michael griffin quintet

Michael Griffin- Alto Saxophone

Aaron Blakey- Piano

Noel Mason- Bass

Tim Geldens- Drums

Griffin spent time performing in New York, become a semifinalist at the 2013 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition, Featured in Downbeat Magazine (USA), 2018 Artist in Residance with Fine Music Radio and recently had his compositions added to the Australian Jazz Real Book. His Quartet is comprised of some of the best and Highest regarded musicians in the country. 

“Griffin started his own band when he was 18 and began performing at different venues around Sydney. Over the years he’s played at many places around Australia including Brisbane (Doo-Bop Jazz Bar), Perth (The Ellington) and Melbourne (The Jazz Lab).

ENDORSED BY D’ADDARIO REEDS

 * COMPOSITIONS FEATURED IN AUSTRALIAN JAZZ REAL BOOK

* FEATURED IN THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD

* ARTIST IN RESIDENCE WITH FINE MUSIC 102.5FM

* 4 TIME FINALIST FOR GENERATIONS IN JAZZ JAMES MORRISON SCHOLARSHIP

* 2013 THELONIOUS MONK INTERNATIONAL SAXOPHONE COMP SEMIFINALIST 

* FEATURED IN DOWNBEAT MAGAZINE (USA)

* NOMINATED FOR 2016 YOUNG AUSTRALIAN JAZZ ARTIST OF THE YEAR

* DEBUT ALBUM “UNEXPECTED GREETING” (ABC) 4 STARS IN “THE AUSTRALIAN” 

* PERFORMED LIVE ON ABC BRISBANE,PERTH,SUNSHINE COAST.

* WORKED IN NEW YORK WITH DRUMMER BILLY KAYE (CHARLIE PARKER, THELONIOUS MONK, STANLEY TURRENTINE)

Have Performed At

Melbourne International Jazz festival, Manly Jazz Festival, Sydney Opera House, Sydney Entertainment Centre, Sydney Town Hall, Foundry 616, The Basement, 505, The Ellington (Perth), The Jazz Lab (Melbourne), Doo Bop Jazz Bar (Brisbane), Smalls Jazz Club (NYC), Smoke Jazz Club (NYC), Fat Cat (NYC), Smithsonian (Washington D.C) and many more

Have Played With

Joel Frahm (USA), Carl Allen (USA), Rodney Whittaker (USA), Reggie Thomas (USA), Steve Carrington (USA), Stacy Dillard (USA), Dale Barlow, James Morrison, James Muller, Evelyn Duprai, Emma Pask, Judy Bailey, Phil Stack, 

“What he has achieved insures an

extremely bright future.” – Jimmy Heath (USA)

 “He Flaunts an assertive tone, with an advanced harmonic sensibility and technical fluency that confirm his reverence to Bird and Cannonball Adderley”- Bob Doerschuk (Downbeat Magazine)

“Michael Griffin has his feet firmly rooted in tradition and his ear leaning towards the future. He should have a promising future to accompany his skills and special talent ” Vincent Herring (USA)

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