Venue 505 double bill + Europe shows

by Jeremy Rose on 27 March 2014

The Vampires are making their debut in Germany this April as well as putting on a great double bill at Sydney’s iconic Venue 505 on Thurs April 17 with one of our favourite bands – The World According to James. These two like-minded piano-less quartets are like kindred spirits, making this one-off double bill a very promising night of great music. The World According to James is a well established band on the local scene, led by the exuberant James Greening. Come bid us farewell as we head to Germany!

Thursday April 17 2014
*double bill with The World According to James
Venue 505
280 Cleveland St, Surry Hills
doors from 6.00pm, music till 11.30pm
$20/$15 book tix here
RSVP on facebook

Sunday April 20
B-Flat Jazz Club, Berlin* with guest Shannon Barnett – more info here

Friday 25 April
JazzAhead! Bremen Festival/Showcase, Germany – more info here

Sunday 27 April
Kolvenburg Castle, Billerbeck, Germany

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The Vampires at Jazzahead!

by Jeremy Rose on 31 December 2013

The Vampires will be performing at the 2014 Jazzahead showcase in Bremen, Germany on April 25. For more information please visit the Jazzahead website here

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“Tiro” album release and Australia 2013 Tour dates

by Jeremy Rose on 17 September 2013

The Vampires fourth studio album – “Tiro” out October 6 2013 on Earshift Music

The band’s saxophonist/composer Jeremy Rose describes the new album as “taking a new direction for the group.” “This album casts a wide net of influences but particularly draws from my recent travels and musical studies in Greece and Cuba. The album was also influenced by Nick Garbett’s travels to the Pacific island of Palau and Colombia, and Alex Boneham’s sojourn in Rome over the past year. These diverse musical ‘postcards’ come together conceptually well.” The album also features a debut for Jeremy on tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone and clarinet, as well as Alex Masso’s work on cajon and additional percussion. The album also features two remixes by former George bass player turned producer Paul ‘Tanuki’ Bromley.

Australia 2013 Tour dates:

Sun 6 Oct MANLY, NSW Manly International Jazz Festival, Sydney Rd Stage 3.00pm free

Mon 7 Oct Hobart, TAS Tasmania University lunchtime concert 1pm + workshop and masterclass

Tues 8 Oct BRUNY ISLAND, TAS, Adventure Bay Hall, Adventure Bay, 7.30pm $15/$10/$8 and $40 for family. Support from Julius Schwing solo

Thurs 10 Oct DARWIN, NT, Mindii Beach Sunset Market, off Gilruth Ave, Darwin, from 6.00pm free

Sat 12 Oct DARWIN, NT Railway Club, Somerville Gardens, Parap, (08) 8981 4171, support 8pm, show at 9.30pm, $15

Sun 13 Oct MELBOURNE, VIC, Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, 25 Bennetts Ln, (03) 9663 2856, 8.30pm Presented by Melbourne Jazz Co-op

Mon 14 Oct ADELAIDE, SA, The Wheatsheaf, 39 George St Thebarton, (08) 8443 4546, presented by COMA 8.00 and 9.00pm tickets $15, $10 for COMA members

Thurs 17 Oct GOSFORD NSW, Rhythm Hut, 135 Faunce St, Gosford, workshop from 6.30pm, support from 7.30pm, show at 8.30pm $25 for the workshop + show / $15 for show only

Fri 18 Oct BELLINGEN, NSW, #5 Church St dinner from 6pm, show at 7.30pm $12

Sat 19 Oct GOLD COAST, QLD, Mandala Organic Arts Cafe, 2558 Gold Coast Hwy, Mermaid Beach, 7.30pm, $5

Sun 20 Oct BANGALOW, NSW, ‘Sunday Afternoon Jazz at the Bowlo’ – Bangalow Bowling Club with The Vampires plus special guests saxophonist Dave Ades and percussion master Greg Sheehan, 4pm, $15/10 kids under 12 free

