THE VAMPIRES with Ben Hauptmann
“In a head-bopping nod to the obvious, The Vampires play vamps. Yet these are no ordinary vamps. Written and improvised melodies are beautiful and flawless, and the harmonies between the three voices (woodwinds, brass, bass) ring with pitch-perfect sonority”. Gary Fukushima, Downbeat (US).
The Vampires are trailblazers for a new generation of creative jazz talent from Australia, having gained critical attention worldwide by pushing the genre into new realms. Creating a distinctive sound that is undoubtedly their own, the band has garnered praise from US Downbeat (“phenomenal”), UK Guardian (“seductive genre hopping creativity”), The Saturday Paper (“one of my favourite albums of the year”) and All About Jazz (“gold all over”). The Vampires have received nominations for Australia’s ARIA awards, Bell Awards, AIR Awards, and were the first instrumental group to be short-listed for the Australian Music Prize.
For this special one off show The Vampires will be joined by good friend and longtime musical collaborator Ben Hauptmann on guitar. Ben is a nationally recognised jazz guitarist. Winner of the 2011 Freedman Fellowship and 2nd place winner of the National Jazz Awards at the Wangaratta Festival of Jazz in 2007.
Jeremy Rose – saxophones, Nick Garbett – trumpet, Alex Masso – drums, Noel Mason – bass.
With special guest Ben Hauptmann – Guitar