NEW ALBUM Out October 29th
Nominated for a Toronto Independent Music Award (TIMA)!
Available at www.mikefieldjazz.com, iTunes, Amazon and all regular digital distribution channels
2015 / 2016 Canadian & International Tour Announced
"Attic Jump lives up to its name, boldly swingin' from start to finish"
~ Howard Druckman, Editor, SOCAN Words & Music
TORONTO TUESDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2015 Award-winning, hard-working, Toronto-based artist, trumpeter and composer MIKE FIELD keeps career cobwebs away with energetic, swingin' new album ATTIC JUMP, and a rigorous Canadian/international tour with stops in B.C., the U.S., New Zealand, Australia, Germany, Korea and The Netherlands. Attic Jump has already been nominated for a Toronto Independent Music Award (TIMA). The official launch date is October 29th but copies are available for pre-order at www.mikefieldjazz.com/store as of Oct 14, 2015. For more information please visit www.mikefieldjazz.com. Check out a video teaser for Attic Jump athttp://www.mikefieldjazz.com/videos
Touring is the life and love of jazz trumpeter and sometimes guitar player Mike Field. Now a welcome treasure for Australian and New Zealand jazz festivals and venues, Field has made new fans in Germany and Italy over the past year. After a short stay in his home base of Toronto, Field will be getting right back out on the road again from November of this year, straight into May of 2016, with stops in B.C., the U.S., New Zealand, Australia, Germany and adding Korea and The Netherlands to the long list.
Somehow, Field's found time to release an official video for the beautiful, melancholic "The Last of the Summer Days," from his highly acclaimed album Rush Mode which won five Aurora Awards, Independent Music Video Awards (IMVAs) and was a nominee for two Independent Music Awards and another video teaser for a third, new album called Attic Jump.
His stone gathers no moss, he's never in one place long enough to gather dust, and there are definitely no cobwebs in the attic of his mind where the music lives.
Attic Jump, already nominated for a Toronto Independent Music Award (TIMA), is a real departure from his earlier works Ashes and Rush Mode and moves in a very bold and thrilling new direction, with high-energy groove and danceable swing. The title track jump-starts your listening engine for the ride you're about to take. With the introduction of some hot guitar licks via Craig Stull into Field's work, the songs are filled with New Orleans bounce, Brian Setzer-styled rockabilly and Santana-like guitar solos, plus Count Basie-esque, high, tinkling trills on the piano by Mark Camilleri, as in the jumpin' jive tune "One Time in Tibet."
As if that isn't enough, Field interjects and seamlessly weaves even more jazz strands into the mix, where Django Reinhardt gypsy guitar meets Dixieland clarinet meets bebop brass (including William Carn on trombone) on songs like "The Last Trip Home."
Field's writing continues to be heavily influenced by his travelling experiences, as evidenced by the aforementioned titles, as well as with "Train Station Frustration" where Field's love for Latin jazz grooves like the rhumba shines through, with layers of Santana-styled guitar, Charlie Palmieri staccato piano and awesome wailing trumpet throughout and "High Altitude," a sunny pop Andrews Sisters type of melody from the 40s.
More travelling encounters have spawned songs such as "Autopilot" Field's nod to "Hit the Road Jack," with the four-note descending background lick that's finger-snappin' good, allowing for the players to stretch a bit more in the solos and the incredible "Dance of the Biometrics," which was inspired by customs officials constantly asking for more biometric data every time you cross the border (fingerprints, retinal scans, voice recognition, portraits, etc.). The latter tune has a more Eastern European flavor, with a klezmer/polka rhythm (led by groove masters Steve Heathcote on drums and Scott Alexander on bass), that evokes a silent movie soundtrack for a Charlie Chaplin or Keystone Cops chase sequence. Saxophonist Vern Dorge (whose tone and dexterity is impeccable throughout the album) wails over choppy, hysterical piano in this Jewish-wedding romp.
Amongst all of the upbeat, toe-tapping fun is the lone, slow melody "Sing to the Evening," a lullabye that features soulful, passionate vocals by jazz songstress Sophia Perlman, who also appeared on Field's last album.
Attic Jump is full of jumpin' jive, and combines many other classic jazz elements with a modern spin that perfectly showcases Field's deftly honed trumpeting prowess, as well as the masterful musicianship of some of the country's finest session musicians.
