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Garry Lee 4tet
Sunday 13 December 6.00pm
Perth’s only jazz vibraphone band leader, Garry Lee, leads a quartet with
Ookii Effendi [pno]; Murray Wilkins [dbl bs]; Gordon Ryder [drms]. Garry,
having written over 200 jazz articles published internationally, nationally
and in West Australian, says of his band members: “Ookii is the pianist
vibes legend , Milt Jackson, would have picked. In his playing you hear
Oscar, Gene Harris, Cedar Walton and Kenny Kirkland. Few Australian pianists
can tick these boxes”. Of Murray, Garry says: “Murray played bass on WA’s
first jazz CD, I Mean You, under my leadership. This CD garnered excellent
reviews in US, UK and nationally. US guitar legend, Peter Leitch said Murray
was one of the world’s finest jazz bassists and we were both staff members
of the inaugural Jazz Program in 1984.” Of Gordon, Garry says: “He plays
with taste always complementing the soloist and for me as a vibist/guitarist
he is the right guy on tubs”.
Garry was recently chosen to lead his quartet by the Premier for the 67th
birthday of Prince Charles at Cottesloe Civic Centre.
In the jazz world Garry is unique doubling guitar, where his influences
include Wes, Grant Green and Kenny Burrell, and vibraphone. He was the first
West Australian to win an Australian Jazz Award and the first to be awarded
a Churchill Fellowship. Via the Churchill, Garry studied vibes with Stefon
Harris, Joe Locke, Dave Samuels and Charlie Shoemake. Garry’s two guitar
teachers were George Golla and Paul Bollenback.
For this performance at Ellington expect a night of blues-tinged and latin
in-the-pocket jazz with guests from secondary schools where Garry teaches.