From the NY the great guitarist Bill Frisell coming to Springwood

THE SHOW IS SOLD OUT  If you have a ticket that you are unable to use, please contact the theatre box office on 4723 5050 because there is a waiting list.

“Plays guitar like Miles Davis plays trumpet” – The New Yorker
Frisell will be joined by bass player Thomas Morgan (Paul Motian, Dave Binney Quartet) and drummer Rudy Royston (Branford Marsalis, The Mingus Big Band), and the program will include highlights from his latest releases Small Town (Sony Music Masterworks) – recorded live at the hallowed New York City jazz club The Village Vanguard, and Music IS (ECM), featuring brand new compositions – Change in the Air, Thankful, What Do You Want, Miss You and Go Happy Lucky – alongside adaptations of now classic original compositions he had previously recorded on his first two ECM albums.

A musical chameleon and shining light of Americana, New York-based Frisell has collaborated with pop icons such as Elvis Costello, Paul Simon, Sting & Brian Eno along with jazz luminaries John Scofield, Ron Carter, Pat Metheny and Charlie Haden, combining sonic mastery with jazz, country, folk, rock, blues, pop, avant-garde, and more, whilst always maintaining a uniquely identifiable sound.


Bill Frisell clips on YouTube

‘Small Town’ excerpts –

‘Change in the air’ –

‘Thankful’ –

‘Rambler’  –

Another wonderful review in the Sydney Morning Herald 9/10/18

An extract of the review of our Julien Wilson concert 

Wilson’s importance in the pantheon of Australian music continues to grow. This is not just due to his stature as an improvising saxophonist or a composer (although either would be reason enough). It’s partly due to his keen sense of being heir to such Australian pioneers as Mark Simmonds, Bernie McGann​ and Allan Browne. It is also due to his Browne-like idiomatic openness, so the playground is the whole gamut of jazz, from its earliest New Orleans roots to the golden tenor saxophone era of Coleman Hawkins and Ben Webster;

Read John Shand’s full review here

The Catholics – August 13th

SUNDAY SESSIONS at the Blue Mountains Theatre, Springwood                  

Sunday arvo shows presented by Live at the Village & Blue Mountains Theatre

   TICKETS   $36 / $32 con.  A very warm welcome back to The catholics for a Live at the Village concert.  We are in for some very sunny jazz, with nods to reggae, Latin and eastern influences.  Music that gets the feet tapping, with wonderful ensemble playing and some very entertaining solos from musicians at the top of their game.

Joining bassist Lloyd Swanton are the legendary Sandy Evans, saxophone and James Greening on trombone, South American born Fabian Hevia playing a wide variety of percussion, Jonathan Pease whose electric guitar at times wouldn’t be lost on Santana fans, Nic Cecire will be nailing the groove on drums while Gary Daley‘s accordion brings some great textures to the band’s sound.


The catholics




Joe Farnsworth Prime Time Quartet – May 4th

Tickets:  $35/$25 concession  – or Turning Page Bookshop, Springwood, 4751 5171

Live at the Village presents the Joe Farnsworth Prime Time Quartet on Thursday, May 4 at 8pm in the Presbyterian Hall, 160 Macquarie Rd, Springwood.

Led by celebrated New York drummer Joe Farnsworth, the quartet features some of the cream of Australian jazz with tenor saxophonist Dale Barlow, award winning bassist Brendan Carke, and swingin’ jazz pianist John Harkins.

Farnsworth is considered one of the top jazz drummers in the world today and has frequently shared the stage with such illustrious company as McCoy Tyner, Pharaoh Sanders, Diana Krall and Wynton Marsalis.  He appears at the iconic New York clubs the Blue Note, Village Vanguard and Birdland as well as the Lincoln Centre and major festivals such as Montreal, Red Sea and Umbria jazz festivals to name a few.

Drummer Joe Farnsworth (Small)

Joe Farnsworth is dedicated to the great tradition of jazz drumming by the likes of Max Roach, Roy Haynes and Elvin Jones.  He is described as being able to set all kinds of material in motion, minus fuss and clutter, drawing on tradition as a jazz musician while incorporating various percussion instruments from around the world.

This is the encore tour of the Joe Farnsworth Prime Time Quartet.  They astounded Australian audiences with their high energy and world class performances last year, and more of the same is likely this time around.

Live at the Village are presenting the Prime Time Quartet at the Presbyterian Hall in central Springwood ahead of tour dates in the eastern state capitals and drum clinics at the Sydney Conservatorium and in Brisbane.  The band will also appear in Newcastle and northern NSW venues.