Sydney jazz

Album Launch 'Fake it Until You Make It' - October 14

Divergence Jazz Orchestra launch their new CD - Fake it Until You Make ItFriday 14 October, 8:30pm Foundry 616 - 616 Harris St, Ultimo tix $25/$15 concession - tickets on sale now

What remains to be said about Divergence is that it enjoys an obvious advantage over most other contemporary jazz groups: like its very name it diverges from the crowd, it has its own rules and doesn’t follow trends. And so what we have is a group of young, fresh and exuberant composers and musicians who have joined forces to create their own exciting take on the world of jazz. When you hear this album you will be assured that jazz orchestras are alive and well, and as ‘happening’ as ever.     - Samuel Cottell

Album available for purchase now

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featuring:

CONDUCTOR - Jenna Cave/TROMBONES - Paul Weber (Co-Musical Director) Tim Coggins, Rose Foster, Luke Davis (bass)/TRUMPETS and FLUGELHORNS - Paul Murchison, James Power, Will Endicott, Paul Meo, Will Gilbert/SAXOPHONES and WOODWINDS - Loretta Palmeiro (alto, soprano, flute, clarinet), Melissa Mony (alto, flute), Dave Reglar (tenor, alto), Louis Klaassen (tenor), Tim Clarkson (baritone, flute, clarinet)/RHYTHM - Yutaro Okuda (guitar), Andrew Scott (piano), David Groves (bass), James McCaffrey (drums)

The Divergence Jazz Orchestra is made up of nineteen of Sydney’s most accomplished young musicians led by Jenna Cave (conductor/composer) and Paul Weber (trombone). Their sound brings the spirit and tradition of improvised jazz music to the 21st century big band; where captivating grooves, memorable melodies and expressive orchestrations are executed with outstanding musicianship and soul with rhythm as its cornerstone.  Following a highly acclaimed debut album release in 2013, the Orchestra now releases 'Fake It Until You Make It' - a brand new CD, featuring original music composed by Jenna Cave, Brendan Champion, Luke Davis, Paul Murchison and Miroslav Bukovsky - performed by some of Sydney‘s most versatile young jazz musicians.

A jazz orchestra typically consists of four trumpets, four saxophones, four trombones and a rhythm section that includes piano, guitar, bass and drums. It is a cohesive musical group that provides a big, powerful sound. Itis also a framework that allows  the key ingredients of jazz to unfold.  This particular jazz orchestra, Divergence, was formed in 2011 by composer Jenna Cave and trombonist Paul Weber, their goal being to perform newmusic by jazz composers. The orchestra was set up to be a community that provided a space where composers and musicians could come together, explore ideas and make music.

Jenna Cave describes a jazz orchestra as 'a powerful, fun, exciting, emotional and awesome thing'. The evolution of the jazz orchestra has made it a more cohesive orchestral pallet of colours and sound, giving composers of the style much more scope within the framework. 'I think [the jazz orchestra] can be anything today. In the days of the big band/swing era, big bands obviously played mostly in one style, swing, but these days people use a jazz orchestra as an instrumentation rather than a group which must play in pre-prescribed style, ’ Cave says.

Each tune on this album contains that zest, energy and buzz that are at the core of Divergence Jazz Orchestra’s principles and affinity for groove that accentuates the validity and freshness of a jazz orchestra in today’s musical landscape. All of the compositions on this release show originality, and the mix of sound worlds vary from swing to New Orleans to gospel ballads featuring luscious harmonies, exciting writing and all of the features that make for a top-notch jazz album.

Divergence Perform Downstairs @ The Music Place

When: Thursday 9 June 2016, 8:00pm Where: 179 Parramatta Rd, Annandale (entry on Young st)

Tickets: $10 on the door, (BYO drinks)

Fresh from the recording studio, Divergence Jazz Orchestra will perform new material from their upcoming album release. The performance will include the premiere of new pieces by Jenna Cave and Brendan Champion, as well as music by Luke Davis, Miroslav Bukovsky and Paul Murchison.

