The Gravy ‘Trane is an exciting upcoming Jazz Quartet from the nation’s capital. Forged at the beginning of the year in the crucible that is ANU’s Bachelor of Music Performance Course, the group’s individuals found refuge in one another among the School of Music’s endless sea of musical theatre vocalists, guitarists, and booked ensemble rooms. The group draws inspiration from creators across the musical spectrum, including artists such as Dhafer Youssef, Tigran Hamasyan, the Oscar Peterson Trio, Johnny Hodges, Cedar Walton, Stephen Scott and Abdullah Ibrahim (quite a few pianists it seems). The group shares a love for gravy, for ‘Trane, and for re-imagined Jazz standards as well as carefully constructed and beautifully composed original works. This quartet of instrumentalists is constructed of four musical individuals, namely –
Isaac Said – Double Bass
Thomas Colemanbell – Alto Saxophone
Caleb Campbell – Piano
Hugh Magri-Bull – Drums
While still in its youth, The Gravy ‘Trane has already received awards and performed at notable events. They are the recent winners of the Friends of the School of Music Ensemble Prize competition 2018, both overall winners and people’s choice. In April, they opened up for the incredible Warwick Alder and his band when the mighty trumpeter came down to Canberra.
With Jazz constantly at the forefront of their minds, the Gravy ‘Trane aims to excite, to innovate and to inspire others through their music.