SUNSET MUSIC SERIES - Valentine's Jazz featuring Jeremy Greig and Mia Royce

  • Queens Park Amphitheatre Cathedral Ave Geraldton, WA, 6530 Australia

Saturday 14th February 2015, from 6.00pm
Queens Park Amphitheatre

Jazz and sunset: a perfect way to celebrate Valentine's Day.

This Valentine's Day, internationally-renowned trombonist Jeremy Greig will perform with local singer-composer Mia Royce in the Queens Park Amphitheatre as part of the Sunset Music Series. They're be accompanied by local and Perth-based musicians, including legendary Perth drummer Chris Tarr and local pianist Josh Crothers.

Tickets cost $20 for each show and are available from the Queens Park Theatre box office between 1-5pm and online at Bring a picnic and blanket, but no alcoholic drinks. Drinks can be purchased at the QPT bar.

Jeremy Greig is a trombonist who graduated in 1995 with a Bachelor of Music from the WAAPA Jazz department, in which time he was a regular member of WAYJO, WAYO, The Perth Jazz Orchestra, and Jazz West Big Band.

After moving to the USA in 1997 he completed a Master of Music in 1999 from the University of Miami. During this time he performed and recorded in a group with multi-instrumental legend Ira Sullivan, known as the Inter/Outer Continental Quintet, with which he attributes as "the greatest training ground anyone could have."

It was during this time that he received various Downbeat magazine awards, including Outstanding Jazz Combo performance (1999), Best Big Band - University of Miami Concert Jazz Band (1998) (1999), and Outstanding Big Band Performance - University of Miami Studio Jazz Band(1998) (1999). In 2003 he toured regional WA with Country Arts on "Simply Sinatra" featuring vocalist James Flynn. Performers that he has worked with include international musicians such as Maria Schneider, Jimmy Heath, Wynton Marsalis, Mannie Albam, Bob Mintzer, Dave Liebman, and Rick Margitza.

Jeremy works as a freelance musician playing in various musicals, a 20th Century ensemble known as The Collective, and is a regular member of the Hip mo Toast Big Band and the latin band Descarga. He currently works as a lecturer in Jazz and contemporary music teaching improvisation, Big band, theory, aural training, and takes various ensembles.

Mia Royce is a local singer, songwriter, pianist and physiotherapist.

Mia is set to release her second album late this year featuring “Shadows of Silver Gulls”, a tribute to those that lost their lives in the HMAS Sydney II tragedy.

In 2011 Mia released her debut album “Chasing Footprints”. The album was launched to a sell-out crowd and two of Mia’s songs were finalists in the 2011 WAMI awards.

Mia has been a finalist in the WA Country Music Awards in three categories: Best Female Artist, Best New Talent, and Independent Album of the Year.

Mia's early career performances began as an eight year old on the QPT stage in Geraldton and continued into high school on a music scholarship program at Churchlands Senior High School in Perth. Whilst at University, Mia performed in city restaurants.

After years in the city studying, Mia returned to the Midwest to practice with a Masters in Sports Physiotherapy. In 2003 Mia was awarded the Small Business Owner winner in the Telstra Women’s Business Awards and she has owned and operated her physiotherapy private practice for 16 years.

In the Midwest Mia performs regularly at concerts and functions. Highlights include supporting Sarah Storer, performing in a support duo for Renee Geyer, Joe Camilleri, and Mental as Anything at Red Hill Farm Concerts and performing at Crown Perth for the Midwest International Mining Forum.

Inspiration for Mia’s writing comes from life’s experiences, earliest lyrics built around personal memories of country childhood on the family farm and the natural environment of the Midwest of Western Australia.