GRAND WAZOO-KINGS OF SOUL

GRAND WAZOO-KINGS OF SOUL

GRAND WAZOO are Australia's legendary 13 piece Soul kings, with an unsurpassed record for presenting the most entertaining and authentic Black Soul Extravaganza in Australia since 1981.

St Kilda, Melbourne, VIC, Australia

GRAND WAZOO are Australia's legendary 13 piece Soul Kings, with an unsurpassed record for presenting the most authentic and entertaining Black Soul Music experience in Oz since 1981- performing iconic 60s-70s Soul tunes, rare gems and band originals in the same 'brassy blaster' style. Also a premium "reading" outfit, these kings of soul can back any artist in any genre, providing they have their own arrangements.

The Founder-Band Leader:
Prior to forming GRAND WAZOO in 1981, John had worked as musician and arranger for 13 years, working with many stellar bands, as well as jazz and stage bands and TV orchestras. He loved the high energy and emotion of Afro-American Soul Music music and felt a deep empathy for the artists - and began presenting the tunes of James Brown, Wilson Pickett, Otis Redding, Bobby 'Blue' Bland, King Curtis, Edwin Starr, Sam & Dave, Al Green, Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Ike & Tina Turner, Jackie Wilson, Solomon Burke, Albert King, Marvin Gaye, Sam Cooke, the Motown artists and many others.

The Band:
GRAND WAZOO
quickly became revered for Montesante's arrangements, the permanent 6 x piece horn section and the band's vibrant energy - with the outfit becoming a rite of passage for many of the finest artists in Australia, who have forged  A-List careers. John became regarded as Australia's Ambassador of Soul, as he pioneered the artform in the southern hemisphere - and most local groups that followed in the genre, took their inspiration from this mighty band. However none sustained the uncompromising dedication to authentic Soul genre, which is what sets Grand WaZoo apart. Nobody does it better.

GRAND WAZOO is a top 'reading' band  and has backed and supported international and Australian artists, including: Wilson Pickett Band, Sam + Dave, Venette Fields, Al Martino, Leo Sayer, Ross Wilson, Anthony Callea, Jon Stevens, Rhonda Burchmore, Tim Campbell, Mahalia Barnes, Ian Stenlake, Jeff Duff, Marcia Hines, Hollywood Brown, Reg Livermore, Peter Cupples, Hot Chocolate, Lisa Edwards, Renee Geyer, Normie Rowe, Kate Ceberano, Jackie Love, Max Merritt, Bobby Valentine, Joe Camilleri and many others. After working with Montesante in Australia during the 1980s, legendary US Soul duo, Sam + Dave invited him to become their international Musical Director, but his commitment to the Australian scene made that impossible at the time. The Band's Live appearances have included many regular TV spots on GMA (Good Morning Australia), Hey Hey It's Saturday, Midday Show, Denise, Don Lane Show,The Footy Show and several 'live' radio shows.

Not only does Grand WaZoo sound amazing, with its big brassy presence, but also looks like a Soul outfit should, presenting its harmonious, multi-generational and multi-racial line up - with wide appeal to all age groups. The band always works at full strength of 13 onstage, due to the band's orchestrations and because it values all its members. It showcases three of its stellar pool of singers at any gig, who work together in various combos, presenting the finest Soul voices in town. Grand WaZoo is available to work local, interstate and international, with adequate notice.

The Gigs:

GRAND WAZOO has a  repertoire of 310 superbly arranged and composed  tunes - so the band offers musical excellence, longevity, experience and entertainment value second to none; and is widely revered as a "Soul Institution". It offers some different possibilities with its shows.

1. Soul Extravaganza:  Grand WaZoo performs 2 x one hour sets paying tribute to the Black Soul artists of the 1960s and 1970s, from Ray Charles to Motown, from James Brown to Aretha Franklin , from Al Green to Prince, from Tina Turner to Etta James and many others,  … all showcasing 3 singers, 6 horns & 4 rhythm players.This soul showcase transports the audience back to those halcyon days of dancing and romancing - with THE only band that has been performing Soul in Australia since 1981- and is unmatched in recreating the authentic vibe of the era!

2. Soul Divas Show : Grand WaZoo's past and present Queens of Soul backed by the fabulous WaZoo horns and rockin' rhythm section, revive the tunes of the great female Soul artists of the1960s-70s including the grooves of Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner, EttaJames, Janis Joplin, Gladys Knight, Dusty Springfield, Martha & The Vandellas, Diana Ross & The Supremes and others. It features 3 topline female soul singers.