CONDUCTOR AND COMPOSER – Jenna Cave

TROMBONES – Paul Weber (Co-Musical Director, lead), Tim Coggins, Rose Foster, Luke Davis (bass)

TRUMPETS AND FLUGELHORNS- Paul Murchison, Rob Campbell, Will Endicott, Paul Meo, Will Gilbert

SAXOPHONES AND WOODWINDS- Justin Buckingham (lead alto, flute), Loretta Palmeiro (alto, soprano, clarinet, flute), Dave Reglar (tenor,alto), Louis Klaasen (tenor), Tim Clarkson (baritone, clarinet)

RHYTHM- Luke Liang (guitar), Andrew Scott (piano), David Groves (bass), James McCaffrey (drums)

 

Divergence (Jenna Cave - conductor and composer; Paul Weber - co-musical director, lead trombone; Brendan Champion, Tim Coggins, Luke Davis - (bass) trombones; Rob Campbell, Will Endicott, Will Gilbert, Paul Meo, Paul Murchison - trumpets and flugelhorns; Justin Buckingham - Lead Alto, Soprano, Flute; Loretta Palmiero - alto, clarinet; Evan Harris - tenor, soprano, flute; Louis Klassen - tenor; Tim Clarkson - baritone, clarinet saxophones and woodwinds; Luke Liang - Guitar; Andrew Scott - piano; David Groves - bass; James McCaffrey - drums; Miroslav Bukovsky - trumpet guest soloist) at the 2015 Capital Jazz Project held at the Street Theatre -- Civic, Canberra, ACT

Divergence at Foundry 616 - March 16

8:30pm, Wednesday March 16 2016 Foundry 616, 616 Harris St Ultimo

Book Tickets online or $20/15 at the door

Under Cave’s direction, the DJO brings the spirit and tradition of improvised jazz music to the 21st century big band. Captivating grooves, memorable melodies and expressive orchestrations are executed with outstanding musicianship and soul with rhythm as its cornerstone.

At this performance at Foundry616 Divergence will present a show of toe tapping and evocative music, from New Orleans second-line, contemporary jazz, flamenco, pop epics to gospel ballads.

CONDUCTOR AND COMPOSER – Jenna Cave

TROMBONES – Paul Weber (Co-Musical Director, lead), Brendan Champion, Tim Coggins, Luke Davis (bass)

TRUMPETS AND FLUGELHORNS- Paul Murchison, Rob Campbell, Will Endicot, Paul Meo, Will Gilbert

SAXOPHONES AND WOODWINDS- Justin Buckingham (lead alto, soprano, flute), Loretta Palmiero (alto, soprano, clarinet), Dave Reglar (tenor,alto), Louis Klassen (tenor), Tim Clarkson (baritone, clarinet) RHYTHM- Luke Liang (guitar), Andrew Scott (piano), David Groves (bass), James McCaffrey (drums

Sydney International Women's Jazz Festival

Sydney International Women's Jazz Festival

Sunday 8th Nov, 7:30pm. Foundry616, Ultimo

With Jenna Cave at the helm, Divergence Jazz Orchestra are performing at the 4th annual Sydney International Women's Jazz Festival, an outstanding showcase of Australian and International female jazz talent. In the final instalment in our 2015 collaboration with Miroslav Bukovsky (trumpet), we will feature him as a guest soloist on a set of his music arranged by the band. Other works by Jenna Cave, Jessica Wells and Brendan Champion. Tickets are selling fast, book now to avoid disappointment.

 

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Conductor and composer – Jenna Cave

Guest soloist and composer : Miroslav Bukovsky (trumpet) Trombones – Paul Weber (Co-Musical Director, lead), Ellie Shearer, Tim Coggins, Luke Davis (bass). Trumpets and flugelhorns – Rob Campbell, Paul Murchison, Will Endicott, Will Gilbert, Paul Meo Saxophones and Woodwinds – Justin Buckingham (lead alto, flute), Mel Mony (alto, soprano, clarinet), Dave Reglar (tenor), Louis Klassen (tenor), Phillippa Murphy-Haste (baritone) Rhythm – Yutaro Okuda (guitar), Nick Southcott (piano), Hannah James (bass), James McCaffrey (drums)

 

 

Divergence play at Kinetic Jazz

4:oopm, Sunday 27 September At this performance Divergence will be joined by Australian jazz legend Miroslav Bukovsky (trumpet) as guest soloist. We will be presenting our own arrangements of some of Bukovsky’s classic 10-part invention tunes alongside Divergence originals including a brand new piece by Jenna Cave. Other charts by: Luke Davis, Brendan Champion, Paul Murchison and Justin Buckingham.

Following Divergence three other bands will be performing. Tickets are valid for the whole evening.

