Wollongong Conservatorium Jazz Series
The long-running Wollongong Conservatorium Jazz Series will start it’s 2018 season early this year by presenting a four-week series featuring some of Australia’s leading jazz artists along side some of Wollongong’s up and coming young jazz musicians.
In the line up for the series is renowned trombonist James Greening (Ten Part Invention, The Catholics), Aria award winning saxophonist Sandy Evans (MARA, Australian Art Orchestra), Jody Michael (Jann Rutherford Award Winner), and Eric Dunan with his Quintet.
Sunday, 7 January 2018
James Greening with advanced students from the Wollongong Conservatorium of Music jazz program, Marley Rooney (keyboard), Toby Dunan (drums), and David Quinn (bass) will kick off the season.
Greening has been a leading voice on the Sydney jazz scene for over 30 years with regular appearances on ABC’s Play School and the popular Musica Viva in Schools Program.
Sunday, 14 January 2018
Saxophonist Sandy Evans will join the Conservatorium’s rhythm section. The internationally recognized Evans has toured extensively through Asia, Europe, and North America as well as winning and Order of Australia Medal and a Churchill Fellowship.
Sunday, 21 January 2018
Eric Dunan, leader of the award-winning Conservatorium Jazz Program and curator of the Jazz Series will lead his Quintet on 21 January with some of his former students who are now working as professional musicians on the Australian Jazz scene, including Freyja Garbett (piano), and Dave Reglar (sax), and Mick Mear (bass).
Sunday, 28 January 2018
Closing out the special four week program will be the Jodie Michael Trio. Originally from Wollongong, Jodie has gone on to make a name for herself as one of Sydney’s most sought after drummers since finishing her degree in jazz studies at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. She regularly leads her group various Sydney jazz clubs and has made several trips to New York to study with some of the world’s leading drummers.
“This is a great way to start off what looks to be another great year of jazz.” says Eric Dunan from the Wollongong Conservatorium. “It’s a great opportunity to see some of the best jazz that Wollongong has to offer along side some of the best jazz that the country has to offer.”
All performances are 2-5pm and are free. Town Hall Chamber is all ages and family friendly.
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