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Neil Murdy

Based in Zurich we are heading to Edinburgh to get involved, enjoy and entertain. We play Jazz and Latin Jazz in a conventional way but we absolutely love it and you can tell.
We are a multinational band from Canada, Germany, Poland, Chile, Argentina and Sunderland. Instrumentally, guitar, bass and keyboards provide the rhythm section with some structure coming from a little electronic drum friend. Most importantly, however, we have our amazing and self-indulgent brass section. Our saxophone and trumpet players normally carefully follow the notes provided by their symphony orchestra and big band masters but with the archivists, they like to fiddle about a bit. We really try to have fun and to challenge ourselves but we aren’t trying to challenge the audience. Audiences can listen carefully and hear the quality of the performances or they can chill-out, chat and enjoy their night out and then remember the cool atmosphere the next morning.
The majority of our set-list has been in our repertoire for 3 years with the staple items being Cantaloupe Island, Corcovado, Garota de Ipanema (Girl from Ipanema), Take Five and Dos Gardenias but our latest additions are also mostly jazz standards. Our basic set-list is approximately 40 minutes but we have enough pieces to cover 1 hour 15 mins either from jazz standards or from some fun, special departures. Alternatively, our trumpet and sax would happily trade solos all night.
The band was formed in the finance team of a multinational company and our performances are concentrated around our working links and for friends. Our warm approach is always there and we hope to also share that with the audiences in Edinburgh. In terms of the Fringe we decided to do this quite late on so organizationally, we don’t have much planned. It would be great to get a couple of late night bar slots and earn as much as we deserve or do some open-air events and encourage drinking. One day we’ll find a real drummer but until then, we’ll have to live with a 5 minute set-up time as well as staying below the local decibel levels.
 

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