From the Hip
The Escalators are on a mission to 'shake up' the jazz tradition of interpreting the same old catalogue of jazz standards. Instead of adding extra layers of academic hocus-pocus that alienates the audience, they bring jazz back to the audience by applying new dimensions to the sound - soul, funk, reggae, & more.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
With more grooves than a record store, The Escalators tip their fedoras to the sophistication of Swing, the funk of New Orleans, & the rhythmic pulse of Jamaica. The Escalators ‘M.O’ is to cross-pollinate great jazz standards with groove-driven genres, and to graft original compositions onto their swing, soul & reggae roots. After hundreds of shows together, this band can hold listeners spell-bound in a ‘hear-a-pin-drop’ house concert, or have the floorboards of a School of Arts Hall heaving under the weight of unhinged dancing. The gorgeous tone of Jenny Blunden's voice embraces you & steals your heart while Lachlan Mackenzie’s guitar weaves with pick-pocket grace through a rhythmic framework rich in interplay between Bradley Parson's upright bass & the drum kit captained by Hayden Moore.
Event Area: NewActon Courtyard