About

They strike me as a band uniquely placed to appeal not just to serious jazz listeners, (because their credentials in that regard are flawless) but also, with their easy-going vibe and groovy accessibility which effortlessly crosses cultural barriers, to be an absolute must-have for festivals anywhere in the world.” – Lloyd Swanton, The Necks

The Vampires’ music is a unique blend of soulful jazz, old-school reggae, romantic Afro-Peruvian, danceable Afro-Cuban, exotic Balkan and all-out funk-laden Afrobeat. Combined with risk-taking improvisation, sophisticated compositions and an uncanny sense of dialogue and emotion between the sax/trumpet front line, the band defies these genres and have wrought a style of their own.

The band has enjoyed success from their four critically acclaimed albums South Coasting (Jazzgroove Records), Chellowdene, Garfish, and Tiro, as well as extensive touring and festival appearances over the past eight years, performing at every major jazz festival in Australia as well as the Sydney Opera House. The band features award winning saxophonist/composer Jeremy Rose (2009 Young Australian Jazz Artist of the Year, 2012/2013 Freedman Jazz Finalist) trumpeter/composer Nick Garbett, bassist, Alex Boneham (2012 Young Australian Jazz Artist of the Year), and drummer/percussionist Alex Masso.

The Vampires’ music builds on the rich history of piano-less jazz quartets with a unique twist, adopting reggae, balkan, afrobeat and latin rhythms in unexpected ways. The dual saxophone and trumpet melodic lines have a strong sense of dialogue and emotional range – from exciting to soothing. The band draws on many influences, but have been compared to the likes of early Ornette Coleman, the Catholics, Bob Marley and John Zorn/Dave Douglas’ Masada.

The Vampires toured Germany in April 2014 and from only eight places The Vampires were selected from over 321 applications from 33 countries for the prestigious Jazzahead 2014 showcase.

“Played with verve, high ability and inspiration, The Vampires have produced another distinguished album.”
**** – 4/5 stars – The Australian

“The Vampires play with wit, soulful melody and invention”
**** – 4/5 stars – Sydney Morning Herald

Jeremy Rose – alto/tenor/soprano saxophone, clarinet

Nick Garbett – trumpet

Alex Boneham – bass

Alex Masso – drums

Jeremy Rose – saxophonist, composer

Jeremy is a saxophonist composer and founding director of Earshift Music, releasing eleven albums of music with his projects The Strides, The Vampires, The Jeremy Rose Quartet, Chiba and Compass Sax Quartet. Jeremy has performed nationally and internationally at festivals, concert halls and jazz clubs. He has had multiple tours to Japan and Europe and has studied throughout the world including stints in New York, London, Oslo, Havana, Greece and Banff Workshop in Jazz (’09 ’11). As a composer he has worked in a variety of styles from Indian classical music, Afrobeat, Reggae, choral music, contemporary classical music, string quartets and orchestras. Jeremy’s accolades include the 2009 Bell Award for Young Australian Jazz Artist, and was a Freedman Jazz Fellowship Finalist in 2012 and 2013. Jeremy was a finalist in the APRA/MCA Art Music Awards in 2012 and 2013 for Jazz Work of the Year and Excellence in Jazz.

He has received critical acclaim for his playing, with the media claiming that he “shows subtle glimpses of a mature master” (The Australian), “his compositions stand out from the pack” (SMH), and that he is  ‘quietly developing a significant Australian voice’ (Jazz-Planet).

www.jeremyrose.com.au

Nick Garbett – trumpet, composer

Nick Garbett has established himself as one of Australia’s leading jazz and creative music trumpeters. His trumpet playing and compositions are featured in several world music/jazz groups, including The Vampires, The Strides and Colombian roots/rock band Watussi. In 2011 Nick was place third in the National Jazz Awards for trumpet. Nick has performed at many of Australia’s Music Festivals, including Womadelaide, East Coast Blues and Roots Festival, Wangaratta Festival, Melbourne International Jazz Festival and Brian Eno’s Vivid Festival, as well as several international tours to counties including Colombia, Peru, Germany, Japan, Korea, China, New Zealand and Malaysia.

Nick has also performed, recorded and toured with some of Australia’s top alternate/pop acts including Lisa Mitchell, The Beautiful Girls, The Panics, Mahalia and Jimmy Barnes and Passenger, as well as working in the house horn section for the channel 9 TV show “The Voice” for the past three seasons. Nick is also committed to bringing quality education to the next generation, and has worked at the Wollongong Conservatorium, teaching trumpet and jazz studies since 2006

Alex Boneham – bass

Alex Boneham is one of Australia’s most in demand jazz bassists, having performed throughout Australia and overseas with many of the country’s leading artists. In 2007 Alex won the James Morrison Generations in Jazz Scholarship, was a finalist in the prestigious National Jazz Awards in 2008, and was a recipient of the BBM Award in 2010. At age 24, Alex is the bassist of choice for many of the country’s leading creative musicians.

Alex graduated from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in 2009 with a Bachelor of Jazz Performance having studied with Craig Scott, Matt McMahon, Mike Nock and SSO bassists Alex Henery and Kees Boersma. Alex has continued his study of the double bass with international heavyweights of jazz such as Larry Grenadier, Ben Street, Matt Penman, Matt Brewer, John Webber, and Neal Caine.

Alex has performed for audiences in Europe and the UK, Japan, China, the United States, Canada, and extensively throughout Australia and New Zealand with a wide range of artists. These include Mike Nock, Dale Barlow, James Morrison, George Garzone (US), Joel Frahm (US), Joe Chindamo, James Muller Quartet & Trio, Bernie McGann, Kevin Hunt, Jazzgroove Mothership Orchestra and Charles Tolliver, The Vampires, John Foreman, Bjørn Solli (Norway), Bob Montgomery (USA), George Coleman Jnr (USA), Kristin Berardi, and many more.

Alex Masso – drums

Alex Masso is a drummer with an interest in improvisation, the jazz idiom and other contemporary music. He has studied jazz drumming at Sydney Conservatorium of Music, tabla with Bobby Singh, and had a significant but informal musical education through his involvement with the NOW now. His projects include jazz groups Trio Apoplectic, Marc Hannaford Trio and The Vampires, improvised music ensemble The Splinter Orchestra and an ongoing solo project. In 2008 he has also organised two festivals, toured with Trio Apoplectic, The Splinter Orchestra, The Vampires and Peter Farrar, recorded an album in Norway, collaborated with Kris Wanders, Dave Brown and Lucas Simonis (Netherlands) and performed with American creative music pioneer Wadada Leo Smith.