Steve Newcomb

Divergence Jazz Orchestra with Judy Bailey

7:30pm, Thursday July 25 2013 at the Sound Lounge (Seymour Centre) In this special concert supported by the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, the Divergence Jazz Orchestra will be presenting a contrasting set of exciting new Australian music with special guest jazz legend Judy Bailey. Bailey will join Divergence on piano while debuting her work Contrasts, composed especially for this concert. The performance will also premiere new pieces Flamenco Dreams by Jessica Wells, known for her work as a film composer and orchestrator; Circles in Life, a minimalist inspired work by PhD composition candidate Nadia Burgess; and Twerking it Nyabs Style; a raucous New Orleans brass band-inspired tune from band leader Jenna Cave. Recent works by Steve Newcomb, Rafael Karlen, Bill Motzing and Cave will also be performed.

Formed in 2012, the Divergence Jazz Orchestra is made up of some of Sydney’s most talented young jazz musicians, with highlight performances at the Jazzgroove Association, Bohemian Grove and the 2013 Autumn Vibes festival. Their music, by Jenna Cave and other Australian composers, is adventurous and captivating, drawing influence from many idioms including contemporary jazz, West African music, minimalism, swing, hip hop and New Orleans grooves.

Performers: Jenna Cave (composer/conductor), Paul Weber (trombone/co-leader); Dane Laboyrie, Matt Collins, Luke Stephens, Will Gilbert, Paul Murchison (trumpets); Justin Buckingham, Josh Willard, Evan Harris, Louis Klassen, Chris O’Dea (saxes); Brendan Champion, Ellie Shearer, Mitch Nissen (trombones); Luke Liang (guitar), Andrew Scott (piano), Dave Groves (bass), James McCaffrey(drums).

Tickets: $15/20 , book here 

 

 

 

Divergence gigs and news

After conducting a successful crowd funding campaign in late 2012 on pozible: www.pozible.com/divergence, The Divergence Jazz Orchestra have raised over $6000 with the help of 125 supporters to head into the studio in April 2013 to record our first album. This is a really exciting project, and we will be a recording a selection of Jenna's best compositions for jazz orchestra dating back to 2006. In our first concert for 2013 we will return to Sydney's Bohemian Grove on February 17 with some new tunes to share. The performance will be the premiere of two new pieces from band members Brendan Champion and Jenna Cave, while showcasing other music by Rafael Karlen (Brisbane), Elliot Hughes (Melbourne) and Jenna Cave . Expect and night of captivating new Australian music performed with high energy and precision by some of Sydney's best young section players and soloists. 7 for 7:30 start, $10 entry. For venue location email divergencejazzorchestra@gmail.com.

We will be performing a 45 minute set at the Autumn Vibes at the Sydney Botanical Gardens on March 10th, from 11:30. This will be a great exposure for the band, as the event will be well publicised and the gardens usually get thousands of visitors through on their annual open day.

We are also very excited to announce that we are the recipients of a Contemporary Music Performance grant from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. The grant will be used to assist with costs involved with concert production and promotion, for a performance to be held later in 2013. The concert will feature special guest, Australian jazz legend Judy Bailey, who is composing a new work for Divergence.

Looking forward to an exciting year of music!

Hear below a live recording from out gig at Bohemian Grove in August 2012.

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Divergence J.O.'s Next Gig

Come and see what the new generation in Australian jazz has to offer.   The Divergence Jazz Orchestra returns to “the Wall” at the Bald Faced Stag on November 11 for another exciting concert of all-Australian jazz. They will debut music by Steve Newcomb (Brisbane/NY), Elliot Hughes (Melbourne) and Bill Motzing (Sydney), alongside pieces by Jenna Cave.

Divergence was formed in early 2012 by Paul Weber and Jenna Cave to perform repertoire by Cave and other Australian composers. With an average age of just 23 years, Divergence is made up of 18 of Sydney’s most talented young jazz musicians. Together they’ve been impressing audiences with their high energy super-tight ensemble playing and an infectious sense of groove.

At the age of 28 Jenna Cave’s music has been commissioned and performed around Australia by The WA Youth Jazz Orchestra (as the 2011 composer in residence), the Melbourne International Women’s Jazz Festival, the Bennett’s Lane Big Band, the Sirens Big Band and the Sydney Con Big Band amongst others. She has composed music for film and TV productions funded by the ABC, Screen Australia and SBS, and has been the recipient of various awards, prizes and scholarships for her composing work and studies.

Paul Weber is a jazz trombone graduate from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music (2011). A committed section player, Weber payed his dues as lead trombone in the Sydney Con Big Band (2007-2011), Judy Bailey’s Jazz Connection (2007 to present), and the Sussudio Big Band (2003-2008). A recipient of the prestigious Big Brother Memorium scholarship, Weber travelled to the UK in 2011 to study with Jiggs Whigham, Gordon Campbell and Mark Nightingale; as well as sitting in on rehearsals and a recording session of the BBC Big Band.

WE ARE: Jenna Cave (composer/bandleader), Paul Weber (trombone/bandleader); Dane Laboyrie, Rob Campbell, Matt Collins, Will Gilbert, Paul Meo (trumpets); Justin Buckingham, Josh Willard, Louis Klaassen, Evan Atwell-Harris, Chris O’Dea(saxes); Brendan Champion, Tim Coggins, Mitch Nissen (trombones); Luke Liang (guitar); Dave Groves (bass); James McCaffrey(drums).

7:00 pm, Sunday 11th of November. 

The Wall, Bald Faced Stag Hotel, 343 Parramatta Rd Leichhardt. $10/15

Book tickets: www.gobookem.com. Tickets also available at the door.

www.divergencejazzorchestra.com