Phillip Johnston & The Coolerators

Phillip Johnston & The Coolerators

“It is jazz played with some true wit… freely drawing on all styles of music to create quirky, cartoonish pieces, coloured with chirpy melodies and unexpected moments of poignancy.” – John Shand, Sydney Morning Herald

Phillip Johnston has led Phillip Johnston & the Coolerators in one form or another since moving to Australia in 2005. After a two-year lay-off (while focussing on the Greasy Chicken Orchestra, New York’s Microscopic Septet, ‘Page of Madness: Suite from Improvisers’ and touring Wordless!), beginning in 2017, Phillip is planning on focussing primarily on The Coolerators as his main performance vehicle.

The band brings together two of Australia’s most internationally acclaimed touring musicians, Alister Spence (Alister Spence Trio, Clarion Fracture Zone, AAO) and Lloyd Swanton (The Necks, the catholics) with one of Sydney’s most in-demand rhythm section players, Nic Cecire. The music covers a range of styles but avant organ jazz is at the centre of it.

“…consumate musical artists, they present a unique style of jazz performance that is relaxed, smooth, and eloquent with phrasing that bursts forth intricate improvisations in jazz and swing with a splattering of funk that is all class – for the uninitiated and jazz aficionados alike a delight to imbibe.”–Peter McGill, SoundPet

Celebrating the release of their new CD Diggin’ Bones on Asynchronous Records, this is only their second gig since their successful CD launch at SIMA’s Sound Lounge. If you missed that one, this is your chance! Don’t miss it!

Phillip Johnston – soprano, alto saxophone
Alister Spence – organ
Lloyd Swanton – bass
Nic Cecire – drums


Book Drinks & Show tickets online now to reserve your seat and receive over 11% discount off your pre-purchased drink fee.

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General Admission – $22.00 incl booking fee
Concession – $17.00 incl booking fee
Drinks & Show – $38.00 incl booking fee
Dinner & Show – $52.00 incl booking fee
Premium Dinner & Show – $66.00 incl booking fee



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