The extensive repertoire and talent base of Grand WaZoo means the band performs for  all occasions: Private Functions, Major Events, Outdoor Stages, Concerts, Parties, Nightclubs, Venues, Live Media, Corporate, Conference, Awards Nights, Festivals and as Show Band. Grand WaZoo performs live public gigs at least once a month, so if a client wants to experience the band prior to booking, it is worthwhile to go along.

 The band's quality, size and longevity takes it to the HIGHER END of the entertainment market, where it is the BAND OF CHOICE when SUPERB MUSIC, UNRIVALED ENTERTAINMENT & QUALITY PROFESSIONALISM is required.You've seen the rest. Come back to the BEST!

These are the wonderful tunes available with many more:
  • Let The Good Times Roll,
  • Proud Mary,
  • River Deep
  • Heard It Through The Grapevine,
  • Soul Man,
  • Gimme Some Lovin,
  • I Got A Woman,
  • Piece of My Heart,
  • Reach Out,
  • You Made Me So Very Happy,
  • Dance To The Music,
  • Heatwave,
  • Twistin’ The Night Away,
  • Baby I Love You,
  • Got To Get You Into My Life,
  • Get Back,
  • Let’s Stay Together,
  • Unchain My Heart,
  • Think,
  • Groove Me,
  • Tracks of My Tears
  • Respect,
  • Take Me Higher,
  • Hey Jude,
  • Funky Fever,
  • Dock of the Bay,
  • Funky Nassau,
  • Hard To Handle & many more—for your dancing or listening pleasure. 

Repertoire list below.

Just some of the GRAND WAZOO's valued Clients have included:

  • Geelong Cats
  • KokoBlack,
  • Connex,
  • Cobra Inc,
  • Hong Kong Millennium,
  • Merrill Lynch,
  • ANZIIF,
  • Anglicare
  • Visy Industries,
  • Medibank Private,
  • BMG
  • Moomba Festival
  • Schiavello
  • Tattersall’s,
  • UBS Warburg,
  • Mayne Pharma,
  • City of Melbourne,
  • Adelaide Grand Prix,
  • Wrest Point Casino,
  • Eltham Festival,
  • Crown Casino,
  • Vic RTA,
  • Accenture,
  • City of Kingston,
  • Huntingdale Golf,
  • Safeway,
  • Park Hyatt,
  • Qantas
  • Melb Grand Prix,
  • Victoria 150 Years,

Repertoire

# Title (instrumentals)
001   KING OF SOUL
002   SOUL FINGER
003   GREEN ONIONS
004  SHAFT
005   FREEDOM SPECIAL
006   WAZOO ALL STARS (Intro)
007  L'IL BROTHER
008   SOULFUL JAZZMAN
009   2001 A SPACE ODYSSEY
010   PICK UP THE PIECES
011   HIP HUG-HER
012   FROSTY
013   TIME IS TIGHT
014   FEEL ALRIGHT AGAIN
015   PHILLY DOG
016  COUNT FUNKULA
017   ADDAMS GROOVE
018   BLANK
019   BLANK
020   STROLLIN WITH BONES
021   BOOT-LEG
022   NIGHT TRAIN
023   PETER GUNN
024   MANTECA
025   THE CHICKEN
026   SQUIB CAKES
027   TELL ME A BEDTIME STORY
028   UPTIGHT (Buddy Rich)
029   BLANK
030   ONE MINT JULEP
 
