New Album Release :: ARROW – NAVIGATOR



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We recorded this album at the end of 2013 at the Sound Lounge with help from Sydney Improvised Music Association.

New Release from Alluvium Records :: ARROW – NAVIGATOR
Featuring :: Ben Hauptmann – Guitar, Eamon Dilworth – Trumpet, Thomas Botting – Bass & Paul Derricott- Drums

A sonic exploration of grooves, folk & improvisation.

—Buy now through the link below—

July Update

Paul Derricott & I have been working together for the last few years producing albums, live events and recording. Now we are presenting under the umbrella of BIG SEA MUSIC. Check out our facebook page here.
Currently BSM is presenting Jazz & Soul events at Tatler & The Lord Wolseley Hotel.

Upcoming gigs in July:
Friday 10th :: Matthew Garwood @ French Festival Circular Quay
aturday 11th :: Jazz @ The Lord Wolseley 3pm-6pm (w/ Aaron Flower, Chris O’Dea & Matt Lamb

Every Tuesday at 505
Eevry Wednesday at Tatler

Hope to see you around!

Tromindie Extract


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Last week I stepped into the studio with some of my closest friends and favourite musicians to record a set of new music under the project name “TROMINDIE”.

Its a new direction for me and this clip below is a little improvisation from the end of the second day with myself on live trumpet and engineer Richie B on live Space Echo.

The Maurice Effect


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I wrote this track after an inspiring trip to Umbria Jazz Festival in 2009. During 10 days participating in the Berklee Clinics I saw amazing performances by jazz legends and every night from midnight hung out and played at the Elf CLub Jam sessions. One night the great Trumpeter Maurice Brown came in and we jammed a few tunes – His energy, musicality and trumpet styling made a huge impact on me.

Arrow :: Navigator will be released very soon!


Random Acts of Instruments


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On Wednesday I had the pleasure of heading into the 2dayFM studios in Sydney to collaborate with the amazing beatboxer and multi-instrumentalist Vanessa Caspersz. We got together and made our own version of “Riptide” by Vance Joy.

It was a really fun experience taking the original song, re-arranging it for Beatbox, Ukelele, voice, handclaps and trumpet. We spoke at length about trying to be as creative sonically as we could with lots of extra instruments but also serve the story behind the song.

Below is the link to the video:


Back in Sydney show @ 505


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Hey Everyone,

The last few months have been very eventful crossing more borders and timezones than I can count playing music anywhere and everywhere. I started in Amsterdam with Caravana Sun and making our way our the Netherlands, France, Switzerland, Austria and Portugal, including performing during teh Australia vs Netherlands game in Einhoven (Netherlands) to a bunch of unruly Dutch people. I was in Munich to watch Germany win the final and since returning to Sydney found myself in Perth for a week and now have just completed an 8 day tour of NZ with my jazz group Tiny Hearts. Where am I now? A brief pause lands me back in Sydney for 8 days (with a quick overnight in Brisbane). 
I have a performance (all-ages) next Thursday 28th August at Sydney’s great jazz club Venue 505. The opportunity to perform in Sydney is becoming rare as I’m finding myself feeling more and more a local in so many different places around the world.
For this performance on the 28th, I’m joined by my comrades from Tiny Hearts and 505 is one of my favourite venues in Sydney. We are performing music from our album “Alluvium” and also new compositions that are soon to be released on a live EP recorded and filmed in Christchurch NZ. We are fresh from undertaking an 8 day New Zealand tour and in peak form.
I’d love to see you down there at the gig, it’s been a long time since I’ve seen a lot of you and I’d love to catch up and see whats happening in your world.
Here’s the deets:
What: Tiny Hearts
Where: 505 (corner of Cleveland and Perry Streets Surry Hills (280 Cleveland Street)
Time: Doors from 6:30pm and Performance begins 8:30pm
Cost: $15 Adult / $10 Concession
505 has great food and a fine selection of craft beers, wines and whiskeys.
Hope to see you soon,

TH: Alluvium Review by John Shand


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Tiny Hearts
One of the wonders of collective music making is the way a composition conceived by one person in isolation is interpreted, filtered and transformed by the assembled pool of sounds, experiences, muscles, emotions, imagination, expertise and aesthetic sense. It happens in rock bands and orchestras, but the process is magnified when improvisation is extensively involved. All five members of Sydney’s Tiny Hearts have contributed pieces to this debut album, yet what hits home is not so much the diversity of compositional approaches as the cohesion of the group interplay in realising them. Aiding the cause is the distinctiveness of Eamon Dilworth’s trumpet which, unlike most jazz-oriented players, sometimes carries a blast of the raucous vibrancy associated with Balkan Gypsies or Spanish bullfight bands. Other members are saxophonist Dave Jackson, pianist Steve Barry, bassist Tom Botting and drummer Paul Derricott: all musicians whose improvisation deepens the colour of a composition rather than just decorating it. Hear them at Venue 505 on August 28. JOHN SHAND

Tiny Hearts Trans-Tasman Tour


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So I’m sitting in the corner of a small bar in the quiet town of Grandola in Portugal organising the next run of Tiny Hearts dates. It’s crept up on me that in 1 week I’ll fly back to Sydney (via Perth for a week) then in a little over 2 weeks getting back on the plane for another international adventure.

For Auckland, Hamilton and Wellington we will be joined by Jake Baxendale.

So here’s the list:

Wednesday 13th August – CJC, Auckland NZ
Thursday 14th August – Hamilton NZ
Friday 15th August – House Concert, Wellington NZ
Saturday 16th August – Orange Studio, Christchurch NZ
Sunday 17th August – Orange Studio, Christchurch NZ (Steve Barry Band)
Tuesday 19th August – Auckland Jazz & Blues Club (Duke Ellington tribute)

Friday 22nd August Jazz Upstairs Brisbane AUS
Thursday 28th August 505 Sydney, AUS

Hope to see you out at one of the shows!




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