3 Course Dinner & Concert – Tickets $80
Book online, in the Cafe or phone 02 6238 1688
Featuring the legendary Ted Vining and Bob Sedergreen
Ted Vining: Drums • Bob Sedergreen: Piano • Peter Harper: Sax • Ian Dixon: Flugelhorn/Trumpet • Gareth Hill: Bass
“Ted Vining is one of the most exciting, dramatic and soulful drummers we have ever had in this country, while Peter Harper produces some of the strongest and most beautiful saxophone sounds you will ever hear.”
John Clare, Sydney Morning Herald
In the Gallery
Champagne & Canapés
Salt & Pepper Calamari
Lamb Fillet with Rosemary Jus, Crispy Chats, Seasonable Vegetables
Sticky Date with Butterscotch
Vegetarian meals available on request
The Ted Vining Trio with Ted on drums, pianist Bob Sedergreen and bassist Barry Buckley, first got together in the late 60s, and played around the world as a highly sought-after rhythm section. They played with a combined intensity, as if they were of one mind, settling into a perfectly synchronised groove, continually throwing ideas at each other, without anyone ever being caught off guard.
“I Was There” In the mid 1970s when the The Trio were one group among many that I listened to at a Jazz Festival held at Sydney’s famous, now extinct, Trocadero Ballroom in George Street. They played on the bill with the likes of Galapagos Duck, Don Burrows, Geoge Golla, Col Nolan, David Fennell and Powerpoint and the cream of the Sydney jazz scene at that time.
I have never forgotten the power and strength of purpose of Ted’s drumming - ranging from the gentlest of beats through to the most powerful and effective drumming that is still part of the guy’s kit bag. He’s a recognised cornerstone of Australian Jazz, a drum colossus and has been a cultural force for over half a century. And he’s toured toured with US jazz greats Dizzy Gillespie, , and Nat Adderley among others.
Since the mid 1980s he’s been co-leader of the group BLOW that also features fellow jazz legend Bob Sedergreen (piano and keyboards) who is widely recognised as a Living National Treasure, co-leader Peter Harper on sax, (who, according to Sydney Morning Herald’s John Clare, “produces some of the strongest and most beautiful saxophone sounds you will ever hear"), Ian Dixon on Flugelhorn/Trumpet and young ex Canbera musician Garreth Hill on Bass.
BLOW’s artistic vision is limitless and ever evolving, inspired by the moment, the place, the audience, the mood and the empathy shared by the members of the ensemble - exceptional improvisers who create a group sound that is uniquely BLOW.
Don’t miss this world-class Melbourne group at Café WoodWorks this September 23.
Stan d’Argeavel – Exhibition Coordinator
BLOW has been at the forefront of Australian contemporary jazz since its inception as Musiikki Oy during the early 1980s.
Ted Vining (drums, co-leader), a cornerstone of Australian Jazz, a drum colossus and cultural force for over half a century. Ted has toured with US jazz greats Dizzy Gillespie, George Cables, Nat Adderley, Clifford Jordan, Lee Konitz and Mark Murphy, among others, and has recorded and performed at major International and Australian Festivals with the Brian Brown Quartet, Ted Vining Trio, Bernie McGann, Alan Lee Quartet, Don Burrows, David Tolley, Musiikki Oy and many others.
Bob Sedergreen (piano, keyboards), is widely recognised as a Living National Treasure. Along with his own Blues on the Boil and Art Attack, he was a core member, along with Ted, of the iconic Brian Brown Quartet, and has been fundamental to the identity and popularity of the Ted Vining Trio for over four decades. Bob has also been the accompanist of choice for such Jazz luminaries as Dizzy Gillespie, Nat Adderley, Milt Jackson, Phil Woods, Ritchie Cole, blues legend Jimmy Witherspoon, and many more.
Peter Harper (alto saxophone, co-leader), has been with BLOW since inception and has been a torch bearer for the avant garde on four continents, both as an instrumentalist and an inspirational composer. His searingly powerful sound manifests his longtime dedication to the practice of overtones and musical studies under Ratu Pandji, and the great English reedman Evan Parker. Peter has toured and recorded with Musiikki Oy, Tibetan Dixie, Australian Art Orchestra, Mulatu Astatke, Black Jesus Experience, Night Z [Holland, Belgium, Switzerland] and The Big One.
Ian Dixon (trumpet, flugelhorn), is another long-time member of BLOW, joining in the late 1980s, and remaining in the band even during 15 years based in London. Ian’s work in the global electronica scene, with his band Ute resulted in cross-discipline collaborations in film and TV, with visual artists, choreographers and in digital media. Ian has performed and recorded with artists including Irmin Schmidt (Can), Guru, Kenny Garrett, Mulatu Astatke, Black Jesus Experience, Kumo, Ape, No-Man, Night Z, Dub Pistols, West Park and DC2/4.
Gareth Hill (double bass), began playing music as a violinist aged eight, switching to bass to study with renowned US ex-pat Eric Ajaye in Canberra. Gareth’s dedication to his art led to New York where he studied with legendary bassists Rufus Reid and John Patitucci. Gareth has toured and performed with Amanda Palmer (Dresden Dolls), with jazz greats Bernie McGann and Mark Levine. He is deeply involved in Melbourne’s vibrant band scene withMikelangelo, Tin Star and The End, and is a member of Ted Vining’s Impressions.