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“Bringing the Blues”
Piano Masterclass with Steve Sedergreen
THURSDAY 6 December from 6.00 – 7.30pm
Piano masterclass on how to play jazz, blues and improvisation taught by one of Melbourne’s jazz identities Steve Sedergreen and author of “START PLAYING Jazz Piano Now!”
Steve will present a session on how to play jazz, blues and improvisation. Starting with an introduction to the blues and how it influenced jazz, Steve will discuss the importance of listening and playing in the moment.
He will demystify the improvisational process by demonstrating that all students, regardless of musical ability, can play jazz and improvise. This is a practical workshop – participants will have a hands-on opportunity to explore and try out various techniques.
Steve Sedergreen is one of Melbourne’s jazz identities, known as a leading pianist, arranger of jazz projects and as an educator. Steve’s passion for teaching jazz as well as his unique hands-on approach uses the best of both worlds – combining the relevant and necessary theory of music with the practicalities of performance experience. Steve formed Mistaken Identity in 1985 while studying at the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) and led it through numerous incarnations, line-ups and produced five recordings. Mistaken Identity has performed at numerous festivals around the country and other events including the Fringe Festival and the Melbourne International Jazz Festival.
Steve has been a well-established figure in the Melbourne jazz scene through a variety of activities including director and curator of Dizzy’s Jazz Club (1999 – 2006); 20 years of teaching jazz (including mentoring members of ‘The Cat Empire’) and of course as a constantly in-demand musician over a wide range of performance situations, from jazz clubs to corporate events; private parties.