Aussie jazz icon Vince Jones plays the Palais

February 15th, 2023Aussie jazz icon Vince Jones plays the Palais

He's cool. He's smooth. He's one of Australia's premier exponents of Jazz and he's coming to Hepburn Springs to play the Palais next month.

He’s cool. He’s smooth. He’s one of Australia’s premier exponents of Jazz and he’s coming to Hepburn Springs to play the Palais next month.

Jazz icon Vince Jones plays the Palais – Hepburn on Sunday March 5.

Vince is that rare genre-defying artist who creates music without borders. Australia’s leading legendary Jazz vocalist with a voice as cool as a long G & T. Jones is also a remarkable interpreter and composer of songs in a contemporary unique style. A style that appeals equally to listeners and his musical peers. As a vocalist he resists showing off technique to the detriment of feel. Confident in his musical literacy and sings like there’s nothing to prove! It’s a refreshing approach that gives the audience the chance to be really moved.

His phrasing and interpretation are second to none. His voice remains distinctive and endlessly interesting, contrasting and blending with the gorgeous sound of the band.

With a career now in its 50th year of performing; Jones has a catalogue of 22 albums, ARIA awards and has sold close to a million CDs worldwide. Reaching many milestones along his path that have internally sustained and enriched him. Often being invited to mentor and share his pearls of wisdom with the next generation of up-coming Jazz musicians at Conservatoriums around Australia.

As a man who thinks deeply about the state of the world and our need to get back to a simpler way of living, themes of love, loss, injustice, nature and peace are woven through his original works. He is not afraid to speak out for causes close to his heart.

Audiences will enjoy his mellifluous timeless tones. As Jones performs original material as well as new contemporary interpretations of his fave jazz standards by other greats, such as Ray Charles, Donny Hathaway, Curtis Mayfield, etc

Vince’s musical roots stem from his Scottish parents who were both musicians, his mother a singer and his father a horn player. Who both imparted their astute understanding of music in their time, which had always stayed with him and informs his own unique style.

Vince comments, sometimes uncomfortably, about the world we live in from an unashamedly idealistic perspective. His readings of the Great American Songbook are true to composer and artist as are his ‘Van Morrison’s Masterpieces’ concerts; respecting the song, while making it his own.

Still, his creative output remains intense. New music with long time collaborator, Paul Grabowky, is due in early 2023 while his 2020 retrospective, ‘A Personal Selection’ confirmed how important his contribution to Australian music has been.

Always particular about the musical company he keeps, he’s enjoyed playing with the best musicians the country has to offer and for this upcoming show at the Palais – Hepburn Springs, the tradition continues with the extraordinary Matt McMahon – piano/md, Melbournes Ben Robertson – bass,’ John Mackey – saxophone and welcoming Felix Bloxom – Drums (Barney McAll trio)

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