Tuesday, March 22 at 9pm, Bennetts Lane, Melbourne


Callum G'Froerer

Callum G'Froerer at Wangaratta 2010 with Johannes Leubbers Dectet

Perth-based trumpet player Callum G’Froerer leads a new quartet featuring Brett Thompson (Perth) on guitar, Alex Boneham (Sydney) on bass and Hugh Harvey (Melbourne) on drums.

We had two glimpses of Callum G’Froerer in 2010. In July he was with the Mace Francis Orchestra at Bennetts Lane, his solos featuring in There’s Nothing to Say, The Preacher is Broken and Pine Tree Blisters. Then, with the Johannes Luebbers Dectet, he played St Patrick’s Hall in the opening night of Wangaratta Jazz in October. The dectet’s performance was a highlight of the festival, and I noted at the time the “richly expressive trumpet” of G’Froerer and that his solo in Just Ripe was “capable of melting the hardest of hearts”.

For more details of G’Froerer’s musical journey so far, which has include time last year at Banff Centre Workshop for Jazz and Improvised Music, visit his website.

I’m looking forward to hearing this quartet from Perth, Melbourne and Sydney play compositions inspired by a trip to the US and Banff, as well as selections from G’Froerer and Brett Thompson’s collaborative work from 2009 based on the life of Robert Johnson.

As well as the performance on Tuesday, the quartet will play on March 24 at 8.30pm at Vibe On Smith St for a “Special Thursday” show. Entry: $10.

Callum G'Froerer

Callum G'Froerer (trumpet) in Mace Francis Orchestra

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