What they say…
“A stunning work, full of integrity and class…Essential!”
Menagerie is the jazz ensemble founded by Melbourne-based producer, songwriter, guitarist, radio broadcaster, DJ and recording artist Lance Ferguson, also the driving force behind The Bamboos, Lanu & Rare Groove Spectrum, as well as having been a member of Cookin’ On 3 Burners.
Menagerie‘s debut album They Shall Inherit saw the light of day in 2012 via label Tru Thoughts and established the fact that jazz of the contemporary type could reach back to it’s essential roots and present itself, refreshed and vital for a contemporary audience.
2018 saw the release of second album The Arrow Of Time on UK label Freestyle Records. Inspired by both the post-Coltrane generation of the 70’s and the current ‘New Wave Of Jazz’, the album made serious waves internationally in 2018, being championed by the likes of BBC’s Gilles Peterson, Jamie Cullum, Courtney Pine and Don Letts.
Third album Many Worlds was released in 2021, again on Freestyle Records, and went on to be championed by Worldwide FM, Jazz FM and Jazzwise. Menagerie were nominated in the Best Jazz Act category of the 2021 Music Victoria Awards, and in 2022 performed as part of the esteemed Melbourne International Jazz Festival.
Now 2 years on from their last full-length, Menagerie are ready to give the world some new music, with fourth album The Shores Of Infinity slated for release on September 2nd 2023, anticipated by single / video “Kingdom“.