5.30 pm - AustraLYSIS Electroband

7.00 pm - THE POLYMORPHIC ORKESTRA

8.30 pm - THE KINETIC JAZZ ORCHESTRA

 

Kinetic Jazz

Venue: St Luke’s Hall, 11 Stanmore Road Enmore (opposite 7/11)

Tickets: $30/ $25/ $20

Inquiries: 9665 6489, or email kineticenergy@iprimus.com.au

 

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Divergence @ Foundry 616, Feb 4

Where: Foundry 616, 616 Harris St Ultimo When: 8:30pm Wednesday February 4th 2015

Wash away the back to school blues by joining Divergence Jazz Orchestra with a fun night of original Australian big band music at Foundry616 on Wednesday February 4 2015. Hear some home-grown music in a variety of styles spanning from swing, bebop, fusion, flamenco, west African and contemporary jazz, performed by 19 of Sydney’s most sought after creative musicians with Jenna Cave and Paul Weber at the helm. This performance will feature music by Jenna Cave, Bill Motzing, Rafael Karlen, Jessica Wells, Cam McAllister and Justin Buckingham.

Conductor/resident composer: Jenna Cave;

Trombones:Paul Weber (lead/band leader), Brendan Champion, Ellie Shearer, Luke Davis (bass)

Trumpets: Dane Laboyrie (lead), Matt Collins, Luke Stephens,Paul Meo, Will Gilbert

Saxes: Justin Buckingham, Josh Willard, Evan Harris, Louis Klaasen, Tim Clarkson

Rhythm: Luke Liang (guitar), Andrew Scott (piano), Dave Groves (bass), James McCaffrey (drums)

 

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Divergence Jazz Orchestra feature the music of Rafael Karlen (Brisbane)

At this upcoming performance on September 17th, Divergence Jazz Orchestra will be presenting music by award-winning composer and saxophonist Rafael Karlen (Brisbane), alongside some new works by band members. Rafael will be joining Divergence off the back of his recent album launch and commissioned composition premiere at the 2014 Brisbane International Jazz Festival.  “Divergence Jazz Orchestra is one of Australia’s keepers of the big band flame…An astonishing array of Australia’s best and brightest” - John Hardaker, AustralianJazz.net

Wednesday September 17, 8:30pm. Foundry 616, 616 Harris St Ultimo

$20/15 on the door or  book tickets

CONDUCTOR AND COMPOSER – Jenna Cave; TROMBONES – Paul Weber (Co-Musical Director, lead), Brendan Champion, Tim Coggins, Luke Davis(bass); TRUMPETS AND FLUGELHORNS- Matthew Collins (lead), Paul Murchison, Luke Stephens, Paul Meo, Will Gilbert; SAXOPHONES AND WOODWINDS- Justin Buckingham (lead alto, soprano, flute), Joshua Willard (alto, clarinet), Evan Harris (tenor, soprano, flute), Louis Klassen (tenor),Scott Kelly (baritone); RHYTHM- Luke Liang (guitar), Luke Sweeting (piano), David Groves (bass), Mike Quigley (drums); Rafael Karlen (Guest soloist -tenor sax)

 

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Album of the week- Eastside Radio

Our new album, "The Opening Statement", is being featured this week as 'album of the week' on local radio station Eastside FM. Eastside is Sydney's best station for  jazz, soul, funk, world music, arts and community news. Thanks Eastside for supporting our music.  Eastside's blog post about our album is here. Order your copy of "The Opening Statement" here.

 

The Opening Statement- album of the week on Eastside Radio

Rockdale Laneway Residency

Commencing this Thursday the 5th of December we are  beginning a three week residency playing in the laneways of the Rockdale town centre in southern Sydney. The performances are the beginnings of things to come as part of the Rockdale council's long term plan to bring cultural life to their laneways. Should be fun! DJO Rockdale 2013

Divergence Album Out Now

We are very pleased to announce the release of Divergence Jazz Orchestra's long awaited debut album The Opening Statement. “Four stars...A highly listenable album… Cave has established herself as a top-level composer, arranger and conductor in Australian jazz” – John McBeath, The Australian

Independently produced and funded,  The Opening Statement is a showcase of the music of bandleader Jenna Cave. The collection of selected works, composed between 2006 to 2013, were rewritten for Divergence Jazz Orchestra in collaboration with Paul Weber, and collectively developed for performance by the ensemble. At the time of recording the group was made up of 18 of Sydney’s most committed young jazz musicians, aged 19 to 34, who shared a special interest in performing original large ensemble music.

