Chris Foster Trio

Wednesday 14 October 7.00pm

Tonight’s performance is a not-to-be missed event: the debut of renowned pianist/composer Chris Foster’s new acoustic jazz project.

Though he is frequently a featured performer at The Ellington Jazz Club, this will be Chris’ first foray into leading his own trio on its coveted stage. To mark this special occasion, he will be presenting an evening of compelling original compositions and arrangements, each carefully and skilfully crafted specifically for this tight-knit trio, which is rounded out by Nick Abbey and Daniel Susnjar — Chris’ long-time collaborators, and two of the finest musicians in the country.

Chris’ original compositions are expressive, intricate, and at times quite delicate. Expect to be taken on a blissful and emotional journey throughout the evening, as evocative pieces drenched in melancholy are contrasted with fast and fiery works, each bearing the mark of this eminently musical composer and improviser.


Chris Foster — piano

Nick Abbey — bass

Daniel Susnjar — drums


Chris Foster is one of Perth’s most in-demand pianists. He has performed with internationally acclaimed artists including Terrell Stafford, Ronald Carter, Frank Foster, Ed Partyka, Ernest Ranglan, Ian Hendrickson-Smith and Dave Guy (Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings), and James Morrison. Chris writes and records for original projects that range from acoustic jazz to hip-hop, where he is a significant contributor to WA legends Downsyde and Optamus, as well as Drapht and Coin Banks. Chris is also an avid educator of jazz piano at various schools including Hale School, St Stephens School, and WAAPA


Bassist/composer Nick Abbey is equally at home leading his own jazz trio and holding down the low end for many of the world’s finest musicians. This National Jazz Awards finalist, four-time WAM Jazz Song of the Year winner, recent PhD graduate, and WAAPA lecturer has regularly collaborated with the likes of Troy Roberts, Paul Grabowsky, Jamie Oehlers, Graham Wood, Tom O’Halloran, and Libby Hammer, and has performed with international luminaries including Peter Bernstein, Vivian Sessoms, George Garzone, John Scofield, Paul Bollenback, Veronica Swift, Alex Norris, Jim Pugh, and Howard Levy. As well as his own acclaimed solo record ‘Phantoms’ (2019), Nick has appeared on a series of fantastic Australian releases, including TRISK ‘Speedrun’ (2015), Abbey|FosterlFalle ‘Brotherhood’ (2013), Fiona-Lawe Davies ‘Imaginary Grace’ (2016), Ryan Daunt ‘Fragile Information’ (2016), Ecila ‘Ecila’(2012), Det Nopsus ‘Det Nopsus’ (2009), Glyn MacDonald Group ‘Live’ (2011), ­_motion ‘Presence’ (2009), ATM15 ‘Big Band Reborn’ (2010) and Johannes Luebbers Dectet ‘The Exquisite Corpse of Beethoven’ (2010) and ‘Make Some Noise’ (2008).


Specializing in Afro-Peruvian jazz, Daniel Susnjar is one of Australia’s leading voices in drumming, and has performed and recorded with music legends including Chick Corea, Terence Blanchard, Bobby McFerrin, Dave Grusin, and Steve Miller — to name a few. He has received several Bell Awards with his Daniel Susnjar Afro-Peruvian Jazz Group (2015 Best Australian Modern Jazz Album and Australian Jazz Song of the Year) and Speedball (2018 Jazz Song of the Year), as well as a swag of WAM awards (including Best Jazz Act 2016 and 2017, Best Drummer 2016, and Jazz Song of the Year 2015). Daniel holds a Doctoral degree from the University of Miami and lectures at WAAPA.

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