GRAHAM JESSE

testGraham’s career as a prolific performer, composer, arranger, producer, and major contributor to Australian music, spans more than 30 years. For 18 years, Graham played (often as a featured soloist) in TV’s Channel 9 “Midday Show” Studio Orchestra.  As one of Channel 9’s Staff Arrangers during this period, he also wrote numerous arrangements and orchestrations for a wide range of notable performers.

Trusted as one of Australia’s “A” list session musicians, Graham continues to work in diverse settings, from concert halls to jazz clubs, recording studios and live television.

The Sydney Musician’s Union voted Graham Most Outstanding Studio Woodwind Player and his composition, ‘Shoalhaven Sunrise’, (recorded by the Sydney All Star Big Band), received a 2006 APRA Nomination for “Most Performed Australian Jazz Work”.

Graham has produced and released several recordings as leader or co-leader, and currently plays with, and composes for, the award-winning Sydney All Star Big Band. In 2012, he orchestrated the score for the world premiere of the musical, “An Officer and a Gentleman”.

Bonnie was introduced to Graham in 2001 when he was chosen to play tenor sax on her debut album “Lucky So & So”.  They have continuously collaborated since, appearing together on numerous jazz festival and club stages interstate and internationally.  In 2012, Graham travelled to Japan and Mongolia with Bonnie for Festival and Jazz Club appearances; they have co-written music and co-produced Bonnie’s well-lauded 2010 album release, “SHIMMER”.

CRAIG SCOTT

Leading Australian bassist Craig Scott began his career in Jazz in 1979 with the Keith Stirling Quartet. Since then he has been a member of many other jazz groups led by well-know jazz identities including Don Burrows, James Morrison, Julian lee, Kerrie Biddell, Paul MacNamara, Judy Bailey, Roget Frampton. Craig’s first quintet “Improviso”, was prominent in the 1990’s and featured Graeme Lyall and Warwick Alder. The current Craig Scott Quintet is once again featuring Warwick Alder, along with Paul Cutlan, Tim Fisher and Tim Firth and this stellar ensemble recently recorded their second album.

Craig has performed at numerous major Australian jazz festivals including Manly, York, Bellingen, Melbourne International and Wangaratta, additionally performing as bassist for the Wangaratta Festival Jazz Piano competition on three occasions since it’s inception in 1989. In 2008 Craig was invited to be on the judging panel for the bass competition at the festival.

Craig has accompanied a plethora of visiting international jazz artists including Joe Henderson (pictured below), Red Rodney, Bobby Shew, Eddie Daniels, Joachim Kuhn, Ronnie Scott and UK jazz vocalist, Claire Martin. He also accompanied American Jazz pianist and educator Mark Levine for several concerts on his Australian Tour.

Also a prolific music educator, Craig was Chair of the Jazz Studies Unit at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music from 2005-2016. He continues to work at the Conservatorium as Senior Lecturer, simultaneously touring with various artists and presenting master classes at other tertiary institutions around Australia and New Zealand.