The legendary Steve Brien (guitar) and Craig Scott (double bass) are back by enormously popular demand.
Two of Australia’s jazz powerhouses are playing at YODA in November.
STEVE BRIEN: Jazz guitarist Steve Brien grew up in Sydney. Getting involved with jazz groups in the late 70’s, he soon established himself on the scene playing with local jazz musicians such as Dale Barlow, James Morrison and Don Burrows. In 1985 Steve won an overseas study grant and went to New York City where he spent two years doing some part time study with Jack Wilkins and John Scofield and playing with many New York musicians.
In 1987 Steve returned to Australia and went on the road with the James Morrison Quintet, traveling extensively throughout Australasia and Europe. In 1992 Steve moved with his family to Connecticut and became established on the Connecticut jazz scene playing with many local and New York jazz musicians, such as: John Mastrioanni, Nicole Pasternak, Ralph Lalama, Ali Ryerson, Giacomo Gates and Joyce Di Camillo.
In 1998 Steve was offered a position on the jazz faculty of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and so moved back to Sydney to take the job. Since returning to Sydney he teaches and is in demand playing gigs and recording on the local Sydney scene as well as completing a masters degree in 2005. Each year Steve spends a month in Connecticut catching up with friends and family and teaching on the faculty of the Young Artists Philharmonic at the Rich Forum in Stamford.
CRAIG SCOTT: has been one of Australia's leading bassists for over 30 years. He began his career in Jazz in 1979 with the Keith Stirling Quartet. Since that time he has been a member of many other jazz groups led by such well-known jazz identities as Don Burrows, James Morrison, Julian Lee, Kerrie Biddell, Paul MacNamara, Steve McKenna, Steve Brien, Judy Bailey, Roger Frampton, Gordon Brisker, Cathy Harley, Trevor Griffin, Serge Ermoll, Jim Pennell, and many others. He led his own quintet "Improviso" through the 1990’s. Itfeatured Graeme Lyall and Warwick Alder and the band performed at many of Australia’s major jazz festivals including.
As well as performing with many groups, Craig has been invited to perform as bassist for the Wangaratta Festival Jazz Piano competition on three occasions since it’s inception in 1989. In 2008 he was invited to be on the judging panel for the bass competition at the festival. Craig has also accompanied a plethora of visiting international jazz artists including Joe Henderson, Red Rodney, Urbie Green, Eddie Daniels, Bobby Shew, Joachim Kuhn, Clifford Jordan, Lee Konitz, Mickey Tucker, James Williams, Ronnie Scott, Frank Morgan, George Cables, Jim McNeely and U.K. jazz vocalist Claire Martin. Most recently he accompanied American jazz pianist and educator Mark Levine for concerts on his Australian tour.