Remote Control Records is thrilled to announce the signing of Melbourne’s cult outfit JAZZPARTY. To celebrate the signing, the band have released a live EP It’s Monday Night Somewhere which reminds us live music in Australia is truly unique, necessary and irreplaceable.
The EP features a handful of tracks collected over five years of JAZZPARTY’s infamous Monday Night residencies recorded via Open Live at The Evelyn Hotel.
Picture this, a seemingly quiet Monday night is turned on its head when you walk through the doors of Melbourne music hot spot The Evelyn Hotel. It’s sweaty, packed and you can hear people laughing and shouting, see them drinking and dancing. You can taste the cold beer in these soaked recordings and feel the heat of bodies packed in close. Unrehearsed, slightly unhinged but free to explore and push, this is the band in their element. Their happiest place.
“We decided to release these even though they are imperfect, maybe even a little cringe worthy for us at times” says Loretta Miller, JAZZPARTY’s enigmatic front woman. “This release is about the energy that’s created on these nights, that have allowed us to grow our music naturally in front of an audience. There are times the band will have never heard a tune before and Darcy (Band Leader, Saxophone) will write out a last minute chart and direct and we’ll all just see what happens. It’s risky but it’s the most free and excited I ever feel on stage.”
Sometimes the show is loose, sometimes a soaring triumph and the band thrive on each other’s playful, rowdy, good time energy. The audience is very much the eighth or ninth member of the band because no one can be sure how many players are actually on the stage at a JAZZPARTY gig. In their time as a band JAZZPARTY have brought their euphoric performance to Golden Plains, WOMADelaide, Wave Rock Weekender, Melbourne International Jazz Festival and supported the likes of Lee Fields, Hot 8 Brass Band & Lake Street Dive.
The live recordings feature some of Melbourne’s greatest players and musical guests aplenty, including Harry James Angus, Hue Blanes, Tracey Miller (Loretta’s mother) and Nick Martyn (Las Mar).
JAZZPARTY is Loretta Miller (Vocals), Gideon Preiss (Piano), Donnie Stewart (Trombone and Trumpet), Dom Hede (Drums), Jules Pascoe (Double Bass), Darcy McNulty (Saxophone), Grant Arthur (Trombone) and Eamon McNellis (Trumpet).
Download / Stream It’s Monday Night here.