25 Feb Monday – Greasy Chicken Orchestra


Monday 25th February, 2019, 7.30pm
Doors open from 6:30pm


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“An exceptionally individualistic composer and superb improviser…”
The New Yorker

Those who have enjoyed the spirited live shows before will know they perform in the “Territory Band” tradition of Kansas City, Chicago and New Orleans jazz of the ’20s and ’30s. The band is led by Phillip Johnston, an American saxophonist/composer who lives in Sydney, while still maintaining a musical life in his hometown of New York City.

Leading his own bands as well as performing with others, his work as a composer and musician extends across theatre, dance, film and music. The Greasy Chicken Orchestra is his high-energy ensemble with some of Sydney’s leading jazz musicians, playing blues, ragtime and the earliest incarnations of jazz. Think of the 1930s — when jazz was danceable, unpredictable and fun. From New Orleans ‘Dixieland’ to the ‘jungle music’ period of Duke Ellington, from unusual tunes by 1930s artists like Bix Biederbecke, the John Kirby Sextet, and the Raymond Scott Quintette, The Greasy Chicken Orchestra is like a musical history book come to life – or a sneak-peak at the backing musicians of an old cartoon.

The Greasy Chickens Orchestra’s repertoire includes classic New Orleans jazz, mixed with early Duke Ellington and Jelly Roll Morton. Tune tiles will include include Armstrong’s Potato Head Blues, Charlie Shavers’ Zoomin’ at the Zombie and Don Redman’s theme, Chant of the Weed. Newer additions include original tunes written in homage to the music of the era, such as Lobster Leaps In & Everyone Deserves Everything All The Time.

Join us for an unforgettable night of music as we welcome this unique band back to the Foundry616 stage.

Phillip Johnston – soprano saxophone
Peter Farrar – alto saxophone
Tim Clarkson – tenor saxophone
Ross Harrington – baritone saxophone
Peter Dasent – piano
Tim Rollinson – guitar
Lloyd Swanton – bass
Nic Cecire – drums


Book Drinks & Show tickets online now to reserve your seat and receive over 11% discount off your pre-purchased drink fee.

General – $17.00 incl booking fee
Concession – $12.00 incl booking fee
Drinks & Show – $33.00 incl booking fee

Additional information

Ticket Type

General Admission, Concession, Dinner & Show – 6.30pm, Dinner & Show – 7pm, Dinner & Show – 8pm, Premium Dinner & Show, Drinks & Show

Event Details

Date: 25 February 2019

Start time: 19:30

End time: 23:00

Venue: Foundry 616

Phone: 02 9211 9442

Email: info@foundry616.com.au