# Title (vocals)
031   HOLD ON I'M COMIN
032   FUNKY STREET
033   TRACKS OF MY TEARS
034   I WANT TO TA TA YOU
035   6345789
036   SHAKE A TAIL FEATHER
037   REACH OUT I'LL BE THERE
038   THIS CHRISTMAS
039   MY GIRL
040   PEOPLE GOT TO BE FREE
041    MARY ANN
042   I GOT A WOMAN
043   THINGS I DO FOR YOU
044   I TAKE WHAT I WANT
045    MOVE OVER
046   DO-RIGHT WOMAN
047   OUTTA SIGHT
048   HOW STRONG IS A WOMAN
049    LOVE AND HAPPINESS
050   I CAN'T STAND UP FOR ?FALLING DOWN
051    A CHANGE IS GONNA COME
052    I GOT YOU
053    RIGHT PLACE, WRONG TIME
054    CAN'T HURRY LOVE
055    THE SKY IS FALLING
056    YOU CAN LEAVE YOUR HAT ON
057    COME ON, COME OVER
058    SOUL MAN
059    LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS
060    THAT'S THE WAY I LIKE IT
061    STOLEN AFFECTION
062    STICKS + STONES
063   SHE CAUGHT THE KATY
064    NOWHERE TO RUN TO
065    STOP IN THE NAME OF LOVE
066    MISSING YOU
067   SHAKEY GROUND
068   BRICK HOUSE
069   MIDNIGHT HOUR
070   AIN'T THAT PECULIAR
071   DANCIN IN THE STREET
072   MACARTHUR PARK
073   PIECE OF MY HEART
074   I'LL GO CRAZY
075   TURN ME LOOSE, I'M DR FEELGOOD
076  SHAKE
077   I NEED YOUR LOVIN
078   I GOT THE FEELING
079   SUPERSTITION
080   I CAN'T STAND THE RAIN
081   WHAT BECOMES OF ?THE BROKENHEARTED
082   SOUL SERENADE
083   JUST A LITTLE BIT
084   TELL MAMA
085   ARE YOU LONELY FOR ME BABY
086   NIGHT TIME IS THE RIGHT TIME
087   I WISH
088  KNOCK ON WOOD
089   CELL BLOCK No.9
090   LADY MARMALADE
091   ROCK STEADY
092   COLD SWEAT
093   AIN'T NO WAY
094   SAY A LITTLE PRAYER
095   NATURAL WOMAN
096   SEE SAW
097   Dr FEELGOOD
098   SINCE YOU BEEN GONE
099   RESPECT (Aretha Franklin)
100   CHAIN OF FOOLS
101   COME BACK BABY
102   HEARD IT THROUGH THE VINE (Marvin Gaye)
103   RESPECT (Otis Redding)
104   KOOL JERK
105   SHOTGUN
106   BABY I LOVE YOU
107   DON'T PLAY THAT SONG FOR ME
108   MOVE ON UP
109   YOU'RE SO FINE
110   HONKY TONK WOMAN
111   MINNIE THE MOOCHER
112   SOOTHE ME
113  MISS PITIFUL (Etta James)
114   CALL ME Mr PITIFUL (Otis Redding)
115   WHATEVER GETS YOU THRU THE NIGHT
116   PURPLE HAZE
117   MIDNIGHT MOVER
118   NEVER LOVED A MAN
119   THINK
120   HEY BARTENDER
121   SLIPPERY WHEN WET
122   SING A SIMPLE SONG
123   HOUSE of ROCK
124   GET DOWN TONIGHT
125   LAND OF 1000 DANCES
126  I FOUND A TRUE LOVE
127   ALMOST
128   SOUL VACCINATION
129   I AIN'T GOT YOU
130   MESSIN' WITH DA KID
131   I'M A FOOL FOR YOU
132   IT'S A MAN'S WORLD
133   PROUD MARY
134   HEATWAVE
135   GOOD ROCKING DADDY
136   BRING IT ON HOME TO ME
137   TAKE ME HIGHER
138   MUSTANG SALLY
139   JUMPIN JACK FLASH
140   ROCK ME BABY
141   HARD TO HANDLE
142   YOU SEND ME
143   SWEET SOUL MUSIC
144   LIVING IN AMERICA
145   SEX MACHINE
146   WESTERN UNION MAN
147   SHOW ME A MAN
148   TAKE ME TO THE RIVER
149   MONEY WON'T CHANGE YOU
150   FUNKY NASSAU
151   TWENTY-FIVE MILES
152   THESE ARMS OF MINE
153   RESCUE ME
154   UNCHAIN MY HEART
155   MEMPHIS SOUL STEW
156   BAREFOOTIN'
157   HIT THE ROAD JACK
158   JAILHOUSE ROCK
159   FLIP FLOP FLY
160   AIN'T NO MT HIGH ENOUGH
161   FOXY LADY
162   THAT DRIVIN' BEAT
163   GET UP OFFA THAT THING
164   DOCK OF THE BAY
165   GREEN BACK DOLLAR BILL
166  DO YOU LOVE ME?
167   HIGHER & HIGHER
168   SHE'S SO GOOD TO ME
169   LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL
170   GIVIN IT UP FOR YOUR LOVE
