Van Morrison’s “Masterpieces” Presented by Vince Jones & The Astral Orchestra

vince-jones

When The Beatles moved to psychedelic rock and Dylan went electric, Van Morrison hired New York’s finest jazz musicians and recorded two of the classic albums of that golden era – Astral Weeks and Moondance. Both albums had enormous impact on aspiring musicians and singers around the world. Vince Jones was one of them. A remarkable interpreter, Vince Jones has invited a selection of the country’s finest jazz/rock musicians to form The Astral Orchestra, lead by Music Director, Matt McMahon to join him in this homage to two of Van’s most acclaimed albums; the magical Astral Weeksa poetic, mercurial blend of jazz, folk and blues – and the soul/jazz influenced Moondance. Vince Jones has set the benchmark for Australian jazz vocalists/musicians across a 20 album international career, and his Celtic/Jazz/Blues influence provide the perfect blend for is reading of two of contemporary music’s greatest works. Having just recently sold out the Melbourne Recital Centre and Sydney’s Recital Hall, Port Fairy is delighted to be presenting this project in its entirety in 2017.