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Jamie Pregnell

Jamie Pregnell is a Guitarist, Composer based in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia. Born in Tasmania, Jamie majored in Jazz performance at the University of Tasmania’s Conservatorium of Music. Upon completion of his Bachelor degree in 2012, he was accepted into the Banff International Workshop in Jazz & Creative Music in Canada. In 2016, Jamie completed an Honours degree at the UTAS Conservatorium focusing on the playing style and approach of Australian jazz guitarist James Muller. In this following year, Jamie was a recipient of an Australia Council personal development grant to undergo a 12 month mentorship in jazz guitar with James Muller. Jamie has just recorded an album of original compositions at Headgap studios in Preston, Victoria that features an all-star lineup including Julien Wilson, Sam Anning, and Ben Vanderwal. Recorded in January 2020, the album entitled “Sleepy Town” is to be released July 2020

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Alex Boneham

Bassist Alex Boneham is one of the most in demand musicians of his generation, known for his versatility and relentless creative drive. Born and raised in Sydney, Australia, Alex has worked extensively worldwide with a wide array of artists from across the musical spectrum. After graduating from the Sydney Conservatorium with a bachelor’s degree in music in 2009, Alex spent several years performing, recording and touring in Australia and New Zealand with a who’s who of Australian artists and international touring acts including James Morrison, Mike Nock, Bernie McGann, Dale Barlow, James Muller, Greg Osby, George Garzone, Mike Moreno, Joel Frahm, Will Vinson, Sarah McKenzie, Jazzgroove Mothership Orchestra, and co-led group The Vampires. In 2014 Alex was accepted into the prestigious Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Ensemble (now the Herbie Hancock Institute), a selective masters program where a group of musicians is hand-picked by a panel of living legends including Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Jimmy Heath, Kenny Burrell, James Newton and Herb Alpert

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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

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Greg Poppleton

Hi, I’m Greg Poppleton. When I was 3, I saw Louis Armstrong on TV and have been hooked on 1920s – 1930s jazz and swing ever since. Now the Greg Poppleton 1920s jazz band and 1930s swing band play clubs, restaurants, balls, hotels and festivals.

I appear in the movies Moulin Rouge! and Chronicles of Narnia Voyage of the Dawn Treader.

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

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

Greg Poppleton has released 8 albums of 1920s-30s jazz and swing:

2006 - The Phantom Dancer 

2012 - Doin' The Charleston 

2013 - Sweet Sue 

2014 - 1920s-30s Background Chill Mix 1

2015 - 1920s-30s Background Chill Mix 2

2016 - Back In Your Own Backyard

2019 - Tin Pan Alley Vol

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

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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


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