Together the Jazzgroove Mothership Orchestra make a charmingly cohesive group - playful yet professional. If there were any doubt about any of these qualities, the final number of the first set, called Mean MF, surely put them to rest. A powerful piece laden with piano and trombone, this gave the audience plenty to talk about during the break and made sure we were fully warmed up for the second half.
"It's a gift to have some of the most world-class musicians among us", said softly-spoken and completely charming club manager Megg Evans. She's right. If you get a chance, don't miss an opportunity to see the Jazzgroove Mothership Orchestra, or as Musical Director David Theak suggested none-too-subtly several times, buy one of their CDs. It's big band jazz at its best.
Review by Danu Poyner in Australian Stage, May 4, 2009.