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Vanessa Perica

Vanessa Perica is a Composer, Arranger, Conductor based in Melbourne, Australia. Originally hailing from Perth, Vanessa majored in Jazz Composition and Arranging at the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts. Upon completion of her Bachelor degree in 2003, she was awarded the prestigious Bob Wyllie Scholarship for ‘Most Outstanding Graduating Jazz Student.’ Other recipients of this honour include Mat Jodrell, Linda May Han Oh, Troy Roberts and Ben Vanderwal. Her mentor was the legendary Graeme Lyall AM. Recent career highlights include both national and international recognition

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Gemma Sherry Releases Her Debut Jazz Recording, 'Songs I Love'

Gemma Sherry Releases Her Debut Jazz Recording, 'Songs I Love'

The impressive young vocalist Gemma Sherry will be hosting CD launch parties in New York and her native Australia singing her favorite repertoire of jazz classics On her debut album Sherry’s luscious voice is joined by pianist Billy Woodman and bassist Mike Waite with a guest appearance by saxophonist Patsy Gamble. The album ...

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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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Richard Pavlidis

Richard Pavlidis is a jazz saxophonist based in Melbourne. Educated at the Victorian College of the Arts (2011), Richard has performed at major festivals around Australia and overseas including Splendour in the Grass, Manly Jazz Festival (Sydney), Melbourne International Jazz Festival, Bay of Islands Jazz Festival (NZ) and Europafest (Romania). Richard's debut solo album 'Without Within' was released in May 2019.

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Callum Watson

Callum Watson is an award-winning pianist, composer and producer specialising in both Jazz and Classical music. He recently won the Margaret Schofield Scholarship for composition having played at internationally renowned venues such as Melbourne Recital Centre, Malthouse Theatre and Bennetts Lane Jazz Club. As a composer, Callum has written original scores for nine theatre productions including one musical and also has a diverse portfolio of concert works which have been played by ensembles internationally.

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Tim Stevens Double Trio

A meeting of improvising trio and 'classical' trio, featuring Madeleine Jevons (violin), Phoebe Green (viola), Naomi Wileman (cello), Tony Floyd (drums), Marty Holoubek (bass) and Tim Stevens (piano). Formed originally in 2014, the band has just released its first recording, 'with whom you can be who you are' (Rufus Records RF148).

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Anthony Pell

Professional Melbourne bass player, Anthony Pell has been playing music for over 20 years and bass guitar since 2000 playing hundreds of gigs throughout Melbourne and Victoria. Influenced by Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers), James Jamerson and jazz bass legends, Jaco Pastorius, Stanley Clarke and many others, Anthony’s ever growing diversity is reflected through the styles that he plays funk, fusion, blues, jazz, classic and modern rock to chart pop tunes.

Ben Renninson

Beginning in 2013 as a bedroom MIDI jazzwave project, Australian Ben Renninson, known as AMERICA BEACH, finally consumed enough CHON-flakes and SUFTA-shakes to begin work on a full-length guitar-based album. With influences ranging from swing jazz to Shania Twain, CHON to musical theatre, AMERICA BEACH 2 will leave you defying gravity and holdin' on to love.

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Shaun Rammers

Shaun Rammers is a saxophonist and composer who is a part of the jazz and improvised music scene in Australia. Shaun released two albums as a leader and co- leader in 2017. He relocated to Melbourne in 2014 after graduating from the WA Academy of Performing Arts with a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance with Honours. Shaun had the privilege of studying with Jamie Oehlers and Tom O’Halloran during his four years at WAAPA, along with many special guest teachers along the way. These included Dave Ades, Ben Wendel, George Garzone and Steve Magnusson. He has also been involved in numerous workshopping events, with highlights including the School for Improvisation at New York University run by Ralph Alessi in 2011 and the Creative Music Intensive run by the Australian Art Orchestra in 2015. “LIVE” is the first album released by the Shaun Rammers Quintet and features seven original compositions

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Nathan Liow

An award winning pianist, composer and producer from Melbourne, Australia, Nathan Liow premiered his ambitious improvised work, Artifacts, as a part of Next Wave Festival, in remote-collaboration with Brooklyn-based composer and electronic artist Angus Tarnawsky. His compositions are featured on a diverse array of projects including original soundtrack for the MIFF Official Selection film "Creswick" and award-winning film "Burrow", both by acclaimed film maker Natalie James. Most recently he featured on Erica Bramham's critically acclaimed vocal jazz album "Twelve Moons". Participating in the prestigious Banff International Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music in 2014 afforded Liow the opportunity to study under the mentorship of New York pianist and composer Vijay Iyer


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