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“I love the way you sing. You have a fan in the way you phrase... it’s perfect”
“...the finest male jazz singer Australia has produced since Vince Jones”
Eric Myers, The Weekend Australian
“Some people got it, and some people don’t. Gregg Arthur is one of the ones who does. It’s the devilish art of being a jazz singer.” John Shand, The Sydney Morning Herald
Gregg Arthur returns to ABC Jazz with a timeless album of jazz standards – an album as smooth as a great martini.
ABC Jazz is excited to announce the new album by singer Gregg Arthur. Jazz & Cocktails is a celebration of classic late night jazz, of smoky rooms, tuxedos, and bow-ties casually undone at the end of the evening.
Arthur follows in the footsteps of Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett as one of the great interpreters, and on this new album he performs songs written by legendary artists including Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn, Cole Porter, Antônio Carlos Jobim andMichel Legrand, alongside two new songs written by Gregg Arthur & Peter Locke.
Gregg Arthur has been called “the finest male jazz singer Australia has produced since Vince Jones”, and over the course of a long career in Australia and America has honed his talents and worked with iconic musicians including Judy Bailey, Tommy Tycho, Vincent Falcone (former pianist and conductor for Frank Sinatra), and the “Brush Master” Clayton Cameron, drummer for Tony Bennett and Sammy Davis Jr.
Jazz & Cocktailsfeatures a stellar ensemble of some of Australia's finest performers, including Peter Locke on piano, Craig Scott on bass, Tim Geldens on drums, Michael Avgenicos on tenor sax and Jim Pennell on guitar.
This is Gregg's first album with ABC since 2012, following on from the critically acclaimed Love Story (2011) and Unforgettable (2012).
Gregg Arthur is an Australian singer and songwriter, critically acclaimed by both the press and his peers. Originally from Sydney, Australia, Gregg travels all over the world performing the music he loves, keeping the flame alive for the classic standards he has been singing all his life. His training and education are firmly based in the tradition of jazz vocals and the Great American Songbook, using his considerable abilities to interpret what he calls the “new standards”, pop and smooth jazz classics. Studying music in Sydney, Gregg honed his vocal skills with famed singing coach Don Graden, studied acting to enhance his singing performances at The Actors Studio and took lessons with legendary acting teacher Hayes Gordon, also recording and performing with the great Australian arranger and conductor, Maestro Tommy Tycho.
In the United States Gregg has worked with iconic musicians including the late Vincent Falcone, former pianist and conductor for Frank Sinatra, and the “Brush Master” Clayton Cameron, drummer for Tony Bennett and Sammy Davis Jr.
In 2016 Gregg recorded in the iconic Studio A at Capitol Records in Los Angeles, California – the same studio where legends of the music industry including The Beach Boys, Carole King, Frank Sinatra and Nat “King” Cole recorded so many iconic albums over the last 50 years.
“In my opinion, he is the ultimate crooner” – Maestro Tommy Tycho AM MBE
“As the former pianist/conductor for Frank Sinatra, I want to say that having worked with Gregg Arthur, I believe that he has all the necessary talent and vocal acuity to follow in the footsteps of Mr. Sinatra, and effectively disseminate the great music which Mr. Sinatra loved so much” – Vincent Falcone, Frank Sinatraʼs pianist and conductor
1 A Peaceful Place
2 Do Nothin’ Till You Hear From Me
3 In A Sentimental Mood
Duke Ellington / Irving Mills
4 Lush Life
5 In The Still Of The Night
6 Nature Boy
7 A Child Is Born
8 The Windmills Of Your Mind
9 Once I Loved
Antônio Carlos Jobim
10 Kyoto In The Spring
Gregg Arthur vocals
with the Peter Locke Quartet
Peter Locke piano
Michael Avgenicostenor saxophone
Craig Scott bass
Tim Geldens drums
andJim Pennell guitar (tks 1 & 9)