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Well, let it be said that the combination (in one night) of singer Chris Turner and bass player Derrick Hodge was a real treat for the jazz festival this year. Both freaks of their fields, the Forum Theatre was set alight by two of the hottest names in new-jazz at the moment – both who have worked with some of the best and biggest names around.

Chris Turner rocked the stage with some sweet ‘camo’ get-up and belted out original tunes with effortless tone. His voice is flawless, soulful, charming..and big! That guy can hit some serious notes! Melbourne muso and Hiatus Kaiyotes’ bass player Paul Bender also played alongside Turner on the night – closing in some tight grooves and representing some Melbourne scene! Word.

It was Chris Turners' biggest hit ‘Liquid Love’ that had people slow jamming and grooving out in the crowd though. He managed to squeeze in some classic ‘call and reply’ of lines of the hit song too. A great end to his set!

Combining melodic improvisation and jazzy licks, Derrick Hodge (who was here earlier in the year with the Robert Glasper Experiment) hit up Melbourne once again - this time to showcase his own project. I’d say that most aspiring bass players in this generation are looking up to many different players right now, Derrick Hodge being one of those front runners. Derrick’s set at the Forum showed a softer side to his playing. There was lots of soloing, beautiful melodies and ballad-like tunes – he even threw in some vocals! A mellower set of music than some of his other projects, but nonetheless the soul of this 'solo' show was very present. Nostalgic and beautiful with all the tricks you expect from one of the worlds best. Was good to have him back again.

Was a really great night out getting to see more of the jazz-urban scene coming to life. It's these guys here that are shaping the tone and direction of jazz music today. And killing it. 

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There are many words that can be used to describe the music and talent of greats Chick Corea and Gary Burton – but I'm gonna roll with the word… precision.

From the minute you walked through the doors of Hamer Hall, it was buzzing wall to wall. Corea and Burton (who share a 40+ year history together) were set to play the last show of the Melbourne International Jazz festival for 2014..and boy, they did not disappoint for a second! 

It’s been a while since I’ve been to a gig where the music was so mesmerising and so dynamically on the money that I truly found myself lost for those hours. Burtons’ sticks rapidly sped across the vibraphone making the most beautiful melodic sounds and runs, whilst Chick’s tinkling of the keys and dynamic precision was utterly flawless. These two KNOW jazz music on so many levels. 

Along with playing a few of their own original compositions and arrangements, they played salute to some of the greats gone before them, including tunes from Stan Getz (both of which they have worked with), Bill Evans and Dave Brubeck. Whilst they played many tunes the crowd seemed to know, it was their arrangement of the Beatles song Eleanor Rigby that probably got the biggest reaction of the night. What an incredible and dynamic approach to a song everybody knows so welll.

Chick and Gary have worked with a long list of artists over many many years, but it seems their musical partnership is something really special. A duo of two very likeable personalities - whose stories in-between songs were as entertaining as the music itself.

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First of all (to bring those up to speed), Chris 'Daddy' Dave is a drummer. Not just any kind of drummer though...a reallllyy good one!

Yes, he is 'that' guy who's probably played with your favourite artist on your favourite album – and you might not even know it! And, if you do, then you'll know that him being in town....is definitely a big deal! I've been a Chris Dave fan for a long time - his work is iconic and has been praised by some of the best in the biz. This past weekend he was on our shores for the Melbourne International Jazz festival – and things got a good shake up! 

Dave and his project 'Drumhedz' put on four intimate shows at Bennetts Lane over two days, all of which sold out! We were lucky enough to head over to his first set of the festival on Saturday, greeted by a somewhat chilly Melbourne night and a long line of festival/muso/drum-enthusiasts winding down and out the front.

The 'Drumhedz' were made up of four music giants: guitarist Isaiah Sharkey, bassist Nick McNack and saxophinist Marcus Strickland, who were as equally brilliant and as much noted on the night. The beginning of the set started with a quick intro from Chris Dave and quickly moved into an open style jam where the experimental melodies and grooves were getting some good reactions from the room. The guys rotated parts in the spotlight with an obvious space for Chris Dave to shine on the kit – I'm sure for any budding drummer especially, this gig took things to a whole new level of face-melt.

