Review of TDBQ@ Jazz Haus by CanberraJazz.blogspot (Eric Pozza)
Images courtesy Eric Pozza ©  .

Images courtesy Eric Pozza ©



They say most popular songs are about love. We went to hear Trish Delaney-Brown and she sings and writes songs of love, but more mature, more established, more experienced. Maybe it's better to say that she writes of relationships. There's intimacy and honesty here, but it's tempered by experience and it's a pleasure. It was a pleasure all round, of, course.

She's a wonderful singer with serious training and great skills. She was a foundation member of the Idea of North, formed from the Canberra School of Music (pre-ANU) back in the '80s. She was touring her recent CD and mostly the band was from it (I think just Brendan was a ring-in) and they are peak players, sharp and understated and capable of abandon when it fits. She sang a few standards, too. I was wary to hear a start on Blue Moon, but I didn't need to worry: this was far more adventurous that that opening suggested. There was swing, but also grooves of various types, always clear and understated.  Was there a foot wrongly stepped anywhere by Nic or Greg? Brendan was the eminent bass that we expect and Jeremy was understated but could let go with energetic solos with just a minimum of effects or switch to finger-picked acoustic for that supreme ballad, Nature boy. There were several unisons of voice with guitar and later keys that were obviously scored, presumably for the album, and they hit me for six.


Then some delicious grooves, one an arrangement borrowed from Dianne Reeves for Softly that let go into a devastating solo from Greg and a short followup from Nic, who otherwise displayed immense decorum throughout. Trish writes lyrics, too, of real profundity and considerable astuteness from her life. One lyric was to a tune written by Dave Panichi for a young cousin, Ruby.

Another told of the pleasure of picnics as simple feasts and yet another of relationships as The Game, and Neat surprise and Thousand stories. All originals with their stories. Then the driver, What ya got, and the hard swinging paean to Ray Brown, Face of the Bass, which placed its demands on Brendan (which he managed with aplomb) despite the jokes of which Ray Brown, that RB of Tuggeranong? And Softly and Nature boy and a superb reconstruction of a murmuration of starlings simply called Birds.


Trish and her band were classy and mature and massively skilled and a deep pleasure. Loved it.

Trish Delaney-Brown (vocals) led a band comprising Greg Coffin (piano), Jeremy Sawkins (guitar), Brendan Clarke (bass) and Nic Cecire (drums) at the Jazz Haus. Trish Delaney-Brown, Greg Coffin, Jeremy Sawkins, Brendan Clarke, Nic Cecire

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October 2018 - The Game makes ARIA Shortlist!

TDBQ album "The Game" made the 2018 ARIA shortlist! Huge congratulations to Jonathon Zwartz for his win with the beautiful "Animarum", but I'm just so stoked we were considered!

Thank you to ABC JazzDigital; James Kennedy; and of course the wonderful muso’s:
Nic Cecire-drums; Jeremy Sawkins - guitar; Greg Coffin - piano; Brendan Clarke-bass; Karl Dunnicliff - bass.

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January Estill Level 1&2 Course

I can't think of a better way to kick off the New Year vocally than with the comprehensive and practical Complete Estill Voice Training 5 day course.  Running Monday 15th to Friday 19th January 2018.  Spaces are limited!  

P.S  Perhaps Santa could be persuaded to put this one in your stocking?.....



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'The Game' is released!
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It has been a while since I've put myself out there in this kind of way...  

I love what I do.  I love making music with amazing musicians who are also quality human beings.  I love having the whiff of an idea and helping it grow and develop into a song or arrangement.  Or 'catching' a song... that incredible sensation of when it drops into the creative consciousness almost fully formed.  It's thrilling, humbling, revealing and - when you put it out there in whatever form for others to share - it's rather nerve wracking!  

So I was delighted, and incredibly relieved, that when the first review came in for 'The Game' it was so positive! I know I know, it really doesn't matter, 'art for arts sake', 'you can't be everyone's cup of tea',  'each to their own' and all that.  But lets be honest, it's nice when other people dig what you've created too!   

Anyway, here's what John Hardaker (wordsaboutmusic & jazzaustralia) had to say.  REVIEW

But to check it out and come to your own conclusions you can get a hard copy here  
or a digital one here

With love,

Trish Delaney-Brown
Upcoming Complete Estill Voice Training Course!

Sydney's Seymour Centre will again be the hotspot for all things Estill as the marvellous Naomi Eyers presents the 5 day Complete Estill Voice Training Course, assisted by me!

This work is invaluable for speakers, singers, actors, presenters....anyone who has a serious interest - professional or personal - in how the voice works, and how to get the most out of it in the service of their own vocal goals.

Only a few spaces remain, so book your place now!

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A surprise trip "North"!

24 years ago I set out on an adventure with four friends that would turn into (for me) 15 wonderful, challenging, remarkable, creative, complex, demanding and ultimately rewarding years of making music and experiencing life with The Idea of North.

For those not in the a cappella know, The Idea of North is a surprising success story.  In a country that worships the gods of sport, carving out any kind of career in music can be a wee bit challenging!  Never mind a career in jazz music.  And a cappella? Forget about it!  And yet The Idea of North has managed to find it's tribe and connect with an audience, as eclectic as it is loyal, to sustain it's 24 (and counting) years of writing, arranging, touring and recording both here and overseas.  There have been numerous awards, lots of accolades and, as one would expect with that kind of lifespan, lots of changes!

My 15 year stint as founding soprano came to end when I hit parenthood and decided I didn't want to miss it by being on the road.  But the ongoing affection for my colleagues and my sense of investment in this magical 'thing'  that I had been part of creating, meant that I never really, fully said goodbye! So when I got the call to say that Andrew Piper (co-founder and bass) and Sally Cameron (my wonderful replacement) were both retiring, and "would I return to the soprano chair whilst they chose a new one"?  it didn't take me long to pack a suitcase and kiss my (now older) children goodbye!  

And so began a wonderful 6 months of revisiting the music and madness that had played such a defining role in my musical and personal life.  A season of celebrating the 'old' and welcoming 'the new'.  What a treat!  

 Huge love to Nick, Nay and Andy   xo        An absolute pleasure Kai and Luke xo         All the best Sally and Emma xo            And cheers to the next chapter of TION!   

Check them out here:

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