Performances

the Beatnik Preachers...

2019 will see the launch, inaugural performances and recordings of my newly formed quartet, the Beatnik Preachers. A twist on Jazz and Beat Poetry combining my love for improvisation and the spoken word. The project is not an attempt to re-invent ‘the wheel’ but it is indeed fitting some White-Wall Tyres to the Jazz-mobile.

The project will be launched at a private event (invitation only) in late February 2019. The quartet features: Tony King (double bass), Robbie Mercer (drums), Joel Smithard (piano) and yours truly on Trumpet and Spoken Pictures (poetry).

the Beatnik Preachers - musically evocative, lyrically provocative… Stay tuned

the Brothers JONES

This all started late last year, when David Jones (drummer extraordinaire) said he wanted to play my songs again. I thought we would do a couple of gigs, but little more of what it could become. Now we have a wonderful quartet, with Chris Paraha on bass and my pseudo-brother Kevin Jones on vocals and guitars. The material is now a collection of older Strumpet songs, interlaced with new tunes from both Kevin and I. This has become a serious project and one we are all keen to grow.

So the "fun" name of the Jonesy Boyz no longer conjures the image of the quartet, nor represents the high quality of musicianship. We last night decided that something a little more sophisticated was required: the Brothers JONES.

Jonesy Boyz - the EVELYN Hotel SUNDAY April 26th @ 2pm

"So carry no weight, and bear no pain. Love can cost you nothin' but that's just what you'll gain. I don't want for a mansion - I don't need no yacht. Just one last wish, before I hear the shot."

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Can I say that Monday evening's rehearsal was magical. This quartet is capable of such a giant scope in textures and dynamics. I sincerely think our audience is going to be treated to something very special.

the Jonesy Boyz play the Evelyn 

Sunday April 26th @ 2pm

David Jones - Drums. Kevin Jones - Vox/Gtrs. ToK Norris - Vox/Keys/Gtr. Tim Mathews - Bass/Vox

Jonesy Boyz

"I owe no favour and I wear no debt. No need for protection - I pose no threat. Love ain't some new religion to do battle with the old. Deaf to your conscience - Blind to your Soul." 

the Jonesy Boyz play the Evelyn 

Sunday April 26th @ 2pm

David Jones - Drums. Kevin Jones - Vox/Gtrs. ToK Norris - Vox/Keys/Gtr. Tim Mathews - Bass/Vox

Jonesy Boyz

"Release my sisters and brothers who draw arms.  Call in your sentinels lest they do more harm. Where no mark so that we bear no past. Throw down your defences. Set free your heart." 

the Jonesy Boyz play the Evelyn 

Sunday April 26th @ 2pm

David Jones - Drums. Kevin Jones - Vox/Gtrs. ToK Norris - Vox/Keys/Gtr. Tim Mathews - Bass/Vox

Blood Trust Score Ensemble

My immense thanks to the fine musicians who graced the Brian Brown Studio @ VCA on Saturday for the recording of the score for the short-film "Blood Trust." In what was a rather tight time frame we managed to capture not only the composed themes but also some wonderful incidentals from each of the instruments. Michael Jordan on Drums, Jonathan Zion on Dbl Bass, Jo Abbott on Accordion and Justin Dellevergin on classical guitar. Yesterday I spent the day at ToKwerX recording the trumpet and preparing the session for mixing. I am sincerely grateful to these amazing musicians for their performances.

Justin Dellevergin, Jo Abbott, Jonathan Zion, ToK, Michael Jordan.

Justin Dellevergin, Jo Abbott, Jonathan Zion, ToK, Michael Jordan.

Vontrapp?

Last night saw an intimate house concert at some dear friends home here on Phillip Island. The highlight for me was performing with my children and also watching my eldest child perform. As a parent I don't necessarily notice the gradual improvement in their musical expressions but then on occasion I'll be taken aback by a performance of theirs; last night's event was one of those. My daughter on alto sax, my step-son on percussion both accompanied me in a piece we composed for the event, whilst my older son chose to perform solo and a-capella. I was blown away by all of them, as was the intimate audience. Music has been such a joy for me and to now share this with my children raises the experience to an entirely different level. Perhaps the Norris-Trapp family?

Randy & Jah Roots

With the recent passing of dear friend and drummer Pete Jones (Skull) there has been a spate of old photos posted on various portals, bringing back some vivid memories - and many a laugh. Today is the birthday of another dear friend and musician, Randy Borquaye, the man from Ghana who introduced me to reggae, dub and hi-life music when I was just 18 years old. I am catching up with him for a celebration and a jam this evening, during which I am sure we will revisit some of our own vivid pasts. Highlights of my years performing and recording with Randy are supporting and jamming with the late Peter Tosh, and both performing with and writing a song with the enigmatic Toots from the Maytals back around the time of Ash Wednesday fires in the early 1980's. That's over 30 years of roots and groove music and I still just can't get enough of it. Jah! Rastafari.

Blues in the Sun

Off to Broadbeach Blues Festival this week, performing four shows with the wonderful Stevie Paige. We performed there last year with a band that was put together essentially for the festival; this time the band is somewhat more "brewed" and I'm really looking forward to the shows. Stevie and I will do a couple of spots as a duo also, with the band joining us for the Friday and Saturday night shows. Apparently "Sunny One Day ... the next" I've checked the forecast and it looks like rain. Never could trust the tourism catch-cries. Nonetheless I'm intending to bathe my white moon-tan in the sea every day, regardless of the temperature.

BLUES in the SUN

This week was quite chaotic. Severely sleep deprived there was still work to be done. I am contracted at RMIT by the Sound Production program so no getting out of that. My partner and youngest are both sick with the flu. I had rehearsals for performances coming up with Stevie Paige in Queensland at the end of the month. Looking forward to a few days of Blues in the Sun - let's hope the advertising campaign is factual - "Beautiful one day ... "