for Best Country Instrumental with them.
He is listed in Hugh Gregory’s book, 1000 Great Guitarists and has been called ‘one of the most influential steel guitarists of his generation.’ He has a broad knowledge of music and is a fluent player of jazz, folk, blues and country styles.
Allira Wilson –
Allira Wilson is one of Australia’s most exciting young talents, whose musical approach has been described as ‘brave and raw as it is supple and intricate’. Alliras debut album ‘Rise and Fall’ recently won the Australian Bell Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album 2014 and was recently ABCs Feature Album of the week.
‘Wilson took out best Australian jazz vocal award at the 2014 Bell Awards and this debut album signals the arrival of an important new voice’ ( John McBeath- The Weekend Australian, 4 stars).