Contact Matt Dixon: 0412 525 094 | | www.facebook.com/ShirazzJazz | 395A Bay Street Port Melbourne VIC 3207 | ABN: 47 064 766 572
Shirazz is a six-piece Melbourne trad jazz and dixieland band, specialising in classic hot jazz of the 20s and 30s, and has been fast gaining a reputation as one of Melbourne's premier jazz bands.
Shirazz plays classic trad jazz as it was meant to be played. With hot solos, driving rhythms and tight arrangements, a set from Shirazz is a step back in time, to a jumping New Orleans dance hall where fast, hot tunes intersect with swinging standards and laid-back Louisiana street beats. With the odd original tune and some re-imagined pop classics, Shirazz should be enjoyed irresponsibly, and in excess.
Shirazz was formed in 2009 although it took about a year for the band to find its feet on the Victorian festival circuit, and it wasn't until early 2010 that the current line up was created. Since exploding onto the scene with roof-raising performances at the Echuca and Moe Jazz festivals in early 2010, Shirazz has been steadily gaining a reputation as one of Melbourne and Victoria's must-have festival bands.
Shirazz has performed at many Victorian and interstate festivals including the Grampians, Barham, Phillip Island, Thredbo, Jamieson and North Queensland jazz festivals, and many Jazz clubs across the country. In 2010 they released their first full-length album - The Window - and their second album, Enjoy Responsibly, followed in 2012. 2013 will see the release of their third album, Rewined.
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The most exciting dixieland band I have ever heard... You don't hear traditional New Orleans material played the way Shirazz does nowadays.
- Ziggy de Gisevius, Producer & Presenter, Jazz at Oak Street, 3BBR FM
Easily one of the most entertaining bands on the scene today. Absolutely mindblowing.
- Ross Anderson, Leader, New Melbourne Jazz Band
This highly professional group plays with a freshness and vitality but with respect for the jazz standards. I don't know who does their arrangements, but they are definitely their own, while keeping the essence of the tunes' "trad" roots. All members of the band are talented musicians and the ensemble is a cohesive and sparkling group.
- Victorian Jazz Club Newsletter, November 2010