Jeremy Greig is a trombonist who graduated in 1995 with a Bachelor of Music from the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts’ 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 he was a teaching assistant and completed a Master of Music from the University of Miami in 1999. During this time he performed and recorded in a group with multi-instrumental legend and Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers alumni Ira Sullivan, known as the Inter/Outer Continental Quintet, with which he attributes as “the greatest training ground anyone could have.” Mr Sullivan served as a mentor and fundamental teacher of “Jazz’s life experiences”.
It was also at 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). Performers that he has worked with include international Jazz musicians such as Maria Schneider, Jimmy Heath, Wynton Marsalis, Joe Lovano, Mannie Albam, Bob Mintzer, Dave Liebman, and Rick Margitza.
Other International names he has performed with include Ray Charles, Natalie Cole, Barry Gibb, Don Rickles, Peter Nero with the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra, Max Pelicano (Elvis to the Max), Steve Lawrence and Edie Gorme, Wayne Newton, and Thirsty Merc.
His recording credits include internationally released albums Intercontinental Drift (Artists of the NY Trumpet Company 2007), Mischievous Girl (2005) and Hip Mo Toast Live (Hip Mo Toast Big Band 2004), Bread and Circuses (Graham Collier and the Collective 2004), and The Second Kumin’ of Kev (Kevin ‘Bloody’ Wilson 2002). In 2003 he toured regional WA with Country Arts on “Simply Sinatra” featuring vocalist James Flynn.
Jeremy works as a freelance musician playing in musicals such as the stage production of Chicago, Dirty Dancing, salsa band Descarga, modern brass quintet Q, Jamie Oehlers’ Blowfish, and is a regular member of the Hip mo Toast Big Band. He also co-ordinated a successful 4 week tour through Country Arts WA in mid 2008 with a show entitled Descarga and Dance which toured the Cocos/Keeling and Christmas islands. Jeremy has recorded on numerous TV and radio commercials and is currently employed as the Certificate IV (jazz) course co-ordinator and is a specialist lecturer in Jazz Brass and Musicianship at the WA Academy of Performing arts. He teaches Big band, Jazz history, theory, aural training, principle study, and takes various ensembles.