SHOL Music;  Melbourne, Australia 

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Christopher Skepper-trumpet; Chris Pappas-tenor sax; Nashua Lee-guitar; John O'Hagan-dbass; Chris Lewis-drums. Buy songs and album here:


SHOL is a quintet from Melbourne that has been performing and recording since 2012. They are a contemporary jazz ensemble whose original compositions cover hard bop, free jazz, world and soul music. They have developed a personal and unique ensemble sound and are all composers in their own right.

All the members of SHOL have paid their musical dues over a period of many years performing, composing and collaborating with many of Australia’s finest jazz musicians. Now these musicians have come together forming a solid and highly experienced unit writing original compositions for their musical inspirations, paying homage to Coltrane, Coleman, Davis, Monk, Mingus, Taylor, Blakey etc. The music takes you on a journey exploring melodic themes, moods and rhythmic textures, building on compositions demanding freedom in improvisation.

“Shol prove themselves to be fearless, and rightly so. As improvisers

they are inventive, soulful and adventurous. Their interaction is

exemplary, similar to supergroups as the Cookers, to mention yet

another band that looks to the spirit of post-bop for inspiration. By

creating this delightful labor of love and devotion, Shol can affirm

that it definitely pays to follow the straight and narrow path.” 

Nikos Fotakis,, January 2015

Shol have certainly developed a most engaging sound and their original pieces reflect a commitment to thoughtful, intelligent composition.”

Jack Beamish-Jazz Spectrum Oct’14

                          GIGS 2019

* Saturday August 3rd @ Open Studio, High St. Northcote 5:30-7:30PM. $10.

*Sunday June 30th @ Clifton Hill Brew Pub 89 Queens Pde. Clifton Hill. 5:00pm-8:00PM. Free.

*Thursday July 25th @ The Factory 5 Frederick st. Northcote. 8:30PM. Donation.

*Wednesdays July 3, 24 and 31 @ Bar 303 Northcote.

303 High St. Northcote. 8:30PM plus two support bands.

*Friday May 31st @ Wesley Anne 250 High St. Northcote.

6:00PM; Free in the front bar.

* Wednesday May 1st @ Paris Cat Jazz Club, Goldie Place CBD. 8:30PM; $20/15

*Thursday April 11th @ Jasper's Jazz Club, Goldie Plc. CBD. 8:30PM $20


* Wednesdays January 16, 23 and 30th @ Bar 303, 303 High st. Northcote. SHOL with Tom Fryer Band. 8-11PM. Donation entry.

 * Thursday April 11th @Jasper's Jazz Club, 14 Goldie Place Melbourne CBD. 8:30-11:00PM $20

*Wednesday May 1st @Paris Cat 10 Goldie Place Melbourne CBD. 8:30-11:00PM $20/15

*Friday May 31st @ Wesley Anne 250 High St. Northcote

6:00-8:00PM. Free.

                          GIGS 2018

*Sunday December 23rd @ Bar 303. 303 High St. Northcote. SHOL plus two support bands. 8:00PM - 11:00PM.. Donation entry.

*Wednesday October 31st @ The Brunswick Green 313 Sydney Rd. Brunswick 8:30-10:30PM. Free or donation

*Wednesday September 5th @ Bar 303 with Bohjass 8:30PM. Donation.

*Sunday July 29th @ Lebowski's 22 Cross St. Brunswick

SHOL Quartet 5PM-7PM. $5-$10 at the door.

*Sunday July 8th @ Bar 303 with David Rex trio 4:30PM

SHOL 5:30PM. $5 or donation.

* Saturday June 9th @ Castlemaine Jazz Festival. 12:00PM and 10:00PM shows. See program for details.

* Sunday June 17th @ Farouk's Olive 711 High St. Thornbury

5:30-7:30PM. $5

*Saturday June 23rd @ Wesley Anne 250 High st. Northcote

6:00-8:00PM. Free

* Thursday April 12th @ Bar 303, 303 High st. Northcote

SHOL quintet + David Rex trio; 8:30PM. Donation.

*Sunday February 4th @ Wesley Anne 250 High St. Northcote 6:00PM-8:00PM.  Free

*Sunday February 18th @ Bar 303, 303 High St. Northcote Support 8:30PM, SHOL 9:30PM.  Donation.

*Sunday March 18th @ Farouk's Olive 711 High St. Thornbury; 5:00-7:00PM.  Donation

*Wednesday March 28th @ Paris Cat Jazz Club. Goldie Plc. Melbourne. 8:30-11:00PM $20/15

                                           GIGS 2017

*Saturday October 7th @ Uptown Jazz Cafe 177 Brunswick St. Fitzroy 6:00PM-8:00PM $10/5

*Thursday October 12th @ Caz Reitop's DS 80 Smith st. Collingwood 8:00PM- Free

*Sunday November 19th @ Lebowski's Cross St. Brunswick

6:15PM $10

*Sunday November 26th @ Bar 303, 303 High St. Northcote

8:00PM plus Support. Free

*Sunday December 3rd @ Compass Pizza 319 Lygon St. East Brunswick. 4:00-6:00PM Free