BLOW AT THE ELLINGTON - PERTH, Nov 2017
STONNINGTON YOUTH JAZZ
Although the quintet BLOW does not have a guitarist, it is my view that their philosophy, programming and approach to the art form
of jazz epitomize the very best of Australian Jazz.
Garry Lee, Jazz Guitar Society of WA
Bob Sedergreen's high regard and position in Australian music is unquestionable. His impact and influence in performance, composition
and education for over half a century has secured his place as a national treasure. Bob was won the respect and admiration
of recognised talents both in Australia and internationally. People like Jimmy Witherspoon, Nat Adderley and Phil Woods, to
name but a few. Australian artists include: Brian Brown OA, Allan Browne OA, Don Burrows OA, Ted Vining and Judy Jacques.
Bob has also appeared in concert with all-time greats like Dizzy Gillespie and Milt Jackson.
Bob's musical abilities find him
leading and working with a plethora of diverse ensembles and groups. From the traditional to the most contemporary, he infuses the
music with authority of style, creative expression and wit, in a manner that is never arrogant or condescending. He has recorded many
dozens of albums and over 32 CDs.
Bob has toured extensively both here and overseas including Jazz Festivals in Montreal, Malaysia
and Scandinavia. He was Artistic Director of the Montsalvat International Jazz Festival 1993-4 and involved in negotiating performances
by American working ensembles including the Nat Adderley Quintet and The McCoy Tyner Trio.
In 1990 Bob won the Inaugural Jazz
Award for Australia's Best Keyboardist. He has been described by colleague Dr Tony Gould as the world's best Blues pianist.
play with Bob Sedergreen has been described as the "ultimate armchair ride". "To hear him is always exciting and satisfying"
- Adrian Jackson, The Age.
In 2007 Bob released his book "Hear Me Talking to Ya". A book worthy of mention by “Linkedins
Jazz Group” March 2012, an authority on jazz publications worldwide. Read more ....
BOB SEDERGREEN and ADAM RUDEGAIR
ON BOURBON ST to BRUNSWICK ST
"What Bob and I see is the true spirit of jazz, which is communicating and having fun", says Rudegair." Fiona Capp, The
Age, July 17, 2015
Read the full review here. Listen to demos here.
Professor at University of Cambridge – Reader in Music Education
“When I think of my 'music teachers' I also think of 'music educators' which include music performers, improvisers, composers, academics plus others in the music (and creative/cultural) industries. I think of these people as those who taught by sharing with me powerful norms, values, and capitals. These translate into other forms of capital that link my childhood to my present and ongoing music education.
The list of people is too long to include all names but here are some that come to mind: Joanna MacGregor, Nina Simone, Miles Davis, Johann Sebastian Bach, Stevie Wonder, Judy Hall, Ronald Farren-Price, Alfonso Montecino, Claudia Arrau, Jacque Brel, Bob Sedergreen, Graeme Bartle, Nora Morrisroe, Joni Mitchell, Ros McMillan, Lucy Green...plus a multiplicity of others who made a massive difference and KEEP making a difference either in a direction that reinforces or transforms me and my career, at the level of expectations and aspirations.
My life is a living enquiry inspired by new ways of seeing, creating, performing, listening, thinking about, relating, participating, researching and engaging with musicians and their diverse creativities.”
BOB at CAFE ROYAL,
London July 2015
Click on the image to hear Bob's impromptu performance at the Cafe Royal, London, July 2015
The Paris Cat Jazz Club is Melbourne's finest dedicated live jazz venue. Committed to featuring the City's best jazz and always
on a pursuit to discover the next generation of Australian Jazz artists. pariscat.com.au
Do you go to school or live in Stonnington? Or do you just want to play jazz in a small ensemble?
In 2006 jazz luminaries
Bob Sedergreen and Allan Brown formed and performed with the Stonnington Youth Jazz Initiative (SYJI). This group is now an
ongoing project, which continues to go from strength to strength. There are several exciting young groups playing around Melbourne
including the Megahorns whose members honed their playing skills in this group
The SYJ Project is
proudly supported by the City of Stonnington
The Australian Jazz Bell Awards recognise and encourage excellence in the performance, creativity, recording and presentation of jazz
in Australia. In honour of one of the greats of Australian jazz - Graeme Bell, MBE, AO.
In 2018 Bob Sedergreen was inducted into
the Graeme Bell Hall of Fame.