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Modern jazz guitar master James Sherlock is one of the best straight ahead jazz guitar players in Australia. Whether playing in classic guitar trio or with vocalist, he’s right at home with the swinging jazz standards repertoire from the 50’s and 60’s right through to present day, and it is always a delight to be at James's performances.

A significant figure on the Australian jazz scene for a number of years, member of the famous “BOPSTRETCH” band that has held a Wednesday residency at Uptown for almost 8 years. Having recently been recorded live by ABC FM radio's "JazzTrack," this trio is the quintessential guitar led jazz sound.  James has performed, toured, recorded and collaborated with a variety of Australian and International musicians; however, the Guitar/Bass/Drums trio has been the backbone of James' performance output for over 20 years. This incarnation of the trio features outstanding bassist Ben Hanlon and Danny Fischer on drums.

"This could be exhibit A in the case that some of the world's most exciting jazz is being made in Australia.” John Shand - Sydney Morning Herald (“Watermark” review)

Her Prominence as a performer on the Melbourne and International jazz scene has seen her perform under her own name at the Melbourne international Jazz Festival, Melbourne Music Week, Brunswick Music Festival, National Gallery of Victoria and the Melbourne Recital Centre in addition to her renown performances at local jazz clubs Bennetts Lane and JazzLab. In addition to her endeavours as a solo artists is an impressive career as a session musician which has seen her perform with artists including Maceo Parker, Midnight Oil, Vince Jones, Masta Ace and tour the US and Europe with Grammy Nominated Australian country soul band ‘The Teskey Brothers.’

‘While Powne’s immense skills as a performer are unquestionable, her latest work shows her confidence as a composer and front person is in full blossom..’ Earmilk



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