“Jazz played with some true wit… quirky, cartoonish pieces, coloured with chirpy melodies and unexpected moments of poignancy” – John Shand (Sydney Morning Herald) Originally hailing from New York City, The New Yorker called Phillip Johnston, “An exceptionally individualistic composer and superb improviser”. He has led Phillip Johnston & The Coolerators in one form or another since moving to Australia in 2005.
Both groovy and cerebral, The Coolerators play funky dance music for a cartoon universe. Now they present Phillip’s second Australian recording, Diggin’ Bones: tight, compact, funky, smart, and a reinvention of organ groove jazz.
PHILLIP JOHNSTON soprano and alto saxophone ALISTER SPENCE organ LLOYD SWANTON bass NICK CECIRE drums
AMPHIBIOUS DUO (8pm)
"One of the most exciting young ensembles to come my way... Musicians of rare talent, combining astonishing virtuosity, expressivity and honest communication of striking beauty" - Paul Dyer (Director, Australian Brandenburg Orchestra)
"Amphibious are one of the most interesting young bands around... Their sound world is really quite unique" - Georges Lentz
Oliver Miller (Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, Orchestra of the Antipodes, Paul Cutlan’s String Project) and Aaron ‘Baz’ Flower (National Jazz Guitar Award winner, 2007) showcase an intimate version of the Amphibious Quartet’s unusual mélange - the beauty and expressive depth of classical music, the rhythmic and improvisational approach of jazz, with the sound worlds of alternative/post-rock and pop.