Live’n’loud: Shapeshift­ing songs the key for Tom Vin­cent

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THE Gold Coast Jazz and Blues Club presents the Tom Vin­cent Quin­tet in the Par­adise Show­room to­mor­row night as part of the group’s Mor­phic Res­o­nance Pro­ject Aus­tralian Tour.

Led by Vin­cent on pi­ano, the quin­tet fea­tures Danny Healy (sax­o­phone), Leigh Barker (dou­ble bass), Danny Fis­cher (drums) along with hot vo­cal­ist Heather Ste­wart, swingin’ and singing the blues.

Vin­cent’s quar­tet (mi­nus Ste­wart) re­cently re­leased the al­bum Just Enough which in­cludes nine orig­i­nals along with jazz stan­dards.

Orig­i­nals in­clude the ti­tle track, Big Creek Wed­ding, writ­ten for Barker’s wed­ding; Good Things, Get To­gether, Jelly Mor­ton Blues, In­can­des­cent and Eloise, which was in­spired by a Henry Mancini tune. There is also a Rus­sian folk song that has be­come a jazz stan­dard along with three Th­elo­nious Monk tunes.

Vin­cent says the ‘‘Mor­phic Res­o­nance’’ moniker re­flects the quar­tet’s in­no­va­tive ap­proach to mu­sic.

‘‘I’ll of­ten morph a song into a dif­fer­ent song and we move around more freely rather than stick­ing to the struc­ture,’’ says the Ho­bart­based mu­si­cian. ‘‘I like us­ing dif­fer­ent keys like E, F sharp, A or B that are not nor­mally con­sid­ered jazz keys. It makes you play dif­fer­ent things not only be­cause of how it sounds, but also how it feels phys­i­cally.

‘‘You can’t do the same chord pro­gres­sion in a dif­fer­ent key. You have to change the voic­ings. I also like to sur­prise my­self to keep it in­ter­est­ing and fun. But ul­ti­mately I want to make beau­ti­ful mu­sic that keeps ev­ery­one en­gaged.

‘‘It’s about con­nect­ing with your stom­ach and your heart rather than be­ing an­a­lyt­i­cal.

‘‘Our mu­sic is driven by the rhythm, the grooves and the mor­ph­ing feel that hap­pens within each song.’’

The Gold Coast Jazz and Blues Club hosts per­for­mances by Aus­tralian jazz artists and in­ter­na­tional acts each month for lovers of grand mu­sic and good com­pany.

The club will present US singer and ac­tress Molly Ring­wald and her trio in the Par­adise Show­room on June 22. Visit gold­coast­jaz­ for de­tails.

The Tom Vin­cent Quin­tet plays The Arts Cen­tre Gold Coast’s Par­adise Show­room to­mor­row at 7.30pm (doors open 6pm). Tick­ets are $21 mem­bers and $26 guests. Call 5588 4000 to book.

Tom Vin­cent Quar­tet will be joined by vo­cal­ist Heather Ste­wart for their Coast show.

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