Thurs 31 Oct CANBERRA, ACT The Loft, Majura Medical Centre, Cnr Antill and Cowper Sts Dickson. 8.30pm Tix $15/$12

Sat 2 Nov WANGARATTA, VIC Wangaratta International Jazz Festival, WPAC Memorial Hall, Wangaratta, 8:00pm

Tues 12 Nov NEWCASTLE, NSW The Underground presented by NIMA, The Grand Hotel, cnr Bolton St and Church St, Newcastle, $15/$10 doors at 7.30pm, music from 8pm,

Sun 17 Nov WOLLONGONG, NSW, Clifton School of the Arts, 338 Lawrence Hargrave Drive, Clifton, 2.00-5.00pm $20, $10, $50 family
Thurs 5 Dec SYDNEY, NSW,
ALBUM LAUNCH PARTY* The Basement, 7 Macquarie Pl, Sydney, with Danaides (formerly The Alcohotlicks) and Slo Poke Rodriguez, $20, (02) 9251 2797,


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Venue 505 ~ 8 August and new recording

by Jeremy Rose on 15 July 2013

The Vampires return to their favourite Sydney venue for a special one off with two sets of brand new music as they prepare to head in to the studio for their fourth studio album. Reuniting with their original bassist Alex Boneham for one of his first shows back in oz after having lived in Rome for the past year, the band will be ripping.

Thursday 8 August / Surry Hills / Venue 505

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Shows coming up

by admin on 13 April 2013

Friday 17 May 2013
SIMA @ The Sound Lounge, Seymour Centre
cnr Cleveland and City Rd, Chippendale NSW

Friday 31 May 2013
Live at Village – Springwood Blue Mountains
Presbyterian Hall, 160 Macquarie Rd Springwood
tix through The Turning Page Bookshop, Springwood.  Or phone the shop 4751 5171.
$30 – $20 concession.

Saturday 1 June 2013
Brisbane International Jazz Festival
Brisbane Powerhouse – Visy Theatre
2pm Full: $39.50 / Conc & JQ Members: $35.00/ 4 Show Package deal: $32.00

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Melbourne + Albury Show – July 2012

4 November 2012

The Vampires have added two more shows to their tour: Friday 20 July,  The Jazz Basement Shop 5, 48-52 Lincoln Causeway, Wodonga VIC Sunday 22 July, Bennetts Lane,  25 Bennetts Lane, Melbourne, VIC,

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The Vampires bassist Alex Boneham wins Bell Award

3 May 2012

The Vampires bassist visited Melbourne for the prestigious Bell Awards where he took home the 2012 Young Jazz Australian Artist of the Year Award! Congratulations to Alex and all the other nominated finalists. For highlights from Jazz’s “Night of Nights” visit

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Garfish review: The Orange Press, March 28 2012

28 March 2012

Review by John Hardaker, The Orange Press – March 28 2012 Frank Zappa’s famous dictum of “Jazz is not dead; it just smells funny” was made at a time when Jazz had left the listener behind, cordoning itself off with fences of impenetrable theory and barbed wire tangles of unlistenable mathematics. Artists like Anthony Braxton, [...]

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Garfish review: The Australian 24/25 March 2012

24 March 2012

Review by John McBeath, The Australian March 24-25 2012 4/5 stars THIS third album from young Sydney quartet the Vampires continues the group’s musical advancement, investigation of latin rhythms, and masterful compositions by altoist Jeremy Rose and trumpeter Nick Garbett. Rose in particular is rapidly gathering further high acclaim and awards. With the same personnel [...]

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Chellowdene review: Sydney Morning Herald, April 19 2010

19 April 2010

Review by John Shand, SMH Metro Friday 19 2010 4/5 stars Were the Vampires a drink they’d be a fizzy one. Not only is there refreshing air around every note, but this air seems to be rising. It helps that the rhythms are often rooted in reggae, with all the space that implies in Alex [...]

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