NEW HORIZONS 2017
Well here we are well into 2017 and a lot has happened since my previous Jazz Journal in December 2016. First of all, I have now set up a new series of Jazz Combos, which includes The Jack Mac Jazz Quartet and The Jack Mac Jazz Quintet, as well as my new Funk Group, Jack Mac’s Funk Pack.
JACK MAC’S FUNK PACK
As I mentioned in my December Blog, Jack Mac’s Funk Pack had been booked to support the great Nat Osborn music event at Gwdihw’s in early January. This was a really successful night and has been followed recently by another headline slot at Gwdihw, so things are on the up with the group! We even had the pleasure of being supported by the amazing Dirty Alex, who are doing great things at the moment with their combination of Jazz and Hip Hop so have a listen to them if you get the chance! We also were honoured with the wonderful Genevieve Gyseman joining us on stage for a couple of numbers with her amazing vocals! She can be found most Tuesdays performing around Cardiff and hosting the Porter‘s Open Mic Nights on a Tuesday. Plenty of things in the pipe line for the Funk Pack then. Check out the events page to find out the next upcoming gigs with the Funk Pack!
THE JACK MAC JAZZTET SERIES
During the past month or so all of The Jack Mac Jazztet Series Ensembles have performed at various popular venues in Cardiff, including the brand new Jazz Bar The Pomegranate, which I recommend to you all to visit. The Jazz Quartet and Quintet have also gone down well at the Friday evening event Amser Jazz Time at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. I am proud to announce that I have been invited by the organisers to perform with The Jack Mac Jazz Quartet at the prestigious St David’s Cathedral Festival to be held at the end of May. This is a great honour and we are really looking forward to playing at one of Wales most beautiful and historical locations. I am also in the process of organising several recording sessions for both The Funk Pack and the Jazz Combos. Check out my media page for the sight and sounds of our forthcoming performences as well as some recent ones.
Bass 12 continues to perform locally and we had an amazing Saturday afternoon recently when the band busked in the centre of Cardiff. If the weather is fine you may catch us on match days when Wales play at home as Bass 12 could well be entertaining the crowds around the city. Look out for the Brass Takeover gig at Gwdihw in Cardiff on 10th March, as well as other venues around Cardiff and Bristol!
THE BANDITS AND THE JIVOHOLICS
My events diary shows that I am playing with The Bandits and The Jivoholics on a regular basis as well as my own bands. The Bandits have their regular Monday night spot at Lab22 and we have also appeared at several charity gigs and are booked for weddings later in the year.
The Jivoholics gigs are never anything but fabulous fun and the band have recently performed at a variety of Jive clubs in South Wales, Somerset and Devon as well as making another great night at The Old Duke in Bristol. Unfortunately, due to my other commitments I will not be able to join them in their annual visit to the Derry Jazz Festival in Northern Ireland but I wish the guys all the best with it!
Of course, with all this going on I am still studying hard at RWCMD having successfully completed my first semester. These coming months will involve more practising and performing with my saxophone in order to develop my jazz skills in preparation for the end of year performance.
To keep everyone up to date on how things are going I will add to my Blog every few months and let you know how me and my various bands are getting on. In the meantime, check out my calendar if you wish to see me performing live as I have several gigs booked over the next few months.