Marmalade Jam - more than a tasty spread
Marmalade Jam is a vibrant, energetic, funky Afro-Latin-Jazz quartet featuring Susan Ferguson on vocals, Shireen Khemlani on bass, John McDermott on drum kit and a variety of other percussion instruments, and composer/arranger/pianist and leader Mark Ferguson. Their highly melodic compositions and creative arrangements of popular songs, folk tunes and jazz standards are inspired by Cuban Son, Brazilian Samba, Southern Gospel and traditional Celtic sounds, all minced through an Australian Jazz blender.
Marmalade Jam draws on a wealth of diverse professional experience, from big band jazz to children's entertainment, opera to heavy rock, salsa to rockabilly with almost everything in between.
All four members of Marmalade Jam are practicing music educators, working as either classroom or instrumental music teachers in high schools, primary schools and as lecturers in the University of Adelaide's Jazz department. Members of the group have performed with Eugene "Hideaway" Bridges (US), Brenda Bufalino (US), Eric Johnson (US), The Hellecasters (US), Grace Knight, Marina Prior, Todd McKenney and supported artists including Nina Simone (US), Jose Feliciano, Tuck and Patti (US), Martin Taylor (UK) and Mike Stern (US).
Group members have toured to the United States, Japan and throughout Australia and appeared on numerous CDs. However, Marmalade Jam has been in existence in a number of different incarnations: Marmalade Circus (the 7-8 piece group), Marmalade Fiesta (4-6 piece commercial group) and Marmalade Trio. As Marmalade Circus, the group have performed at the Sydney Festival Jazz In the Domain Concert (to 80, 000 people), the Manly, Thredbo and Glenelg Jazz Festival's and the Adelaide Festival Fringe.
Marmalade Jam will appear at the Nambour Civic Centre on Friday 2 July at 8pm in cabaret. Tickets are on sale at the Civic Centre or phone Maroochy Venues & Events on 5475 7777.
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