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Shuffle on in to Hear the Groove Kings

Shuffle on in to Hear the Groove Kings

Who: The Shuffle Kings
Where: Belmont 16ft Sailing Club
Author: Jade Lazerevic
When: Sunday August 12, 2001

GROOVY, jazzy and funky are the three words which would best sum up The Shuffle Kings. The Shuffle Kings formed in 1996 and set a goal to reach an unprecedented musical freedom and creativity.

The group has achieved its goal and incorporates a wide mix of musical styles in its performances.

In one show, the group perform a mix of songs from 50s jump and rhythm and blues to rockabilly and big band swing.

Each member plays a number of different instruments and provide his vocal talents.

Paul Burton plays double bass, harmonica, bongos and percussion.

He has been a professional double bass player for the past 15 years and worked with Elvis Presley's former drummer DJ Fontana and James Brown's drummer Toni Cooke. Charlie Cole is a talented musician and has skills on the piano, organ, trumpet, accordion and trumpet.

He is best known for his work in Australian groups Moving Pictures and 1927. Charlie has worked with artists like Ed Keupper, James Blundell and members of The Blues Brothers Band. Saxophone, flute and clarinet are just some of the instruments played by Michael Hawke. Michael was born and bred in Maitland and began learning music in the early seventies.

Tao Wanders supplies the beat for the group on drums and percussion.

Tao has had the opportunity to work with big name acts like BB King and members of U2. Artists given the Shuffle Kings treatment include Glenn Miller, Louis Jordan, ZZ Top and Van Morrison. The musicians throw in some of their own tracks for good measure.

Catch the Shuffle Kings at Belmont 16ft Sailing Club on Friday night and Club Phoenix on August 12.

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