"POINT A" The debut album and national tour of The James Le Fevre Quintet James Le Fevre - Tenor & Baritone Saxophone Rob Lee - Trombone Ben Foster - Piano & Keyboards Kane Watters - Electric & Double Bass Evan Dorrian - Drums Point A Features: Eric Ajaye & Miroslav Bukovsky. The James Le Fevre Quintet (JLFQ) is soon to embark on their National tour promoting the release of their debut album "Point A". The group bills themself as a Jazz outfit but they draw influence from an eclectic range of genres including; Jazz, Rock, Funk, Hip Hop, Blues, Dance, Pop, New Orleans, Latin, Drum 'n' Bass and gypsy music of the Balkans. JLFQ can be characterised by their use of contrast between intricate, extended arrangements and open, exploratory sections of improvisation. The group has built a reputation for their through-composed tunes weaving between many different sections sometimes subtly, sometime suddenly. The complementary improvising style of each of the members retains your interest throughout the ten tracks (76mins) on this longer than normal debut album. The listener will hear a strong unit sound that holds firm across the entire record with the band unanimously exploring changes in dynamic and energy. The national tour will start in Goulburn on 30th July and will cover metropolitan and rural N.S.W, A.C.T, Victoria and Tasmania (the home land of the leader) finishing at the world famous Bennetts Lane Jazz Club in Melbourne on 7th September. The band has 17 performances booked and will be presenting almost as many workshops. The target audience of the James Le Fevre Quintet is uniquely wide with the authentic jazz listener being able to hear the conversational and expressive nature of jazz present: whilst the general music lover will be able nod their head and tap their foot. Improvised jazz is a genre that has been inaccessible to the general population for a number of decades but JLFQ lay within reach of those amongst us who enjoy good music. The workshops presented by the ensemble are aimed at secondary and college music students and will cover the making of the album, composition and improvisation. Many of the regional conservatoriums taking part in the workshops are also playing host for a performance at night (some even supplying a support band). The James Le Fevre Quintet has come a long way in a short amount of time. The group from Canberra met through study of the Bachelor of Jazz Music at the Australian National University School of Music. JLFQ formed in February of last year with the idea of pursuing performance opportunities where the band was supported in expressing themselves through original music. They started out like many bands do playing some of their own material and fleshing out their repertoire with songs from other composers. But as they started to develop a band sound they started writing more and now have fifteen original tunes and five unique arrangements. The group has played some high profile gigs since making their debut at the Moruya Jazz festival in October 2007. JLFQ were the only local band to play at the inaugural Jazz in the Vines, Canberra where they shared the bill with the likes of David Campbell, Emma Pask, Monica Trapaga, Kevin Hunt and George Washingmachine. The crowd at Canberra's only weekly jazz gig, the Hippo Bar regularly see International and Australian acts but have become accustomed to seeing JLFQ on stage performing. The James Le Fevre Quintet also accepted an invitation to perform at the Prime Ministers Australia Day Diplomatic Reception held at the Lodge in Canberra with their rendition of Waltzing Matilda being one of the highlights. The group has another Federal Government tie: receiving one of the highly sort after Contemporary Music Touring Program Grants. After the tour the group will be taking a well earned short break for the members to give some time to other projects before hitting the festival circuit hard in the New Year. JLFQ are continuing to develop new material and are looking to release a live album and take part in international performance opportunities.
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