Van Morrison's Masterpieces with Vince Jones and the Astral Orchestra plus special guests The New Cabal and James Muller

Posted by Adelaide Festival Centre on Friday 17 August 2018.

“…only one in a hundred actually makes the grade [as a jazz singer]. In this country, Jones remains the benchmark.” - Sydney Morning Herald

“Vince Jones is living proof that independence is not about genres …. He’s a soulful survivor, with a voice as cool as a long G&T and a repertoire that balances jazz, rock and soul.” - Beat Magazine

“Jones sings with undeniable sincerity.” - The Bulletin

For one night only at the Adelaide Festival Centre this January, beloved Australian jazz singer Vince Jones will pay homage to two of Van Morrison’s most seminal albums, Astral Weeks – a poetic, mercurial blend of jazz, folk and blues – and the soul/jazz influenced Moondance.

Since the release of his acclaimed debut album Watch What Happens (1981) Glasgow-born, Wollongong-raised Vince Jones has set the benchmark for Australian jazz vocalists and musicians over an international career which has produced 20 albums.

Vince’s varied musical influences including Celtic, Jazz and Blues provide the perfect blend for his reading of two of contemporary rock music’s greatest works, including the acclaimed Astral Weeks - the second studio album released by a 22 year old Van Morrison, regarded by the Rolling Stone as "one of the rare albums for which the word timeless is not only appropriate but inescapable." 

To take on the task of performing such momentous albums, Vince has assembled some of the country’s finest musicians to form The Astral Orchestra, led by Musical Director Matt McMahon with a special support act by local jazz legends The New Cabal and ARIA award winning Australian guitarist James Muller.

Last month, South Australia’s premier original jazz quartet The New Cabal celebrated the ninth year anniversary of their weekly residency at inner city venue La Boheme, an evening which has become an institution within the South Australian jazz scene. They’ll be joined on stage at the Festival Theatre this January by one of the most exciting and innovative musicians on the Australian music scene today, James Muller, who has played and recorded with some of the world's biggest names in jazz and rock including John Scofield, Chad Wackerman (Frank Zappa, Allan Holdsworth) and Vinnie Colaiuta (Sting, Jeff Beck).

Don’t miss Australia’s leading Jazz musicians performing Astral Weeks and Moondance on Thursday 31 January at Festival Theatre - tickets on sale now.


Van Morrison’s Masterpieces with Vince Jones and the Astral Orchestra


Thursday 31 January (tickets on sale now)


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