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Mark Fitzgibbon and Friends

When:

Wed 11 Oct 2017, 7:30pm–9:30pm
Wed 18 Oct 2017, 7:30pm–9:30pm

Where: Bird's Basement, 11 Singers Lane, Melbourne CBD, Victoria

Restrictions: All Ages Licensed

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Listed by: laurabk7

“Mark Fitzgibbon’s playing is relentless, inventive, respectful but most importantly swings like hell. He’s one of the finest artists in Australia, one of the most incisive musical minds out there.” - Simon Tedeschi ABC 24 Hours. Mark Fitzgibbon was born into a strong entertainment tradition.

He is the son of well known Melbourne entertainer Graham “Smacka” Fitzgibbon nephew to actress/singer Maggie Fitzgibbon and grandson to pianist/vaudevillian Min Fitzgibbon, his sister Nichaud is a famed jazz vocalist.

A piano student of Fred Thomas, Marie Driscoll, Trevor Barnard he also studied alto sax with Peter Clinch. Mark worked with many leading Melbourne bands in the 80’s including the Vince Jones band and Wilbur Wildes “Blowout”.

In the 80’s moved to UK and performed throughout Europe and UK. In London he worked as a freelance pianist, regularly performing at the 606 club, Pizza Express and Ronnie Scott’s jazz clubs.

Notable bands included Tommy Chase Qt, Alan Barne’s Pizza Express Modern Jazz Sextet, Clarke Tracey Gerard Presencer qt, Jean Toussaint, Ruth Rogers Wright Moontwist, The Moodists, Bryan Spring trio, Don Weller, Art Themen, Henry Lowther qt, Tina May and Claire Martin.