Music


August 2020 - this is our third iso-collaborative video by our collective. Minuano (Six-Eight) by Pat Metheny & Lyle Mays is a piece we have all wanted to play for some time and this global situation we find ourselves in presented us with the opportunity to record it.

November 2020 -  this is our fourth iso-collaboration undertaken during Melbourne's 100+ day lockdown. It covers the Pat Metheny tune 'Have You Heard' from the album 'Letter From Home' which won a Grammy award for Best Jazz Fusion Performance in 1990. This time, in addition to our regular lineup, we are privileged to have on board renowned Melbourne guitarist Jack Pantazis as the featured soloist. 



I am a bass player (including electric, acoustic upright and fretless), and have also played brass professionally part-time. I have a classical background and I have been playing in jazz groups for decades. 



June 2020, This is the second iso-collaborative video our group has undertaken following in the footsteps of 'First Circle' in early June 2020.

It is our cover of ‘(It’s Just) Talk’ from Pat Metheny Group’s 1988 Grammy award-winning album ‘Still Life (Talkin), composed by Pat Metheny and based on the big band arrangement of Bob Curnow.

May 2020, COVID-19 Here is our iso-collaborative cover of 'First Circle' recorded over a month and based on Bob Curnow's epic big band arrangement.




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The ishs/Allen Project, Paris Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne, August 2017






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Presently, I play bass in groups led by renowned Melbourne bandleaders: ade ishs and Jon Magill:
 - ade ishs & eMotion Band with ade ishs, Lachlan Wallace, Vincent Bradley (photo). Playing Modern Jazz Originals of ade ishs.
 - Jon Magill Jazz Orchestra playing the music of Sinatra, Paul Anka, Count Basie, Pat Metheny/Lyle Mays, Jon Daversa and orginals of ade ishs.
 - Jon Magill’s Groove Congress playing the music of Snarky Puppy, Pat Metheny/Lyle Mays, Yellowjackets.

Previously:   The ishs/Allen Project with ade ishs, Chelsea Allen, Ee Shan Pang) Playing Modern Jazz Originals. CD Releases above - available on iTunes/Amazon/Bandcamp



Meeting Pat Metheny, Oct 2014, Melbourne

Caption: Meeting Pat Metheny, Oct 2014, Melbourne

My main musical influence is 20-time Grammy winner Pat Metheny, along with his long-time collaborator Lyle Mays (particularly from a compositional point of view.) Most recently 4-time Grammy winner Jacob Collier has had a profound influence on my musical direction and almost every aspect of creativity that surrounds it (particularly musical mastery, arrangement (esp this), production, and distribution for the 21st century.) 

Also Chick Corea/John Pattitucci/Stanley Clarke, John McLaughlin, Bela Fleck (and the Flecktones)/Victor Wooten, Dave Holland/Christian McBride/Steve Rodby, Esperanza Spalding, Richard Bona, Gary Willis, Michael League/Snarky Puppy and, of course, Jaco Pastorius.

Having fun with a Boss RC-3 loop station

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