NEWS ARCHIVE PAGE

This was an early news page I discovered amongst my files from 1997. Back then the News page was called "Current Activities".


THE GORDON RYTMEISTER DRUM WEB PAGE
Current Activities


Gordon has returned from the U.S.A where he was studying and playing through February.

After two very successful workshops at The Australian Academy of Music in Brisbane, he has resumed work with The Don Burrows Quartet. They're off to Tasmania for some concerts with The Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra from April 15th.

Gordon is playing around town with Louise Perryman and freelancing doing other gigs and sessions.

He will be appearing with Glue at the Harbourside Brasserie on MAY 13th. DON'T MISS IT!!!!!!!




And here is a page from around November/December 1997.


THE GORDON RYTMEISTER DRUM WEB PAGE
Current Activities


Gordon is once again busy in and around Sydney with, The Don BurrowsQuartet, Louise Perryman, and Funk band Back to Back as well as the usualarray of sessions and freelance live stuff.

Gordon also features as the cover story of DrumScene. An Australian drummagazine. Check it out at a news agent near you for an in depth interview.

He will be appearing with Glue at the Harbourside Brasserie on November 25th. DON'T MISS IT!!!!!!! and then also at the new REZERECTION Club (250 Cleleveland St Surry Hills) on December 11

Also in the pipeline is work on a new Latin Trio featuring the keyboard wizardry of Bill Risby and the amazing Mark Costa on Bass. ! Stay tuned.

December Public Performance Highlights

November 22nd: Louise Perryman at the Imperial Hotel 10.30pm

November 23rd: Anne Marie Rudd at the Middle Harbour Yacht Club 4.00pm

November 25nd: Glue at the Harbourside Brasserie 9.00pm

November 27nd: Frank Bennet at Star City (The New Sydney Casino) Midnight

November 28th: Don Burrows at the Manly Pacific Hotel 8.30pm

November 29nd: Gordon Brisker at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music 7.00pm, Julie Anthony at the ANA Hotel 8.30pm, Frank Bennet at Star City (The New Sydney Casino) Midnight

November 30th: Blue Martinis at the Marriot Hotel 8.00pm

December 1st: Frank Bennet at Star City (The New Sydney Casino) Midnight

December 2nd: Frank Bennet at Star City (The New Sydney Casino) Midnight

December 3rd: Frank Bennet at Star City (The New Sydney Casino) Midnight

December 4th: Frank Bennet at Star City (The New Sydney Casino) Midnight

December 5th: Don Burrows at the Manly Pacific Hotel 8.30pm

December 11th: Glue at ReZerection (250 Cleveland Street, Corner of Chalmers St, Surry Hills)10.30pm

December 13th: Don Burrows at the Manly Pacific Hotel 8.30pm

December 15th: Frank Bennet at Star City (The New Sydney Casino) Midnight

December 16th: Frank Bennet at Star City (The New Sydney Casino) Midnight

December 17: Frank Bennet at Star City (The New Sydney Casino) Midnight

December 18th: Frank Bennet at Star City (The New Sydney Casino) Midnight

December 19th: Don Burrows at the Manly Pacific Hotel 8.30pm

December 20th: Erana Clark at the Opera House 6.00pm, Frank Bennet at Star City (The New Sydney Casino) Midnight

December 26th: Don Burrows at the Manly Pacific Hotel 8.30pm

December 27th: Blue Martinis at the 5 Beaches restaurant Manly 8.00pm

December 31st: Maragaret Urlich and Grace Knoght in Cairns



This next Current Activities page was from October/November 2002 and it's accompanied below with 3 Live Gig pages as they were then known from September, October and November 2002.


THE GORDON RYTMEISTER DRUM WEB PAGE

CURRENT ACTIVITIES



Gordon has just returned from overseas where he had been playing in Toronto Canada backing Tom Burlinson in his wonderful tribute to Frank Sinatra; "FRANK: A LIFE IN SONG"

Since returning home he has been busy trying to finish his studio. He has also been catching up on teaching at the Conservatorium of Music and doing sessions including a great new CD recording for Adrian Cunningham, a fantastic young tenor sax and clarinet player.

He's also been busy playing live with Don Burrows, Steve Edmonds, Frank Bennett and Kere Buchanan's "Beat Goes On" tribute to Steely Dan. Check the Live Gigs page for dates and venues in September.

Some dates for October so far:

4/10/02 Gordon will be playing with The Sydney All Star Big Band @ The Manly Jazz Festival Banquet

5/10/02 Gordon will be playing with Marcia Hines @ The Civic Hotel Sydney

7/10/02 Gordon will be playing with Marie Wilson, Don Rader, Kevin Hunt and Dave Pudney @ The Manly Jazz Festval

7/10/02 Gordon will be playing with The Sydney All Star Big Band @ The Basement

8/10/02 Gordon will be playing with Marcia Hines @ The SydneyTown Hall

11/10/02 Gordon will be playing with Marcia Hines @ Campbelltown RSL

12/10/02 Gordon will be playing with Marcia Hines @ The Civic Hotel Sydney

14/10/02 Gordon will be playing with A Special Guitar Night featuring Rod McCormack, Stewart French and Rex Goh @ The Basement

25/10/02 Gordon will be playing with Steve McKenna @ TBC

31/10/02 Gordon will be playing with Tom Bulinson in Melbourne

9/11/02 Gordon will be performing a Clinic For Yamaha Drums in Penrith

14/11/02 Gordon will be playing with Rhonda Burchmore TBC

15/11/02 Gordon will be playing with Joe Longthorne @ Twin Towns

16/11/02 Gordon will be playing with Joe Longthorne @ Twin Towns

17/11/02 Gordon will be playing with Joe Longthorne in Sydney

19/11/02 Gordon will be playing with Joe Longthorne in Melbourne

21/11/02 Gordon will be playing with Joe Longthorne in Adelaide

23/11/02 Gordon will be playing with Joe Longthorne in Perth


Here's the Live Gigs page from September 2002.


LIVE GIGS

Catch Gordo at one of these live gigs in September

Sunday 01
Monday 02
Tuesday 03
Wednesday 04
Thursday 05
Friday 06
Saturday 07
      Frank Bennett @ the Civic Hotel Sydney
Sunday 08
Monday 09
Tuesday 10
Wednesday 11
Thursday 12

Friday 13

Saturday 14
     Steve Edmonds Band @ The Civic Hotel SydneyDon Burrows & Julie Anthony @ Souths SydneyJuniorsDon Burrows & Julie Anthony @ Souths SydneyJuniors
Sunday 15
Monday 16
Tuesday 17
Wednesday 18
Thursday 19
Friday 20
Saturday 21
Lex Wilson Tribute @ The Basement Sydney   Steve Edmonds Band @ The Civic Hotel SydneyDave Pudney @ NewcastleDon Burrows & Julie Anthony @ Ettalong RSL
Sunday 22
Monday 23
Tuesday 24
Wednesday 25
Thursday 26
Friday 27
Saturday 28
Don Burrows & Julie Anthony @ Dural Country Club     The Beat Goes On - Steely Dan Tribute in Newcastle

The Beat Goes On - Steely Dan Tribute @ The Basement

Sunday 29
Monday 30





       

Here's the Live Gigs page from October 2002.


LIVE GIGS

Catch Gordo at one of these live gigs in October

Sunday 29
Monday 30
Tuesday 01
Wednesday 02
Thursday 03
Friday 04
Saturday 05

 

        CANCELLED The Sydney All Star Big Band @ /Manly Jazz Festival Banquet
CANCELLED
Marcia Hines @ The Civic Hotel Sydney
Sunday 06
Monday 07
Tuesday 08
Wednesday 09
Thursday 10

Friday 11

Saturday 12
  Marie Wilson & Kevin Hunt Trio @Manly Jazz Festival, Ocean Front Stage
The Sydney All Star Big Band @ The Basement Sydney
Marcia Hines @ The Sydney Town Hall     Marcia Hines @ Campbelltown RSL Marcia Hines @ The Civic Hotel Sydney
Sunday 13
Monday 14
Tuesday 15
Wednesday 16
Thursday 17
Friday 18
Saturday 19
  The Giants of Guitar @ The Basement Sydney The Ian Cooper Big Band CD Launch @ The Basement Sydney     Frank Bennett Sydney Ray Thistlethwate @ Wine Banc
Sunday 20
Monday 21
Tuesday 22
Wednesday 23
Thursday 24
Friday 25
Saturday 26
Sandy White Camden
        Steve McKenna Newcastle

Frank Bennett Brisbane

Sunday 27
Monday 28
Tuesday 29
Wednesday 30
Thursday 31
Friday 01Saturday 02
 The Sydney Symphony Orchestra @ The Sydney Opera House  Tom Burlinson in Melbourne (Private Function)  

Here's the Live Gigs page from November 2002.


