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Divergence Jazz Orchestra & Bukovsky SIMA Summer Jazz performance

Divergence Jazz Orchestra are thrilled to announce that we will continue our collaborations with acclaimed trumpeter and composer Miroslav Bukovsky in 2017 with a performance in the upcoming SIMA SUMMER JAZZ concert series. We are honoured to be included in a program of such luminaries on the cutting edge of contemporary jazz and improvised music in Australia.

With Bukovsky as a our guest soloist, we will perform some exciting new material co-written by Bukovsky and Jenna Cave, new works by Andrew Scott and Paul Cutlan, and a selection of Bukovsky classics re-imagined for an orchestra of 19 musicians. This will be proceeded by a support set featuring Loretta Palmeiro (sax) and Andrew Scott (piano) performing in a rare duo format. 
 

8pm, Saturday 18 February 2017
The Sound Lounge
Corner of City Rd and Cleveland St, Chippendale
Sydney, NSW

Divergence with Miroslav Bukovsky/ Loretta Palmeiro

Divergence with Miroslav Bukovsky/ Loretta Palmeiro

MIROSLAV BUKOVSKY trumpet, flugelhorn, JENNA CAVE conductor and composer, PAUL WEBER trombone, co-musical director TIM COGGINS, ROSE FOSTER, LUKE DAVIS trombones; PAUL MURCHISON, ROB CAMPBELL, WILL ENDICOTT, PAUL MEO, WILL GILBERT trumpets, flugelhorns; JUSTIN BUCKINGHAM lead alto saxophone, flute LORETTA PALMEIRO alto, soprano saxophone, flute, clarinet DAVE REGLAR tenor, alto saxophone MICHAEL AVGENICOS tenor saxophone TIM CLARKSON baritone saxophone, flute, bass clarinet; RICHARD ASHBY guitar ANDREW SCOTT piano HANNAH JAMES bass JAMES MCCAFFREY drums 

Fake It Until You Make It - Eastside FM Album of the Week

The new Divergence Jazz Orchestra album Fake It Until You Make It was reviewed and featured as "Album of the Week" on Sydney arts radio station Eastside FM.

Read what the folks at Eastside FM had to say about it.

 

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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Recent press and international radio play

Leading up to our gig at Canberra's Capital Jazz Project in June Jenna was interviewed about our performance there with Miroslav Bukovsky as our guest in an article in The Canberra Weekly. See a copy here. Our performance at the Capital Jazz Project was reviewed on local blog CanberraJazz.net

We've had some international radio play recently. In April our debut album  The Opening Statement  was featured on Flagler College Radio, in St. Augustine, Florida, alongside a recording of Jenna's String Quartet no. 1. In June we received an email informing us that our album was featured on Chicago's jazz Radio www.WDCB.org

 

Divergence album reviewed on 'All About Jazz'

Jack Bowers, resident big band expert who contributes to international jazz blog 'All About Jazz' had some nice things to say when he reviewed our 2013 album  'The Opening Statement' on the site this month. Thanks Jack. Read his thoughts here.

"Divergence Jazz Orchestra is remarkably strong and consistently pleasing... Cave writes with depth and maturity well beyond her years, a virtue not lost on the DJO, which carries out her wishes to the letter."

Boho present Divergence @ Lamps April 15

Bohemian Grove will present Divergence Jazz Orchestra in the intimate artist-run space Lamps at 401 Hibernian House on April 15. This show will include original compositions incorporating grooves from New Orleans, Mali, R & B and pop records with a throw back to your favorite old Westerns added to the mix.  Enjoy hump day with the sweet tunes of a live big band at your feet while you relax and sip on BYO beverages. When: 7:30pm, Wednesday April 15 2015

Where: Lamps is at 401 Hibernian House, 342 Elizabeth St Surry Hills

Entry by $10 donation on the door

CONDUCTOR AND COMPOSER – Jenna Cave; TROMBONES – Paul Weber (Co-Musical Director, lead), Brendan Champion, Tim Coggins, Luke Davis(bass); TRUMPETS AND FLUGELHORNS- Dane Laboyrie (lead), Paul Murchison, Luke Stephens, Paul Meo, Will Gilbert; SAXOPHONES AND WOODWINDS- Justin Buckingham (lead alto, soprano, flute), Sam Gill (alto, clarinet), Evan Harris (tenor, soprano, flute), Louis Klassen (tenor), Tim Clarkson (baritone/clarinet); RHYTHM- Luke Liang (guitar), Wilbur Whitta (piano), David Groves (bass), James McCaffrey (drums);

 

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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 concert recording on ABC Jazz

We are excited to announce that on November 6 ABC Jazz will be broadcasting a special recording ABC made of our live perfomance at Foundry 616 in September this year. The live set will be broadcast as part of their Thursday Night Live series in conjunction with Aus Music month. The set will feature tunes by Jenna Cave, Brendan Champion,  Cam McAlister and Rafael Karlen, and will go to air on ABC Jazz (digital and online) at 9pm, Thursday November 6th 2014. For more info check out the ABC Jazz site.

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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Divergence Jazz Orchestra in concert supported by SIMA

Divergence Jazz Orchestra will be presenting an exciting program of new Australian music in partnership with the Sydney Improvised Music Association (SIMA) at the Sound Lounge on April 10. The performance will see the world premiere of new compositions by Cam McAllister, Rafael Karlen and Jenna Cave; and other new music by Elliot Hughes, Bill Motzing and Paul Murchison. The first concert in SIMA’s Jazz Orchestra Lounge series, the concert will traverse the borders of big band music with minimalism, jazz-rock fusion, collective improvisation and poly-rhythmic grooves. When: 8:30pm, Thursday April 10 2014

Where: Sound Lounge, Seymour Centre, City Rd Chippendale

Tickets: $20/15/10 available here

Under 18s/kids  welcome with adult supervision

More about Divergence here

ABC rates "The Opening Statement" as a top 2013 jazz release

Mal Stanely, presenter of Jazztrack on ABC Classic FM and ABC Jazz, and Ivan Lloyd presneter of Jazz Notes on ABC Jazz and Radio Australia, have both listed our debut album 'The Opening Statement' in their top pics for 2013. Thanks for the support ABC Jazz. Order your copy of the album here. http://abcjazz.net.au/features/presenter-pics-2013

Album review in The Australian gets 4 stars

In last week's weekend edition of The Australian newspaper jazz writer John McBeath reviewed our new album 'The Opening Statement', rating it four out of five stars. See online version here. "A highly listenable album... Cave has established herself as a top-level composer, arranger and conductor in Australian jazz" - John McBeath

Order your copy of the album here.

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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