Blow’s vision at Club Sapphire

UNMISSABLE: Five-piece jazz outfit Blow is heading to Merimbula.
UNMISSABLE: Five-piece jazz outfit Blow is heading to Merimbula.

On Thursday, September 21,  the Down South Jazz Club has great pleasure in presenting Blow at Club Sapphire, Merimbula.

The five-piece band comprises Ted Vining (drums) and Peter Harper (alto sax) as co-leaders, Bob Sedergreen (piano), Ian Dixon (trumpet/flugal horn) and Gareth Hill (bass).

Blow has been at the forefront of Australian contemporary jazz  since its inception as Musiikki Oy during the early 1980s (the name change is necessary to avoid identity confusion when touring Europe).

Blow’s artistic vision is limitless and ever evolving, with a creative direction inspired by the moment, the venue, the audience, the mood and the empathy shared by the members of the ensemble. Exceptional improvisers who create a group sound which is uniquely Blow.

Ted Vining (drums, co-leader), a cornerstone of Australian Jazz, has been a drum colossus and cultural force for  over half a century. Vining has toured with US jazz greats such as Dizzy Gillespie, George Cables, Nat Adderley, Clifford Jordan, Lee Kronitz, Mark Murphy among others and has recorded and performed at major International and Australian Festivals with The Brown Quartet, Ted Vining, Bernie McGann, Alan Lee Quartet, Don Burrows, David Tolley, Musiikki Oy and many others.  Vining was inducted into The Australian Jazz Hall of Fame at the Bell Awards in March this year.

Peter Harper (co-leader, alto saxophone), has been a torch-bearer for the avant-garde on four continents, as an instrumentalist and as an inspirational composer, since the early 1980s.

Gareth Hill  (double bass), began playing music as a violinist at age eight, and later, a suggestion from his orchestra conductor prompted Hill take up the double bass under the tutelage of  US ex-pat Eric Ajaye and Max McBride in Canberra. Hill pursued jazz, classical and other styles in the capital’s thriving music scene. His dedication to his art led to New York where he studied with legendary bassists Rufus Reid and John Patitucci.  Hill has toured and performed with many jazz greats.  He is deeply involved in Melbourne’s vibrant band scene with Mikelangelo, Tin Star and The End, and is a member of Ted Vining’s Impressions.

Bob Sedergreen  (piano) is widely regarded as a national treasure. He is one of the greatest performers of the blues this country has produced, and is blessed too with a wonderful style of musical humour As well as his own Blues On The Boil and Art Attack Sedergreen was a core member of iconic Brian Brown Quartet and has been fundamental to the identity and popularity of the Ted Vining Trio for over four decades.'

Ian Dixon (trumpet, flugelhorn), has a unique approach to improvisation and composition. He is best known for his work as a trumpet player and composer on the global electronica scene, and cross-discipline collaborations have led Ian to work in film and television, with visual artists, choreographers and in digital media.

This will be  an exceptional night of jazz, and one not to miss. Cost is $15 for jazz club members and $20 for visitors. Table bookings can be made by ringing Aileen or Kevin on 6495 9853, by email at, or will be available at the door.

The Club Sapphire bistro opens at 6pm 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.


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