Strickland and Sharkey lead the melodic structure through each song, often stopping for a laugh as Chris Dave teased them with stop-starts and lingering/unfinishing fills. It was funny watching them hold out for him to come back into groove or hit that part they were waiting for. You could see the mateship between the guys on stage was strong.

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Well, it’s creeping up to that time of year again…yes, Winter!
But that doesn’t mean it all has to be bad – it also means the return of the Melbourne International Jazz festival! (yayy!)

This year is yet again filled with world class artists hitting our shores and we can guarantee there will be something in it for everyone!

There’ll be a bunch of free events to check out throughout the festival, as well as all the main events across the city. It’s time to find an excuse to get out of your cold houses, pour a glass of wine and enjoy a night of incredible music.

We got the chance to have a chat to the festivals Creative Director, Michael Tortoni, on his picks for this year..

 

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A few weeks ago we found ourselves at The Toff  throwing back a few beers and enjoying the beautiful sounds of Georgia Fields, Second Hand Heart and Paperhouse - all as part of Melbourne Music Week.

The evening was the collaboration of original music with string infused sounds from players from from the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. Totally cool.

The intimate crowd sat at candlelit tables around the room and enjoyed lyrical and atmospheric sets from each artist. On a personal level, it was nice to be sitting down after a busy day out and kicking back to light sounding music from multi-talented MELBOURNE musicians!

Georgia Fields dazzled the crowd in a sleek white dress by Alpha60 and her chirpy original tunes and quirky nature did that also. Her pop-filled songs were complimented beautifully by string undertone..perfect for a Sunday! It's truly nice to see an artist who's honesty and playfulness is evident through their art - you get a real impression that 'what you see is what you get' with Georgia! 

The graphics of the performace are worth a special mention too! A shot of Georgia was posted in mirror-image on the wall behind her as she performed. I guess going off to a gig these days has to be as visual as it is sounding to keep a crowd engaged. It was a nice 'icing' on the performance cake and definitely added some extra ambience to the room.  

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A few weeks ago we were lucky enough to catch a few of this years AWME performances! In it's sixth year running, another year on proved to be another year strong!..with plenty to see over the short 4 days! 

On the Friday night I made my way to the Hifi bar to catch New Zealanders, Sola Rosa. Climbing my through a large and rowdy kiwi crowd, the electronic /soul/reggae/ latin/ funk group performed tracks from new and old albums - and had everyone in a grooved-up mood! Both Cherie Matheison and Sam Allen shared the vocal limelight and rocked some killer harmonies together. I do love me a good powerhouse sound.

Sola Rosa, are a great party band who suit the club scene as much as a laid-back lounge. I couldn't help but notice lead female singer Cherie Mathieson drop a few moves whilst sporting some incredibly high heels. You go girl! The night also featured other artists from New Zealand, including the very talented and soulful Hollie Smith and of course Sons of Zion. A real treat for lovers of sounds from our sister land!

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First of all, it truly is hard to know where to start on this one.

I feel like the cogs in my brain have been spinning out of control and I can't quite ...Yes, Jill Scott was THAT good. Gooder than good. Unbelievable.

Over the next few paragraphs I'm going to try and piece together my thoughts and peel my jaw off the ground (it's been there for two days), and give you the run down of what was one of my standout gigs for 2013/ever. 

The lovely Palais theatre was 'a buzz' on Tuesday night with a large crowd gathering for what was Jill Scott's first ever Australian tour. The modern lady of R&B brought a band of 9 members with her..and boy oh boy did they bring some serious SOUND to the party!

From the moment Jill Stepped out onto stage, her get-up; a bright blue jumpsuit, large earrings and mega heels - she had everyone in the building going crazy. Big soul numbers to kick off the set descended onto the crowd like a wave - it seemed that everyone was feeling the same..Ecstatic! 

