Vince Jones and Monash release new CD at Stonnington Jazz Festival

Vince CDThe latest collaborative Monash Sessions album will be launched at the Stonnington Jazz Festival this weekend.

The new album sees leading Australian jazz vocalist, Vince Jones join with students from the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music to record Vince Jones: the Monash Sessions. It is the fourth in the Monash Sessionsseries.

Head of the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music, Associate Professor Rob Burke said the release of the latest Monash Sessions album continued the performance opportunities the School provides its students.

“The Monash Sessions gives our students exposure to a diverse and challenging range of learning experiences,” Associate Professor Burke said.

“Vince, is an Australian musical icon, and joins the esteemed list of artists who have recorded with the students of the Sir Zelman Cowan School of Music.”

The album, recorded while Vince was the Artist-in-Residence at the Sir Zelman Cowan School of Music in 2013, features compositions written by Vince with two tunes from The Great American Songbook.It also features guest performances from Australian pianist Sam Keevers and Associate Professor Burke.

As part of the Stonnington Jazz Festival, Vince (vocals, flugelhorn) along with students and faculty members from the jazz course at the University, including Associate Professor Burke (saxophone) and Professor Paul Grabowsky (piano), will perform a selection of numbers from the album.

Further recordings, including a session with Italian jazz musician Enrico Rava are scheduled for 2014.