February Mystery Musician revealed!
Jeff Usher, Giant of Jazz
to play Kurilpa!
The Kurilpa Poets are indeed honoured to present
as our Mystery Musician for February 28th
non-other than the legendary Brisbane based jazz pianist,
Jeff Usher has been at the forefront of jazz and blues in Brisbane since the early 1980s, first coming to notice with the Jeff Usher Jazz Unit.
Highly respected as a pianist, composer and music educator,
he has toured extensively thoughout Australia and overseas.
He has also been a tutor at Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University since 1998, achieving a Master’s Degree in 2006, and will be completing a PHD in Composition from the University of Queensland in mid-2016.
Jeff has seven albums to his credit, including the award winning
“Leaps and Bounds” and most recently his 2015 release,
“Bird Wings”, which was recorded live in concert
at the Brisbane Jazz Club with his ten-piece group,
A Love Supreme Super Band.
This album, featuring compositions written by Jeff as part of his PHD studies, is a high quality production that well captures the intimate atmosphere of a Jeff Usher gig.
“Bird Wings” will be available for purchase at the door and will cost a mere $20 (and I’m sure the artist will be glad to sign it for you if you ask nicely).
His recent activities have included successful performances at Jumpers and Jazz in 2014 and 2015. In May 2015 he commenced work as resident pianist at Nu Orleans Restaurant in Ipswich. He also recorded an album with the Brisbane Big Band in November 2015, and commenced recording a solo piano album in December 2015, which will hopefully be available later this year.
Now this Giant of Brisbane Jazz will be playing two sets for the Kurilpa Poets at the Kurilpa Cup on Sunday 28th February. Surely this years Cup will be an afternoon long to be remembered!
Jeff’s first set will be commencing at 2pm so make sure you turn up early so as not to miss a minute. Doors open from 1.45pm. Entry $5.
Here’s a couple of little samples of Jeff Usher in action to whet yr appetite..