27 May Monday – The Greasy Chicken Orchestra


Monday 27th May, 2019, 7:30pm
Doors open from 6:30 pm

Online booking is now closed. Please purchase tickets at the door.


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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.

For this particular gig, the GCO will celebrate the music of Jelly Roll Morton, one the most important composers and pianist of the early history of jazz. A charismatic and controversial figure, Morton dressed flash, boasted of a parallel career as a pimp and claimed he invented jazz. But his body of work is equal to that of any American composer, in jazz and beyond.

In addition to regular GCO fare such as the Froggie Moore Rag, Grandpa’s Spells, andThe Pearls, there will be two world premieres of new GCO Jelly Roll arrangements.

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

Phillip Johnston: soprano sax
Peter Farrar: alto sax
Tim Clarkson: tenor sax
Stephan Schafer: baritone sax
Peter Dasent: piano
Tim Rollinson: guitar, banjo
James Greening: sousaphone
Jamie Cameron: drums



General – $12.00 incl booking fee
Drinks & Show – $28.00 incl booking fee

Full bar & bistro for light meals available

Additional information

Ticket Type

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

Event Details

Date: 27 May 2019

Start time: 19:30

End time: 23:00

Venue: Foundry 616

Phone: 02 9211 9442

Email: info@foundry616.com.au