171   WHEN SOMETHING IS WRONG
172   YOU ARE EVERYTHING
173   I CAN'T HELP MYSELF
174   REFLECTIONS OF
175   WALK AWAY RENEE
176   RICH KIND OF POVERTY
177   IT'S THE SAME OLD SONG
178   EVIL GAL BLUES
179   GET FUNKY
180   UPTIGHT
181  GIVE IT UP
182   I CAN'T GET ENOUGH OF YOUR LOVE
183   GOOD TIMES
184   HOW SWEET IT IS TO BE LOVED BY YOU
185   CAN'T TURN YOU LOOSE
186   PRIDE AND JOY
187   HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT
188   GET OFF
189  BRICK YARD BLUES
190   SHOORAH SHOORAH
191   WOMAN
192   DOWN IN THE VALLEY
193   WHEN A MAN LOVES A WOMAN
194   RIVER DEEP MT HIGH
195   AIN'T TOO PROUD TO BEG
196  TELL THE TRUTH (Etta James)
197   SON OF A PREACHER MAN
198   TRY A LITTLE TENDERNESS
199   TRY - JUST A LITTLE BIT HARDER
200   EVERYBODY NEEDS SOMEBODY
202   NIKI HOEKI
203   SOUL
204   IT TAKES TWO
205   CELEBRATION
206   FEELIN ALRIGHT
207   FREEWAY OF LOVE
208   991/2 WON'T DO
209   IN THE BASEMENT
210   SATISFACTION
211   WHAT'S GOIN' ON?
212   DROWN IN MY TEARS
213   DIGGIN ON JAMES BROWN
214   Y OU MADE ME SO VERY HAPPY
215   ROUGH LOVER
216   SUPERFLY
217   GIMME SOME LOVIN
218   LET'S STAY TOGETHER
219   PUT THE WEIGHT ON ME
220  WHAT IS HIP?
221   MOCKING BIRD
222   PAPA'S GOT A BRAND NEW BAG
223   AIN'T NOTHING LIKE THE REAL THING
224  SOUL CHICKEN
225   DON'T FIGHT IT
226    IT'S YOUR THING
227    TWISTIN THE NIGHT AWAY
228    SWEET HOME CHICAGO
229    WHAT'D I SAY
230    FA FA FA SONG
231    WRAP IT UP 
232    GROOVE ME
233    GOT TO GET YOU INTO MY LIFE
234    LOVE THE ONE
235    GET NO SATISFACTION
236    WILL YOU STILL LOVE ME TOMORROW
237    DANCE TO THE MUSIC
238    THE SON OF HICKORY HOLLER'S TRAMP
239    RIDE YOUR PONY
240    GET YOUR FEET BACK ON THE GROUND
241    I'VE BEEN LOVING YOU TOO LONG
242    THE LETTER
243    TRAMP
244    HALLELUJAH, I LOVE YOU SO
245    YOU REALLY GOT A HOLD ON ME
246    LEAVE YOUR HAT ON
247    SIGNED SEALED DELIVERED
248    THEM CHANGES
249    AM I THE SAME GIRL
250    SECURITY
251    HOW DO YOU STOP
252    CAN I GET A WITNESS
253    WAR
254    GOING TO A GO-GO
255   AIN’T THAT LOVIN YOU BABE
256    LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL (Ray Charles)
257    TOBACCO ROAD
258    SPINNING WHEEL
259    NINETY NINE POUNDS
260    MISS LADY
261    MOANIN TEARS & BLUES
262    IN ORBIT
263    LOVE MAN
264    STREET LIFE
265    KEEP ME HANGING ON
266    GET BACK
267    LUCRETIA MAC EVIL
268    THINK ABOUT
269    NUTBUSH City Limits
270    HEARD IT THROUGH THE VINE ?          (Gladys Knight & The Pips)
271    KISS
272    ROAD RUNNER
273    MY GUY
274    SO VERY HARD TO GO
275    FUNKY BROADWAY
276    GOD BLESS THE CHILD
277    BROWN SUGAR
278    VEHICLE
279    MORE AND MORE
280    SHINE YOUR LOVE LIGHT ON ME
281    I THANK YOU
282    KEEP YOUR MONSTER ON A LEASH
283    CAN'T CHANCE A BREAK UP
284    SWEET THING
285    ALL RIGHT IN THE CITY
286    GET READY
287    YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT YOU MEAN TO ME
288    HEY JUDE
289   ABC123
290    HUMMIN'
291    BORN UNDER A BAD SIGN
292    YOU GONNA NEED ME
293    DON'T CHANGE HORSES IN THE MIDDLE ?OF THE STREAM
294    DOWN TO THE NIGHTCLUB
295    SOMETHING YOU GOT
296    EVERYBODY'S GOT TO BELIEVE IN SOMEBODY
297    FUNKY FEVER
298    I CAN'T GET NEXT TO YOU
299    EASY STREET
300    NEW ORLEANS

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