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The Rookies

The Rookies were born in the spring of 2014 on the forgotten end of Brunswick Street in a dimly lit room full of sweat and beer at The Rooks Return. What started as a quiet set of background jazz for punters while they imbibed their cocktails quickly devolved into an uninhibited, drunken dance party reminiscent of a time almost forgotten. Band leader Greg Sher (alto saxophone) is joined by Tom Sly (trumpet), Joel Trigg (piano), Oscar Neyland (double bass) and Chris Cameron (drums and cymbals), with special guests from Australia and overseas sitting in every week. Their weekly parties are never the same as the band effortlessly jumps genres, twisting and contorting old world repertoire into something idiosyncratically their own

MUSICIAN Born:

Greg Poppleton

Since 2002, Greg has revived the songs of the Roaring 20s and 1930s Swing Era with his swinging 1920s-30s jazz band and high-energy shows.

Performed festivals in Australia and New Zealand.

On screen with film stars Adrien Brody, John Goodman and Nicole Kidman.

5 albums released.
2 played on commercial radio.
5 radio awards for his national Phantom Dancer swing and jazz radio show.
1.25 Million TOTAL YouTube plays.

The Poppleton Effect © Kerrie Foster
"The way that Greg moves round the audience
and picks out whoever he will,
and sings to them through his own megaphone;
you see the crowds get a thrill

Tamara Murphy

Tamara Murphy double bass/electric bass/composition/arranging Tamara Murphy is an Australian bassist and composer with over 20 years performing experience collaborating with other artists, running her own ensembles, and is continually in demand as a side-person. She started playing bass at age 14, and studied music improvisation and composition in Melbourne, Australia. She has toured around the world with a diverse range of groups from classical chamber orchestras to jazz, soul, experimental and pop groups. She has been composing throughout her performing career, writing for many ensembles, including her quintet Murphy’s Law and her new group, Spirograph Studies

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Sam Gill

Sam Gill is a saxophonist & composer based in Sydney. His music explores the intersections of composed and improvised music, appearing in his own groups Coursed Waters & Scattered as well as the collectives Mind on Fire & Microfiche. He has also played with a number of Australia's most acclaimed improvisers including Simon Barker, Chris Hale, Andrea Keller, Steve Magnusson, Matt McMahon, Gian Slater & Clayton Thomas, as well as the Australian Art Orchestra and world-music ensemble Mara! Sam has appeared on numerous records, including Mind on Fire's debut recording The Process of Unbecoming, self- released in December 2017, as well as Microfiche's self-titled 2016 debut

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Rodric White

Rodric White was a finalist in the 1999 National Australian Jazz Piano Competition and is a graduate of the Associate Diploma of Jazz Studies Course (NSW Conservatorium of Music) where he majored in Music Arranging and Jazz Piano, and studied Classical Piano with Gerard Willems (Judge of the Sydney International Piano Competition and ABC Recording Artist). For two years, Rodric completed an intensive course of private study with leading Sydney Pianist and Jazz Educator, Bobby Gebert. Rodric has served as pianist and music director for International vocalists Nicki Parrott (USA), Patricia Ségui (France), Juliana Areias (Brazil), Marilane De Mello (Brazil), Rachel Delgado (Chile) and 2015 finalist in the Thelonious Monk Jazz Vocal Competition (USA) / winner Generations in Jazz Vocal Scholarship Liam Burrows, and performed with leading Australian musicians such as Emma Pask, Virna Sanzone, Simone Waddell, Dale Barlow, Ralph Pyl, Phil Slater, Jason Morphett, Danny Carmichael, John Morrison, Andrew Dickeson, Toby Hall, Brett Hirst, Jonathan Zwartz, Ashley Turner & Andy Firth

MUSICIAN Active since:

Refraction

Drawing inspiration from the sensibilities of pop lyricism and melody, Chris Broomhead’s trio project Refraction melds the various colours of contemporary jazz composition and improvisation together into a compelling musical soundscape. Refraction celebrates the sanctity of simplicity, upholding the primacy of a song’s melody whilst leaving space for collective ensemble interaction and improvisation. They released their debut album As We Were in March 2015 and it was nominated for Best Jazz Album in The Age Music Victoria Awards of that year. Their follow-up recording entitled Inerrant Space was released in May of 2016 and their third album Reimagined was released in June 2017