A local jazz hero takes on a master's finest albums
Beloved Australian singer, trumpeter, songwriter and performer Vince Jones has assembled a crack squad of Australian jazz musicians, with musical direction and piano by Matt McMahon, to form the Astral Orchestra.
This super-group of local legends will, for one night only, take on Van Morrison's seminal late '60s and early '70s albums Astral Weeks and Moondance.
These are the records that turned Morrison into Van the Man, and gave us 'Madame George' and 'Into the Mystic'. Not only were both albums critically acclaimed (although, for Astral Weeks, the road to recognition was a slow one) they were also hugely influenential for a young Vince Jones.
This show at Angel Place's City Recital Hall follows two sold out performances at the Melbourne International Jazz Festival, so act fast.
Astral Orchestra full lineup:
Matt McMahon – piano and music director
Ben Hauptman – guitar
Brett Hirst – bass
James Hauptman – drums
Phil Slater – trumpet
Paul Cutlan - saxaphone and flute
Michelle O'Young – violin
Stephanie Zarka – violin
Justine Clarke – vocals
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