Schroder brings jazz to Wesley
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 wgac.org.au.
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.