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Three of a Kind: Alexander, Colin and Ted Nettelbeck

4 October, 2017


Wednesday 4 October 2017
duration: 2 hours including interval
time: 7pm
ticket price: $30 – $35
03 9662 9966

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Three jazz pianists. Two generations. One family.

Three family members; brothers Colin and Ted, and Colin’s son Alexander, perform together in public for the first time.

Ted once accompanied American jazz legends Mel Tormé and Buddy Rich at the legendary jazz club The Embers, and taught his younger brother Colin Nettelbeck jazz piano. Alexander has performed in numerous local and international festivals, and has collaborated with artists such as Kate Ceberano, Deni Hines, and Lazzaro Ciccolella. They will be joined by top Melbourne jazz instrumentalists: Richard Miller (saxophone/woodwinds), Mikey Chan (guitar), Rory Brown (bass) and Darren Perkins (drums) in an exciting program of jazz interpretation.

Ted Nettelbeck (piano)
holds the position of Emeritus Professor in Psychology at the University of Adelaide. He has more than 60 years’ experience as a jazz pianist. Until 2015, he contributed in a minor role to Jazz Studies at the Elder Conservatorium in Adelaide. Originally from Adelaide, he worked in Melbourne as pianist at The Embers, a legendary jazz club accompanying Mel Torme and Buddy Rich, in Frank Smith’s quartet and as band leader.

Colin Nettelbeck (piano)
Colin’s first jazz teacher was his older brother Ted. In his early days, he played in the Adelaide University Jazz Band and various Australian Jazz Festivals. Later, in Melbourne, when his duties as a university French Studies academic permitted, he performed in may different venues with both traditional and more modern musicians, from Roger Bell to Keith Hounslow, Barry Buckley and John Halliday, among others.

Richard Miller (saxophone/woodwinds)
has made appearances in all Australian states at clubs and concerts in groups such as the Red Onions, The Syncopators and Onaje. He has played at clubs and concerts overseas including the North Sea Festival in Holland, Jazz Jamboree in Poland, the Edinburgh Festival and the Montreal International JazzFestival.

Alexander Nettelbeck (piano)
has performed on headlining tours of festivals and venues in Australia, Europe, Japan and New Zealand. Alexander has performed and recorded with artists including Kate Ceberano, Ju Ju Space Jazz, Triple J unearthed winner, Vassy, Deni Hines, Pete Hemsley’s Sons Of Invention (UK), sound artist and former student of esteemed composer Luciano Berio, Lazzaro Ciccolella ( Italy), & the Alexander Nettelbeck Trio to name a few.

Mikey Chan (guitar)
is a guitarist who has recorded and collaborated on  albums including (UK) Mercury Music Prize winning album, “Speech Therapy”,  Grammy Award-winning producer M-Phazes’ ARIA Award winning album, Good Gracious!, Bliss and Eso’s Platinum selling album Circus In The Sky, and Hip Hop artist Pharoahe Monch’s (US) acclaimed album W.A.R – where Mikey’s guitar playing features alongside the distinctive vocals of Grammy Award winning vocalist Jill Scott. Mikey’s guitar playing can be found on recordings with artists: Roots Manuva, Lotek, Renee Geyer, ILLY, Diafrix, Daniel Merriweather, Kimbra and many more.

Rory Brown (bass)
is a bassist with a wide range of local and international experience, and you may hear influences from almost musical culture of the globe. He has performed with the legendary saxophonist Charles Gayle (USA); Jill Barber (Canada); Mani Neumieier (Germany) Ras Daniel Ray (Jamaica). In Australia Rory has worked extensively with master Ethiopian vocalist Dereb Desalegn (Dereb The Ambassador); “Arabesk” a unique blend of world music influences; urban roots collective The Strides; Australian blues sensation Ray Beadle; seminal Dutch Free Jazz artist Kris Wanders and the township jive music of southern Africa with Chris Gudu from Zimbabwe.

Darren Perkins (drums)
is a highly versatile experienced master drummer performer and teacher based in Melbourne. He has performed often with Colin Nettelbeck and others including Vince Jones, Bob Sedergreen, Tony Gould, Javier Fredes and The New Impromptu Quartet  to name a few. Darren is the director of his own music teaching studio.

Ticket Prices:

Full: $35,
Concession: $32,
Seniors: $32,
Group 6+: $32,
Full time students: $30


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45 Flinders Lane
Melbourne 3000, Victoria 3000 Australia
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