BRENDAN FITZGERALD QUARTET
The Brendan Fitzgerald Quartet is an Adelaide-based jazz group formed in 2013. They have performed in 2012 in Hong Kong and China with Steve Umehara (Japan) on double bass. The group’s music covers swing, Latin, progressive and contemporary jazz styles as well as influences from funk, soul and world music, with appearances by different guest artists. The Quartet’s major project in 2015 is “Take Five: the Dave Brubeck Story” being presented at the Adelaide Fringe Festival at Brighton Performing Arts Centre in February and March with additional performances in Sydney (The Basement and Sutherland Entertainment Centre) in March and in Melbourne (The Clocktower Centre) in April. The Brendan Fitzgerald Quartet is also available for performances at corporate events, wineries, fairs, festivals, concerts and private engagements. Contact Brendan on 041775445 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brendan Fitzgerald – piano, keyboards, backing vocals
Brendan trained as a classical pianist from eight years age and holds a Bachelor of Music in keyboard performance. He is currently studying for a Master of Philosophy in Sonic Arts, researching dynamically variable micro-tuning systems and their application to composition and real-time performance. As well as playing accordion and guitar, Brendan has diversified his style to include influences from jazz, blues, rock, electronic and world music. He has composed, arranged and performed music for ensembles Tryst, Hot Cargo and The Groove Merchants and collaborated with vocalists, Catherine Lambert, Natasha Leicester, Kerry Reid, Virginia Hyam , Jude Elliot, Hillary O’Neil and instrumentalists Alain Valodze, Themis Fernandez, Eduardo Niebla (Spain) and many more. Earlier groups Brendan performed with include The Bank of France, Towards the Sun (London), Tjalkuri and Sporting Life. In the 1990s, he worked as a composer/performer and co-writer/music director for Swiss and German theatre productions, “Fantasie-Impromptu”, “Workman”, “Karussell”, Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” and “Dirty Pleasures”. Australian theatre productions include “Radio Daze”, “All Aboard”, “Carnivalia”, “Welcome to Paradise” and “Un Pugno Di Terra” for Magpie Theatre, Cirkidz, Jumbuck Theatre and Doppio Teatro. Brendan has performed for the Dance Company of New South Wales (Sydney Dance Company), Australian Dance Theatre (Adelaide) and the Australian Dancers Company (Perth) who commissioned him as composer for their inaugural production, “Mauritius”. He has lectured in music theory, composition, and music technology at the University of Adelaide, Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) and Gold Coast Institute of TAFE.
Operating his own recording facility, SpinFX Studios in Adelaide, Brendan produces and records artists from a wide range of music styles. He is currently working on a solo album incorporating variable micro tuning systems.
Brendan’s adopted motto guiding him on this path of music discovery is: “look after your music and the music will look after you” (Miles Davis).
Quinton Dunne – double bass, electric bass, vocals
Quinton holds a Bachelor of Music in jazz electric and double bass performance. He is fluent in an eclectic range of musical styles including jazz, funk, folk, latin, classical and rock. Quinton has played with many fine artists including Swanee, The Seekers, Errol Buddle, Martin Lass, Burnside Symphony Orchestra, The Drifters, Bo Diddley, Vanetta Fields, Darrel Braithwaite and Julie Anthony. He has written and produced successful musical shows through his production house Rockola Music. These include Hail Hail Rock ‘N’ Roll, The Australian Music Show, Great Southern Land, Bully Boy, Australian Songbook and Bound For Australia, all productions having touring extensively. Quinton’s diverse experience gives him an invaluable perspective on many different musical areas. The last few years have seen him realise a long-term goal of international performances with his trio, The Beggars.
Satomi Ohnishi – drum kit, percussion, backing vocals
Satomi started playing orchestral percussion at the age of 12, then studied jazz drumming with maestro, Takeshi Inomata in Tokyo. She has played extensively in Japan with the Soulful Unity Jazz Orchestra and her groups, Vivace and Jackpot, the latter winning two major jazz contests. Satomi won the Best Player Award at the 1993 Asakusa Jazz Contest and her group was then twice invited to perform at the Manley Jazz Festival. In Adelaide, she plays regularly with Black Fedora Jazz and surf-rock band, Chica Chica Electrica, as well as with other ensembles covering blues, Latin and Bulgarian music styles. Satomi is also the arranger and drum kit performer for SWING – The Beat That Shook The World and Latin-jazz outfit, Ah Hum!, both produced by Brendan Fitzgerald. Satomi has appeared twice at The Hoot!, Adelaide Hills Jazz Festival. She joined the Brendan Fitzgerald Quartet in 2012 and has performed with the group in Beijing, Shanghai and at the Hong Kong Performing Arts Centre, as well as widely throughout South Eastern Australia. Black Fedora Jazz.
Peter Raidel – saxophones and clarinet
Peter started learning clarinet when 7 years old and moved to alto saxophone at 10, playing semi-professionally a year later. He holds a B Mus (honours) degree in jazz performance and has performed widely in Australia and overseas since 1984. Peter has worked with renowned artists Neil Diamond, The Monkees, Sia, Renee Geyer, Paul Grabowski, Dale Barlow, Carl Orr, Bernie McGann, The Whitlams and The Baker Suite. He performed in Tokyo during 1999 and 2000 and in the London and European from 2002 to 2005. Peter is a regular member of jazz/funk outfit Goose and currently performs with Motown Connection and other local musical projects. He performed in Adelaide Fringe 2012 in Lovebirds (Matt Carey) and 2013 in Illure (Mark Ferguson). Peter has participated in recording projects with Goose, Jackie Cooper, Unitopia, The Colorphonics, Crisp and Ritsuko Dalton. He joined the Brendan Fitzgerald Quartet in 2015 playing TAKE FIVE – The Dave Brubeck Story and SWING – The Beat That Shook The World shows in Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and regional Victoria.
Andy Firth – clarinet, saxophones
Andy Firth is one of a small number of Australian artists to have performed a concert under their own name at Carnegie Hall. In March 2008, his concert with “Goodman & Beyond” featuring living jazz legend, Buddy DeFranco, received a standing ovation. Andy then performed at the Australian Consulate General, New York, the concert being hailed as one of the best and well attended ever. He also gave a master class and performed at the University of Florida, then at the Il Moro Club, Los Angeles with guitarist, Jim Fox.
Andy has performed with some of the world’s finest musicians: Buddy DeFranco, Ingrid Jensen, Diana Krall, Wynton Marsalis, B.B. King, Lee Konitz, Jay Hungerford, James Moody, Kenny Ball and His Jazz Men, Acker Bilk and many more. Australian artists include: Anthony Warlow, Marina Prior, Julie Anthony, Don Burrows, Tommy Emmanuel, George Golla, James Muller, Ray Aldridge, Galapagos Duck, Tony Gould, Little Pattie, Bob Barnard, Graeme Bell, Tom Baker, Vince Jones, Jonathan Wade, Anita Wardel, John Foreman, The Society Syncopators, James & John Morrison, late Ricky May and Bobby Limb.
Andy has performed with many Australian symphony orchestras as a jazz and classical soloist where maestro, Tommy Tycho, often featured him as a soloist. In 2006, Andy received a MO Award for “Best Jazz Instrumentalist”. This year, Andy has been honoured with an award for his services to jazz in South Australia.
USA saxophone legend Jimmy Abado: “’I have never heard anything like this guy; he is a one in a million! His musicality and playing is totally unique! Andy Firth is, in my opinion, one of our greatest artists and musicians like him pass this way but once. I am thrilled to have met and heard him perform!’”
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