John Black - Musician
I worked full-time as a musician in Sydney before moving to Canberra in the mid 80s to lecture at the School of Music. Today I work as a piano player, singer, arranger and composer. Sometimes I work solo but usually with other artists. Recent collaborations have been with Ben Schumann in the BlackSchu Band with shows at the Street Theatre, Canberrang, the Australian and the Thredbo Blues Festivals.
I've also worked recently with singers Lisa McClelland (Simply Divine), Tony Haley, Gaye Reid, Annie Sloane (Annie and the Armadillos), Angela Lount (Funky Fedoras), Sydney Band the Acca Daquiris and the Canberra branch of The Baker Boys.
Before that I worked with Sweet Mischief with performances at the Manly and Thredbo Jazz Festivals and the Island Jazz Festival in Samoa.
My composition Millennium Jive was a finalist in the national Music Oz Awards in 2002.
My arrangement of Let It Be was performed in 2012 by the Sydney Philharmonia Choir as well as by the Sydney Children's Choir and Gondwana Voices.
And back in the dark ages in Sydney I worked with people such as Simon Gallagher, Judy Conelli, Marty Rhone and Tommy Steele.
A few highlights:
Playing a solo piano tribute to the composer Hoagy Carmichael on the Mike Willesee show
Playing support at the Canberra Theatre for Dizzy Gillespie and his United Nations Orchestra
Studying Cuban piano styles in Havana with Andres Alén.