The Australian Hammond Quartet
Line up – Jon Wade keys – Rob Pappalardo guitar – Peter Hodges drums – Wendy Wade vocals
The best way to describe Wendy and Jon Wade’s smooth sound is ‘blues inspired swing jazz with strong rhythm influences’. This is evident too in their latest album entitled New Blues on the Block, an all-original compilation of contagious swing jazz beats that is extremely enjoyable. In fact, I’d go so far and say if you’ve been iffy about jazz in the past, after one listen to New Blues on the Block you’ll be hooked!
They are really good.
Performing as a Hammond quartet produces that inescapable jazz sound made famous by other jazz greats in the past such as Hammond player Brian Auger, predominant in the 60s and 70s, whose band Steam Packet boosted a young Rod Stewart and Long John Baldry.
Says Wade: “A lot of jazz can be too polite or very structured, and yet we create the freedom within a structured sound for spontaneity and express original sounds rhythmically. Rob and Michael move in and out, we all listen to each other and swing and improvise within the song’s structure.”