I hope you enjoyed a bit of a break over the summer and that you were able to spend some quality time with your family and friends. I also hope that 2015 has gotten off to a great start for you as it has for me.
Jazz Research Symposium
I enjoyed participating on a panel of eight PhDs in Dr Michael Webb & Dr Christopher Coady's Jazz Research Symposium in December at Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Their research will be published in the future and I'll let you know once it's out.
It was great fun to be in the band for Coogee Carols again in 2014 - my eighth year in a row. We backed a bunch of great personalities including Simon from The Wiggles (much to my niece's delight!) playing nearly 40 Christmas Carol favourites. Every year it's been a chance for most of the O'Loghlin on Saturday Night band to reunite (with a different horn section). In the pic you can see Stu Hunter on keyboards and Carl Dewhurst on guitar.
Last year I joined brilliant trumpeter and old friend Warwick Alder's new band The JazzGnostics. It's a sextet featuring some brilliant players including Jason Morphett on saxophone, and we've played a handful of gigs. In January we played at the annual Jazz Workshop jazz camp in the beautiful Lane Cove National Park. I arrived early to hear the student concert, and I have to say that high school age students are playing great! It's a real inspiration to keep pressing on!
Cam McAllister Big Band
I enjoyed playing with Cam McAllister's big band at Foundry 616 just last Thursday. Cam's a beautiful composer, arranger and trumpet player. He recorded and filmed the night, so I'll let you know if any of that documentation surfaces over time. So inspiring playing with this monster right behind me on guitar!
I'm off to Canberra on Tuesday 3rd to play with Mark Ginsburg's South African Project. It's a great band playing quite an eclectic repertoire inspired by Mark's South African roots as they relate to his residence in Sydney over the past 30 years. HERE are some details in case you're able to come along.
While I'm in Canberra I'm going to record a new track that I'll send you as a free download once it's done to say "thanks" for joining my mailing list! I'll post a blog article about it once it's up, so stay tuned for that.
There are more exciting developments that I'll be locking in for March and beyond, so I'll let you know about those in next month's newsletter.
That's all for now. Thanks for reading and, as always, I'd love to hear from you, so please feel free to write to me by replying to this email and let me know how you're doing.
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