The Airbenders - The Airbenders

The AirBenders

The Airbenders were formed in Adelaide in April 2010 thanks to the Artist in Residence initiative run by JazzSA.

The Air BendersThe programme gave us the opportunity to play three nights at the Promethean and work up a couple of sets of new music live on stage. The simpatico in the band was evident from the first tune, I felt I could have kept playing with this band all week…all month! Several months later I heard some rough recordings from the gigs and was blown away by the sound, vibe and playing.

James Muller is a musician of international reputation, I remember hearing James when he was a teenager at the Cargo Club in Adelaide and was awe struck. His time, technique and taste are impeccable. I first heard Andrew Dickeson playing with Barbara Morrison soon after I returned from NYC and knew I had to find a project for us to work on. Andrew is steeped in the jazz tradition and is my favourite drummer in Australia.

I’ve been listening to Paul White for over a decade and we have worked together in a few bands including Goose and Supernova. Paul is one of the rare breed of genuine Hammond players and is the backbone of "the Benders" Paul is a great composer, his soulfulness seeps into all the music. He is a fantastic co-leader of this band.

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