LIVE GIGS
Catch Gordo at one of these live gigs in November

Monday 28
Tuesday 29
Wednesday 30
Thursday 31
Friday 01
Saturday 02
Sunday 03

Russell Watson with The SSO - Sydney opera House Vanessa Amorosi - Pepsi Live Tom Burlinson - Melbourne
Monday 04
Tuesday 05
Wednesday 06
Thursday 07

Friday 08

Saturday 09 Sunday 10
Drum Clinic - Western Sydney Institute of TAFE   The Sydney All Star Big Band - Town Hall Sydney Drum Clinic - Penrith
Grace Knight with The Ray Alldridge Trio
Sandy White
Monday 11
Tuesday 12
Wednesday 13
Thursday 14
Friday 15
Saturday 16 Sunday 17
Sarah McGregor @ The Basement, Sydney Joe Longthorne - Twin Towns Joe Longthorne - Twin Towns Joe Longthorne - Sydney
Monday 18
Tuesday 22
Wednesday 19
Thursday 20
Friday 21
Saturday 22 Sunday 23
Joe Longthorne - Melbourne Joe Longthorne - Adelaide Joe Longthorne - Perth

Monday 24
Tuesday 25
Wednesday 26
Thursday 27
Friday 28
Saturday 29
Sunday 30
The Sydney All Star Big Band - The Basement, Sydney Frank BennettLuscius - the City Tattersols Club, SydneyCatie Halliday - Private Function
Tom Burlinson

And now we jump to November 2003 right through to the present.


WHAT'S NEW


NOVEMBER 2003

G'day and welcome to the November news page.

To begin with the best possible news; I'm going to be a dad! My wife and I are totally over the moon. Everything is going well, and we're extremely excited! The baby is due on my birthday in May 2004. I'd like to take this opportunity to thank all of you who have sent us your congratulations and best wishes.

On the music front, work on Australian Idol continues. They're now down to two contestants and it's getting really interesting. It's been a real joy to work with John Foreman. He and I were at the Sydney Con together about fifteen years ago. We played a lot over next few years but then John moved to Melbourne to do GMA, so unfortunately we don't get to play much these days. He does an amazing job each week, pulling together these huge orchestras with strings and percussion and it's all arranged in a couple of days. It's by far the best TV gig I've ever done because there's so much music to play and so much variety. One minute I'm trying to do a Bonzo impression and the next a tight R&B loop thing. There's been everything from swing to power rock ballads; it's a dream gig. The players have been great and the singers have been fantastic too. There may be more live appearances or pre-records; we'll have to wait and see.

On the Australian Idol Set

The cool thing is I've had a chance to use just about all my Yamaha kits; the Hip Gig for the unplugged show, the Maple Customs for the Big Band Show and a combination of my old 9000 Recording Customs and my new Oak for all the pop and rock stuff.....and I'm loving my Sabian Evolution Crashes too!

Some live highlights this month include Luscious (Sydney Nov 7), Kevin Hunt (The Basement Sydney Nov 11), Marcia Hines (The Gold Coast Nov 14, Darling Harbour Sydney Nov 15) Don Burrows (at the Bungendore Festival Nov 16), (and in Sydney on Nov 22), Tom Burlinson (Melbourne Nov 21), Marie Wilson (The Central Coast Nov 23) and The Sydney All Star Big Band (Sydney Nov 27).

Here's a shot doing some recording in Sony Studios Sydney. Also experimenting with the Yamaha Sub Kick. Sounds awesome!!

Take it easy. 'Til next month, Gordo.


WHAT'S NEW


DECEMBER 2003/JANUARY 2004

G'day and welcome to the December/January news page.

Sorry this update is a bit late. I've just returned from China on a last minute trip doing a gig launching the latest 5 Series BMW. Great gig with a great band put together by Rex Goh. It included Mark Costa, Dieter Kleemann, Dave Pritchard, with Tony Azzopardi and Sunil De Silva on percussion. But for some very strange reason they didn't give me a new BMW.....

Here's me in front of the car they didn't give me!

Anyway, December highlights include a gig with Tom Burlinson and The Sydney All Star Big Band (December 5), one night with James Morrison at Hornsby RSL (December 6), then it's off to Norfolk Island for a few days for the Norfolk Island Jazz Festival where I'll be playing with The Kevin Hunt Trio, Don Burrows and Julie Anthony.There are a couple of corporate gigs after that including a night with Emma Pask and The Sydney All Star Big Band and then I'm off until after Christmas.

January 2004 looks set to be a beauty. On the 17th I'll be joining The Sydney All Star Big Band backing Canadian Jazz legend, Rob McConnell at the Jazz in the Domain concert. We'll then be doing a full night at the Basement on Monday January 19. Also at the Basement the following night, Glue will be performing as part of a special fusion festival. That should be a great gig. Hopefully the CD will be finished...fingers crossed!

Now it's a little premature but there is talk of an Australian Idol finalists tour in late January so check back here soon. As soon as I know anything I'll update the page.

Until then I'd like to wish anyone surfing by, all the very best for the festive season and the New Year. Merry Christmas, Cheers Gordo.

Here's a shot taken standing in Tiananmen Square in front of the Forbidden City. You can see the portrait of Chairman Mao above the entrance. Pretty rugged up coming into negetive temperatures from a beautiful Sydney summer.


WHAT'S NEW


FEBRUARY 2004

Hi there, and thanks for stopping by.

I'm sorry for the late update; things have been pretty full on of late. I've just returned from a three week stint with the Australian Idol Live show - that was a real hoot. Great band and band leader (John Foreman), and entertaining show, great crowds with lots of laughs! Here's a shot of the band (unfortunately without John), with our tour names....

From left to right, Dave (Chart) Pritchard-Blunt, Chris (Fit) Kamzelas, Stew (Rock) Kirwan, Mark (Big) Costa, Louise (Gotta) Anton, Mark (Shosha) Taylor, Stevie (Nice) Edmonds, and Gordo (Loud) Rytmeister (yet to get dressed).

By the way, the Idol Concert will be televised on Channel Ten on Tuesday February 10 (my wedding anniversary) at 7.30pm.

From mid-January I've been pretty busy working with Canadian Jazz legend, Rob McConnell at the Jazz in the Domain concert on the 17th and then at the Basement on Monday January 19. Also at the Basement the following night, Glue made a brief appearance. And during that week rehearsals began for the Aussie Idol tour so I had quite a bit of material to digest.

There was also what turned out to be a fantastic night with Doug Parkinson and Glenn Shorrock. I can't express the joy to play with those guys doing their classic originals. There will be more gigs with them later in the year.

In the two days we had off from the tour, the band managed to squeeze in The Australia Day Concert on the lawns of Parliament House in Canberra. There we played (under some pretty hairy conditions) with, amongst others, Marcia Hines, Guy Sebastian, Shannon Noll, Jon Stevens and Paulini. The concert was televised nationally on the Ten Network.

Here's a shot taken with Australian Idol, Guy Sebastian. I really believe Guy is a supreme talent and has a huge future! And he's the most genuine, top bloke you could meet.

So things will quieten down a bit this week. I'm at the Soup Plus on Monday February 9, and working with Tom Burlinson and Glenn Shorrock in Melbourne on a couple of corporate gigs next weekend. Then there're some gigs with Anthony Warlow on a double bill with Shirley Bassey later in the month in the Hunter and Yarra Valleys.

So, hope to see you soon. Thanks for your emails, questions and support.

Cheers Gordo.


