Reunited for a 2nd time since creating some beautiful musical moments together, last October 2010, Chris McNulty & Paul Grabowsky along with Frank Di Dario and Mike Jordan, once again join forces to explore and expand on their musical journey as an ensemble.
These four very unique voices develop and take the art of musical conversation to a whole other level as they interpret and abet Chris' music through the magic of musical story telling. From hard swinging, to soft and gentle samba's, weaving thru vamps of freewheeling melodic and rhythmic development to the emotional fervency and breathtaking whisper of their exquisite balladeering, this is a "not to be missed" 2 nights.
Chris McNulty (vocalist -composer), originally hails from Melbourne, Australia and has been based in NYC for the past 23 years. Her 6th CD in the States, “The Song that Sings You Here” is slated for release on the Dutch label, Challenge Records this coming 2012. Chris' previous CD's have all been released to wide critical acclaim: Waltz For Debby (Discovery, 1991), A Time For Love (Amosaya 1995), I Remember You (Elefant Dreams 2004), Dance Delicioso (2005 Elefant Dreams) Whispers the Heart (2006 Elefant Dreams). Whispers the Heart made the Jazz Journalists Association's (USA), Top Ten picks of 2006 (Nancy Barell). McNulty's music not only encompasses unique renderings of familiar standards and re-harmonized pop tunes; she has also created a substantial body of original work. Her vocalese work is also featured on Paul Bollenback’s Brightness of Being (ED 2006) and Invocation (ED 2007). Chris also appears along side her late son, Sam McNulty's, (aka Chap One) on his outstanding, Hip Hop-R&B meets Jazz, recording, “Strange Frequencies” releasing posthumously, March 19th, 2012.
“Her liquid phrasing and luminous tone underscoring a voice of serene beauty and striking veracity…compelling emotional fervency…One of the foremost singer-composers on the scene today... ” **** 4 Stars Peter Quinn, Jazz Wise UK, Jan 2007
James Annesley's group plays a unique style of contemporary jazz with elements of rock and folk music. Performances are energetic and spontaneous, with the sort of group interplay that only comes from musicians who have been playing together for several years.
The group was conceived in early 2007, as a trio featuring James Annesley on soprano and tenor saxophones, Tom Lee on double bass and Hugh Harvey on drums. In early 2008 they were joined by acclaimed guitarist Hugh Stuckey.
They have developed a distinctive group sound and the kind of synergy that can only come from years of experience together.
Their music is a unique style of contemporary jazz which draws influence from serene, earthy folk music as well as hard hitting rock. Annesley's compositions are rich in dynamic contrast and varied textures, with an emphasis on strong melodic themes. The open structures of the tunes allow for adventurous, freewheeling improvisations.
Their first two albums Idle Hands do the Devil's Work and Vicious Cycle have received international airplay and favourable reviews. They have recently released a live album in digital format only, available for free download.
The group performs regularly throughout Melbourne, at venues such as Bennett's Lane, The Paris Cat, Uptown and 303. They have played high profile festivals such as the Stonnington Jazz Festival, Queenstown Jazz Festival (NZ), Melba Festival, and the Melbourne Jazz Fringe. They have also toured nationally, performing in some of the country's top jazz venues, including 505, The Ellington, Jazzworx and Jazzgroove.
"Annesley is a bold saxophonist who will not leave you debating his conviction and his pieces push everyone into interesting places, notably on Out of the Darkness, into the Light, where his soprano sax solo is transfixing." - John Shand, SMH