30 September Friday – Michel Benebig and Carl Lockett Quartet (Noumea/USA/NZ/Aus)


Friday 30 September 2016, 8.30pm

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Carl LOCKETT (guitar – USA/Cal. San Francisco)
Michel BENEBIG (hammond organ – Nouméa New Calédonia)
Roger MANINS (saxophone – Auckland New Zealand)
Andrew DICKESON  (drums – Sydney Australia)

Join us for a night of classic organ groove, with two of the world’s greatest exponents of the genre, organist Michel Benebig and guitarist Carl Lockett, along with special guests, saxophonist Roger Manins and drummer Andrew Dickeson. It’s a truly international night with Michel from Noumea, Carl from the US West Coast, New Zealand’s Roger Manins and our own Andrew Dickeson.

You can expect a sizzling repertoire of soul-jazz, with original music & standards in the great tradition of the greatest organists as Jimmy Smith, Jimmy McGriff and Jack McDuff. Not to be missed!


Carl LOCKETT (Guitarist / San-Francisco Cal. USA)

San Francisco Bay Area legend, has been spellbinding audiences over the years with his electrifying musical technique. Carl Lockett is a phenomenal, authentic, original groove master who completely astounds listeners.

The musical technique he employs is spellbinding, absolutely captivating, and reveals why he has audiences standing on their feet. Lockett’s music has been described as “the most exciting, exhilarating musical ride ever” and he receives constant praise for his ability to absolutely captivate and mesmerize an audience.

For his extraordinary musical expression on the guitar, Lockett has received many notable accolades while participating in recording sessions and touring throughout the United States, Europe and Asia with great artists such as, Etta James, Chuck Mangione, Randy Crawford, Jimmy Smith, Richard ‘Groove’ Holmes, Hank Crawford, Plaz Johnson…and many others!

His great musical talents have been on display at many well-known festivals and venues including the NORTH SEA and MONTREUX JAZZ FESTIVALS, all three Blue Note Clubs in Japan and the 1980 Winter Olympics.

He also wowed audiences with an unparalleled performance at the 50TH ANNIVERSARY MONTEREY JAZZ FESTIVAL in 2007 with Joey DeFrancesco.

His impressive career includes a motion picture role as a nightclub band member in the Academy Award nominated Peggy Sue Got Married. Lockett can groove you, he can smooth jazz you, he can hard rock you, and he can lullaby you.

Carl Lockett is now touring South-Pacific for 4 years : Australia/Tasmania – New Zealand and New Caledonia, with jazz organist Michel Bénébig from New Calédonia. The pair have recorded two albums in the US, ‘Yellow Purple’ (San Francisco 2013), and ‘Nouméa to New York’ (New York 2015) with Houston Person on saxophone and Lewis Nash on drums..


Roger MANINS (Saxophone – Auckland New Zealand)

Saxophonist and New Zealander Roger Manins is a rarity, a true find in Australasian jazz.

Regarded as an outstandingly gifted musician, with a warmly passionate sound, remarkable instrumental ability and total musical integrity, Manins is a blistering force in a new generation of wildly talented jazz supremos.

From his unlikely roots in the Awhitu Peninsula, Manins moved to Sydney, where he based himself for most of his musical career. Here he thrived and came to prominence performing with the vanguard of Australian jazz. He left for New York in 1996, immersed himself in the creative hub of the New York scene for several years before returning to emerge as a powerhouse in the ebullient Australian scene, scooping the Award for saxophone at the Wangaratta International Festival of Jazz.



Michel BENEBIG  (Jazz & Blues organist – Nouméa New Calédonia)

Michel Bénébig was born in New Calédonia  ( South-Pacific ) on June 27th 1964.

Michel started playing bass, accordéon and électronic-organ  at 11 in different dancing-bands all around New Calédonia.

With classical piano training in France  at the ‘National Conservatory of Music’, Michel switched to Jazz-Organ (Hammond B3 Organ ) in the early 1990s and taught himself how to play that amazing instrument built in 1934 by Mr Laurence Hammond (Chicago Illinois USA ).

Since then, he has won many awards and toured all around the world: Australia & Tasmania, New-Zealand, Fiji, Vanuatu,  USA (Los Angeles, San-Francisco, New York ), Ile de la Réunion ( Indian Océan ), France and Europe.

Michel is today recognized as one of the leading ‘Soul-Jazz’ organist around the world, he’s one of the rare French jazz organist to be listed  in the official ‘Hammond Organ USA company’ : http://hammondorganco.com/artists/organ-and-leslie-artists/michel-benebig/

Michel was elected the “Organist of the Month” of may 2006 by “ The International Archives for the Jazz-Organ “ ( http://www.iajo.org ), and received a certificat – diploma and has played with  legendary Jazz Organists such as : Jimmy Smith, Jimmy Mc Griff, Larry Goldings, Rhoda Scott, Melvin Rhyne, Lonnie Smith..

Michel also performed with top class Américan jazz musicians: Lewis Nash (drums), Houston Person (saxophone), Carl Lockett (guitar), James Levi (drums), Bruce Forman (guitar), Frank Potenza (guitar), Paul Kreibich (drums), Randy Johnston (guitar), George Coleman Jr (drums), Doug Webb (saxophone)…

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Andrew DICKESON  (Drums – Sydney Australia)

Andrew Dickeson is one of Australia’s most prominent, prolific and accomplished musicians. He has been very fortunate during his career to perform with many International Jazz greats, including Bobby Shew, Eddie Henderson, Brian Lynch, Bob Montgomery, Leroy Jones, Wycliffe Gordon, Lee Konitz, Branford Marsalis, Ronnie Scott, Peggy Stern, David Williams, Claire Martin and many more.

He has been a part of many great bands himself, playing with the cream of Australia’s Jazz musicians:

He has led various incarnations of his own ensemble and is currently forming and shaping his latest, exciting band of talented young musicians. As well as his performing schedule Andrew has a passionate interest in music education – focusing on Jazz. He is the lecturer in Jazz Drums at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. His list of former and current students comprises the majority of the young, happening drummers on the Sydney scene.

As part of his commitment to discovering the newest young jazz talents, he is behind the great new monthly series at Foundry616 of ‘The Rhythm Section Meets…the new stars of Jazz”.

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Ticket Type

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

Event Details

Date: 30 September 2016

Start time: 20:30

End time: 23:00

Venue: Foundry 616

Phone: 02 9211 9442

Email: info@foundry616.com.au