WHAT'S NEW


MARCH 2004

G'day,

Thanks for stopping by.

I've just returned from Victoria where I was working with Anthony Warlow and Rhonda Burchmore at Spray Farm Winery. Unfortunately the gig was somewhat sabotaged by the weather.....wind and rain...... I guess that's the risk with an outdoor gig. The band was great - made up of players from both Sydney and Melbourne.

In a couple of days I'll be heading overseas to Singapore and then Thailand for some gigs with Frank Bennett. That should be fun. We're only travelling with Frank, myself and Ralph Pyl (Lead trumpet), and we'll be picking up the rest of the band in each place we play.

Upon my return I'll be joining Bill Risby and Doug Parkinson in some preproduction for Doug's new CD. The concept is to bring an acoustic jazz ensemble sound, to some standard pop tunes.

Then later in the month I'll be performing at the Sydney Entertainment Centre for the Premier's concerts, one night with Ian Cooper's band featuring Nena Fero and there's a couple of fill-ins with James Morrison's band too.

It's also my sad duty to write that the GLUE CD has yet again been put on hold for a while. We're working on sorting through the problems so stay tuned. I'm sorry to those of you who eagerly await the CD's release.

Anyway until next month, keep practising and all the best.

Cheers Gordo


WHAT'S NEW


APRIL 2004

The Sydney All Star Big Band from a great gig we did last year featuring American Trumpet Master, Bobby Shew.
L TO R: Colin Philpot, Graham Jesse, Ralph Pyl (Leader), Steve Fitzmaurice, Warick Alder, Gordon Rytmeister, Mark Taylor, Paul Panichi, Tim Oram, Don Rader, Dave Panichi, Anthony Kable, Bill Risby, Bobby Shew, Dave Pudney, Ben Gurton and Craig Walters.

G'day,

Last week I did a special one-off gig with John Foreman for BMG Records. The gig featured nearly all of BMG's artists playing standards or their own songs in an "unplugged/swing" style. Artists included, Guy Sebastion, Shannon Noll, a new R&B/Soul artist called Nessa Morgan, Rob "Millsy" Mills, Mercury 4, Wendy Matthews and Tania Doko. The band was great and included the legendary Rex Goh on Guitar and Jonathan Zwartz on both electric and acoustic Bass. And of course it was a great pleasure again to play with John Foreman, who is I think the coolest cat under pressure that I've ever met!

During April I'll be subbing for Craig Simon in James Morrison's Band on a few gigs in Sydney and around the country. Some of the gigs are private conventions but the public dates are, April 2, (Adelaide), April 8 (Sydney at The Basement) and April 17 (Hobart).

I'll also be doing some recording for Louise Perryman's next CD in my own studio.

And it's only 8 weeks until my wife and I will have our first baby so I'll be busy in preparation and learning as much as I can about that!

Cheers Gordo


WHAT'S NEW


JUNE 2004

Gordon & Emily Rytmeister are over the moon to welcome into the world the most beautiful Mabel Grace.

Born May 30 at 6.08pm and weighing 3.6 kg (7 pounds 15 ounces) she is 55cm tall (21 inches).

Mother exhausted but doing well, baby absolutely beautiful and father a blithering mess!!!!!!

Love to all.

A very proud and overwhelmed father.

Cheers Gordo


WHAT'S NEW


JULY/AUGUST 2004

Well first of all sorry for the very late July update. I'm only now getting on top of a back load of email replies so thank you for waiting (particularly my mother in law Betty who always reads the news page!). I have been pretty busy with both work and getting used to life with our new baby daughter Mabel......not getting a whole lot of sleep I'm afraid. But we're still over the moon and Mabel is just beautiful!!!!!

I've just finished recording the second CD for Ralph Pyl's Sydney All Star Big Band. It should be out within a month or two. Right now I'm a little close to the project but I reckon when it's mixed and mastered it's going to be a real slamming Big Band CD! It includes arrangements by Dave Panichi, Don Rader, Graham Jesse, Richard Percival, Judy Bailey, Terry Promane from Toronto, Canada and the legendary Bob Florence from The USA. I'll make sure I create a link when it's released so you can get your copy!

Also this month I'm in preproduction for a CD with legendary Aussie Soul Man Doug Parkinson. That's also going to be great and will feature Bill Risby on piano.

Another project will be Adrian Cunningham's second CD which we're recording at the end of August. Adrian's music is really exciting acoustic Jazz so I can't wait for that one.

In July I've been playing live with Doug Parkinson, Glenn Shorrock and doing a regular Tuesday night at the Monkey Bar in Balmian with Debra Dicembre's Manhattan Love Bistro. the band features Sean Wayland, Jonathon Zwartz and Dale Barlow. The music is getting better each week and it looks like I'll be continuing with Debra through Tuesdays in August (except for the 17th when I'll be with Adrian Cunningham at The Soup Plus).

And from August I'll be joining John Foreman on Australian Idol's second season. If it's half the fun of last year we're in for a great time. Hopefully the contestants will be as good and have diverse tastes like they did last year. I'm looking forward to playing a huge variety of music.

So thanks for stopping by. I'll try to keep the updates coming monthly. And thanks for all the emails and questions. All the best!

Cheers Gordo


WHAT'S NEW


SEPTEMBER 2004

In ABC Studios Sydney last month recording Debra Dicembre's CD featuring Dale Barlow, Sean Wayland and Jonathon Zwartz.

Welcome back and thanks again for stopping by.

Ralph Pyl's Big Band CD is now mixed and mastered. He just needs to finish the artwork and send it in for production. I've also recently finished recording with Adrian Cunningham for his second CD. I'll let you know when these CDs will be released and where and when we have an album launch.

This month I'll be joining James Morrison's band at the Basement on Friday September 17. I played with James there at the end of August and had a ball.

There' also a few gigs with Ralph Pyl's Big Band, "The Sydney All Stars" (September 4 and a concert at the Art Gallery of NSW on September 10). I'll also be doing gigs with Darryl Beaton (for Yamaha on September 4 and 5 at Rosehill Gardens), Frank Bennett, Johnny Nicole (Soup Plus, September 15) , Don Burrows (at the Art Gallery of NSW on September 16), an album launch (for a CD we recorded over a year ago) with Ruth Wilson (at the Side On Cafe September 14), Tuesdays with Debra Dicembre (Monkey Bar, Balmain - except September 14 & 28) as well as recording a CD with Doug Parkinson (September 27, 28, 29).

In amongst that, Australian Idol continues through September although we'll only be recording backing tracks for use on the show. There is one special live show to be recorded on September 11 featuring "The Unforgettables" - that is those who auditioned and for one reason or another were rejected by the judges. Should be a laugh a minute. In October we go live to air with various theme shows including a Big Band night!

And lastly, it is my very sad duty to have to announce that there will no longer be a Glue CD. Unfortunately due to irreconcilable differences, we won't be releasing the album. I won't go into details as to why but for me, it's been a real shame as we've never released anything over the 8 year history of the band and I know there are so many people who were looking forward to hearing the music documented. So I have to say I'm very, very sorry to those of you who came and saw the band and enthusiastically anticipated our debut release. I did EVERYTHING I could to salvage the situation but was unable to get any joy. Peter Northcote has left the band and Bill, Victor and I are discussing its future......stay tuned.

So for now, hope to see you at a gig this month.

Thanks for all the e-mails, and questions. I'll do my best to respond as fast as I can.

Cheers Gordo


NEWS


NOVEMBER 2004

At Manly Jazz Festival last month performing with Adrian Cunningham's Band featuring Adrian (Tenor/Alto Sax, Clarinet, Flute), Tony Azzopardi (Percussion), Dave Pudney (Bass), and Bill Risby (Piano). By the way that's my new YAMAHA Maple Custom Absolute Nouveau in Be-Bop sizes. It sounds awesome too!

Where did October go?

Sorry for missing the news update last month. It was just one of those months.

