JURY AND WAUGH

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Guitar, Percussion & Vocal Duo

Wayne Jury and Greg Waugh share a passion for a well-crafted tune and apart from some more recent popular tunes they draw heavily on the American songbook from the 1920’s to the 1950’s for their inspiration, much to the delight of their audience.

The American songbook has been raided and interpreted by the greats of music all over the world. The songs are rich in musical craft, melodic beauty, and emotional expression. They are timeless songs that seem to have the ability to speak to us personally. Performers such as Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra, even Ray Charles have drawn deeply from the well. Contemporary performers: Robbie Williams, Harry Connick Jnr, Diana Krall and Michael Buble continue the tradition.

Wayne Jury and Greg Waugh pay homage to the American songbook in their own humble way, respecting the tradition and often choosing to perform the verses left out of modern performances. There’s no flashy pyrotechnics, but you will get some great classic songs performed by a pair of seasoned musicians who love what they do and are good at it.

Guitarist, arranger, and band leader GREG WAUGH graduated from the Sydney Conservatorium in 1990 with an Associate Diploma in Jazz Studies. He then returned to Geelong to start a 20 year tenure as Co-ordinator of the Advanced Diploma of Music at the Gordon institute of TAFE. His reputation for producing high achieving and highly developed musicians is still strong among academics from tertiary institutions around Australia. Throughout these years he played in many groups, either as a side man or as leader and is highly respected amongst both his peers and students. Greg is a guitarist of some note. (Pardon the pun). His 9 piece ensemble called Hip-Notation was hired for the launch of Cameron Mackintosh’s musical ‘5 Guy’s Called Mo’. He also led the highly regarded Big Band “The Full Catastrophe” which featured some of Australia’s most respected musicians. These days he teaches music and prefers to play in small ensembles, as he does every Friday in a duo with singer Wayne Jury.

WAYNE JURY, Singer

Wayne’s initiation into the world of music began at 15 in Geelong supporting Australia’s finest touring bands. He continued the journey moving to Melbourne then to Sydney where he took his bag off the bus and planted himself for 30 years. Since then he has played thousands of gigs all over Australia including opening for blues greats Robert Cray, Albert Collins, Canned Heat, and Buddy Guy with his band Black Cat Moan and touring nationally for 7 years with guitar prodigy Nathan Cavaleri (including opening for the great B.B. King.)

Apart from rock and blues music he flirted with Jazz but never pursued it with a passion until returning to hometown Geelong in 2007 when he enrolled in the Advanced Diploma of music at The Gordon Institute of TAFE. The Coordinator of studies was Greg Waugh.

Over the next 2 years Wayne’s Jazz repertoire expanded as did his understanding of music.

Apart from teaching singing and facilitating ‘Blues Boot Camps’, he continues to perform at festivals, locally and around Australia.

Frankie Lee (ABC Sydney) says “Wayne Jury's music can evoke strong emotions. His exceptional voice has the power, the technical strength, and the main ingredient - absolutely heartfelt soul - to really move the audience.”