Steve Sedergreen is one of Melbourne’s leading jazz educators. He completed his Diploma of Music at The Victorian College of the Arts in 1987, and a Diploma of Education in 1991.
In 2008 he earned his Master of Arts from RMIT. He re-worked his thesis into a jazz text called “Start Playing Jazz Piano Now”. Distributed through publishers Hal Leonard (and on Steve’s own website) it is now in its second edition.
In addition to his tertiary teaching experience at the The Victorian College of the Arts, The Conservatorium of Music; (both University of Melbourne), and Monash University, Steve has extensive experience in conducting jazz and improvisation workshops.
Steve’s exceptional and varied performance career is now entering its fourth decade.
A talented and charismatic jazz pianist and improviser Steve Sedergreen has made a vital and indelible imprint on the Melbourne jazz scene over the years. He possesses an exceptional improvisational sensibility that is true to the spirit of jazz.
Steve has performed with both Australian and internationally renowned artists as well as leading his own bands (most notably Mistaken Identity). He has played at all of Melbourne’s key music venues all and at many venues and festivals around the country. In the earlier 2000’s Steve was a director of Dizzy’s Jazz Club and as well as performed there curated the jazz artists and scheduled their shows.
As well as enjoying success as a performer and recording artist, Steve has acted as a mentor and teacher to countless young jazz musicians who have gone on to enjoy great success including members of internationally successful The Cat Empire.
JAZZ IN THE STUDIO
Drawing on his extensive performance experience and twenty-year career as an educator, Steve explains the principles of his performance-based teaching method and demonstrates how students can put this into practice. Steve will 'de-mystify' jazz and the jazz process. It will be an engaging experience where you will play with a real sense of freedom, improvising in the moment.