We had Australian Idol every Sunday plus a one off Tuesday night "Up Close and Personal" episode. I also did some recording on CDs for Doug Parkinson, Bob Johnson, Qantas Choir(!!), and Alfio Bonanno, plus a few jingle sessions. There were a bunch of live gigs including two great concerts with Doug Parkinson, Adrian Cunningham at The Manly Jazz Festival as well as the Soup Plus, Darren Percival at the Fringe Bar, Emma Pask and Barry Leef. And in my spare time.....I hung out with my beautiful wife and daughter. Emily, my wife, turned 30 in October so we celebrated in style.

November is looking pretty full on too with Idol every Sunday up to the final at The Sydney Opera House on the 21st. There are also a couple of gigs with Doug Parkinson including November 20 at Palm Beach Golf Club.

On Saturday November 27, I'll be playing in a house band for LIVING IN THE 80s which will feature a trifecta of the Best of British as well as some of Australia’s biggest bands from the 80’s all performing their biggest hits live for one night only at Luna Park in Sydney.

The line up is: TONY HADLEY (EX SPANDAU BALLET), GO WEST, ABC, WA WA NEE, 1927'S ERIC WIEDEMAN, REAL LIFE. Between them these bands have achieved a staggering 37 top 40 hits! I'm sure it's going to be a real hoot!!

I'll also be doing some recording for producer/bass player Matt Fell and some more for Alfio Bonanno.

There are a few other bits and pieces but they're unfortunately not public gigs.

I might just add that there is talk of an Australian Idol Tour early next year. I'll post the itinerary when it's all confirmed.

Once again, sorry for the delay in responding to e-mail questions. I will endeavour to reply when I'm able.

Until next time take care and thanks for dropping by.

Cheers Gordo


NEWS


2004 Round Up

Happy New Year!

What a year it's been!

2004 promised to be a great year, beginning with the Jazz in the Domain concert, where I played with Ralph Pyl's Big Band, backing internationally-renowned trombonist/arranger, Rob McConnell from Canada's Boss Brass. We played the Basement on the following Monday night with Rob and I was there again on Tuesday for what turned out to be Glue's final gig....... That was a great night which makes it harder to understand just why the band couldn't continue! Anyway, life goes on.

During the day I was rehearsing for the first Australian Idol tour, which began mid-January and took in most Australian capitals including Canberra, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide and finishing in Melbourne in mid-February. The remainder of February was taken up with gigs with Tom Burlinson, Anthony Warlow and Doug Parkinson.

March began with a short trip to Singapore and then to Phuket with Frank Bennett. My thoughts are with the wonderful people of that part of the world suffering so much hardship as a result of the recent tragic Tsunamis.


I returned to work with Russell Finch on the Premier's Concerts, and a great gig with John Foreman for BMG records, where we backed many of BMG's artists including Guy Sebastion, Wendy Matthews, Shannon Noll and Mercury 4.

In April I filled in for Craig Simon in James Morrison's band doing a few trips interstate, playing at the Basement in Sydney plus a few corporate gigs. Every time I play with James, I learn something new. It's always great and the band is on fire!

May saw plenty of recording with tracks for Louise Perryman, Rolph Harris and Guy Strazzulo. There were live gigs around town with John Nicole, Adrian Cunningham, Doug Parkinson and Ralph Pyl. And then the highlight of the year - well the highlight of my life actually! My amazing wife, Emily gave birth to our first child. The beautiful Mabel Grace Rytmeister was born happy and healthy weighing 3.6kg on 30 May 2004!!!!

I took some time off in June to become accustomed to our new life as a family.

In July I began working with Debra Dicembre's band on Tuesday nights at The Monkey Bar in Balmain. Ralph Pyl's Big Band recorded our second CD (due for release very soon), and I played live with Doug Parkinson and Glenn Shorrock.

The second series of Australian Idol began for the band in August, where we were pre-recording backing tracks for the first month of episodes. Later we would play live in the studio. Also in August, I recorded CDs for Debra Dicembre, featuring the Tuesday night band and Adrian Cunningham's second release. Both of these are due out any time now too.

September saw live gigs with James Morrison, Don Burrows, Ralph Pyl's Big Band, Frank Bennett, Darren Paul, John Nicole and a CD launch for Ruth Wilson, whose CD had been recorded about two years earlier but not released until now! I also recorded CDs for John Foreman (the Australian Idol "Unforgettables" Album), a few Big Band tracks with a singer from Adelaide with producer Bob Johnson, and Doug Parkinson's first new recording in over twenty years. This was a beautiful project featuring a great rhythm section of Bill risby, Leon Gaer and Dave Longo.

Idol continued live through October, along with gigs for Adrian Cunningham, Emma Pask, Darren Paul and Doug Parkinson.

November saw the conclusion of series two of Australian Idol with the exciting Grand Finale at the Opera House. Once again it was a pleasure to work with John Foreman, whose fantastic musicianship, and calmness always gets the best from his musicians! There was more recording for CDs for an Italian artist named Alfio Bonano and a Greek singer called Vangelis. Also a couple of quick sessions for Idol runners up - Shannon Noll's version of "Come On Aussie" and Anthony Callea's "The Prayer". Another musical highlight was the Living in the 80s concert at Luna Park. There I got to play with some local and international 80s icons including Wa Wa Nee, 1927, ABC, Tony Hadley (from Spandau Ballet), and Go West! What a hoot!

Then there was a quick trip to Myanmar with James Morrison for a one night corporate gig on the Road to Mandalay - a luxury river cruiser.


FFAMILY December began with a trip to Paris to record a CD for Green Dollar Color, a band made up of French and Australian musicians playing great traditional Oz Rock. We recorded 13 tracks to 2 inch tape. I had a great time checking out Paris too. I returned home just in time for Christmas (having missed my plane in Paris!), to find that Anthony Callea's "The Prayer" is number one and Shannon Noll's "Come On Aussie" is number two on the ARIA Singles Top 50!




NEWS


JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2005

2005 is set to be another big one. In early January I'll be in the studio recording a CD for singer/songwriter, Steve Facey.

Then it's off on another Idol Tour with rehearsals beginning mid-January. This time we're visiting more places. Here are the dates:

AUSTRALIAN IDOL SERIES 2 TOUR 2005

  • January 18, Tuesday: Newcastle Entertainment Centre

  • January 20, Thursday: Wollongong WIN Entertainment Centre

  • January 22, Saturday: Sydney Entertainment Centre

  • January 24, Monday: Canberra AIS Arena

  • January 28, Friday: Perth Burswood Dome

  • January 30, Sunday: Adelaide Entertainment Centre

  • February 1, Tuesday: Melbourne Vodafone Arena

  • February 4, Friday: Hobart Derwent Entertainment Centre

  • February 5, Saturday: Launceston Silverdome

  • February 9, Wednesday: Cairns Convention Centre

  • February 10, Thursday: Townsville Entertainment Centre

  • February 12, Saturday: Brisbane Entertainment Centre

  • February 13, Sunday: Gold Coast Convention Centre

I'll also be performing in this year's Jazz in the Domain and Jazz in the Park concerts, as part of the Festival of Sydney's free outdoor entertainment program. Below is some info:

JAZZ IN THE DOMAIN JAN 15 2005/JAZZ IN THE PARK JAN 23 2005

Blowin' the Blues

Expanding the tradition of Sydney Festival's free public concerts in the Domain, for the first time we present a fantastic line up of jazz and blues artists in Parramatta Park as well.

Join jazz legend James Morrison and his special guests, including Renee Geyer, The Backsliders and Jeff Lang as they explore blues music and its influence on Australian performance and performers, at this year's Jazz in the Domain.

This extraordinary line-up of artists joins the Sydney Festival Jazz Orchestra onstage.

This jazz ensemble has delighted Jazz in the Domain audiences for the past three years and returns with the country's very best musos. And, of course, virtuoso James Morrison contributes with his usual breathtaking flair.

Get down to the Domain early to bag a good spot for a very special walk through the blues in this year's Jazz in the Domain.

So thanks for stopping by, and all the best for the New Year.

Hope to see you at a gig somewhere!

Cheers, Gordo



NEWS


MARCH/APRIL 2005

G'day and welcome to the (late) news page. I'm sorry I missed the February update and we've already passed the middle of March.

