Gregg Arthur and the Peter Locke Quartet presented by the Down South Jazz Club. Thursday 15th March from 7.30pm. $15 Jazz Club Members, $20 non Jazz Club Members. For bookings and enquiries phone 6495 9853.
Peter Locke Keyboard
Craig Scott Bass
Michael Avenicos Reeds
Tim Geldons Drums
Gregg Arthur: Originally from Sydney Australia Gregg Arthur now calls the United States his home, living in Los Angeles, California and traveling all over the world to perform the music he loves.
Gregg’s training and education are firmly based in the tradition of jazz vocals and the great American Songbook, and uses his considerable abilities to interpret what he calls the “new standards”, pop and smooth jazz classics from brilliant writers and performers like Sting, Elvis Costello, Leonard Cohen and Joni Mitchell. Studying music in Sydney, Gregg honed his vocal skills with famed singing coach Don Graden, studied acting to enhance his singing performances at The Actors Studio and lessons with legendary acting teacher Hayes Gordon. Gregg has performed and recorded with the cream of the Australian music industry, legends like Don Burrows, George Golla, Craig Scott, Michael Hope and his friend the late Maestro Tommy Tycho.
In the United States Gregg is performing and writing with legendary pianist Tom Ranier, and has a residency with bass player Pat Senatore's trio at the prestigious venue "Vibrato", owned and presented by Grammy award winning trumpeter Herb Alpert.
With a sophisticated style on stage, blended with humour and great charisma, Gregg Arthur is a rare entertainer.
“I love the way you sing. You have a fan in the way you phrase…it’s perfect” -Tony Bennett
Gregg Arthur has recorded 8 albums, two with orchestra for ABC Classics & Jazz/ Universal Music; Love Story in 2011 and Unforgettable, a portrait of Nat “King” Cole in 2012. He has been praised internationally for his original smooth vocal style by Tony Bennett in the United States, radio king Alan Jones in Australia, Michael Parkinson on the BBC in the United Kingdom, and Don Heckman in the LA Times.
Peter Locke: One of Australia's top jazz pianists, Peter is in high demand in Sydney, and can be found in many different musical settings. This is due to the impressive depth of The Jazz Tradition in his playing. These settings include the New Wolverine Jazz Orchestra: Anthony Howe's Cotton Club: Brad Child's Swing-Era Big Band: Dan Big Band: and is pianist of choice with Bob Barnard, Bob Henderson, Geoff Power and John Morrison, and is a popular accompanist for today's prominent vocalists including Monica Trapaga, Di Bird and Janet Seidel to name a few. He has toured the USA several times and few musicians could move so seamlessly from interpretations of the works of Bix Beiderbecke and Duke Ellington to be-Bop and beyond.
Craig Scott: Craig Scott has been one of Australia's leading bassists for over 30 years. He began his career in Jazz in 1979 with the Keith Stirling Quartet. Since that time he has been a member of many other jazz groups led by such well-known jazz identities as: Don Burrows, James Morrison, Julian Lee, Kerrie Biddell, Paul MacNamara, Steve McKenna, Steve Brien, Judy Bailey, Roger Frampton, Gordon Brisker, Cathy Harley, Trevor Griffin, Serge Ermoll, Jim Pennell, and many others. He led his own quintet "Improviso" through the 1990’s. It featured Graeme Lyall and Warwick Alder and the band performed at many of Australia’s major jazz festivals including Manly, York, Bellingen, Melbourne International, and Wangaratta. The new Craig Scott Quintet is once again featuring Warwick Alder, along with Paul Cutlan. It, too, is featuring at jazz festivals such as Darling Harbour, Manly, Bellingen and Wangaratta.
As well as performing with many groups, Craig has been invited to perform as bassist for the Wangaratta Festival Jazz Piano competition on three occasions since it’s inception in 1989. In 2008 he was invited to be on the judging panel for the bass competition at the festival.
Craig has also accompanied a plethora of visiting international jazz artists including: Joe Henderson, Red Rodney, Urbie Green, Eddie Daniels, Bobby Shew, Joachim Kuhn, Clifford Jordan, Lee Konitz, Mickey Tucker, James Williams, Ronnie Scott, Frank Morgan, George Cables, Jim McNeely and U.K. jazz vocalist Claire Martin. Most recently he accompanied American jazz pianist and educator Mark Levine for several concerts on his Australian tour.