Australian jazz singer Josh Kyle releases his debut album, Possibilities, at home on May 19, 2012 and goes on tour to promote the release, 11 May to 21 June.
A shining graduate from the Australian Institute of Music and already gigging at leading venues and with some of finest musicians working in the country, Josh relocated to the UK in 2009.
He began a musical collaboration with Geoff Gasgoyne, the producer and bassist who had performed and arranged for many years for Jamie Callum: “In Josh Kyle, I have found a singer with an outstanding vocal technique and vocal range who has absorbed the music of the great jazz singers and has developed his own his own unique sound and style.”
Over the next 12 months they created the album Possibilities, which was launched at the London International Jazz Festival. The album showcases Josh’s outstanding vocals as well as Geoff’s contemporary arrangements and production, with influences ranging from jazz, pop, soul and R&B to European Electronica.
Possibilities is made up of eleven tracks, including two groove-based original compositions co-written by Josh and Geoff. Two great jazz ballads - Round Midnight and Stardust - demonstrate Josh’s creative vocal ability and are proof that he can connect emotionally with the standard jazz repertoire while making them his own. Josh has written lyrics to great jazz tunes by Herbie Hancock, Victor Feldman, Jimmy Rowles, Wayne Shorter and Larry Willis, also reimagined the standard The Thrill is Gone and Amazon, a song by Djavan performed originally by the great Betty Carter.
Josh has now relocated to Melbourne, where he will be releasing Possibilities at home and is preparing for a major tour to launch it.
Possiblities the album launch tour:
11 May - Paris Cat Jazz Club, 6 Goldie Place, Melbourne
Phone: 9642 4711 or www.pariscat.com.au
19 May - Stonnington Jazz Festival, Malvern Town Hall, Malvern
Double Bill with Rai Thistlethwayte
Program at www.stonningtonjazz.com.au, full $33/concession $23
Bookings at (03) 8290 7000 or www.chapeloffchapel.com.au
2 June - The Ellington, 191-193 Beaufort Street, Perth
Phone: (08) 9228 1088 or www.ellingtonjazz.com.au
8 June - Venue 505, 280 Cleveland Street, Surry Hills
www.venue505.com, tickets are available at the door
11 June - Darling Harbour Jazz Festival, Palm Grove Stage
12 noon - 1 p.m., free event
21 June - Brisbane Jazz Club, 1 Annie Street, Kangaroo Point
Phone: (07) 3391 2006 or www.brisbanejazzclub.com.au
Josh began his singing career in Sydney, after graduating from the Australian Institute of Music in 2009 with a Bachelor of Music (Hons). Playing regularly at some of the city’s best-known venues, including the Woollahra Hotel, the Hyatt, the Opera Bar, the The Basement and the Sound Lounge. Josh also performed in a number of different corporate outfits, including the Sydney Jazz Collective, The Fuss cover band and was a part of a 6- month residency with The Sages of Soul playing along side musicians such as Brett Hirst (Bass), Greg Coffin (piano), Sean Coffin (Sax) and Nic Cecire (drums). Quickly being spotted for his unique sound and creativity, Josh was the only male selected as 1 of 6 vocalists across Australia to compete in the Generations in Jazz Vocal Scholarship in May 2008 directed by James and John Morrison. In the UK, Josh has appeared at the 606 Club, Ronnie Scott’s, the Spice of Life and the Pizza Express, Dean Street, and has played as apart of the 2011 London International Jazz Festival. Josh was able to play along side some of the best musicians in London Including Geoff Gascoyne (bass) Tom Cawley (Piano) Jim Mullen( Guitar) Ralph Salmins (Drums) Josh is inspired by the sound of Bobby McFerrin, Carmen McRae, Kurt Elling, Esperanza Spalding, the linear approach of MiLes Davis and the grooves of the great soul musicians.