It has been pretty busy. Just as the Idol tour was finishing I received an emergency call from James Morrison who was in Adelaide doing Jazz Meets The Symphony with the legendary Lalo Schifrin, and soloists, the incomparable Christian McBride, and another legend Grady Tate together with The Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. Unfortunately Grady had taken ill and it looked like he wasn't going to be able to do the three concerts scheduled for Sydney the following week. So I was very flattered to be asked to fill in for Grady.

AFTER DINNER; (left to right), LALO SCHIFRIN, ME, JAMES MORRISON AND CHRISTIAN MCBRIDE


It was an awesome experience. What an honour to play with Lalo. His music is full of wit and beauty. And as a drummer it was a privilege to play with Christian. Everything felt really comfortable and easy. What a joy. And as always, it was simply great fun to play with James who is inspirational as a musician and a person. And The Sydney Symphony was just incredible. To be surrounded by such amazing musicians was both exciting and intimidating at once.


TAKING A BOW ON THE OPERA HOUSE CONCERT HALL STAGE


We had three fantastic nights at The Sydney Opera House and the music was recorded for future release. I'll post any information on the release on the site as I know more myself.

After Lalo, it just so happened that I had a holiday with Emily and Mabel scheduled which couldn't have been better timed. We had a nice relaxing week on the beach.

Upon my return I had a great gig reuniting with bass legend, Steve Hunter. Steve's current band features James Muller and Matt McMahon. What a joy to play in such a strong band of heavy weights. The night was actually recorded and listening back, there were some great moments. We have another gig with that line-up on April 1 at the Side On Cafe.

I also did a really nice gig with Adrian Cunningham's band at The Kiama Jazz Festival. That featured Bill Risby and Dave Pudney along with Adrian. We've another coming up at The Soup Plus as well as a CD launch for his latest disc (see below).

Looking ahead there are a few nice Jazz gigs happening.

  • Saturday, March 19 - with Steve Hunter's Nine Lives (9 piece band) at The new SIMA venue, The Sound Lounge within the Seymour Centre Complex in Sydney Uni

  • Tuesday March 22, - with Adrian Cunningham, at The Soup Plus

  • Thursday March 31, - with Kevin Hunt, at The Soup Plus

  • Friday, April 1 - with Steve Hunter's small band, Matt McMahon and James Muller

  • Saturday, April 9 - with Doug Parkinson, (not sure of the venue)

  • Sunday, April 10 - Drum Clinic for Yamaha Drums and Sabian Cymbals at Allens Music, Pitt Street Sydney

  • Saturday, April 16 - Drum Clinic for Yamaha Drums and Sabian Cymbals, Dubbo

  • Sunday, April 17 - with Don Burrows and special guest, Julie Anthony at The Cremorne Orphium Theatre

  • April 22, 23, 24, 28, 29, 30 and May 1 - with Rhondda Burchmore at Star City Casino Show Room

  • Tuesday April 26, - with Adrian Cunningham (CD LAUNCH!!!!), at The Wine Banc.

    Next week I'm going into the studio to record a Gospel CD with James Morrison's band. Looking forward to that!

    Hope to see you at one or more gigs.

    All the best.

    Cheers, Gordo


    NEWS


    APRIL/MAY
    G'day and welcome back for another late update!



    So to fill you in since last time......

    April was busy doing a variety of gigs, recordings and rehearsals. One of the highlights for me was a season at Star City Casino with Rhonda Burchmore playing double drums with the legendary Doug Gallacher.



    I really learnt a lot hearing Doug play every night. And man, what a great shuffle. Thanks Dougie!

    May was filled with a bunch of gigs with Australian Idol runner-up, Anthony Callea, and a few with Doug Parkinson, including his CD launch at The Basement.

    On the 28th of May, (my birthday) I celebrated by playing with a full 17 piece Big Band at the Australian Drummers Festival at Telstra Stadium. The logistics were a nightmare and I must thank the wonderful support given by Yamaha, who paid for it, the guys in the band and of course everyone from Billy Hydes who organised the event. (In particular, Ben Ellingworth and Tony Ward.) The gig was a big success, and then I was able to chill out and enjoy the other performers on the day including Darryn Farrugia and the amazing Omar Hakim!

    My beautiful daughter Mabel turned one on May 30. Wow that's gone fast!



    NEWS


    JUNE 2005

    June has been reasonably busy with live gigs with Doug Parkinson, Anthony Callea, Johnny Nicole, Rachel Gaudry plus a bunch of corporate things. And next month will be full on when Anthony Callea embarks on a national tour. Below are the dates so if you're around come and check it out. The band is really cooking!


    RECENT CDS

    The last few of months have seen releases of some CDs on which I played.

    Earlier in the year Ralph Pyl's Sydney All Star Big Band released our second CD, Pyldriver. It's had some great reviews and was getting plenty of airplay on the local jazz stations.


    Not long after that Anthony Callea released his follow-up single to The Prayer - a double A side featuring the Simon and Garfunkel classic, Bridge Over Troubled Water on which I played. We'll be doing both of those on the upcoming tour.


    And in April, Adrian Cunninham launched his second album entitled, The View From Here . It too received strong reviews and I believe is selling well.


    And the other day I received a copy of another CD by a great local singer called Steve Facey. It features Rex Goh on Guitar and Mark Costa on Bass and was recorded back in January this year.

    Another is a Gospel Album by the great James Morrison (which incidentally was recorded in about 10 hours). There are some great songs, solos and arrangements which feature the amazing vocal talents of Emma Pask, Neilson Gough and vocal group, The Idea of North. Kevin Hunt plays Piano, Phil Stack, Bass and the amazing James Muller on Guitar. Of course James Morrison plays some dazzling solos on Trumpet, Trombone, Piano........


    Also Doug Parkinson's first release in about 25 years,"Somewhere After Midnight". This CD is close to my heart as I had a great deal to do with the preproduction and many of the arrangements, in collaboration with Bill Risby and Doug.



    Album Review
    Somewhere After Midnight
    Doug Parkinson
    (Roy Boy Records/MGM)
    4 stars

    In short: Australia's greatest singer in a welcome return.

    These songs are some of the best of the best - being interpreted by one of the world's best. Parkinson's voice is a booming national treasure which has been too seldom recorded. It is more than 35 years since his barnstorming rock classic, Without You, wilted the tinny speakers of leatherbound transistor radios of another age. Things have changed. But the teak-tough larynx still issues a rumbling warning to some of the most revered songs written (The Look of Love, Try a Little Tenderness, If You Go Away, Somewhere). Two deserve special notice: a brave jazz reworking of Norwegian Wood that rates among the best Beatles covers; and Nature Boy, beautifully sung, but Parkinson has told the extraordinary story of this extraordinary song in thoughtful, comprehensive cover notes. Bill Risby (piano) and Gordon Rytmeister (drums) forge the robust architecture of the songs.

    Pete Best
    Sunday Herald Sun May 15, 2005



    Below is an mp3 preview of Norwegian Wood from Doug's new CD

    Norwegian Wood


    Here are the Anthony Callea dates:

  • TUESDAY JULY 12
    BUNDABERG - MONCREIFF THEATRE

  • WEDNESDAY JULY 13
    MACKAY - ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE

  • FRIDAY JULY 15
    CAIRNS - BROTHERS LEAGUES CLUB

  • SATURDAY JULY 16
    TOWNSVILLE - JUPITER'S LAWN CASINO

  • SUNDAY JULY 17
    CHARTERS TOWERS - WORLD THEATRE

  • TUESDAY JULY 19
    CALOUNDRA - CALOUNDRA CULTURAL CENTRE

  • WEDNESDAY JULY 20
    IPSWICH - CIVIC THEATRE

  • FRIDAY/SATURDAY JULY 22/23
    GOLD COAST - SEAGULLS

  • SUNDAY JULY 24
    BRISBANE - RIVER STAGE

  • TUESDAY JULY 26
    LISMORE - WORKERS CLUB

  • WEDNESDAY JULY 27
    TAMWORTH - RSL

  • FRIDAY JULY 29
    NEWCASTLE - PANTHERS RSL

  • SATURDAY JULY 30
    SYDNEY - STATE THEATRE

  • SUNDAY JULY 31
    WOLLONGONG - SHELL HARBOUR RSL

  • TUESDAY AUGUST 2
    CAMPBELLTOWN - CATHOLIC CLUB

  • WEDNESDAY AUGUST 3
    CANBERRA - HELLENIC CLUB

  • FRIDAY AUGUST 5
    ADELAIDE - THE BARTON THEATRE

  • SATURDAY AUGUST 6
    MELBOURNE - PALAIS THEATRE

  • WEDNESDAY AUGUST 10
    DOYALSON RSL

  • FRIDAY AUGUST 12
    THE MARCONI CLUB

  • SATURDAY AUGUST 13
    HOBART - DERWENT ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE

  • SUNDAY AUGUST 14
    PENRITH PANTHERS

    So if you come, make sure you come up and say hi.

