Available Jelly arrives in the Netherlands in the late 70s with The Great Salt Lake Mime Troupe. Accompanying actors, dancers and clowns offers the group great artistic freedom, making for an eclectic repertoire. Available Jelly fits in well in the Amsterdam music scene, and the Americans decide to stay.
Jimmy Sernesky trompet
Barry Block klarinet, tenorsaxofoon
Gregg Moore banjo, basgitaar, mandoline, trombone, tuba
Eric Calmes basgitaar, contrabas
Tobias Delius klarinet, tenorsaxofoon
Alexei Levin accordeon, orgel, piano
Biography Available Jelly
Available Jelly arrives in the Netherlands in the late 70s with The Great Salt Lake Mime Troupe. Accompanying actors, dancers and clowns offers the group great artistic freedom, making for an eclectic repertoire. Available Jelly fits in well in the Amsterdam music scene, and the Americans decide to stay. Even without the theater element the musical starting point remains the same: improvisations based on songs. These are taken from a variety of musical worlds: the Great American Songbook (Cole Porter, Harold Arlen), pop music (Beach Boys, Bob Dylan), jazz (Thelonious Monk, Duke Ellington) and folk music from all over the world (Balkan, Madagascar). In the course of the years the original band members leave the group one by one; they are replaced by the cream of the Dutch improvisors. In 1995 the present line-up stabilizes, with only one change since.
1977 - 1983
Available Jelly is founded in the American state of Utah by multi-instrumentalist Gregg Moore (Eureka, California, 9 August 1952) and saxophonist Stuart Curtis (Chicago, 19 July 1954). Pretty soon they ask trumpeter Jimmy Sernesky (Terence Bay, Canada, 27 February 1955) as their third man, because he also plays the drums. Gregg Moore's brother, reed player Michael Moore (Eureka, California, 4 December 1954), and drummer Michael Vatcher (Modesto, California, 12 November 1954) make the group into a quintet. The group comes to Europe as the accompanying band to The Great Salt Lake Mime Troupe. This theater company performs in Amsterdam during the Festival of Fools. The musicians feel well at home in the Dutch capital and decide to stay. After a while Stuart Curtis is replaced Barry Block, also a Californian. The eponymous first LP is recorded featuring both saxophonists. Although Available Jelly initially still plays a great deal of covers, Michael Moore's role as the group's main composer is growing.
1983 - 1989
Because trumpeter Jimmy Sernesky is more and more involved with various theater productions Michael Moore asks cornettist Eric Boeren to join the band. Pretty soon Boeren also starts writing repertoire for the group; next to Michael Moore he becomes the main purveyor of original music. Following Stuart Curtis Barry Block also leaves the band, but no replacement is sought for him. The remaining quartet records the CD In Full Flail for the German Ear Rational-label in 1989.
1989 - 1992
Tenor saxophonist Tobias Delius is added to the band, and when bassist Eric Calmes also joins Gregg Moore is able to focus more on trombone and tuba. The sextet manages to interest another German label in releasing a new CD. Al(l)ways is published by Neue Organisation Musik in 1990.
Available Jelly initiates a festival, stretching for a number of days, at the Amsterdam venue Felix Meritis. Like-minded musicians, but also dancers and actors perform their own projects, sometimes in collaboration with Available Jelly, or in ad hoc combinations with Available Jelly members. The festival, simply called Available Jelly Festival, runs for five editions, the last of which takes place in 1997.
The group takes Russian accordionist-pianist Alexei Levin, currently based in Amsterdam , on board. For the first time in Available Jelly history the group features a chordal instrument. The new music is recorded on the CD Monuments, which Michael Moore releases on the Ramboy label he recently started.
1995 - 2006
Co-founder Gregg Moore leaves the group and moves to Portugal. His replacement is trombonist Wolter Wierbos. At roughly the same time bassist Ernst Glerum takes Eric Calmes's place. The new sextet will remain unchanged for over ten years, and records two CDs: Happy Camp (1996) and Bilbao Song (2004).
Tobias Delius decides to move to Berlin and is unable to combine his work there with playing in Available Jelly, so he leaves the group.
Slovenian born tubaist Goran Krmac joins Available Jelly, making the group a sextet again.
Discography Available Jelly
|Type and year||LP, 1984|
|Label||Square Records, SQ 011006|
In Full Flail
|Type and year||CD, 1989|
|Label||Ear-Rational, ECD 1013|
|Type and year||CD, 1990|
|Label||N.E.W.S., NOM 0110/01000|
|Type and year||CD, 1994|
|Label||Ramboy, # 7|
|Type and year||CD, 1996|
|Label||Ramboy, # 10|
|Type and year||CD, 2004|
|Label||Ramboy, # 21|
|Type and year||CD, 2011|
|Label||Ramboy, # 28B|
|Type and year||CD, 2011|
|Label||Ramboy, # 28A|
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