GUEST ARTIST MAT JODRELL – TRUMPET:
Trumpeter Mat Jodrell is one of the most exciting voices in Jazz today. He has recently returned to Australia after having lived in New York City for the past eight years, performing around the city and teaching at the prestigious Juilliard School of Music.
During his time in the States, Mat was a regular member of many ensembles including Miguel Zenon’s ‘Identities’ Ensemble, Ryan Truesdell’s Gil Evans Project (both Grammy-nominated in 2016), Lucas Pino’s No Net Nonet, the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Miho Hazama’s M-Unit, Pedro Giraudo’s Expansions Ensemble, Jon Batiste Band, the Birdland Big Band and many others.
Since re-locating to the US Mat has had the opportunity to perform with the likes of Benny Golson, Ron Carter, Herbie Hancock, Branford Marsalis, Carl Allen, Bill Watrous and Gary Bartz to name but a few. Between 2008 and 2012 Mat has performed regularly on Broadway with the shows ‘Hair’ and ‘After Midnight’ and continues to work with legendary singer Paul Anka with whom he has toured throughout the globe.
He has performed in many of the world’s most famous jazz clubs in New York City including the Vanguard, Blue Note, Dizzy’s and Birdland, as well as touring to many of the largest festivals including the Newport Jazz Festival and the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.
Mat completed his Masters of Music and Artist Diploma from the Juilliard School of Music and was on faculty from 2011- 2015. He continues to tour the world as a leader, sideman and guest soloist.
Mat is featured on numerous recordings and released his debut record ‘Blues In The Night’ in 2004. He released his second ‘Echos of Harlem’ in March 2018 featuring Frank Kimbrough on piano, Jay Anderson on bass and Lewis Nash on drums. This year Mat will enter the studio again to record with Will Vinson on saxophone, James Muller guitar, Sam Anning on bass and Ben Vanderwal, drums.
SYDNEY CONSERVATORIUM JAZZ ORCHESTRA # 1
Since its inception in the early 70s, the Sydney Conservatorium Jazz Orchestra has formed an alumnus that feature many of the leading lights in Australian Jazz. Comprising 5 saxophones, 4 trombones, 4 trumpets, guitar, piano, bass and drums, the “CJO” features many of Sydney’s finest young improvisers.
“Over the past several years, the standard of Jazz Orchestral studies has developed rapidly with an emphasis on collaborating with, and performing the music of leading international composers such as Bob Brookmeyer, Maria Schneider, Bert Joris, Florian Ross, Jim McNeely, Darcy James Argue, Julian Arguelles and Dick Oatts to expose the students to the leading music and contemporary techniques required to perform Jazz Orchestral music at its highest level. These amazing young players have risen to the challenge on every level, and we aim to continue impressing audiences whenever we perform, with a level of sophistication normally reserved for professional Jazz”. The orchestra’s debut national tour in 2013 with Belgian based super composer, Bert Joris, was a tour de force and in 2015 they performed, the first non-US jazz group ever, at the Chicago Mid-West Conference.
Conservatorium Jazz Orchestra Artistic Director David Theak has been a tireless advocate for large ensemble jazz in Australia through his work with the Jazzgroove Mothership Orchestra, The Australian National Jazz Orchestra, the Sydney Conservatorium International Jazz Festival, the Head of the Sydney Conservatorium Jazz studies program and convenor of the National Big Band Composition Competition. Theak created the ‘Jazzgroove Mothership Orchestra as a young member of Sydney’s music scene and is now mentor to scores of emerging musicians nationally and internationally.
SYDNEY CONSERVATORIUM JAZZ ORCHESTRA ARE:
David Theak – conductor
Saxes: Zac Olsen (lead), Tessie Overmeyer, Anthony Rositano, Laura Power, Kali Gillen (Bari)
Trumpets: Deven Rahmen (lead), Alistair Hardie, Harrison Ball, Euan Chaffey, Miles Rooney
Bones: Lawson McGuiness, Davie Brown, Jack Lincoln, Will Kinmont (bass)
Guitar: Josh Meader
Piano: Matt Harris
Bass: Oscar Peterson
Drums: Alex Young