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GREGG ARTHUR and the PETER LOCKE QUARTET

On Thursday 15th March, at Club Sapphire, the Down South Jazz Club will be having a very special night with the return of International artist Gregg Arthur; this year he will be accompanied by the Peter Locke Quartet featuring Craig Scott on double bass, Michael Avenicos on reeds, Peter Locke on keyboard and Tim Geldon on drums. This will be the third visit to us for Gregg Arthur who delighted audiences with his vocals in April last year when he appeared with the Andrew Dickeson Trio and in  March 2016 with the Peter Locke Trio.

Gregg Arthur was always a singer, even as a child. Listening intently to his father’s albums, he would perform songs on his grandmother’s piano, and even reinterpret the tunes, encouraged to perform and study by his parents from that early age. Gregg is now singer and songwriter with many albums to his name, and a career of live performances that has spanned the planet. His latest tour will feature his new album “Last Call”.

Originally from Sydney, Australia, Gregg now calls the United States his home, living in Los Angeles, California and travelling all over the world to perform the music he loves.  He has been praised internationally for his original smooth vocal style:  by Tony Bennett in the United States (Quote from Tony “I love the way you sing. You have a fan in the way you phrase…it’s perfect”), radio king Alan Jones in Australia, Michael Parkinson on the BBC in the United Kingdom, and Don Heckman in the LA Times.

Gregg

With a sophisticated style on stage, blended with humour and great charisma, Gregg Arthur is a rare entertainer.  In his words “My attitude is that I am on stage collaborating with the musicians. We are all working together, listening to each other to create a live performance that is exciting and in the moment”.

For Gregg’s last two performances, the Down South Jazz Club has had the pleasure of hearing Peter Locke and Craig Scott accompanying him, in 2016 with the Peter Locke Trio and last year with the Andrew Dickeson Trio. Peter Locke on piano is a highly respected professional performer with many years of experience having played with the Daly Wilson Big Band, Brad Charles Big Band and John Morrison’s Swing City among others.  Craig Scott has been one of Australia's leading bassists for over thirty years. On this occasion Peter’s quartet will have two newcomers to DSJC, Michael Avenicos on reeds and Tim Geldons on drums, and we look forward very much to hearing them.

This will be a wonderful night for the Down South Jazz Club and an opportunity to see and hear these world class performers, rarely seen away from major city venues – definitely an evening not to miss. Cost is $15 for jazz club members and $20 for visitors. Seats and table bookings can be made by ringing Aileen or Kevin on 64959853, by email on bookings@downsouthjazzclub.org.au,  or will be available at the door. The Club Sapphire bistro opens at 6.00 pm with its extensive menu, and music will commence at 7.30. Meals can either be eaten in the Bistro, or ordered and eaten at leisure while listening to the music.