    After Anthony's tour Aussie Idol kicks in with the band. So until next time, all the best,

    Cheers Gordo.


    NEWS


    AUGUST 2005

    G'day and welcome back.

    In July I was kept busy with Anthony Callea's tour down the East Coast from Cairns to Shellharbour. The tour continues through the first half of August as per the dates below. A couple of gigs that were previously posted have been postponed until mid September. Anyway, the remaining August dates as well as the new September dates are listed at the bottom of this page.

    A real highlight for me in July was the opportunity to do a couple of great nights with guitar master Phil Emmanual. What a blast. The band was Phil, Mark Costa, Paris McCloud and myself. Phil was an inpiration for me growing up and it was a real hoot to finally get to play with him. He's an awesome entertainer and virtuoso guitarist with boundless energy. I hope to do some more playing with Phil in the future.


    Here's a pic of Phil and me looking a little less than glamourous after a pretty hot set!


    The band will return to Australian Idol from Sunday the 14th of August in the semi finals. This is when each week 10 contestants will compete for 3 positions in the final 12. The band is essentially the same guys from last year but there'll be a few surprises in store musically speaking.

    I'm also really looking forward to playing with Steve Hunter's Nine Lives on Saturday 20 August 2005 at 8.30-11pm at The Sound Lounge.

    Here's the lineup. Steve Hunter (e.bass, composition), Ken James, Dave Theak (saxophones), Ben Hauptmann (guitar), Mike Bukovsky (trumpet), James Greening (trombone, tuba), Matt McMahon (piano), Gordon Rytmeister (drums) and Steve Marin (percussion).

    There's more info available at www.sima.org.au.

    Late last year I went to Paris to record the debut CD for a fantastic new band called Green Dollar Colour. Well I'm really pleased to announce that the CD was released in France, Belgium and Switzerland on July 4th. Green Dollar Colour is an old school hard rockin' band firmly rooted in the AC/DC tradition. The CD was mixed by Mike Fraser and mastered in New York by George Marino. I have to say the drum sound is awesome and the songs are great- I'm really happy with the CD. It will be available in Australia sometime soon but in the mean time you can check out some previews over the net at www.greendollarcolour.com.


    So all the best til next time. Here are those Anthony Callea dates.

    Cheers Gordo

  • TUESDAY AUGUST 2
    CAMPBELLTOWN - CATHOLIC CLUB

  • WEDNESDAY AUGUST 3
    CANBERRA - HELLENIC CLUB

  • FRIDAY AUGUST 5
    ADELAIDE - THE BARTON THEATRE

  • SATURDAY AUGUST 6
    MELBOURNE - PALAIS THEATRE

  • FRIDAY AUGUST 12
    THE MARCONI CLUB

  • SATURDAY AUGUST 13
    HOBART - DERWENT ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE

  • SUNDAY AUGUST 14
    PENRITH PANTHERS

  • FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 9
    NEWCASTLE

  • FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 10
    DOYALSON

  • FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 11
    MARCONI CLUB



    NEWS


    SEPTEMBER 2005

    G'day and welcome to the September update

    The big news this month is the American release of Lalo Schifrin's "Kaleidoscope - Jazz Meets The Symphony # 6". This was recorded in February this year at The Sydney Opera House with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and featured Australia's own James Morrison, the amazing Christian McBride on bass and of course Lalo Schifrin both conducting and on piano. The CD sound is amazing - really capturing the energy (and nerves) of the night.


    Lalo Schifrin's "Kaleidoscope - Jazz Meets The Symphony # 6

    The band has returned to Australian Idol and we're having a great time. There's some really fine talent this year and I've got a beautiful new kit on the set provided by Yamaha. It's a Birch Custom Absolute Neaveau in a very spunky silver to purple fade colour! It sounds awesome too!


    Setting up the new Yamis......Check out the finish!

    There are a few nice gigs happening in September:

    I'll be doing a couple of nights with The Don Burrows Quartet with Julie Anthony at The Art Gallery of NSW on September 2 and 4.

    I'll be back with Anthony Callea's band for three gigs (that had been postponed from last month) on SEPTEMBER 9 at NEWCASTLE the 10th at DOYALSON RSL and a return gig at the MARCONI CLUB on September 11.

    The following weekend I'm in Brisbane with a band put together by bass player Paul Christie to play with Daryl Braithwaite, Jon Stevens, Joe Camalieri and Ross Wilson at a corporate event. That should be a lot of fun.

    There are a couple of jazz gigs with Adrian Cunningham on September 10 in the arvo at Willoughby and at the Soup Plus on the 20th.

    Steve Hunter's small group has a night at the Excelsior Hotel in Surry Hills on September 13th too. That should be great with Steve, James Muller and Mat McMahan.

    In other news, the CD I recorded in Paris last year for Green Dollar Colour had hit number 3 on the heavy rock charts at HMV in France! So good luck to the guys.


    Thanks for all the emails and questions too. I'm sorry it sometimes takes me a while to get back to you when answering questions but I really do try to respond to everything. Anyway, hope to see you at gig sometime soon.

    Cheers Gordo



    NEWS


    OCTOBER

    G'day! Sorry....things have been pretty full on lately and I know we're halfway through October already but here we go with the latest news.

    October began with a couple of nice gigs at the Manly Jazz Festival, firstly with Erana Clarke's band Heaven featuring Mark Costa, Rex Goh and Bill Risby. I played in that band in the early 90s and although we were a little under-prepared, it was great to play those songs in that line-up with Erana sounding fantastic! On the Monday I was at Manly again with Doug Parkinson's Band. We played some stuff from his new CD as well as some of his classic repertoire. The band sounded amazing: Bill Risby, Dave Longo and Nick Sinclair filling in for Leon Gaer on Bass. It was a great gig with a great reaction from the huge crowd. Then on Friday the 7th I was down the Basement with James Morrison's band. It's always great to play with James but specially when he plays a club like the Basement where the band really gets to stretch out a bit.

    In my studio at home I've done a few tracks with Guitarist Steve Flack for his next CD release as well as a version of The Beatles, "Got To Get You Into My Life" with Green Dollar Colour for a Beatles tribute CD to be launched by their record label in Europe.

    Recording for Green Dollar Colour

    With the Green Dollar Colour boys


    Of Course Australian Idol has been going along with the Supergroup show, (in which I got to play double drums with the amazing Kere Buchanan), The Contestant's Choice Show, and most recently, the controversial Big Band night. This week coming is The 80s Show which should be fun. My wife Emily reckons I could go in dressed as I normally do and would fit right in. If only I'd kept my mullet!

    For the remainder of October there are a few gigs with Frank Bennett, (mostly corporate but we're playing The Basement on October 25th). I'll be appearing with Anthony Callea this coming Friday, October 14 firstly live on Sunrise (Channel 7), at the ridiculous hour of 7.30am, and then at Revesby Workers in the night.

    I'll be filling in for my friend and great drummer from Newcastle, Steve Fuller with his original fusion band Fumi Boca at the Jazz in the Vines Festival on Saturday, October 29. We'll be on at 11am. And that's about it for now.

    Here's a quick photo of my beautiful daughter Mabel. A little indulgent I know but hey, I couldn't resist.

    Cheers Gordo

    NEWS


    NOVEMBER

    Hi and welcome to the November news page..

