Powerful, enigmatic and inspiring.
We invite you to join us in celebrating the opening of Stonnington Jazz 2017. In a moving celebration of Australian music established and emerging artists unite to pay homage to the icons of home grown jazz. Hear a range of genres within the jazz echelon from swing to fusion to contemporary. Expect repertoire from artists including Allan Browne, Georgia Lee, Don Burrows, Kerrie Biddell, Vince Jones, Alan Lee and more, re-interpreted for big band jazz orchestra.
Award winning bandleader, educator and composer Andrew Murray returns to Stonnington Jazz to arrange and direct The Australian Jazz Legacy show with his band ATM15.
Sandy Evans – Tenor and Soprano Saxophone
Saxophonist, composer, multi-award winner (including ARIA, AIR, APRA and Bell Awards), PhD Graduate and Order of Australia Medalist, Sandy has cemented her place as an icon of Australian contemporary and improvised music.
Bob Sedergreen – Piano
Highly respected elder of the Australian music community Bob’s inimitable piano playing is part of modern jazz folklore. Having appeared in concert with all time greats such as Dizzy Gillespie and Milt Jackson, Bob has shaped the next generation of Australian artists leading the Stonnington Youth Jazz Initiative and working as a jazz educator.
Kristin Berardi – Vocals
Brisbane-based vocalist and composer returns to Stonnington Jazz for one appearance only. Her extraordinary vocal talents have seen her receive multiple ARIA, Bell and APRA awards, win the Shure International Jazz Vocal competition and the National Jazz Prize.
Nat Grant – Vibraphone
PhD graduate, percussionist and freelance artist Nat Grant has worked as a performer and composer across the puppetry, theatre, film, animation and dance mediums.
Thando – Vocals
As one of Melbourne’s most exciting new artists, Thando’s incredible voice and stage presence has seen her tread the boards in stage productions including Dream Girls and The Color Purple.
Olivia Chindamo – Vocals
2016 Bell Award “Young Jazz Artist of the Year” winner and recipient of James Morrison’s Generation In Jazz Scholarship, Olivia represents the new guard of Australian jazz vocals.
Theo Carbo – Guitar
Winner of the Pat Gorrigan Scholarship, Theo recorded his debut jazz album at age 13 at the James Morrison studios Sydney in 2014.