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Posted by on in Music

Well, it's been nothing short of a massive career (so far) for the truly wonderful, Miss Jill Scott.

There has been multi-platinum selling albums, Grammy awards, collaborations, musicals, as well as television and film roles. Basically, what hasn't this lady done is the real question?

Well I can tell you one thing...she hasn't been to Australia.

Until now! 

Hitting the beautiful Palais theatre on November 19th, the r&b/soul mega-star is finally setting her feet upon our shores for an intimate performace (along with her 10 piece band), for one night only! This night is set to be real special..and well..just REAL, in all senses of the word. I intend to feel completely spent at the end of the night. In all of the good ways.

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Here at The World Loves Melbourne we did a recent interview with the lovely Georgia Fields, ahead of this Sunday's show labelled “String Sessions” - as part of Melbourne Music Week.

Held at The Toff, “String Sessions” will see Georgia Fields, along with Paper House and Second Hand Heart team up with members from the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra to bring a special night of collaboration and 're works' of their owns sounds. It is set to be truly wonderful.

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photo is by Caterina Fizzano.

J: Where did music start for you?

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Well, it's that time again...the AWME is here!

 

Now it's sixth year, the AWME is bringing to us yet another deliciously huge lineup and it's no surprise why we're getting a little excited!

 

Spanning over 4 days from November 14th-17th, the exhibition has a huge menu of acts to choose from, with performances held at a number of venues including: The Toff, The Hifi bar, DingDong, Lounge and The Arts Centre.

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A few months ago we did a small write up/ interview with Mark de Clive-Lowe, the DJ, pianist, producer and musical brainiac whose list of ‘worked with’ people makes you (me) legitimately envious. Back on our radars with a looming new album, MdCL’s taking things to a new level; and we can’t wait!
 
For those who are only JUST jumping on board..better late than never, Mark’s been in the music scene for a long time now and in recent years he’s been cultivating his popular club night CHURCH out of LA and New York. 
These CHURCH nights are the sounding cocktail of jazz, electronic, soul and house beats all brought to you live by the man himself and a well-blended mix of musical A-listers!
 
Earlier in the year we were lucky enough to have MdCL on our shores as part of the Melbourne International Jazz Festival. It was here Mark brought CHURCH to our own city - and now he plans to bring it straight to your ears with a new project by the same name! 
The project will be his 11th Studio album and is set to capture the spirit of his live shows and feature some amazing special guests!
 
Putting up a 30day crusade that started on October 13th via the crowd-funded site Kickstarter, MdCL is turning to his fans and supporters to help record and launch this upcoming album. In pledging your money and support towards this project, Mark is allowing fans to choose from a number of rewards, these include: private lessons, a lifetime supply of tickets to his shows globally, the pre-order of his yet-to-be recorded album, along with many more! 
Across the 30 day campaign, Mark is also releasing a series of One Take videos that showcase his impressively creative mind and performance skills using a piano, drum machine, keyboard and effects pads. Get behind good music and check out the video links for all details! 
 
 
 
 
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Rekorderlig Cider are thrilled to once again be a part of Taste of Melbourne, the world renowned outdoor food and drink festival.

Commencing on Thursday 14th until Sunday 17th November 2013, this festival is a celebration and discovery of all things edible, located at Pelican Lawn, alongside Albert Park Lake.

The custom built Beautifully Swedish ‘Rekorderlig Star’ will return to the landmark Melbourne foodie festival, showcasing the full array of Rekorderlig Cider’s delicious flavour portfolio. Rekorderlig Cider are also proud to announce a brand new flavour and summer addition to their range will be available at this year’s Taste of Melbourne, where consumers will be able to sample this delectable new cider.

The Beautifully Swedish ‘Rekorderlig Star’ is a definite stand out attraction of the festival with table tennis, music and a relaxing outdoor lounge area, complete with Rekorderlig branded bean bags allowing guests to sample innovative flavours, enjoy live music and soak in the atmosphere at Taste of Melbourne.

