Re-igniting the fire

Great Australian jazz fusion band of last century, Crossfire, is reforming. They are (clockwise from top left) Tony Buchanan (saxophone), Steve Russell (keys), Ian Bloxsom (percussion), Jim Kelly (guitar), Scott Hills (drums) and Greg Lyon (bass).

We are lucky to have one of this countrys finest exponents of the guitar living in our North Coast midst Jim Kelly. In 1975 he and Michael J Kenny formed Crossfire, which became THE Australian jazz fusion band. They even recorded a live album with the pop crooner himself, Michael Franks. The album Michael Franks with Crossfire Live was released in 1980 and was a big hit here in this wide, rock n roll land. Crossfire also played the Montreux and North Sea jazz festivals and toured and played with a swag of international musos.

Anyway, big news Crossfire is reforming! With a core membership from the original band and with the addition of North Coasters Steve Russell and Scott Hills, Crossfire is preparing for a big gig at The Basement in Sydney in December. But you can catch the jazzy funk-tions of this seminal (I always wanted to use that word) band when they play the Byron Bowling Club on Friday, December 8, from 8pm. This is the very first gig of the reformed (but Jim still loves a little wine) Crossfire.

Tickets are $15/10 at the door.


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