The Sunday Sessions Jazz is comprised of some of Australia’s most highly respected jazz musicians.
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SH! JAZZ INC has successfully established the Sunday Sessions Jazz as one of the best live jazz acts in Australia, and we have built up a steady following of supporters along the way. Thanks to our one of our primary supporters, the Bowral Golf Club, we are constantly growing and they now play host to concerts every 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month from 2-5pm.
We are looking to expand this time-slot to Friday evenings every few months in order to cater for the demands of our audiences and musicians alike. Bringing both International and National acts to the Southern Highlands.
Venue: Bowral Golf Club
Is a lush picturesque setting close to the town's centre. The vista from the Club House includes wonderful avenues of exotic old English and native trees that border the fairways. Bowral Golf Club is considered among the best country courses in NSW. You will enjoy the ambience of a club steeped in history, so come to the Sunday Sessions Jazz early and indulge in lunch or a glass of wine or appreciate the warmth of the log fire or sit on the terrace and enjoy the views.
The Sunday Sessions Jazz has played featured some of the finest Jazz Musicians in the world including: Simon Tedeschi, Kevin Hunt, Janet Seidel, George Washingmachine, Dan Barnett, Alberto Pibiri and Adrian Cunningham to name but a few.
The house-band is comprised of David Seidel double bass, Ben Jones reeds and vocals, Peter Locke piano and Joshua Morgan on drums. Here’s a condensed biography.
Seidel has worked as session musician since 1975 including collaborations with the ABC, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Del Shannon, Rod McKuen, Cilla Black, Ricky May, Ted Nettelbeck and Shmoe.
David has toured Australia with artists such as Barry Humphries and accompanied international jazz artists including Buddy Tate, Al Cohn, Urbie Green, Mickey Tucker, Mundell Lowe and Lee Konitz. He has worked with top Australian jazz artists including Janet Seidel, Col Nolan, Tom Baker, Bob Barnard, George Washingmachine and Bob Gebert to name a few.
He has toured Internationally with Janet Seidel, Ian Date, Bob Barnard and Tom Baker and played with US jazz artists Bill Berry and Dan Barrett. He has performed at Jazz Festivals such as North Sea and also toured India for Dept of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Has played bass on many jazz albums including: Col Nolan, Tom Baker, Bob Barnard, Janet Seidel, David McLeod, Joe Lane etc.
Ben Jones has played and recorded with some of Australia’s finest musicians including; Tom Baker, Bob Barnard, Geoff Bull, Col Nolan, Janet Seidel, Monica & The Moochers, Don Burrows & James Morrison.
He has played at most major Jazz festivals and venues around the country, being a featured artist at the Manly, Thredbo, Wangaratta, Wagga, Noosa and Newcastle festivals, and is the of patron of the Dubbo Jazz Festival. His quartet also performed for a record crowd of 90,000 people at “Jazz in the Domain” in 2001.
Ben is often part of James Morrison’s six-piece swing band, which features Ed Wilson and the young vocalist Emma Pask, and was an original member of John Morrison’s big-band “Swing City”.
He featured on Col Nolan’s CD which was finalist for “Jazz Album of the Year” at the ARIAs, and appears on Janet Seidel’s “The Art Of Lounge”, joining Janet in a vocal duet. He can also be heard soloing with James Morrison on the Swing City CD “Serious Fun”.
Ben’s debut solo album “It Might As Well Be Swing” was in the Top Ten on Australia’s Independent Jazz Charts for three years and has been met with great critical acclaim.
Peter Locke is one of Australia’s most highly respected jazz pianists, musical directors and accompanists. Based out of Sydney, Peter is in high demand in many musical settings due to the impressive depth of the jazz tradition in his playing. Tours include the Bix Beiderbeck Festival in USA; European Tour with Melbourne’s legendary Society Syncopators; Asian tour with the Daly-Wilson Big Band and Brazil and New Zealand with the Dan Barnett Big Band.
Peter has appeared at the majority of Australian jazz festivals including Wangaratta, Devonport and Noosa and recently the Peter Locke Trio performed to sell out audiences at Devonport Jazz Festival.
On occasion, a feature artist will perform with the house band. The calibre of the guests is amazing and this year we even featured concert pianists Simon Tedeschi and international sensation Alberto Pibiri to name but a few!