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Cal Tjader Latin Jazz Tribute Concert feat. Gary France and Daniel Susnjar
Monday 18 September 7.00pm
Gary France is well known to the Perth musical family as the inaugural WAAPA Artist in Residence in Jazz Drums (1986) founder of the WAAPA Percussion Ensemble now known as Defying Gravity and the Perth Jazz Orchestra (PJO) and long time collaborator with Lucky Oceans and Dude Ranch. France will make his debut at the Ellington with Daniel Susnjar’s Afro-Peruvian Jazz Group presenting an evening of HOT Latin Jazz in a tribute to Vibraphonist Cal Tjader the “Father of Latin Jazz and Salsa”.
Tjader’s 1964 LP Soul Sauce , with the now iconic “Hot Sauce” bottle on the cover became the catalyst for Afro Cuban Jazz and the advent of “Salsa”. 2017 marks France’s 30th year in Australia and he returns to Perth for Celebrations at WAAPA as well as this special concert at the Ellington. Gary is indeed honoured to work with Daniel Susnjar’s Afro-Peruvian Jazz Group!
Gary France has performed with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, the Nova Ensemble, the West Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestras, the Dallas Brass, the Australian Chamber Orchestra the Canberra Symphony with whom he performed William Kraft’s “Concerto for Timpani and Orchestra” in 2001. Gary’s list of world premiers include works by Larry Sitsky, Sir Michael Tippet, Roger Smalley, Ross Edwards, Peter Sculthorpe, Robert Cucinotta, Edward Applebaum and Robert Casteels. As a jazz drummer Gary’s list of other musical credits include: James Morrison, Richie Cole, Nat Adderley, Dale Barlow, Jim McNeeley, Urbie Green, John Clayton, Emily Remler, Peter Leutch, Phil Wilson, Clifford Jordon and numerous others.
Gary France is a native of Syracuse, New York, USA. Mr. France, now living in Canberra Australia, performs professionally in the widest range of musical genres including jazz, commercial, world and classical music’s. He received his Bachelor of Music degree, Music Education, in 1979, from the Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam, and his Master of Music degree, Orchestral Performance / Jazz, 1988 at the University of North Texas. Gary was recruited from the USA to Australia in 1986 by Richard Gill as the inaugural Lecturer in Drumset and Percussion at the Western Australian Conservatorium of Music. Prominent positions include: Head of Music WAAPA – Edith Cowan University, Head of ANU School of Music, Associate Professor of Music and Distinguished Artist in Residence at The Australian National University, Features Editor of PERCUSscene Magazine, Board of Directors Percussive Arts Society International, President and founder of the Australia Chapter of PAS and Board member SPEAK Percussion and is presently the founder and director of The Groove Warehouse, an innovative institution that merges music educational practice with entrepreneurship. Gary France’s students hold prominent professional positions in contemporary drum-set / percussion and the arts industry throughout the world. For more information please go to http://www.garyfrance.comor to https://groovewarehouse.com.au