The ishs/Allen Project

Contemporary, latin, folk . The ishs/Allen project is the real deal. They all played out of their skins at the recent Inverloch Jazz Festival and are back for their fourth Castlemaine. This band keeps getting better and better, and will take you on an unforgettable musical journey.

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ade ishs: piano, voice
Chelsea Allen: drums, voice
Paul Bonnington: bass
Ee Shan Pang: trumpet, voice

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The Ishs/Allen Project

Thursday, 4 May, 8pm
Paris Cat (basement)
6 Goldie Pl, Melbourne CBD

Ticket: $20 (regular)/$15 (concession)
Booking recommended via http://tiny.cc/tiap4may

Line up:
ade ishs: keyboard, voice
Chelsea Allen: drums, voice
Paul Bonnington: bass
Ee Shan Pang: trumpet, voice

More info about the band: www.tiap.band

A Busy Day at the Ol’ Leinster Basement De Blues

Quite what has happened to the Jams of late is likely to remain a mystery. Suffice it to say that, after a few weeks struggling out of the doldrums of mediocrity, last Sunday’s session was positively frenetic, with previously unheard of things going on, like really good pianists turning up, and the entire ensemble making noises that even the cognoscenti would begrudgingly recognise as somewhat jazz… Continue reading

Ade Ishs and Chelsea Allen at Paris Cat

The Ishs/Allen Project are returning to the Paris Cat Jazz Club on 7
April.

This time, they will be at the Parisian Loft (upstairs), playing
their signature evocative music that has been described as “very
uplifting” (Jazzwise, UK), “full of imagery, interestingly within sound”
(Tom Tom, USA), and “direct and heartfelt” (AustralianJazz.net).
Line up: ade ishs (piano), Chelsea Allen (drums), Paul Bonnington
(bass), Ee Shan Pang (trumpet, flugelhorn), Ben Nieuwkerk (saxophones,
clarinet, flute).
Ticket: $20. Book via Paris Cat: http://is.gd/tiap7apr
Teaser: http://youtu.be/F8ocHDaOemk

The Laika Bar gets all class

The Band, and the management, agreed that Susie’s first gig at Laika was a hit. She looked a million dollars, started a bit nervous (who wouldn’t?) and by the second song had it all together … and swung. Dancing by the end of the evening.

This week sees a few serious musicians in the Joint:- one of me fave pianists Ade Ish, Chelsea Allen and the Director of eResearch at Monash University (well, that is what it says on Paul Bonnington’s Linked In page…) will be playing a mix of jazz and originals.

The previous instrumental nights have been some of the best, and this trio is as good as you could wish – boogie on down the Boulevard of Broken Drains and tip back a cocktail or a glass of red to some fine ol’ music.

Ade Ish Trio, from 8.00pm Friday 28th November at The Laika Bar, 9 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda,

Rioting in the street, the Americans are coming, commotion in the back bar, and Chaos does his nut

Not really, but in truth, we had suspected this one might be a bit special – Trombonist Al Herman had promised to turn up, and he did: and he brought with him the impeccable Rory, his ageing sidekick Sir Roger De Coverley, and, as if that wasn’t enough, the unimpeachable Ade Ish, and even Chelsea on drums, reprising her Friday night sesh at the Laika,, along with Firman, Tom McGlinn and Ben (guitar), young Alan Richards (drums), Kevin and Katerina (vocals).

Steve bassed along with the best of them, with Anton the jazz arriving just as he was wilting from exhaustion. Added to the mix Chrissie Manetta, Bruce on drums, South Australian interloper Sophie on sax, Julian on flute, Peter Cole on sax, the Calamatta, sans I think chapeau rouge, Tom McGlinn on guitar, David Nole and meself on keys, and you had a right old schemozzle, which ran all afternoon.

A great session, some disturbingly good jazz being played, and this was one out of the box. Hardly a dud amongst that lot, although I did my best to lower the standard when I could, and probably succeeded on occasion.

Ya missed it? There is always next week…

The Sunday Jam, every week at the Leinster Arms, Gold Street, Colliwobble, from 4.00pm until we knock off around 7.30.
TW

From Ade Ish

The ishs/Allen Project is launching their debut album at:
Venue: Paris Cat, 6 Goldie Pl, Melbourne CBD
Date/time: 4 March 2015, 9pm
Ticket: $15 (regular)/$10 (concession)
More info and booking: http://bit.ly/1CvSTkb
Line up: ade ishs: piano and voice, Chelsea Allen: drums and voice, Paul Bonnington: acoustic and electric basses, Ee Shan Pang: trumpet, flugelhorn, and voice
“Often sparse and understated, always elegant, this debut album for The ishs/Allen Project delivers wonderfully complementary pieces, each painted in warm harmonic brushstrokes, framed in thoughtful arrangements, and recorded to perfection.” — Peter Neville (Head of Percussion and New Music Studio, Melbourne Conservatorium of Music)
Sample the album:
Bandcamp: http://tiap.bandcamp.com
iTunes: http://smarturl.it/tiap-itunes
YouTube: http://youtu.be/Xjll0pVg8To
TiAP on the web: http://tiap.info

The ishs/Allen Project is launching their debut album at:
Venue: Paris Cat, 6 Goldie Pl, Melbourne CBD
Date/time: 4 March 2015, 9pm
Ticket: $15 (regular)/$10 (concession)
More info and booking: http://bit.ly/1CvSTkb
Line up:
ade ishs: piano and voice
Chelsea Allen: drums and voice
Paul Bonnington: acoustic and electric basses
Ee Shan Pang: trumpet, flugelhorn, and voice
“Often sparse and understated, always elegant, this debut album for
The ishs/Allen Project delivers wonderfully complementary pieces, each
painted in warm harmonic brushstrokes, framed in thoughtful
arrangements, and recorded to perfection.”
— Peter Neville (Head of Percussion and New Music Studio, Melbourne
Conservatorium of Music)
Sample the album:
Bandcamp: http://tiap.bandcamp.com
iTunes: http://smarturl.it/tiap-itunes
YouTube: http://youtu.be/Xjll0pVg8To
TiAP on the web: http://tiap.info

The Leinster Bar… well, we stuffed that up didn’t we?

