JMI’s Summer Jazz Clinics – learn off the masters of jazz in Australia

JMI, the only specialist jazz music school in Brisbane, is running Summer Jazz Clinics again in January 2017 for musicians of all ages and abilities.  This year, the clinics will be held in Brisbane and Melbourne and led by some of Australia’s finest jazz musicians and educators.  JMI has a long history with delivering summer jazz clinics that dates back nearly 4 decades.

JMI’s owner and founder, Greg Quigley, has been running summer jazz workshops and clinics since the late 1970’s.  As a keen educator himself, Quigley sought out to bring the best jazz musicians from the United States over to Australia in the 1970’s to conduct workshops and perform gigs for the fast growing and youthful scene of jazz musicians in Sydney and Melbourne.  In this endeavour, Quigley made contact and created a good friendship with Jamey Aebersold, famed jazz educator and pianist who went on to create the infamous “Play-a-long” series that became a primary resource for most budding jazz musicians.

In 1978, Quigley brought out Aebersold to conduct workshops in Sydney and Melbourne.  Following the success of these workshops, Quigley and Aebersold worked together to present the first Summer Jazz Clinics with support from the Australia Council in January 1979.  Aebersold was accompanied by 14 other jazz musicians and educators from the States including David Baker, Jerry Coker, Dave Liebman, Rufus Reid, Ed Soph and more. Over the next 3 years, some of the greatest names in jazz toured Australia through these summer clinics that eventually also moved to Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth.  These names include Joe Henderson, Freddie Hubbard, Woody Shaw, John Scofield, Mulgrew Miller, Johnny Griffin, Billy Hart and many more.

During this period, Greg brought some 56 international jazz musicians to Australia.  Australian musicians worked alongside the American musicians in the workshops and this was the start of structured teaching of jazz in Australia.

The 1981 Summer Jazz Clinics Faculty with Randy Brecker and Woody Shaw at front

The 1981 Summer Jazz Clinics Faculty with Randy Brecker and Woody Shaw at front

Several successful Australian musicians attended these workshop/clinics among them, Paul Grabowsky, who states “In 1979 I attended a summer school at the Victorian College of the Arts led by Jamey Aebersold and David Baker. Among the faculty was the great saxophonist, Dave Liebman. I found myself in his ensemble and that was a life-changing experience”.

Other well known Australian jazz musicians who attended these clinics were international saxophonist Dale Barlow, pianist Joe Chindamo, guitarist James Sherlock, trombonist Dave Panichi plus many more.

In January 2017, JMI will be continuing this legacy of jazz education by delivering the JMI Summer Jazz Clinics in both Brisbane and Melbourne.  The faculty in both cities features the finest jazz educators each city has to offer.  The Brisbane faculty will feature JMI’s esteemed faculty that deliver the music classes in Brisbane as part of JMI’s Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance.  This faculty includes JMI’s Head of School, Dan Quigley (trumpet) and course coordinator Paula Girvan (piano).

Perth-born saxophonist and multi-instrumentalist, James Sandon will be delivering master classes for woodwind players.  Sandon has performed with jazz greats such as Chris Potter, Rufus Reid and Frank Foster.  James has been lecturing at university level since 2007, teaching at WAAPA as well as in music schools in Brisbane including the Queensland Conservatorium and JMI.

The Brisbane Faculty (from l to r) Hayley Cox, Paula Girvan, James Sandon, David Sanders, Ben Hauptmann, Brendan Clarke and Dan Quigley

The Brisbane Faculty (from l to r) Hayley Cox, Paula Girvan, James Sandon, David Sanders, Ben Hauptmann, Brendan Clarke and Dan Quigley

Sydney-based guitarist Ben Hauptmann will be teaching guitar and improvisation at the Brisbane clinics.  Winner of the 2010 Freedman Jazz Fellowship and 2nd place winner in the National Jazz Awards at the Wangaratta Festival of Jazz 2007, Ben has shared the stage with a diverse range of artists including Mavis Staples, Joss Stone, Gurrumul Yunupingu, Donny Benet, Jack Ladder, Bandaluzia Flamenco, Katie Noonan, Lior, Bluejuice, Micheline Van Hautem, Justine Clarke, James Morrison and Tal Wilkenfeld.

Brendan Clarke, also based in Sydney, will be delivering the bass master classes in Brisbane.  Clarke is one of Australia’s premier jazz double bassists.  In 2001 he was the winner of the National Jazz Award In 2001 at the Wangaratta Jazz Festival and has performed with Eric Alexander, John Riley, Charles McPherson, Wycliffe Gordon and countless others.

JMI’s drum lecturer David Sanders will be delivering drum master classes through the Brisbane Summer Jazz Clinics.  Known as one of the finest drum educators in this country, Sanders has been involved in virtually every aspect of the music industry and music education and has gained the reputation as one of the most versatile and in-demand drummers in Australia.

Rounding out the faculty in Brisbane is vocalist Hayley Cox. Hayley has been an avid vocal educator for over a decade now.  With a strong focus on the latest scientific research pertaining to vocal pedagogy, Hayley gives her students the best possible opportunity to discover their best and most capable voices.

Melbourne’s faculty will feature Melbourne-based guitarist James Sherlock. James was the winner of the Ike Isaacs International Jazz Guitar Award and as a bandleader has released six albums, and appeared on many recordings for other artists.

Danny Fischer will be delivering drum master classes at the Melbourne Summer Jazz Clinics.  Fischer is an incredible drummer who has recently moved back to Melbourne after spending a decade over in New York forging an impressive reputation as an in demand drummer.

The Melbourne Faculty (from l to r): Steve Sedergreen, Frank DiSario, James Sherlock, Emma Gilmartin, Lachlan Davidson, Dan Quigley and Danny Fischer

The Melbourne Faculty (from l to r): Steve Sedergreen, Frank DiSario, James Sherlock, Emma Gilmartin, Lachlan Davidson, Dan Quigley and Danny Fischer

Originally from Adelaide, Frank DiSario will be delivering the bass master classes in Melbourne.  DiSario is a graduate of the University of Adelaide who has featured in performances with the best local and international artists including vocalist Mark Murphy.

Lachlan Davidson will be featuring as the woodwind clinician at the Melbourne clinics.  An accomplished doubler on flute, clarinet and oboe, Lachlan works as a freelance musician in Melbourne in a variety of settings. He has featured with Stevie Wonder and John Farnham, played with Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, and Maria Schneider and appeared on many CDs and on the soundtracks of many films.

Melbourne’s very own Steve Sedergreen will also feature as a clinician.  A talented and highly charismatic jazz pianist and teacher/author, Steve Sedergreen has made a vital and indelible imprint on the Melbourne jazz scene over the past 25 years. A genuine creative, Steve possesses an improvisational sensibility that is true to the spirit of jazz.

Rounding out the faculty in Melbourne is vocalist Emma Gilmartin.  A finalist in the National Jazz Awards in 2005, Emma is currently lecturing at Monash University and will release her latest recording, Live at Bennetts Lane, with James Sherlock, Frank Disario and Danny Fischer in December.

The JMI Summer Jazz Clinics will be held in Brisbane from 10th to 13th January 2017 and in Melbourne from 16th to 19th January 2017.  To register for the clinics, visit the Summer Jazz Clinics page and download the registration form.  For more information about music courses in Brisbane, please visit our Courses page.  More information about JMI, the premier specialist jazz music school in Brisbane, is also available on our website.

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