    Unfortunately I first have to share the sad news of the loss of a friend of both myself and the Sydney drumming community. Calvin Winetroube passed away last Friday having battled lung cancer for some time. Calvin was a wonderful and funny man who helped so many drummers and percussionists over the years. He was responsible for the drumming publication Skin Full, and was a fine photographer and web page designer. Of course he was a Mac user too! In fact Calvin designed my logo and my business card as well as taking many photos of me including the one on the first page of this site. He also designed the cover of the ill-fated Glue CD.

    I'd like to pass on my condolences to his wife Jennifer and son Bernard. He was a great guy whose friendship and never ending assistance I will always cherish and remember!

    Calvin Winetroube 1945 - 2005

    Below is a small selection of some of the work that Calvin did with me.

    This is the front side of my business card.

    The first draft of the cover for the never-released Glue CD.

    My cover shot from Skin Full magazine back in the early 90s.

    Onto some brighter news;

    The 3rd series of Australian Idol continues although we'll be wrapping it up at the Opera House on the 21st of November. It's been another exciting year with a variety of musical styles from modern Punk to 70s Funk to Big Band and even Elvis! Once again it's been great to work with such a fantastic band, crew, and as always, John Foreman has made the gig a whole lot of fun. It's getting very interesting at this stage of the competition with any of the 5 remaining contestants well and truly able to take it out.

    I'm also doing a bunch of gigs with James Morrison throughout the second half of November. The dates are:

  • Nov 15 in Brisbane

  • Nov 19 with Ralph Pyl's Big Band at Revesby Workers

  • Nov 25 at the Basement in Sydney

  • Nov 30 Don't know where.......

  • Nov 31 King's College, Parramatta

    Doug Parkinson has some dates coming up too although they're not public gigs unfortunately.

    There are a couple of small group jazz gigs early in the month, firstly with Ralph Pyl for the Jazz Action Society at Paddington RSL on Nov 9, then the following night, Nov 10, at The Soup Plus with the Kevin Hunt Trio, and the next night, Nov 11, at The City Tattersalls Club with Ray Alldridge.

    December is starting to fill up beginning with The Premier's Concerts at The Sydney Entertainment Centre on Dec 5 and 6, and then it's off to Norfolk Island for a few days for the Norfolk Island Jazz festival where I'll be playing with Don Burrows, James Morrison, Joe Cindamo and my old mate, Steve Taylor Brown. I'll get to catch up with the wonderful folks on Norfolk....Hey Smudgy, if you're reading this you can get the 4WD ready!!!!

    After that there are a couple more nights with James Morrison on the 14th, 15th and 16th but I believe these may well be private gigs not open to the public.

    Anthony Callea will be appearing at The Opera house on New Year's Eve. The gig will be broadcast on Channel 9 and we'll get to see the fireworks up close! So it will be nice to start the new year with a bang!

    Hopefully in the new year I'll get time to work on a couple of long overdue projects. These include a CD as well as an instructional DVD because I don't think there's enough instructional material available about drumming....only gaggin'. But seriously, I really feel it's time for me to channel some creative energy into documenting some of the stuff that I've been teaching for many years now. So stay tuned to this site and I hope to get it all happening.

    Well I guess that about wraps it up for now. Thanks for stopping by. I should have one more update before the end of the year. I'll do my seasonal salutations then. So for now, take it easy and I'll see you again in early December.

    Cheers Gordo

    NEWS


    2005 Review

    Hi and welcome to the December news page. Another year has just about passed so here's a recap of 2005.

    2005 began with a performance at Jazz in the Domain. The theme for 2005 was "Blowin' the Blues" and featured James Morrison with special guests including Renee Geyer and Vince Jones joining Ralph Pyl's Big Band, The Sydney Festival Jazz Orchestra on stage.

    Then, I went away on the second Australian Idol Tour which, despite the numbers being down on the first year, was a great musical experience.

    Just as the Idol tour was finishing I received an emergency call from James Morrison who was in Adelaide doing Jazz Meets The Symphony with the legendary Lalo Schifrin, and soloists, the incomparable Christian McBride, and another legend Grady Tate together with The Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. Unfortunately Grady had taken ill and it looked like he wasn't going to be able to do the three concerts scheduled for Sydney the following week. So I was very flattered to be asked to fill in for Grady.

    It was an awesome experience. What an honour to play with Lalo. His music is full of wit and beauty. And as a drummer it was a privilege to play with Christian. Everything felt really comfortable and easy. What a joy. And as always, it was simply great fun to play with James who is inspirational as a musician and a person. And The Sydney Symphony was just incredible. To be surrounded by such amazing musicians was both exciting and intimidating at once.


    AFTER DINNER; (left to right), LALO SCHIFRIN, ME, JAMES MORRISON AND CHRISTIAN MCBRIDE


    We had three fantastic nights at The Sydney Opera House and the music was recorded and later released on CD.


    TAKING A BOW ON THE OPERA HOUSE CONCERT HALL STAGE


    After Lalo, I had a great gig reuniting with bass legend, Steve Hunter. Steve's current band features James Muller and Matt McMahon. What a joy to play in such a strong band of heavy weights. The night was actually recorded and listening back, there were some great moments. We had some other gigs with that line-up throughout the year.

    I also did some really nice live gigs with Adrian Cunningham's band including The Kiama Jazz Festival. We later released Adrian's second CD and had a really succesfull launch at The Wine Banc.

    Another of the year's highlights for me was a season at Star City Casino with Rhonda Burchmore playing double drums with the legendary Doug Gallacher.



    On the 28th of May, (my birthday) I celebrated by playing with a full 17 piece Big Band at the Australian Drummers Festival at Telstra Stadium. I must thank the wonderful support given by Yamaha, who paid for it, the guys in the band and of course everyone from Billy Hydes who organised the event. (In particular, Ben Ellingworth and Tony Ward.)

    My beautiful daughter Mabel turned one on May 30.

    I stayed reasonably busy throughout the year with live gigs with Doug Parkinson, including his CD launch at The Basement, Anthony Callea, Johnny Nicole, Rachel Gaudry, Phil Emmanual (that was a real high light), Steve Hunter's Nine Lives and his small group, James Morrison, Don Burrows and Erana Clarke. There was a nice gig for Paul Christie playing with Daryl Braithwaite, Jon Stevens, Joe Camalieri and Ross Wilson at a corporate event.

    July was spent on the road with Anthony Callea on a national tour. We had a great time with Anth and the band was really happening! The Melbourne gig was recorded and released on DVD.

    From August, the band returned to Australiain Idol series 3. Once again we had a great time backing the young artists with a bigger variety of styles this year than ever before.

    December began with The Premier's Concerts at The Sydney Entertainment Centre on Dec 5 and 6, and then it was off to Norfolk Island for a few days for the Norfolk Island Jazz festival where I got to play with the amazing Joe Cindamo after many years - shear musical joy! Others on the bill included James Morrison, Don Burrows and my old mate, Steve Taylor Brown.



    On New Year's Eve I'm playing with Anthony Callea at The Opera House. The gig will be broadcast on Channel 9 and we'll get to see the fireworks up close! So it will be nice to start the new year with a bang!

    CD releases in 2005 included Ralph Pyl and the Sydney All Star Big Band's second CD, "Pyldriver", Anthony Callea's "The Prayer (which became the biggest selling single by a local artist of all time), as well as his second single, "Bridge Over Troubled Water", Adrian Cunninham's second album, "The View From Here", Steve Facey's debut release, a Gospel album by James Morrison, Doug Parkinson's first release in about 25 years,"Somewhere After Midnight", the debut by French/Australian hard rock band, Green Dollar Colour and the live recording done at the Sydney Opera House with Lalo Schifrin, "Kaleidascope".



    I also recorded a few tracks with Guitarist Steve Flack for his next CD release as well as a version of The Beatles, "Got To Get You Into My Life" with Green Dollar Colour for a Beatles tribute CD to be launched by their record label in Europe. I also recorded the drums for Louise Perryman's third CD which is due for release any time now.

    So thank you for your support, thoughts and questions throughout 2005. All the very best for the season and the new year.

    Cheers, Gordo.. (December 24, 2005)



    NEWS


    JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2006

    G'day and welcome to the first (belated) update for 2006. Thanks for stopping by.

