Fronted by Australia’s leading jazz trombonist James Greening, The World According to James is one of Australia’s most respected jazz groups. This December, James and his band are heading to the New South Wales North Coast for a tour of schools in the area, and to celebrate, they’ll perform a free one hour community concert in Lismore, presented by Northern Rivers Conservatorium and Musica Viva Australia.
Together with outstanding musicians Matt Keegan, Steve Elphick and Toby Hall, James Greening produces jazz that is inventive and vibrant, driven by improvisation and solos.
For their community concert in Lismore, the group will perform original compositions which draw from many musical styles from around the world, as well as selected classics from the pen of the legendary Australian Alto Saxophonist, Bernie McGann.
“Throughout the concert we will be featuring the individual musicians of the band on select pieces and also the unique style of interplay that the group is renowned for,” says Greening. “We look forward to sharing this music with the community of Lismore.”
On the morning of the performance, Lismore residents are encouraged to come along to the Northern Rivers Conservatorium and take a wander through the Lismore Handmade markets, before they finish the afternoon off with some dynamic jazz.
The World According to James school performances will commence on Wednesday 2 December, with concerts held at Tweed Heads South Public School, St Joseph’s Primary Tweed Heads, Barkers Vale Public School, The Risk Public School, The Channon Public School, Ballina Public School, St Augustine’s Primary School (Coffs Harbour), Dorrigo Public School, Uranga Public School, Smithtown Public, Westport Public School, and Willawarrin Public School. Their tour of the region will conclude on Thursday 10 December.
As part of Musica Viva’s time in the area, Professional Development Manager Sue Lane will deliver three teacher forums at St Augustine’s Coffs Harbour, South Grafton Public School and Wollongbar Public School from Monday 30 November to Thursday 3 December, to round out the organisation’s multi-faceted approach to music education in this community.
Saturday, 5 December, 3-4pm
Northern Rivers Conservatorium, Cnr Keen & Magellan St, Lismore
Lismore Handmade Markets commence in the morning
Concert Price: Free
Additional information: nrcac.edu.au or 02 6621 2266