August 2015

Dear friends,

I hope you're well, and that life is good for you and your family. I'd like to welcome you to the new look and feel of my website. My website now features updated banner photos taken by the piano virtuoso with a keen eye for musician photography, Mr Aaron Blakey. Have a look around by clicking on the menu buttons above, or by tapping the menu icon in the top left corner of your screen if you're on your mobile when you get a chance :)

August looks to be a nice month as I'll have my band out again in Sydney to play for SIMA on Fri 21st - more details below. The cool thing about 21 Aug is that it also brings with it the celebration of seven years with my wonderful wife Patrice.

What's the latest?

Steve Barry Trio (photo by Cathy Kirkpatrick)

July gigs
I'm writing to you from onboard the P & O good ship Pacific Dawn, somewhere off the far north Queensland coast near Port Douglas as I ended July with a one-week gig on here with Karl Laskowski, Oliver Thorpe, and Tom Botting as 'Sydney Jazz Collective'.

It was great to stop off in Cairns a few days ago to catch up with my old pal Mike Rivett in his home town. Mike played superbly with his own band at Sydney Opera House Studio last month for the Freedman Jazz concert. Congrats to pianist Tal Cohen for winning the Freedman Jazz Fellowship this year.
I enjoyed playing some great gigs in July around Sydney, including dates with Aaron Michael Band, Warwick Alder's Jazzgnostics, Andy Fiddes Trio, and the Steve Barry Trio. I enjoyed getting through Andy's challenging trio music playing double drums with Jamie Cameron for the first time. Jamie is a comprehensively gifted drummer, and I was inspired by his diligence and creativity leading up to, and during this gig. Steve Barry's trio with Max Alduca on bass played a couple of times, and here we're pictured playing in Sydney's beautiful Sound Lounge for SIMA.


PERCUSScene #15

PERCUSScene Interview
I'm proud to be featured on the cover of the current Jul/Aug/Sep edition PERCUSScene (#15) alongside my old friends Danny Susnjar and Darren Moore, as well as new friends Alex Stopa, Nat Grant, Vanessa Tomlinson, Tim Jones & Louise Devenish for the feature article 'Is there a doctor in the house' by Gary France. Each of us has a doctorate in music, and the interviews discuss different aspects of being a drummer engaged in doctoral study. PERCUSScene #15 is a part of DRUMScene #81 (featuring Grant Collins on the cover). You can find a print copy in your local newsagency, or order a print and/or digital copy here:​
Sydney drum clinic from June now on YouTube
In June I did a drum clinic on improving coordination and developing soloing repertoire at Sydney's Venue 505 with support from Sonor Drums & Bosphorus Cymbals. Footage from the clinic is now on YouTube. It's an hour-and-a-half long, and features an impromptu performance from Abby Constable, one of my current students. Joanne Kee also posted an interview about my clinics at Jazz Australia.

Three Fall now Trioflight
One beautiful, collaborative piano trio that I'm particularly proud to be a part of is called Trioflight with Nick Southcott and Max Alduca - formerly Three Fall. We're working on building a website at the moment, and we're about to release our first album. Come on over and 'like' our Facebook musician/band page where we'll be keeping you up-to-date about the album, and future gigs.
What's coming up?

Dave Goodman Quartet

Dave Goodman Quartet @ The Sound Lounge, Sydney, Aug 21, 8:30 PM
Matt McMahon, Cameron Undy, Peter Koopman & I (pictured, L-R) will come together again as the Dave Goodman Quartet to play my music for Sydney Improvised Music Association (SIMA) in the Seymour Theatre Centre's Sound Lounge on Fri 21 Aug 2015. Check out a playlist of highlights from our previous gig at Venue 505 here on YouTube.

As you can hear in the videos, the guys bring my music to life in really interesting ways. I really hope you can make it to our gig, and you can order tickets here.

Thanks for reading, and I hope August is enjoyable for you. I'd love to hear from you, so please feel free to leave a comment below, or send me an email. If you'd like to receive these messages and special offers delivered directly to your email inbox, please join my mailing list by visiting - you'll also receive a free download copy of my new track 'Entelechies'.

Best regards,

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