Jazz Music Institute (JMI) is a higher education provider based in Brisbane, Australia delivering accredited courses in music specialising in jazz performance. JMI also runs a jazz club on campus open to the public every Thursday and Friday night called JMI Live. The sessions have been streaming live from Facebook and YouTube, reaching a broader audience – and creating an amazing archive of performances.
The club may be closed, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, but the gigs are still going ahead online, every Thursday.
This week JMI Live featured pianist Eden Armstrong and guitarist Royce Jenner.
Currently in his final year at the Queensland Conservatorium, Eden Armstrong is an emerging name in the Brisbane music scene. Pocketing the inspiration he draws from Barry Harris to Bill Evans, Eden consistently injects a unique voice into his love of the Great American Songbook and beyond.
Meanwhile, in the few years he has been active on the Brisbane jazz scene, Royce Jenner has built a reputation as a swingin accompanist and explosive improviser. He values, and aims to express, an honesty and respect of tradition in his musical explorations.
Together, these two up-and-coming players bring contrasting yet synergistic voices to a selection of their favourite tunes from the standard repertoire.