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Howzat! Archive - June 29th 2016

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KISS MY BRASS
Jack Howard is not one to blow his own trumpet - unless he's on stage. Jack is always up for a gig. And many of the singers he's performed with over the years are part of a special show he's doing at Memo Music Hall on Saturday, 9 July called Epic Brass! Jack and his five-piece horn section will be performing the horn hits of Hunters & Collectors, Midnight Oil, The Saints and many other Aussie acts, joined by a stellar line-up of singers, including Sean Kelly, Ron Peno, Steve Lucas, Fiona Lee Maynard, Paulie Stewart and Penny Ikinger. Jack, a member of Hunters & Collectors' Horns of Contempt, explains: "I had the light-bulb moment late last year. I've been involved with so many great bands as a trumpeter and brass arranger but it took a while to realise that I could put a good show together out of all that experience." Will we get to hear Jack's big band arrangement of Holy Grail? "Hmmm," he muses. "I'm trying to avoid the obvious. It might turn up sometime. The more exciting thing about this show for me has been discovering some great obscurities." What's your all-time favourite horn song? "Probably The Saints' Swing For The Crime." Jack grew up in a musical family. "Mum and dad were closet musos. Dad was a beautiful, Bing Crosby-like singer and mum played the piano and recorder. Both my sisters played piano, and my half-uncle, Leslie Howard, is a world-famous concert pianist." Jack got his start in the Brunswick Municipal Band, playing the flugelhorn alongside his dad. "There was nothing hip about Brunswick in 1970," he smiles. But Jack never looked back. Has he ever met a brass instrument he can't play? "Yes," he laughs. "I can't be trusted on tubas or trombones." Jack plays a Bach Stradivarius 43. "Have done for 30 years," he says. "Trumpets don't last forever, but, unlike a footy team, they'll never let you down."


BIG BEN
Ben Lee is crowdfunding a new album called Freedom, Love & The Recuperation Of The Human Mind. "The album is about the secret path of spirituality that occurs hidden within our everyday lives," Ben explains.


HAY DAY
Happy Birthday to Colin Hay, who is 63 today (29 June).


HOT LINE
"The heat of the summer is never made to stay" - Tracy McNeil & The GoodLife, Ashes.


CHART WATCH
Just one Aussie single in the national Top 20.

Say It FLUME (number nine)
In My Blood THE VERONICAS (22)
Cheap Thrills SIA (28)
Sound Of Silence DAMI IM (28)
The Fighter KEITH URBAN (30)
Never Be Like You FLUME (33)
1955 HILLTOP HOODS (37)


The Temper Trap slip from number one to 14.

Ripcord KEITH URBAN (number seven)
Skin FLUME (nine)
Soul Searchin' JIMMY BARNES (10)
Thick As Thieves THE TEMPER TRAP (14)
Classic Carpenters DAMI IM (19)
Better Weather WITH CONFIDENCE (22, debut)
The Very Best INXS (25)
The Best Of THE WIGGLES (26)
50 Best Songs PLAY SCHOOL (30)
Honey Bones DOPE LEMON (36)


HOWZAT! PLAYLIST
Oh No You Don't BENNY WALKER
Because I Love You MONTAIGNE
Learn The Ropes COLOUR BOMB
Open Orange GEORGIA FIELDS
Real Wild Child ROSS WILSON

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