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