Bob Sedergreen ('60)

The Australian Jazz Bell Awards, also known just as the Bell Awards or The Bells, are annual music awards for the jazz music genre in Australia. The awards were named in honour of Australian jazz pianist, composer and band leader, Graeme Bell, at their inception in 2003 at the Melbourne International Jazz Festival.

The OHA is ecstatic to announce that jazz pianist and Old Haileyburian Bob Sedergreen (’60) was officially inducted into the prestigious Graeme Bell Hall Of Fame, at the recent Bell Awards.  This is a huge honour.

Bob has had a long and distinguished career as a performer, bandleader and educator. His high regard and position in Australian music is unquestionable. His impact and influence in performance, composition and education for over half a century has secured his place as a national treasure. Bob has won the respect and admiration of recognised talents both in Australia and internationally. People like Jimmy Witherspoon, Nat Adderley and Phil Woods, to name but a few. Australian artists include: Brian Brown (OAM), the late Old Haileyburian Allan Browne (OAM) (OH ’62), Don Burrows (OAM), Ted Vining and Judy Jacques. Bob has also appeared in concert with all-time greats like Dizzy Gillespie and Milt Jackson.

Bob's musical abilities find him leading and working with a plethora of diverse ensembles and groups. From the traditional to the most contemporary, he infuses the music with authority of style, creative expression and wit, in a manner that is never arrogant or condescending. He has recorded many dozens of albums and over 32 CDs.

Bob has toured extensively both here and overseas including Jazz Festivals in Montreal, Malaysia and Scandinavia. He was Artistic Director of the Montsalvat International Jazz Festival 1993-4 and involved in negotiating performances by American working ensembles including the Nat Adderley Quintet and The McCoy Tyner Trio.

In 1990 Bob won the Inaugural Jazz Award for Australia's Best Keyboardist.

He has been described by colleague Dr Tony Gould as the world’s best Blues pianist.

To play with Bob Sedergreen has been described as the "ultimate armchair ride". "To hear him is always exciting and satisfying" - Adrian Jackson, The Age.

In 2006 Bob was awarded the Ken Myers Medallion for Contributions to the Arts by the Victorian Arts Centre. He was the first musician to be given this award.

In 2008 Bob was awarded the Don Banks Award for contributions to Australia’s cultural musical identity by the Australia Council - one of the nation’s highest musical awards.

In 2007 Bob released his book "Hear Me Talking to Ya". A book worthy of mention by “Linkedin’s Jazz Group” March 2012, an authority on jazz publications worldwide.

Bob’s teaching career

·       Bob was one of the original jazz lecturers at the Victorian College of the Arts, for over a decade

·       He also lectured at the Faculty of Music at the Conservatorium of Melbourne (University of Melbourne)

·       Also at RMIT University - awarded Adjunct Professorship

·       2013 NMIT

·       City of Manningham

·       The Stonnington Youth Jazz Initiative - City of Stonnington

·       Ruyton Girls School

·       Patron Jazzabout Youth Festival ACT

·       Workshops Wangaratta International Jazz Festival

 

Bob is listed in the world's most distinguished music encyclopaedia Groves Band Leader.

In the eighties Bob led the octet "Blues on the Boil", the only Blues band to emerge directly from the jazz world. Performing and touring in Australia for some ten years, they were the first band to be recorded live by the ABC. (The album "Potent Brew"). No Blues bands have existed in the jazz world since.

In the nineties Bob led the nonet 'Art Attack' - multi-ethnic, multi-denominational, multi-gendered, that fused elements of Australia's multicultural society to form a new music called Joz. The band was a precursor to reconciliation.

Bob continues performing at various Jazz Venues around Melbourne.  His current project The December Dance Suite will be performed at The Salon at the Melbourne Recital Centre on August 3.  This concert celebrates Bob’s 60th year of music making.  Written by Bob in the 1980’s at a time when he was lecturing in Jazz at the VCA, The December Dance Suite moves through a wide spectrum of influences and instrumentation. Two Haileybury instrumental teachers are also involved in this concert – Mr Gareth Hill on Bass and Ms Dominique Chaseling on flute.  To book tickets, click on this link:  https://www.melbournerecital.com.au/events/2018/december-dance-suite/ 

Here is Bob Sedergreen doing what he loves:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HoIhXw1MTFY