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About BLOW


BLOW has been at the forefront of Australian contemporary jazz since its inception as Musiikki Oy during the early 1980s. [The name change necessary to avoid identity confusion when touring in Europe].


BLOW’s artistic vision is limitless and ever evolving, inspired by the moment, the place, the audience, the mood and the empathy shared by the members of the ensemble.  Exceptional improvisers who create a group sound that is uniquely BLOW.


BLOW is:


Ted Vining (drums, co-leader), a cornerstone of Australian Jazz, a drum colossus and cultural force for over half a century.  Ted has toured with US jazz greats Dizzy Gillespie, George Cables, Nat Adderley, Clifford Jordan, Lee Konitz and Mark Murphy, among others, and has recorded and performed at major International and Australian Festivals with the Brian Brown Quartet, Ted Vining Trio, Bernie McGann, Alan Lee Quartet, Don Burrows, David Tolley, Musiikki Oy and many others.


In 2017 Ted Vining was bestowed the prestigious Graeme Bell Hall Of Fame Award Jazz Bell Award.  The Award recognises outstanding artistic achievement and contribution to Australian jazz by a living artist.  At the 2017 awards ceremony – held at Bird’s Basement in Melbourne –  founder Albert Dadon said."The Bells are 15 years old this year and I’m thankful for the opportunity to contribute to the legacy of the greats that continuously inspires our contemporaries to expand the music and the meaning of jazz in the present."   All winners were determined by a panel of revered Australian and International Jazz identities.


Bob Sedergreen (piano, keyboards), is widely recognised as a Living National Treasure.  Along with his own Blues on the Boil and Art Attack, he was a core member, along with Ted, of the iconic Brian Brown Quartet, and has been fundamental to the identity and popularity of the Ted Vining Trio for over four decades.  Bob has also been the accompanist of choice for such Jazz luminaries as Dizzy Gillespie, Nat Adderley, Milt Jackson, Phil Woods, Ritchie Cole, blues legend Jimmy Witherspoon, and many more.


Peter Harper (alto saxophone, co-leader), has been with BLOW since inception and has been a torch bearer for the avant garde on four continents, both as an instrumentalist and an inspirational composer.  His searingly powerful sound manifests his longtime dedication to the practice of overtones and musical studies under Ratu Pandji, and the great English reedman Evan Parker. Peter has toured and recorded with Musiikki Oy, Tibetan Dixie, Australian Art Orchestra, Mulatu Astatke, Black Jesus Experience, Night Z [Holland, Belgium, Switzerland] and The Big One.


Ian Dixon (trumpet, flugelhorn), is another long-time member of BLOW, joining in the late 1980s, and remaining in the band even during 15 years based in London.  Ian’s work in the global electronica scene, with his band Ute resulted in cross-discipline collaborations in film and TV, with visual artists, choreographers and in digital media. Ian has performed and recorded with artists including Irmin Schmidt (Can), Guru, Kenny Garrett, Mulatu Astatke, Black Jesus Experience, Kumo, Ape, No-Man, Night Z, Dub Pistols, West Park and DC2/4.


Gareth Hill (double bass), began playing music as a violinist aged eight, switching to bass to study with renowned US ex-pat Eric Ajaye in Canberra.  Gareth’s dedication to his art led to New York where he studied with legendary bassists Rufus Reid and John Patitucci.  Gareth has toured and performed with Amanda Palmer (Dresden Dolls), with jazz greats Bernie McGann and Mark Levine.  He is deeply involved in Melbourne’s vibrant band scene withMikelangelo, Tin Star and The End, and is a member of Ted Vining’s Impressions.

          Ted Vining        
          Bob Sedergreen     
        Peter Harper       
               Ian Dixon           
           Gareth Hill