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Sold Out! 

Well the Brisbane Jazz Club gig was sold out, with wonderful atttentive audience, lots of new faces and peolpe to meet, and the badn was brilliant.

In the meantime, its back to work, study and writing more peices for my next project. 

This the latest interview if you want to take a look just go to: http://www.syntecpronews.com.au/?p=794

Thanks again to all the radio presenters for your support.  

Festivals are next on the list - see you there.


Leigh


Sold Out! 

Well the Brisbane Jazz Club gig was sold out, with wonderful atttentive audience, lots of new faces and peolpe to meet, and the badn was brilliant.

In the meantime, its back to work, study and writing more peices for my next project. 

This the latest interview if you want to take a look just go to: http://www.syntecpronews.com.au/?p=794

Thanks again to all the radio presenters for your support.  

Festivals are next on the list - see you there.


Leigh


Brisbane April 20th  

Wow! The Byron Launch was cetainly one I will always remember, we just had a stunning gig, impeccable sound by Adam biggs, with the perfect band, accompanied by a stella audience who sang like angels. I am really looking forward toplaying at the historic Brisbane Jazz Club - Hope to see you there. Lx

BYRON BAY ALBUM LAUNCH SATURDAY 23rd MARCH 8PM... 

Thrilled about the upcoming gig at Byron Theatre.

The brilliant Steve Magnusson is flying from Melbourne, funky Steve Russell is bodysurfing in, the swinging Jonathan Zwartz is rocking in from Sydney, groovy Scott Hills will hail down from the Hills and John Hoffman will blow in!

You can book here: http://byroncentre.com.au/whats-on/details/294-leigh-carriage-mandarin-skyline-cd-launch?xref=482


Going to be a beautiful gathering...Lx

Successful Sydney launch at 505!! 

Big thanks everyone who came to the Sydney 505 launch. The band was on fire! It filled my heart to see so many beautiful friends from so many different parts of my life, fill the house. Thanks to Cameron Undy an outstanding man - seamlessly keeping it all flowing and so supportive. Really excited about Saturday 23rd March Launch at Byron Theatre with Stephen Magnusson, Jonathan Zwartz, John Hoffman, Steve Russell and Scott Hills.

Great news! Mandarin Skyline is out now on iTunes, Vitamin Records http://www.vitamin.net.au/  and Birdland Records www.birdland.com.au as is the new jazz album Get Out Of Town

Lx

Press Release Mandarin Skyline 

 After a hiatus from the recording world, Australian jazz fans can now revel in two outstanding new albums from leading contemporary jazz vocalist Leigh Carriage.

Both recorded in early 2012, Mandarin Skyline is Carriage’s first album of original songs, while Get Out of Town, an album of covers and standards, was recorded on a second day in the studio with the same core ‘family’ of musicians. Mandarin Skyline features Hamish Stuart (drums), Steve Russell (piano), Matt Smith (guitar) as well as Matt McMahon (piano), Sam Keevers (piano), Phil Slater (trumpet) and Jonathan Zwartz (bass). It was mixed and mastered by legendary US based producer/engineer Helik Hadar (Joni Mitchell, Norah Jones). “It was time to make this album,” says Leigh of Mandarin Skyline “I had a near fatal accident in 2005 and I just had to wait for my body to heal enough, so that it was no longer making more noise than the musical ideas coming in.”

“I gave myself a deadline of 6 weeks (the only gap in my full-time teaching schedule as Head of Vocal Studies at Southern Cross University) to write and collaborate, create an album’s worth of music, arrange, score and make demos. It’s linked to my PhD study in composition at Sydney Uni as well. I wanted to work with musicians who could create an environment around my music, where each one adds something deeply of themselves.”

With roots in jazz and groove, Mandarin Skyline’s beautifully crafted songs are full of passion and an easy finesse that are the perfect vehicle for Leigh’s clear, soulful voice. “Fans of Joni Mitchell will want to cast their ears upon the work of Leigh Carriage” said John Shand of the Sydney Morning Herald. From the gorgeous, lullaby-like ‘All While You Sleep’ (a collaboration with Leigh’s longtime friend and mentor Michael Barkl) to the intensity of ‘Breaking Point’ (“I had the tempo and vibe in my head from the first moment but the band just took this to another level.”), Mandarin Skyline captures the freedom and magic of a group of extraordinarily talented musicians and friends coming together to explore the work of an exciting composing talent in Leigh Carriage.

PERFORMANCE DATES

Leigh Carriage LIVE with Hamish Stuart, Jonathan Zwartz, Steve Russell, Matt Smith and Nick Garbett.

SYDNEY - Wed, 6 Feb. 8pm Venue 505: 280 Cleveland St Surry Hills, Sydney.
BYRON BAY - Sat, 23 Mar. 8pm Byron Bay Theatre: Johnson Street, Byron Bay.
BRISBANE - Sat, 20 April. 7pm Brisbane Jazz Club: 1 Annie Street Kangaroo Point, Brisbane.

Album Launches coming up for 2013!! Getting Excited! 

Mandarin Skyline Album Launch at Venue 505 Sydney on 6th February 2013

Press Release:

LEIGH CARRIAGE, one of Australia’s leading contemporary jazz vocalists, teams up with a powerhouse line-up of Jonathan Zwartz (bass), Steve Russell (piano), Hamish Stuart (drums), Nick Garbett (trumpet) and Matt Smith (guitar) to launch her vibrant new album of original songs - Mandarin Skyline. A consummate performer and composer, Leigh is known for delivering mesmerising performances with passion and incredible technical prowess. Leigh has delighted audiences at Monterey Jazz Festival (USA), Byron Bay Blues and Roots Festival, Woodford Folk Festival, North Coast Jazz Festival and Brisbane Festival. Don't miss hearing what happens when Leigh Carriage and these players come together with Leigh's new songs in a stunning musical conversation. Mandarin Skyline (mixed by Grammy Award winner Helik Hadar) is available through Vitamin Records Feb 2013.

Any Day Now 

Welcome, I am very excited to be releasing my new original album
Mandarin Skyline with Vitamin Records in February, 2013. How would I describe it...recorded at Studio 301 this year, mixed in LA and lets see. A departure? Something a bit different.  Why don't you have a listen and you tell me?

In actual fact, I've been very busy and have another album that is coming out this year. It's called Get Out Of Town and is within the Jazz music spectrum. A selection of memorable songs and featuring incredible musicians, it is beautifully recorded and produced, Suze's photography and Heidi's artwork are brilliant...so take a look, have a listen and drop me a note.

Leigh



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