Composer and Conductor: Jenna Cave; Trombones: Paul Weber (Co-Musical Director, lead), Brendan Champion, Tim Coggins, Mitchell Nissen (bass); Trumpets and Flugelhorns: Dane Laboyrie (lead), Matthew Collins, Luke Stephens, Paul Meo, Will Gilbert; Saxophones and Woodwinds: Justin Buckingham (lead alto, soprano, flute), Joshua Willard (alto, clarinet), Evan Harris (tenor, flute), Michael Avgenicos (tenor),Chris O’Dea (baritone); Rhythm Section: Luke Liang (guitar), David Groves (bass), James McCaffrey (drums)

Produced by: Jenna Cave, Paul Weber, Jessica Wells and Guy Gross; Recorded by: Daniel Brown at Trackdown studios 20-21 April 2013; Mixed by: Christo Curtis at Utopia Audio, May & June 2013; Artwork and Design: Dean Ivamy; Photography: Aaron Blakey

Production of this album would not have been possible without the generous financial support of the 125 friends and followers who contributed to our crowd funding campaign. Special mentions to Verona Burgess, Deirdre O’Brien, Felicity Miller, and Dave Lisik for their contributions.

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@ Jazzgroove in May

The Divergence Jazz Orchestra are excited to announce that we will be performing at the Jazzgroove Associations' new venue at 107 Projects fresh from our album recording at Trackdown Studios. The Jazzgroove Association have been supporting and promoting Australian Jazz  (with a focus on emerging artists) for 15 years with weekly concerts, jams, a summer jazz festival and their own record label. We are thrilled to be included on their weekly concert bill in May.

Tuesday May 14 2013, 9:30pm. 107 Redfern Street, Redfern NSW. $15/8

More about Divergence

Pre-order the Divergence album

The Divergence Jazz Orchestra are raising the funds to get into the studio in early 2013 to record the best of my big band charts to date. By pre-ordering our album you can help us get there!

There are also a range of other incentives for our supporters.

Check out the campaign here: www.pozible.com/divergence

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

 

 

Band Launch success and BoHo gig

 The Divergence Jazz Orchestra are still buzzing after a very successful Band Launch concert at the Bald Faced Stag Hotel on July 29.
We got a great turn out and we were thrilled with the performance. John Hardaker at Orange Press wrote us a great review:

 

We will be following up our band launch by presenting the same set at Bohemian Grove in Surry Hills on Sunday the 26th of August 2012, 7:00pm,  $10.As this is an underground venue please email jenna@jennacave.com for venue location.

 

Please check us out on youtube: Divergence Perform "Jazz Euphoria on Frenchmen Street" at the Band Launch

To stay up to date with future news and gigs  please follow us by liking the  Divergence Jazz Orchestra Facebook Page

 

Divergence Jazz Orchestra and Upcoming Performances

Paul Weber and I have been busy getting charts and personnel ready for the first rehearsal of our new band, the Divergence Jazz Orchestra (previously known as the Lines of Flight). The band will be playing all of my music, and we have some really great young players from the Sydney jazz scene on board.  

There are a few other bands around Australia who are playing my charts at the moment.

The Daryl McKenzie Jazz Orchestra will include two of my charts commissioned by WAYJO in 2011 in their next gig-

Monday February 27, 8-11pm

The Apartment, 401 Little Bourke St, Melbourne

 

A new band starting in Newcastle the Wednesday Night Big Band will feature four of my charts at their premiere gig.

Wednesday 19th of April, 8-10pm

Lizzotte's, 31 Morehead St, Lambton, Newcastle

 

Film Music Commission

I am currently working on my first commission for a short film. The film is a comedy musical, which means I get to write featured songs as well as the score. It's a great little film and I've had lots of fun working on the project so far. It  is being developed and funded by Screen Australia's Indigenous Branch.

Australian Music Centre

As I am a represented composer with the Australian Music Centre, they have now published selection of my sheet music which available for purchase or loan (members only). Some of my recordings are also available as MP3 downloads through the AMC.

 

 

 

Welcome

Welcome to my new website!

Thank you to Ashley Marsh-Croft for the set-up and design.

2011 has been a very busy year for me full of new projects and ventures. To name a few: I was commissioned to compose three new works by the WA Youth Jazz Orchestra as the 2011 composer-in-residence, and they performed 5 of my works at the Ellington Jazz Club in Perth. I undertook a Grad Certificate in Screen Music at the Australian Film Television and Radio School and  composed and recorded the music for two AFTRS  film productions. I am now a represented composer with the Australian Music Centre who are publishing my sheet music, and my string quartet was shortlisted for workshop and performance at the Australian String Quartet's National Composer's Forum.

2012 should be an equally exciting year- to start it off I will be working on my first short film as a commissioned composer, and I am finally getting my act together and will be putting together a big band (with trombonist Paul Weber) to perform my large ensemble jazz compositions around Sydney.

Stay tuned!