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Michael Griffin’s Thelonious Monk’s Octet


Fri 15 Dec 2017, 7:30pm–10:00pm
Sat 16 Dec 2017, 7:30pm–10:00pm

Where: Doo-Bop Jazz Bar, 101 Edward Street, Brisbane CBD, Queensland

Restrictions: All Ages

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  • General Admission: $30.00
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The Talent:

Michael Griffin - Alto Saxophone
Andrew Saragossi - Tenor sax
Michael Gordon - Tenor sax
Nick Quigley - Bass
Dan Quigley - Trumpet
Gary Eldershaw
Trombone (tba)
Piano (tba)

“Brilliantly accomplished local alto saxophonist Michael Griffin, whose style is clearly influenced by that of Charlie Parker, has not only shown an affinity with Monk in solo flight when he plays a Monk tune but…assembled and brought along an ensemble—an octet in fact—that not only allowed the Monk feeling to influence their solos but managed to achieve the dynamic, rhythmic and melodic effects of a Monk ensemble and its sometimes spiky, sometimes purely swinging, sometimes humorous effects of a Monk band.” - John Clare, Review of the Monk Tribute show

- 4 Time Finalist for Generations In Jazz James Morrison Scholarship
- 2013 Thelonious Monk International Saxophone Comp Semifinalist
- Featured In Downbeat Magazine (USA)
- Nominated for 2016 Young Australian Jazz Artist of The Year
- Debut Album “Unexpected Greeting” (ABC) 4 stars in “The Australian”
- Performed live on ABC (Sunshine coast) with Annie Gaffney and Perth) with Geoff Hutchison
- Worked in New York with drummer Billy Kaye (charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk, Stanley Turrentine)

Micheal Has performed at Melbourne International Jazz festival, Manly Jazz Festival, Sydney Opera House, Sydney Entertainment Centre, Sydney Town Hall, Foundry 616, The Basement, 505, The Ellington (Perth) Smalls Jazz Club (NYC), Smoke Jazz Club (NYC), Fat Cat (NYC), Smithsonian (Washington D.C) and many more.

“What he has achieved insures an extremely bright future.” - Jimmy Heath (USA)

“He Flaunts an assertive tone, with an advanced harmonic sensibility and technical fluency that confirm his reverence to Bird and Cannonball Adderley.” - Bob Doerschuk (Downbeat Magazine)

“Michael Griffin has his feet firmly rooted in tradition and his ear leaning towards the future. He should have a promising future to accompany his skills and special talent.” - Vincent Herring (USA)