G’Day Readers!

Today I will do something a little bit different, instead of posting about one band/musician, I’ll try to make a list of some of the ones I like the best, but I’ll start doing it specifically of Funk/Jazz Bands from Bazzaland! 🙂

THE FIRST ONE in the list comes all the way from Melbourne, a great Funk/Soul band from the early 2000’s named “The Bamboos”

These 8 musicians combined elements of the Old-School Funk, Hip Hop, Mod Rock, Psychedelic & Northern Soul genres to get a unique sound of their own. In their 10 years of being together they have released four studio albums and one live album, which has given them the opportunity of earning a place in the contemporary Funk & Soul scene.

They have played in many festivals, TV Shows and places around Europe and U.K.
It’s funny that I unconsciously keep moving my head back and forward while writing the post and listening to their songs. There’s no other explanation, this band makes me want to dance.

I’ll leave a video down below, and their official website so that you can get to know them a little better.
There’s two live songs in the video, the first one called “Typhoon” followed by “Keep me in mind” both from the album “4
Official website CLICK HERE 🙂

Lets move on to the next one in the list!

Ok, while researching I found many really good bands, and some of them don’t have too much information about them, because they’re really old, or underground, but I’ve decided that I will give those bands an opportunity and give them a place in this post.

HERE WE GO! 😀

 

 

 

 

 

………………………………………………..2.- Kerrie Biddell::…………………………………

An awesome singer and Australian Jazz legend, Karrie Bidell has toured with Dudley Moore, Cilla Black and Buddy Rich, also appeared in many TV shows and opened the Sydney Opera House.
In 1982 she sang the theme tune for the Network 7 soap opera “Sons And Daughters”. In the 1980’s she sang with the Con big band working and studying with many great musicians.

She has released four albums:
-The Exciting Daly-Wilson Big Band Featuring Kerrie Biddell (1972)
-Kerrie Biddell (1973)
-Only the Beginning (1975)
-The Singer (1996)

🙂
I’ll leave a video where Kerrie Biddell is performing Tony King’s song “Is that Jazz” 🙂
Hear closely when she sings the words “Is That Jazz” her voice is really smooth, check it out.

So many great Oz people, that I would need thousands of pages to put them in here. I will keep on sharing anything I find, and leave some links to the other ones that couldn’t make it to the list. But they’ll be apples! So lets continue 🙂

Lets keep moving in the list!

 

 

 

 

 

All the way from Sydney…

……………………………………………..3.- Galapagos Duck!……………………………..

I know that we all have the question… What’s the story behind that name? 😛
They say the inspiration came from Spike Milligan and was somehow derived from one of his comedy sketches involving the auctioning of a “Giant Galapagos Turtle upon wheels with clockwork revolving eyes”.

Anyway, Galapagos Band is one of those bands that stays forever, could you believe they have been active since 1969?, and they’re still making awesome music at these days. 🙂

This band has been in many great Jazz Festivals:
Montreux Jazz Festival, Switzerland
Jazz Yatra Festival, Bombay, India
American Musexpo
Singapore International Jazz Festival
Queenstown Jazz Festival, New Zealand
Vanuatu International Jazz Festival, Vanuatu

And along these years they have released 13 albums, the last one went out in 2006.
Unfortunately it’s really hard to find some of their material, fortunately I found a video that you may like. 🙂

The song is called “Kate Did” From the album “The Removalists”
Enjoy 🙂

Official website CLICK HERE

But lets keep moving on the list!

 

 

 

 

 

And Now, again from Sydney! 😀

………………………………………….4.- Don Burrows………………………………..

Donald Vernon “Don” Burrows knows how to play the clarinet, the saxophone and the flute.
Burrows has played with many musicians such as Frank Sinatra, Dizzy Gillespie and Nat King Cole, Oscar Peterson, James Morrison, Tony Bennett, the Sydney Symphony, Stéphane Grappelli and Cleo Laine.

He was invited to perform at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1972 and later the Newport Jazz Festival.
And he has got many awards, and many albums.

I feel that when you hear his music, you could close your eyes and imagine yourself in any Tropical place in the world. The songs are really colorful and funky.

You will hear all that groove and energy in the video shown below.  The band goes like billyo!

Make sure to check some other things he has done, this video is really good, but for those who don’t like fast music, he also has really smooth slow jazz themes, so don’t miss the chance 🙂

And The Last one on this list will be…..

 

 

 

 

 

All the way from… Somewhere beatiful in Australia. (Hard to find information about her)

………………………………………………….5.- Sue Barker………………………………..

Ok, the next song is a bonus to this list, because while looking for some other material I came across this tune,  the song’s name is “Love to the People”. The musos in this track get the song flowing nice and smooth.

Unfortunately I couldn’t find more information for this track!

So… SUE BARKER, if you are anywhere out there, I just wanted to tell you that your music will be shared, or at least we will try to share it to the world. Seems like good music is endangered these days.

Those who love Soul & Funk, today is your lucky day. 🙂

And before finishing this great post, I would like to add some links for web pages I found while doing the post of many good Aussies Bands, so I’ll highly recommend you to have a look into those pages, maybe some of the groups/bands inside are not that popular, but the quality of some of them is really good.

1.-AWESOME AUSSIES BANDS CLICK HERE
2.- AND HERE
3.- AND HERE 🙂

“Music is enough for a lifetime, but a lifetime is not enough for music”

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