‘Hear what others are saying about the Rhythmakers’
“This is easily one of the best Australian bands on the scene today. With wonderfully evocative arrangements by their talented young leader, the repertoire consists of various periods of classic American and Australian jazz. The nine-piece personnel comprises highly trained male and female musicians all in their twenties. Great music and a certain crowd pleaser.”
- Graeme Bell AO, MBE - Australian jazz icon
“This is the band that supported Graeme Bell for his final ‘final’ concert, which took place at his old school, Scotch College, Hawthorn, Melbourne, on the 4th March, 2006. The band was formed in 2004 and its stated aim is ‘to bring new life to the hot and sweet sounds of the 1920s and 1930s’. They remind me of the Charleston Chasers and Harry Strutters Hot Rhythm Orchestra, also the New York-based Vince Giordano’s Nighthawks. However, there is one big difference – the nine musicians in this band are still in their twenties.” Read More...
- Just Jazz Magazine, London, UK June 2006.
“Michael McQuaid is one of the exciting bunch of young and supremely talented musicians who have made Melbourne their home and revivalist jazz a special interest in their musical progression. In Michael’s particular case, the title multi-instrumentalist fits like a glove and additionally, he collects the veteran instruments that he plays, transcribes and arranges music, delighting in the earlier styles of jazz, swing and hot dance.” Read More...
- Ron Spain Jazz Scene Newsletter, Austraila May 2006.
“One of the highlights of the jazz year”
- Geoff Tobin, Jazzline Magazine.
“Some of the best dancing and listening music heard for years”
- Gordon Dobie, Jazzbeat Newsletter.
“A better afternoon of jazz would be hard to find. Michael McQuaid’s Red Hot Rhythmakers provided a superb selection of big band music from the 20s and 30s. To have such a collection of very talented young musicians, all in one room at one time, was a real treat.”
- Jenny Daniels, Peninsula Jazz Club
“Sensational! It’s a real treat to hear this music played live, especially by such an exciting young band.”
- Steve Waddell, bandleader of Steve Waddell’s Creole Bells