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Tuesday, 19 June


Arts Wednesday 20 June 2018 89.7 Eastside FM

Radiothon Week this week. Its our opportunity to say thank you for your support over the last year and ask you for your continuing support. So, this week, hear about all the things we have achieved over the last year and whats on the wish list for the coming one. In between, lots of lively music.

Please join me and become an Eastside supporter. There are fantastic prizes and giveaways you wont want to miss!

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Kingswood announce a massive 2018 Australian tour Tone Deaf

Aussie modern rock luminaries Kingswood have announced their only Australian headline dates for 2018. The band have spent the majority of 2018 working on their follow up to 2017s After Hours, Close To Dawn in Melbourne, Sydney and Nashville and will return to the country for a slew of shows in August and September.

The band will take to the stage in Adelaide, Perth, Brisbane, Byron Bay, Sydney and Melbourne after conquering their massive State Of Origin set alongside The Rubens and Jet this weekend.

Kingswood will be bringing triple j Unearthed artist, Adelaide MANE along for the ride to warm crowds up with her unique brand of explosive indie-pop.

Last year, prior to the release of After Hours, Close To Dawn, Kingswoods frontman Fergus Linacre opened up about the writing process of the album and the bands stylistic change.

There were a few in the extended Kingswood family that were popping their heads up as we were recording and said, You guys are going to really polarise here, and we kind of like that.

Watch Kingswoods Golden here:

KINGSWOOD Australian Tour 

with Mane

Fri 17th Aug
Uni Bar Adelaide
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Sat 18th Aug
Rosemount Perth
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Fri 24th Aug
The Zoo Brisbane
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The Lengendary Count Basie Orchestra 89.7 Eastside FM


The living embodiment of swing, one of the most elegant and irresistible sounds that ever shook the western world, The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra have announced they will tour Australia and New Zealand in July/August 2018.

Directed by veteran trumpeter Scotty Barnhart, the 18-piece Count Basie Orchestra features a peerless array of instrumentalists with combined credentials that have topped the upper echelons of the international jazz world for decades.

From Billie Holiday to Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra to Nat King Cole, Sarah Vaughan to Ella Fitzgerald, the Count Basie Orchestra has provided the supremely distinctive sound and swing behind some of the greatest singers of the modern age.

Current members still include trombonist Clarence Banks, hired all those years ago by Basie himself, as well as former members of Stan Kentons, Benny Goodmans and Lionel Hamptons ensembles.

Special guest vocalist is the remarkable Carmen Bradford, who has performed with artists including Tony Bennett, James Brown, Wynton Marsalis, Frank Sinatra and George Benson. Count Basie heard Bradford sing in the early eighties and immediately hired her as vocalist for his Orchestra, a role she has continued in to this day.

A special feature this tour will be the Orchestras tribute to the great Ella Fitzgerald and the immortal Louis Armstrong. The Basie Band had a strong history with both artists and their reverence for them will shine through in this homage to these two greats of jazz.

The tradition of excellence has continued...

Monday, 18 June


Con Open Academy Winter Courses In July 89.7 Eastside FM

Renata Arrivolo is the new tutor for the Music Foundations classes at Open Academy including Music Fundamentals, Ear Training and Sight Reading classes. We asked her a few questions about her own musical journey and her classes.

How did you first encounter music and piano? What were the steps that drew you into the world of music?

I first learnt piano at the age of seven.  My grandfather who was a professional classical clarinettist. I have fond memories of playing duets with him on bass clarinet and me on piano.  Later I was drawn to jazz as a teenager listening to a collection of Big Band recordings that I had borrowed from a neighbour, that featured Glenn Miller Artie Shaw and benny Goodman. The Open Academy got me started and I did a number of courses over the years such as Ear training and Sight Singing and Jazz Improvisation, which gradually led to the full-time course at the Conservatorium. I completed a degree in Jazz piano performance at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in 2013, and things have really taken off from there.

Youre primarily a Jazz pianist. People often think of Jazz as improvised and not a theory based discipline. How has music theory aided your improvisation and music making?

Jazz actually has quite a lot of theory behind it. Yes, jazz has an aural tradition but to be a competent jazz musician you have to understand music theory. Such as intervals, scales and chords and then be able to read music and improvise. All these things give a jazz musician a palette of colours to work with so that they can compose and improvise which is really composition in real time. You have to understand rhythm and how to play with feel and variation. Any music be it Jazz or any other popular music is very limited without theory. It opens up a world of possibilities you may not have known existed and explains what the great musicians have done in the past

What is the point of ear training and sight reading to an instrumentalist, I mean you dont have to sing to play piano right?

Well maybe not necessarily at the same time.  What singing does though is make the music internalised.  We develop the inner ear or what you hear in your head. This is a great tool as it becomes part of you and you can reproduce it and then transfer it back to your instrument.   It also gives you the ability to look at a piece of music and hear what it sounds like in your head without having to play a note. This is an excellent tool to learn pieces quicker and for memorisation. For jazz musicians and composers being able to sing what you play is almost always more musical and comes directly from you rather than just executing intellectual concepts or physical habit. Eventually the theory and ear training all come together along with the technique, and a good musician needs all of it.

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Darren Watson is a stalwart of the New Zealand blues scene with a lineage in the bands Chicago Smoke Shop and Midge Marsden Band. Primarily hes cut his teeth as an electric guitarist and singer so this acoustic record is a departure from the template and as a result it feels like a special project.  Continue reading

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