JK Group - The Young Ones Album Launch
JK Group and Moor Music, local Jazz Doof luminaries partner up to celebrate the launch of their seminal album, The Young Ones. Originally released amid the global pandemic which caused the launch gig and national tour to be cancelled, the album still made waves being featured on Bandcamp Weekly and picking up a nomination for the Best Jazz Album at Music Victoria Awards 2020.
Moving forward we have now extended this show from 9pm- 3am and revised the line-up, to give this album launch the true celebration It deserves! We got some heavy cats on the bill, and they are hungry!
New line-up and set changes below –
Final Release Tickets $27.50 +BF
Early birds - SOLD OUT
The music sits in the crossover of raw, live jazz and electronic/dance production. At times synth-heavy, effected and soundscapey, while at other times hard hitting groove laden with spiritual jazz overtones and no-holds-barred improvising. The group nods respectfully to classic jazz traditions, whilst at the same time carves a path that unashamedly looks towards the future, taking on modern influences and production techniques.
For this extra special gig, JK Group will be expanded to a full 6-piece line up for the first time, featuring an expanded collection of Melbourne’s best musicians with the addition of Erica Tucceri on flute (Z*F*E*X, WVR BVBY, Billy Davis) and the return of Lewis Moody (now based in London) on keys.
A year has passed since The Young Ones was released, and in that time we’ve all lived a few lifetimes. The music themed around growth and change has more relevance than ever, and gives us all the more reason to finally celebrate its release.
Henry Hicks aka Horatio Luna is a Melbourne, Australia based improviser, composer, bassist and producer.
A founding member of hip-hop/soul community "30/70 collective", he is an active member of the Australian beatz, jazz and soul music scene.
I Hold The lion’s Paw
Conjuring the spirit and twisted funk of Miles Davis’ On the Corner, filtered through the lens of Ornette Coleman’s Prime Time and Jon Hassell’s Fourth World, I Hold the Lion’s Paw is a wild sonic ride that feels simultaneously familiar and like nothing you’ve ever heard.
The brainchild of trumpeter-producer Reuben Lewis, Lion’s Paw will guide you through an immersive world of electro-ambience, grungy afro-grooves and psychedelic jazz.. This is music as assemblage, using the stage as a laboratory whilst practicing post-production sorcery in realtime!
Cairns is a tropical city. Cattle and cane country. Crocodile country. Known for the rainforest and the reef, Cairns is not often thought of as deep jazzy soul country. Cairns isn’t even widely reputed to be a musical town. Until now.
Izy, pronounced eye-zee, is the world’s first Far North Queensland neo-soul supergroup, and their time has come. ALBUM INCOMING MARCH 2021
Milo Eastwood (Pbs)
Milo Eastwood is a Melbourne based DJ, Radio Announcer & Event Curator.
Starting as a teenager on community radio, Milo has spent the last 10+ years bringing music to the masses, and for the last 4 years has spent every weekday waking Melbourne up on PBS FM’s The Breakfast Spread covering a vast range of musical territory!
Milo’s work on Friday mornings on PBS has in recent times amassed a cult following of sorts from Melburnians who want to get their weekend started with a hefty dose of slamming house, soaring disco, latin rhythms and chilled out electronica.
His efforts behind the decks have seen him throw down sets at Daydreams, Melbourne Zoo Twilights, Golden Plains Music Festival, and his own flagship parties Love Sensation & La Dolce Vita to name a few.
Prequel’s love for sharing music that moves him is ever present in his seemingly boundless enthusiasm when performing.
Records on Bradley Zero’s Rhythm Section (2014’s Polite Strangers and 2016’s Freedom Jazz Dance), Local Talk (2017’s Freedom/Lefty) and Lobster Theremin sub label Distant Hawaii (2018’s Without You) have demonstrated his reverence for Jazz influenced House music, whilst showing a continual evolution with each release.
2021 has seen Prequel release his debut album Love Or(I Heard You Like Heartbreak)(Rhythm Section) and a 3 track EP "Don't Let Me Be The Last To Know" on Lumberjacks In Hell.
His monthly show on Gilles Peterson’s acclaimed Worldwide FM consistently displays his passion for a wide variety of sounds, as do his frequent appearances on several highly respected local and international radio stations such as BBC1, BBC6, NTS, Red Light Radio, Teder.FM, East Side Radio, LeMellotron, PBS, Double J and RRR.
Considered remix duties appear via reworks of Sampa The Great, Poppy Ajudha, Sofa Talk, Alta & Tulalah.
Always producing and presenting music with true substance, Prequel wears his musical heart on his sleeve on every occasion.
Jk Group, The Night Cat & Moor Music respectfully acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land this event will be held on, Woiwurrung (Wurundjeri) peoples of Kulin Nation and pays respect to their Elders, past, present & emerging.
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Jk group Quotes-
“Part synth-inspired, part spiritual jazz-inspired, there’s really very little else to compare this progressive and bold sonic soundscape with. 4/5”
- UK Vibe
“Incredible Cosmic Jazz Debut”
- Beat Caffeine
“An excellent coming of age record”
The music is new in the refreshing approach that blurs the line between jazz & electronic music. This is unapologetically a jazz album first and foremost, but that doesn’t mean those wanting to express themselves to the music on the dancefloor will be disappointed. Where many albums who dare try and merge these elements often fall short, Josh Kelly’s efforts here are absolutely triumphant. * * * * *
- Mike Gurrieri
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