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Rebecca Judd is collaborating with SABA for the SABA Style Series and has shot the attached images for her website. To coincide with this Rebecca will be hosting SABA's Girls Night out this Friday (4th Oct) from 6 - 9pm at SABA's Chadstone Store. 
 
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Rebecca Judd will be talking all things ‘Saba fashion,’ interpreting her favourite looks from SABA's Spring/Summer 2013/14 range and adapting them for the upcoming Spring Racing Carnival and presenting them in a small fashion show.
 
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Veuve Cliquot will be served for the guests, a DJ will be playing on the night, and a stunning floral, spring racing themed media wall will also be set ups, so it is promising to be an amazing and fun event in the lead up to the racing season with the gorgeous Rebecca speaking to all guests and giving her personal style advice.
 
 
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Posted by on in Cafe

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Two Brothers is a welcome addition for the Mitcham precinct so that city workers like me can experience a quality cafe in the burbs. Much care has been taken by these 2 brothers Mark and Craig in setting up a cafe with great customer service and excellent coffee and cuisine. After the disappointment of my local polling booth not geared up for a sausage sizzle I ventured along to Two Brothers for a breakfast fix. 

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Two Brothers is an attractive space with brick walls, theme of blue, and a cracking outdoor area out the back (kid friendly too), primed for summer! It's a modern cafe placed on the end of a small shopping strip in Rangeview (practically Mitcham).

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Posted by on in Melbourne
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Melbourne’s favourite cocktail bar, 1806, is excited to announce Andy Wren, who has been part of the bar management team for three years, will step up as solo Bar Manager following the departure of Nick Reed. Colleen Stevens also joins the team as Events Manager.
 
 
Wren brings years of experience to the position, having previously worked at the helm of three-time Style bar of the Year winner, Sygn, in his hometown of Edinburg for four years. His team-focused management style of collectively cultivating new ideas will help facilitate the progression of 1806.
 
 
Wren plans to implement a solid training and development program for staff, balancing experience with youthful exuberance and creating initiatives the whole team can be proud of. Watch this space for some imaginative food concepts, too.
 
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Colleen Stevens joins the team with five years experience in hospitality, including three years in management roles, as well as a Bachelor of Professional Communications from Monash University, with a double major in Public Relations and Journalism. Most recently, Stevens simultaneously worked at Italian fine dining restaurant Sette Bello and at restaurant Bar Bosh in Knox City. At just 22 years of age, Stevens’ has accepted her “dream role” with 1806 and looks forward to putting her understanding of hospitality, public relations and creativity into practice. 
 
Stevens recently executed a Mad Hatters Tea Party that explored sherry alongside a three course degustation. She also has some exciting events planned for the near future, including a ‘deconstructing cocktails’ masterclass, as well as private Murder Mystery and ‘Make Your Own Cocktail’ events.
 
The team at 1806 would also like to take this opportunity to wish Nick Reed all the best for the future. Following Reed’s move from 1806, he plans to take on new challenges in his hometown of Geelong, opening a new venue for The Ryan Group towards the end of 2013. As one of the group’s veteran staff members, Reed has been instrumental in the evolution of the business, authoring 1806 Cocktails and launching The Understudy. 
 
 
1806
169 Exhibition Street
Melbourne, VIC 3000
(03) 9663 7722
 
Monday – Thursday 5pm ’til 2am
Friday – Saturday 5pm ’til 5am
Sunday 7pm ’til 2am
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Posted by on in Cheap Eats

Jimmy Grants has produced these stunning images which unveil and unwrap the sumptuous dishes on offer at this Souva sensation just off Smith St...

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 Bonegilla.

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Chips.

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Posted by on in Cheap Eats

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HERO is a great new concept satisfying the demand for interesting US style affordable convenient food in Melbourne as part of RMIT Building 80 (entry of Stewart St). With US beats and cool staff working the kitchen Hero comes with an edge, serving killer subs. As they say, it's a revolution of the sandwich kind!

