Jodie Michael – Tuesday, 9th of February 2021:
Jodie Michael started her music career in high school, she attended the Wollongong Conservatorium Of Music (WCOM) until 2007, where she was able to gain valuable experience playing in different ensembles including a big band.
Jodie Michael is an accomplished drummer and student of music. She has had the privilege of playing with the following world-class Australian musicians: James Muller, James Morrison, Dale Barlow, Bobby Gebert, Katie Noonan, Carl Dewhurst, Craig Scott, Sandy Evans, Matt McMahon, Mimi Jones (USA), Camille Thurman (USA), Ingrid Jensen, Will Vinson (USA) and more.
Jodie has obtained a Bachelor of Music (Jazz Perf.) from the Sydney Conservatorium Of Music. In 2011, she traveled to New York, to study with world-class international drummers, including Michael Carvin.
Jodie was the recipient of the 2013 Jann Rutherford Memorial Award. The Award is named in honour of the late jazz pianist Jann Rutherford.
Jodie continues to further her career in Australia and overseas, predominantly in New York, where she has stayed for stints of varying lengths, in 2013, 2014, and 2017 to accumulate performance experience and continue her study and with Carvin, as well as, Greg Hutchinson, Billy Hart and Bernard Purdie.
In Fall 2018, Jodie was accepted into Berklee College of Music’s Global Jazz Masters program, class of 2019, mentored by Danilo Pérez and Marco Pignataro. In October 2018, with Perez and a group selected from the Global Jazz Institute, she was invited to partake in a tour of New Orleans, and later on, during stints at the 2019 Panama Jazz Festival and as part of the inaugural collaborative GAIA ensemble in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, March 2019.
Jodie moved to New York City from Boston in September 2019, continuing to work as an active improvising musician, bandleader and educator before returning to Sydney, Australia in March 2020 (where she currently resides)
Joining Jodie will be, Aaron Blakey (pianist) and Jacques Emery (bass).
The Josh Meader Trio will feature Matt Thomson on Piano/Synth, and Alex Hirlian on Drums. The members of the group draw upon a wide range of stylistic and artistic influences, such as contemporary jazz, hip-hop, fusion and popular music, to deliver a captivating set of original compositions.