Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Bloozology 8.00pm tonight at The Ellington

The blues band, BLOOZOLOGY was formed in 2007 and consists of some of the most experienced musicians in Perth. The band is: Alan Lyford (Vocals / Bass), Alan McCowat (Vocals / Guitar), Mike Nelson (Vocals / Keyboards), Paul Millard (Sax) and Vince Pavitt (Drums).

Alan Lyford has recorded for Phillips Fontana Records (Singapore), has recorded with many local artists and backed many interstate artists. He was lead singer with the fusion band, 'Manteca' when they were recorded for national broadcast by the ABC. He has played with the Doobie Brothers and Simply Red, supported Suzie Quatro, Lou Rawls, America, Tom Jones, Roberta Flack and toured with Ian Moss (Cold Chisel). He is currently recording an album of his original compositions.

Alan McCowat has been playing professionally since the mid 60s. He has played with many of Perth's best know bands such as The Times, Grapevine, The Teddy Bears, The Zodiacs, Ray Charles Tribute Show and the Troupadores. He has worked with many international artists such as: The Drifters, The Platters, Warren Mitchell, Darryl Braithwaite, Johnny Young, Normie Rowe, Denise Drysdale and Col Elliot.

Mike Nelson helped establish Jazz Studies at WAAPA in the 1980's and has lectured at UWA, ANU as well as performed in concert in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Canberra. His quartet toured India for the 1990 International Jazz Yatra and he has toured extensively throughout Great Britain and Europe. Many of his compositions and arrangements (including his CD 'Celebration') have been recorded and broadcast by the ABC. He has worked with many international artists including Mark Murphy, Milt Jackson, Shirley Bassey, James Morrison, Don Burrows, Debbie Reynolds Red Rodney and Jerry Lewis.

Paul Millard has over 25 years professional experience as a saxophone and woodwind player in bands and orchestras in a variety of musical styles from rock to jazz. Has performed with many international artists including Ray Charles, Sammy Davis Jnr, Natalie Cole, Debbie Reynolds, Jerry Lewis and Australian performers Hugh Jackman, James Morrison, Kate Ceberano and Joe Camilleri & The Black Sorrows. Paul has played in numerous theatrical seasons such as Chicago, Jesus Christ Superstar, Singing In The Rain, Shout, Dirty Dancing, Dusty and The Boy From Oz.

In addition to playing Paul is a music arranger and composer for concert shows and CD productions.
Vince Pavitt has been playing drums professionally since the age of 13. Originally from South Africa, Vince has played and recorded many styles in blues, jazz, gospel and rock bands. From 1999 he worked in New Zealand where he played with with many international artists at Auckland's famous jazz venue, The London Bar including Roy Phillips and Bruce Kerr of the Peddlers, Nathan Haines, the Andy Brown Trio backing American singer, Azure McCall. He has performed in concert with American jazz trumpeter Bobby Shew backed by the Auckland Philharmonic at the Aotea Center. He tutored in drums at the Avondale College and also taught for Auckland's Massey Unversity Conservatorium.

In March 2007, BLOOZOLOGY performed its debut concert at the Charles Hotel for the Perth Blues Club and has since performed a variety of concerts including The Ellington Jazz Club and Jazz Fremantle (Navy Club)

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