The jazz sessions with Doug DevriesJAmes sherlock 

and Host Lucas Michailidis

Saturday 29th April (10:00 -12:00pm / 1:00 - 3:00pm)  Melbourne Polytechnic, Fairfield.

This Jazz Session presents an opportunity to engage first hand with two of Australia's finest jazz stylists - each conducting a two hour workshop. Gain insight into their unique approach in a rare, intimate setting.

Each session will be divided in two - the first half devoted to artist demonstrations, discussion and Q & A. The second half will be a practical focus of relevant concepts applied and explored on your own instrument. Participants are encouraged to bring their own instrument to each session.

DOUG DEVRIES: SMALL STEPS TO GIANT STEPS - finding your way in jazz guitar. Covering melodic variations, harmony and accompaniment, 3 types of motion in comping and rhythmic variations. All illustrated with examples from the repertoire.

De Vries' playing always offers musicality and emotion ahead of technique…with originality, vitality and finesse in equal measure…" Shane Nichols, Financial Review Doug de Vries is one of Australia's foremost guitarists and a significant composer for the guitar, excelling in many musical genres, from jazz to tango, choro, samba and bossa nova.  De Vries is particularly noted for his sophisticated accompaniments, deep knowledge, and daring improvisations whether in solo or group settings. 

De Vries' playing always offers musicality and emotion ahead of technique…with originality, vitality and finesse in equal measure…" Shane Nichols, Financial Review

Doug de Vries is one of Australia's foremost guitarists and a significant composer for the guitar, excelling in many musical genres, from jazz to tango, choro, samba and bossa nova.  De Vries is particularly noted for his sophisticated accompaniments, deep knowledge, and daring improvisations whether in solo or group settings. 

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JAMES SHERLOCK: Concepts designed to make your melodic playing more harmonic and chordal playing more melodic. Learn techniques that will develop swing feel, phrasing and accompaniment.

“Sherlock is a wonderful guitarist, and a craftsman of songs possessing beauty and depth… Definitely a name to watch out for.” Ian Patterson, All About Jazz Sherlock, winner of the 1997 Ike Isaacs International Jazz Guitar Award and nominated for the Freedman Jazz Fellowship in 2005, released his first solo guitar album, Solo, on the Pinnacles label in 2009. He has toured internationally in his duo with vocalist Kristin Berardi over several years (with a past European tour culminating at the Montreux Jazz Festival as opening act for George Benson and Al Jarreau).     

“Sherlock is a wonderful guitarist, and a craftsman of songs possessing beauty and depth… Definitely a name to watch out for.” Ian Patterson, All About Jazz

Sherlock, winner of the 1997 Ike Isaacs International Jazz Guitar Award and nominated for the Freedman Jazz Fellowship in 2005, released his first solo guitar album, Solo, on the Pinnacles label in 2009. He has toured internationally in his duo with vocalist Kristin Berardi over several years (with a past European tour culminating at the Montreux Jazz Festival as opening act for George Benson and Al Jarreau).