Tue, Nov 3, 2015 Jaime's Rainforest Inn (Tofino, BC) 9pm
Wed, Nov 4, 2015 Char's Landing (Port Alberni, BC) 7pm
Thu, Nov 5, 2015 Georgia Straight Jazz Society (Courtenay, BC) 7:30pm
Sat, Nov 7, 2015 The Patricia Hotel (Vancouver, BC) 3-7pm
Thu, Nov 12, 2015 Salmon Arm Jazz Club (Salmon Arm, BC) 7-9pm
Fri, Nov 13, 2015 Shatford Centre (Penticton, BC) 8pm
Sat, Nov 14, 2015 Vernon Jazz Club (Vernon, BC) 8-10pm
Sat, Nov 21, 2015 Lighthouse Cafe (Los Angeles, USA) 11am-2:30pm
Tue, Dec 29, 2015 The Mussel Inn (Takaka, New Zealand) 9-11pm
Wed, Dec 30, 2015 Le Cafe (Picton, New Zealand) 9-11pm
Sun, Jan 3, 2016 Yard Bar and Bistro (Blenheim, New Zealand) 1-4pm
Fri, Jan 8, 2016 Scott's Brewery (Oamaru, New Zealand) 7-10pm
Sat, Jan 9, 2016 Scott's Brewery (Oamaru, New Zealand) 11am-2pm
Fri, Jan 15, 2016 Dharma Bums Club (Wairau Valley, New Zealand) 8-10:30pm
Fri, Jan 22, 2016 YOT Club (Raglan, New Zealand) 9pm
Sat, Jan 23, 2016 Waiheke Island Resort (Waiheke Island, NZ) 7:30-10:30pm
Sun, Jan 24, 2016 Waiheke Island Resort (Waiheke Island, NZ) 1-4pm
Fri, Feb 12, 2016 Grampians Jazz Festival (Hall's Gap, Australia) 5pm
Sat, Feb 13, 2016 Grampians Jazz Festival (Hall's Gap, Australia) 5pm
Sat, Feb 20, 2016 Victorian Jazz Club, Clayton RSL (Melbourne, Australia) 8-11pm
Sun, Mar 6, 2016 Ballarat Jazz Club (Ballarat, Australia) 1-4pm
Fri, Mar 11, 2016 Inverloch Jazz Festival (Inverloch, Australia) 7pm
Sat, Mar 12, 2016 Inverloch Jazz Festival (Inverloch, Australia) 12-1pm
Sun, Mar 13, 2016 The Entertainers Club (Tauranga, New Zealand) 5-8pm
Tue, Mar 15, 2016 Auckland Jazz & Blues Club (Auckland, New Zealand) 7:30-10pm
Sun, Mar 27, 2016 Hamilton Jazz Society (Hamilton, New Zealand) 7pm
Fri, Apr 1, 2016 Sally Guitar (Seoul, Korea) 9pm
Sat, Apr 2, 2016 Sally Guitar (Seoul, Korea) 9pm
Thu, Apr 21, 2016 Bremen Exhibition Center (Bremen, Germany) 10am-5pm
Fri, Apr 22, 2016 Bremen Exhibition Center (Bremen, Germany) 10am-5pm
Sat, Apr 23, 2016 Bremen Exhibition Center (Bremen, Germany) 10am-5pm
Sun, Apr 24, 2016 Bremen Exhibition Center (Bremen, Germany) 10am-5pm
Mon, May 2, 2015 Muddy's Club (Weinheim, Germany) 8pm
Sun, May 15, 2016 De Fuut (Den Haag, Netherlands) 7-9pm
"A trumpet that flows between the melancholic and the playful."
~ Josiah Blackmore, Cultural Critic
"Emotion and verve -- Field's music alternates seamlessly between playfulness and growling sincerity."
~ Bob Davidson, Author of Jazz Age Barcelona
"Sultry yet playful, Mike Field's trumpet digs beneath the notes to find a song's true character."
~ Jonathan Fowlie, Journalist
The Third Album (Attic Jump) Teaser Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=3&v=5MCIOaEyWto
The Last of the Summer Days (Official Video): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DrhExtBcDbM
Rush Mode (Official Video): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PP62bIod-bM
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