Young pianist and composer Jackson Harrison’s career has gone from strength to strength since he won the National Jazz Award at the Wangaratta Jazz Festival in 2006. His debut CD Land Tides, supported by performances within Australia and overseas, received widespread critical acclaim here and in Europe and the USA, confirming his status as one of the most exciting young pianists to emerge in recent years.
Since their last appearance at the Sound Lounge, the trio has been working hard on some exciting new material. Jackson has also performed in Hong Kong and the Netherlands, recorded a solo piano album and has been working as an orchestrator for numerous Japanese film and TV projects which were recorded by the Czech National Symphony Orchestra in Prague.
Recognized as a distinguished master musician, composer and jazz innovator, the performances of Guy Strazz include festivals such as Jazz Yatra, Jakarta Jazz, Clusone Jazz, Japan World Expo, Perth and Adelaide Arts Festivals, Sydney Opera House, Melbourne and Wangaratta Jazz and Adelaide International Guitar Festival. His collaborations include Vince Jones, Martin Taylor, Don Burrows, Dale Barlow, Roger Frampton, Matt McMahon and Mike Stern amongst numerous others.
A recipient of the Australia Council Music Fellowship, Strazz also received APRA Nominations and an APRA Award for his Jazz composition Mandela. His latest release with Matt McMahon, 2@1, was nominated for ‘best jazz album of the year’ AIR Awards 08.
Guy shares his passion of jazz with intercultural improvisation and composition, with cross-genre projects like Passionfruit and his bands with Bobby Singh, a hybrid of Indian, Brazilian and Afro-Cuban music. Guy holds a Bachelor of Music in composition (AIM), Diploma in Jazz Studies (Sydney Conservatorium) and a Master of Arts – An Intercultural Approach to Composition and Improvisation. Tonight, Guy is joined by long-time collaborator Hugh Fraser on bass. Hugh studied at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music where he gained Jazz and Classical music degrees. He has performed with Australian artists such as Don Burrows, James Morrison, Mike Nock, Kevin Hunt, Ten Part Invention, Dewey Redman, Bobby Shew and Richie Cole and toured with major national and international theatre productions. Recent recordings include Back to Before with Judi Connelli, Frangipani with guitarist Guy Strazz and Jerusalem with pianist Leonie Cohen’s.
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