Leigh Barker's Hot Five at Jazz Lab

Jazz Lab, 27 Leslie St, Brunswick, Melbourne, Victoria

One Australian show only! Thursday May 3. Bassist, bandleader, composer (and sometime tuba player) Leigh Barker arrived in Paris in 2016 to set up a new European base for his music, family and diverse projects. Over the past ten years Barker has appeared at venues and events such as the Sydney Opera House, Jazz at Lincoln Center, 'Frankie 100' in New York and the Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Festival, establishing himself worldwide as a first call sideman and award winning band leader. Accompanying artists as diverse as Branford Marsalis, Gordon Webster, the Hot Jazz Alliance and Sarah McKenzie, Leigh found living in Australia was limiting his ability to tour full time.

After taking time off for the birth of his second daughter, Barker has formed the 'European Edition' of his long-running band, extending the excellent body of work from his eight full length album releases and more than ten years of touring. Happily he was able to bring with him to Paris the singer and violinist from his group since 2011, Heather Stewart (given that she is also 'Mrs Barker'...).

Leigh has only one single in concert in Australia this autumn, and brings to the Jazz Lab the original members of the extended eight piece line up he debuted in 2015. Check out the video below to hear their dynamic mix of hot jazz, formidable swing, 21st century blues and stylish new compositions. A broad repertoire played with a spontaneity rarely matched by other groups.

Lineup: Mat Jodrell - trumpet Matt Boden - piano Heather Stewart - voice and violin Don Stewart - trombone John Scurry - guitar and banjo Sam Young - drums Jason Downes - clarinet and alto sax

Thursday 3rd May Phone: (03) 9388 1999