Freedman Jazz Fellowship Concert
- Date: Friday, 8 July 2011, 7:45pm
- Venue: Sydney Opera House, The Studio — Bennelong Point, Sydney, NSW
- Tickets: Adults: $28 | Concession: $23 — Tickets can be purchased online or by phone on (02) 9250 7777
The concert that showcases Australia’s best young jazz Freedman Jazz will be held in the Studio of the Sydney Opera House at 7:45pm on Friday July 8. This public concert is the final stage of the judging process to determine the winner of the 2011 Music Council of Australia/Freedman Jazz Fellowship.
The four finalists will be performing with their bands: Tom O’Halloran (piano/composer, Perth) leads his own original jazz piano trio, conducts orchestras, composes new classical music and plays wild old analogue synthesizers and even rock guitar. In 2009 he arranged all the music for JONI, a Joni Mitchell tribute performed at the Sydney Opera House and he also directed the sell out seasons of Hymne A Piaf in Sydney and Melbourne. He has performed both here and overseas and supporting artists such as Harry Connick Jr and Natalie Cole.
Ben Vanderwal (Drums, Perth/Melbourne) is one of the most in-demand jazz drummers in Australia. He has participated in several US tours, performing with Chris Potter, Manny Duran, Sam Yahel, Dennis Irwin and William Gallison. He has toured internationally with the Jamie Oehlers Quartet and nationally with Rumberos and The Hands.
The Brisbane-based drummer John Parker replaces Evan Mannell (drums, Sydney), who has had to withdraw from the final concert due to family reasons.
Matt Keegan (saxophone/composer/director, Sydney) plays saxophone in a number of Sydney bands and has also performed and toured with such artists as Guy Sebastian and Jackie Orszaczky. He has performed in festivals both nationally and internationally, most notably the Tokyo Jazz Festival, the Melbourne International Jazz Festival and Womadelaide. Matt currently performs regularly for the Musica Viva in Schools program with The World According to James.
The judges for 2011 are three of Australia’s most respected jazz musicians; Mark Isaacs, Stu Hunter and Toby Hall.
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