This event has very limited numbers so book your tickets today. The event will be held at Atika Wines in Healeseville on Saturday the 2nd of December at 3pm.
Pianist, composer and educator Tony Gould has received many accolades for his contribution to music in Australia – in 2008 he was awarded an Order of Australia (AM).
Tony is much in demand and has performed with many great artists and orchestras both in Australia and overseas. He is probably best known as a great jazz pianist, but is equally comfortable playing classical and other musical genres and enjoys bringing his love of all music to his performances.
Tony is happiest when playing with close friends in intimate settings and this musical afternoon at Atika Wines vineyards will provide the perfect setting both for Tony’s trio and the audience.
Accompanying Tony are master bassist Ben Robertson and drummer Graham Morris.
Ben is regarded as not only Australia’s finest jazz double-bass player but also as one of the world’s best. He graduated with distinction from the Improvisation stream of the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne in 1987 where he was awarded both the Gwen Nesbitt scholarship and the Mensa award for musical excellence. There he developed a reputation for musical excellence and melodic inventiveness leading to many and varied professional opportunities as a performer.
Ben has extensive experience in a wide variety of musical settings, with recording studio credits of over 60 jazz and commercial CD releases. He is regularly featured in Australian film scores, along with television appearances and touring commitments with local and international artists. He is a harmonic and listening musician; a great asset to any ensemble both as an improvising soloist and arranger. He performs regularly with Tony.
Graham started out in music as a classical pianist – he had just turned five when he had his first lesson – but, to the shock (horror?) of his parents, in his early twenties he turned his attention to jazz and gravitated to drums, playing with numerous wonderful jazz players, including the ‘famous two Judys’ – Judy Durham and Judy Jacques.
He then gave away music to pursue his professional career, taking up drumming again following the encouragement of the great drummer, the late Allan Brown, and the urging of Graham’s wife, Pru. Graham has performed with Tony at a number of concerts and festivals in different trio combinations, including with Ben.