From modern swing through to raucous rock the joint is always jumpin’ at a Mace Francis Orchestra show with compelling tunes in the style of the great modern big bands.
Fourteen of Perth’s finest musicians are celebrating 15 years of original Australian jazz music and togetherness as a big band with two birthday shows on Thursday August 20 and October 22 at The Goodwill Club – downstairs at The Rechabite, Northbridge at 7:30pm.
Composer and arranger, Mace Francis leads the 14-piece ensemble, made up of the who’s who of Perth’s jazz scene, plus Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) students and WA Youth Jazz Orchestra (WAYJO) members. Their swirly saxophones, bold brass, and a driving rhythm section get audiences up and swingin’ as they delve into music from the vault including all the hits, (misses), and new pieces.
Since forming in 2005, MFO has also commissioned over 40 new works from Australian and international composers and released seven albums of original music, live recordings and reinterpretation of classic jazz standards.