Taking its inspiration from gourmet ‘Hero-style’ sandwiches made famous in and around Brooklyn-Queens, New York. HERO takes the art of the simple sandwich baguette and applies the Melbourne shuffle to its big sandwich flavours.

Admittedly I get bored with the flavours of some other convenience outlets - flavours that never seem to change, only with rare variations. But HERO comes with a range of exciting baguettes that fill and satisfy, and are compelling. I predict Hero to be a hit across Melbourne - the brainchild of Michael and Elena - two of the most influential foodies in Melbourne and behind The Reading Room, The Grain Store and marketing of other establishments.

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Posted by on in Fine Dining

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Tonka is a buzz restaurant in Melbourne being the love child of highly successful Coda and a triumph of Adam D'Sylva (homage to his heritage) and Michael Smith (former head chef of Jacques Reymond). High end Indian has been a surprising gap in the culinary landscape in this city. Having experienced awesome high end Indian in other Australian cities like Adelaide, international cities, not to mention India itself, I was curious to see what awaited me at Coda. This hatted restaurant has taken Indian cuisine in Melbourne on an odyssey and delivers on technique and flavour.

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Tonka is a fine dining destination with white napkins, classy decor and mood lighting - and of course that dreamy petticoat like material fluffed up on the ceiling. It screams sophistication and occasion. No mess hall informality here. I decided to eat at Tonka on the fly and was fortunate to get a stool at the bar. This place gets packed even on a Monday night.

Make your way down the laneway and look for the neon sign (this place was a famous nighclub called Honky Tonks). Tonka clearly brings a modern twist to Indian cooking  - something unique in Melbourne. The website gives us more of the philosophy, "They have devised tantalising dishes that explore Indian techniques and flavors although not being restricted by tradition. D’Sylva stamps his characteristic approach to cooking with the balance and freshness of Asian. The menu is designed with a passion for enhancing seasonal, fresh ingredients in modern and accessible way."

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Lamaro's is a delightful gastropub in South Melbourne that prides itself on its fine cuisine and engaging service. I was privileged to dine as a guest of Lamaro's in their Conservatory private room, which impressed with its artwork, skylight and ambience. What I love is a gastropub with passion and one that endears itself to the locals. At this media launch there was a point of inviting several locals who grace this pub as well as wider media.

What I also love is an atmosphere of class and style - whether it be imbibing in the more formal dining area or at the casual bar.

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Lamaro's was keen to show off its Spring menu from chef Shaun Sheridan to an eager media audience.  The Shared Entrees presented on a wooden board hit the mark with BBQ Quail (juicy and not overcooked) with black garlic, charred radicchio and dried corn a highlight. I sometimes find quail a bit boring, especially when its crispy quail always done the same way. But this was a refreshing and engaging dish with a killer sauce and perfect accompaniments.

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Posted by on in Cafe

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Sbriga is a cafe in the Melbourne CBD legal precinct caturing the Italian spirit of espresso. This is stand up Roman espresso style - something rarely seen in Melbourne. Mario and the team have created a unique experience in a sea of cafes which impresses in terms of coffee, concept, cuisine and style. It strikes me that this cafe is engaging - where the customer is the focus. It is in no sense aloof. It's about giving 15 min of your day to receive top notch hospitality in the Italian tradition.

There is a distinct feeling of old Europe as you stand (yes, stand) next to the beautiful golden tones of the bar that runs around the main curved wall, whilst sipping on your coffee and savouring a delicious Italian treat.

Why standing room only? Sbriga (Italian for ‘hurry’) was inspired by the Italian tradition of drinking coffee and eating whilst standing at the bar.

 “While I was visiting Rome recently, I fell in love with the experience of the local Espresso Bar”, owner Mario Simeone explains. “After only a few days I was convinced that Melbourne café lovers would appreciate this type of community meeting place. We’ve tried to design the Bar so that it feels like you’ve stumbled across a secret little café in an old part of Europe.”

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