Schroder brings jazz to Wes­ley

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - ENTERTAINMENT -

Jazz mu­si­cian Ken Schroder will re­turn to Wes­ley of War­ragul in a six-piece band per­form­ing jazz greats and orig­i­nal mu­sic on Fri­day night.

The con­cert, ti­tled “Swing­ma­tism”, will start at 7.45pm and is part of Wes­ley of War­ragul’s “Sim­ply Mu­sic” pro­gram.

The sex­tet fea­tures Ken Schroder on reeds, James Sher­lock on gui­tar, Steve Grant on trum­pet, David Al­lardice on pi­ano, Rod Gil­bert on drums/per­cus­sion/vo­cal and Dean Ad­di­son on dou­ble bass.

Ken was study­ing math­e­mat­ics and psy­chol­ogy at Mel­bourne Univer­sity when he first started to play jazz. He has been a pro­fes­sional mu­si­cian ever since.

Some years ago, Wes­ley of War­ragul in­tro­duced Ken’s “Casa Nova” band to War­ragul. The quin­tet, with gui­tarist Doug Devries and singer Re­becca Barnard, fea­tured Brazil­ian-in­flu­enced mu­sic and jazz favourites.

In 2016, Ken pre­sented a small group to play “a his­tory of jazz” con­cert at Wes­ley where he per­formed on alto, tenor, clar­inet and so­prano.

Ken reg­u­larly per­forms with his 17-piece Big Band and a small group at the Kelvin Club in Mel­bourne.

For this up­com­ing con­cert, Ken and the artists will play com­po­si­tions from jazz greats such as Duke Elling­ton, some Schroder orig­i­nals and sev­eral pop­u­lar stan­dards ar­ranged by Ken and in­ter­preted by the artists.

In ad­di­tion, Ken will talk about the ar­rang­ing and im­pro­vi­sa­tion process that jazz mu­si­cians use in craft­ing the mu­sic.

Tick­ets are $35 for adults, $30 for con­ces­sion and free to stu­dents to en­cour­age ap­pre­ci­a­tion of fine jazz mu­sic.

For book­ings, call the West Gipp­s­land Arts Cen­tre box­of­fice on 5624 2456 or visit

Ken Schroder will bring back jazz to Wes­ley of War­ragul on Fri­day night be­fore giv­ing a talk about the ar­range­ment and im­pro­vi­sa­tion process that jazz mu­si­cians use.

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