After last week’s gallimaufrey of bass players, this week it was the piano players turn:

Ade Ish, Larry from Townsville, Rory Clark, Sam Izzo, Gentleman John Curtis (welcome back, were ya been!), the Venerable Bob and meself all got a short turn eventually. The Ageing Roue played an inordinate amount of might fine sax, and the Captain played a subordinate amount of mighty fine sax, as did Noel. Ben and Chic provided some neat guitar work, hardly anyone sang (well, Kevin smoothed things out for a while), young tyros Tom and Mike played drums and trombone,  Doug Haircut Kuhn nearly got trampled in the rush, Sebastien rattled between good and not so, and Colonel T of the Fourth Light Punjab Horse  provided a relieving role on bass.

So, why did we stuff it up? Such was the seemingly endless procession of hot jazz that a few of the less experienced jammers missed out or left early – with that much talent in the room, getting up to play after them would be an unnerving experience.

The essence of the jams is to get everyone involved as much as possible, even if this does mean that the standard of music becomes a bit, err, variable. So if you missed out, please come back and if Coltrane walks in and takes over, we will toss him out in your favour, on the grounds that (a) he needs to join in not take over, (b) he probably won’t come back next week as he is too busy reissuing dodgy compilation CD’s,  (c) he is dead and (d) we would rather you played anyway. Or any way, as long as it is fun.

Or not as the case may be…

Props to Peter Cole for getting this, waiting for his opportunity,  and blowing up a storm, to Sam Izzo who got the briefest of sessions and still got drowned out by the soloists,  and most particularly to Colonel T for his patience before finally getting up on bass and swinging. Unheard of, call a doctor. Or a vet. Or a mechanic. I give up, what does he run on?

We will try to do better next time –

TW

What Where When Why Wang

Apparently there was a Jazz Festival in Wang, in amongst the crowds of people milling about Reid Street enjoying the deep fried food on offer to wash down the occasional social lubricant. Saturday started wet, then blew hard, and Sunday started cold then turned delightful. I am referring of course to the peripatetic Jammers, who played in the street (dancing),  played at the Bulls Head (full) the Festival Market (9.00am start, a good crowd and good grief!) and ended up enjoying fine sets on the free stage from Agus Batara, Standing Tall and the blindingly good Ish Allen Project, before putting up a Sunday evening set at the Bull once more.

Props to the tireless Divine Miss Smith, Doug on bass and Chris LeBon, all in top form. And to The Captain and Ashley for organising the whole weekend.

Are ya coming next Year?

Ade Ishs Trio – new CD

Hi,
I wonder if you wouldn’t mind announcing my new album and its official launch gig?
The album is called ade ishs Trio, to be released on 1 November. It’s now available for pre-order at http://adeishs.bandcamp.com (CD and high-quality download), and it will be available via iTunes from the release date.

The launch gig will also be on 1 November at 8pm (doors at 7:30pm) at:
Live at Baker Street
c/o Burwood Music Centre
2 Florence St, Burwood

People can book and select their seat via http://tinyurl.com/aitlaunchgig . The ticket is $45, including complimentary drink and canapés. Here’s the promo video of the gig: http://youtu.be/ftAF80FymkI
Thanks

Why Jazz?

I recently asked some of the jazz jammers who perform around town to answer a few questions for our readers. One of the first to reply was a pianist Ade Ishs who I think you will hear much more of in the future. Other musicians will be featured in coming weeks. RM

Ade Ishs

Why I like jazz: I don’t know for sure. Perhaps because I had exposure to it early in my life. My dad liked big-band and orchestral vocal jazz stuff. And then my brother brought electric fusion (Chick Corea Elektric Band, Lee Ritenour, Dave Grusin, stuff like that) home. I started playing fusion stuff in the 1990s, when I got influences from Bob James, Lyle Mays, Pat Metheny, and others. During that time, I joined a Pat Metheny cover band. I rarely played standards until early 2000s. My musical training was largely classical piano performance, although I shortly studied jazz organ performance and composition.

Nevertheless, my playing techniques are largely derived from what I learned in my classical piano training. To me, that works. And if the crowd likes it, that’s a plus. I often try to draw connections between classical music and jazz. I guess I benefit from learning J. S. Bach’s music melodic techniques and also ambidexterity. From W. A. Mozart’s, structure. From Debussy’s and Chopin’s, dynamics and harmony. And so on. By no means I imply that I haven’t learned, for example, dynamics from Mozart’s, or anything else from other giants not mentioned. I’m just saying that probably they’re my main influences from the classical world. Jazz is one of my means of practising awareness with my environment and adjusting to it accordingly, and manners with others, plus other things. Maybe that’s why I like it.

Why I like the jam sessions: Isn’t it obvious? Because I can practise jazz! Also, to find potential people with whom I can play in a band.

What I’m planning this year: More gigs, particularly with my trio with drummer Chelsea Allen and bassist Daigo Nakai. Also, preparing materials for my next album.

Favourite players: Many. Pianist Lyle Mays, guitarist Pat Metheny, drummers Jack Dejohnette and Billy Stewart, bassist Marc Johnson, and the list goes on.

You can read an extended interview with Ade here

http://blog.adeishs.com/2012/02/interview-with-radio-kita-3zzz-92-3-fm-melbourne.html