    Well 2006 began with a bang (check out my view of the New Year's Eve fireworks over the Sydney Harbour Bridge below), which quickly dissipated into a slow crawl. Not a whole lot of live gigs through January and February I'm afraid but there were a few sessions here and there. I did do a short season with Caroline O'Connor at Taronga Zoo as part of their Twilight Concert series. It was a tribute to Judy Garland and featured a full Big Band (essentially Ralph Pyl's Sydney All Star Band).


    Here we are on the stage of Taronga Zoo...this is me hanging on for dear life on a 36 bar Bongo intro to "Come Rain or Come Shine" at a ridiculously fast tempo. Now I ain't a Bongo player at the best of times let alone tempos like this. With apologies to all the real percussionists out there......and thanks to Tony Azzopardi for the loan of the beautiful pink Bongos!!!!

    Adrian Cunningham's Quartet has done a couple of gigs including an appearance at The Jazz Camp at Collaroy. Adrian's gigs are always great where the band really gets to stretch!

    My old house mate, Blaine Whittaker had an Australia Day gig with a pretty hot band including James Muller, Matt McMahon and Phil Stack.

    In early January I was very fortunate to go to a social meeting of members of the Brooklyn Percussive Arts Society . It was arranged by Lawrie Thompson on his boat in Brooklyn, and in attendance were, Lawrie, Jim Piesse, Anthony Howe, John Pochee, Laurie Bennett, Allen Gilbert, Andy Dickerson, Ron Lemke, and Barry Stewart (catered wonderfully by Patricia Thompson). Well I don't think I've laughed so much in many years. It was a real joy to sit back and hear so many great, funny stories by these guys. Let's make sure we do it again soon!!!!!


    Left to Right: John Pochee's knee, Lawrie Bennett talking to Allen Gilbert with me looking on very interested.....to my left is Barry Stewart and you can just see the front of Andy Dickerson's profile in the foreground.....a great day was had by all!

    So far this year I've recorded a few tracks for various artists including Matt Lucas, Dave Green and I'm about to do some for Mitch Cairns as well as The Idea of North. I also forgot to mention in the first draft that Louise Perryman's third CD, "Whatever Lucy Says" was released late last year. If you follow this link to Louise's site you can grab a copy there.


    Louise's new CD "Whatever Lucy Says" The drums were recorded at my own studio.

    My thoughts and best wishes for a speedy recovery go out to Mark Kennedy who has been ill. I hope it's nothing serious and it won't be long before Mark's back adding his magic touch to everyone's music. On Monday February 13 I'll be filling in for Mark on Mornings with Kerrianne, with Leo Sayer. I'm just listening to the live disc now to learn the songs and Mark's playing is absolutely sensational!!


    In other news this year, I've recently signed an endorsement deal with Beyerdynamic microphones and headphones. I used their stuff last year on Australian Idol as well as at The Billy Hydes Drum Weekend in Sydney. They make a fantastic Drum Pack made up of their Opus series mics which have to be heard to be believed. For instance when I compared the tom mics with the studio industry standard they sounded just as good but with even more level. On top of sounding great, the tom mics have the most logical, and easy to use clip on system (Opus 87 and 88) with a shock resistant mount which eliminates the need for all those messy mic stands. I'm really enjoying the mics.

    I'm also using the DT 770 M Headphones specifically designed for monitoring for drummers. The sound is crystal clear with a volume slide for plenty of headroom. They're semi closed - open enough to allow you to hear and feel your own drums acoustically but closed enough so that there's no click spill into the overhead mics. They're also really comfortable which means that you can wear them all day.

    If you're in the market for microphones or a great set of phones to monitor while playing drums, I genuinely recommend you check out Beyerdynamics!

    Whilst I'm talking about gear, check out the updated Drum Set Up page. (I had some questions regarding the gear I was using which up until now was out of date. So the page is now current.)

    Coming up over the remainder of February, I have gigs with Ralph Pyl, Frank Bennett, Doug Parkinson and Anthony Warlow.

    Then later in the year, Lalo Schifrin returns and I'll be joing him, Christian McBride and James Morrison doing the Jazz Meets The Symphony gigs. this time we're playing in Sydney with the SSO, Adelaide with the ASO and Brisbane with the QSO. I'll post the dates and times on this news page as it draws near.

    So for now, a belated happy new year, and I'll leave you with some snaps from my New Year's Eve gig with Anthony Callea at The Sydney Opera House. I was hoping for a good view of the fireworks..................


    Here's my view from behind the drums awaiting the New Year's Eve fireworks...could they get any closer?



    Here are (most of) the lads from the Anthony Callea Band. Left to Right: Nick Sinclair, Me, Chris Kamzelos and musical director Paul Gray.

    Take it easy and we'll see you next month.

    Cheers Gordo.



    NEWS


    March/April/May 2006

    Welcome back! And once again my apologies for the late update. 2006 started pretty quietly but kicked into gear around mid February and it's been pretty hectic since. So once again my apologies and a thank you to my mother in law Betty, (who regularly reads this page to find out what I'm up to), for nagging me enough to get on with this update!!!!

    So first, I'll fill you in on what's been happening since the last News page and then I'll get into what's coming up.


    This shot taken at Alberts during the recording of the Socceroos theme submission.

    Things have been pretty busy with recording both in my own studio and around town. There has been quite a few jingle sessions (everything from Tim Tams to KFC to Biozet washing powder to Jim Beam), some album tracks for songwriter, Peter Sheridan, a few tracks for Liz Carthew, a song for John Foreman which is a competition entry for a theme for the Socceroos and a bunch of tracks for Marty Irwin and Stuart Livingstone for some library music. In my own studio I've recorded more tracks for gospel vocal group, The Idea Of North, 5 songs for singer/songwriter and awesome pianist, Anton Koritni as well as recording some co-compositions with legendary bass player, Leon Gaer also for library music.


    The poster for the Anthony Warlow - Live Under The Stars Concert at Wyndham Estate in the Hunter Valley.

    On the live front I played with Anthony Warlow at the Wyndham Estate winery in the Hunter Valley in late February and then March and April have been humming along with gigs with Doug Parkinson, Rhonda Burchmore, Ralph Pyl, Rachael Gaudrey, Adrian Cunningham, Tracy Costa and a performance with Anthony Callea at the Commonwealth Day Service at St Andrews Cathedral in Sydney, which was presided over by none other than Queen Elizabeth II. This very special event was broadcast live on the ABC. There was also the biannual Premier's Concerts in early April which this time featured the Ralph Ply's Sydney All Stars in a Big Band spectacular.

    COMING UP


    Jazz Meets The Symphony 2006

    Last year in February hours before the last gig of the Australian Idol tour, I got a call to step in for the legendary Grady Tate, (who had taken ill) and play with Lalo Shifrin's "Jazz Meets The Symphony" the following week. The gig was an amazing experience with Lalo conducting the Sydney Symphony Orchestra as well as Jazz soloists James Morrison and Christian McBride! Well I'm very honoured to have been asked back this year when Lalo Schifrin returns to play Adelaide (with the Adelaide Symphony), Brisbane (with the Queeensland Orchestra) and Sydney again. This year's concerts also feature James Morrison and Christian McBride but with an entirely different repertoire. So come along and check it out. It's really incredible music played by some of the world's finest jazz and classical musicians. Here is some information about Jazz Meets The Symphony as well as the tour dates:

    Lalo Schifrin's sell-out concerts were a highlight of 2005, thrilling audiences with their vitality and colour. This year, Schifrin will reunite with the Sydney Symphony, Adelaide Symphony and join the Queensland Orchestra for another series of joyous, swinging musical performances. Schifrin's Grammy Award-winning Jazz Meets the Symphony project will again bring together great jazz artists, James Morrison, Christian McBride and Gordon Rytmeister, to perform brilliant arrangements of jazz standards and original tunes. Lalo Schifrin is responsible for some of Hollywood's most catchy and memorable scores, including the infectious groove of the Mission Impossible theme. He is a legend, a composer, arranger, pianist and conductor extraordinaire and a true Renaissance man.

    Lalo Schifrin piano/conductor
    James Morrison trumpet
    Christian McBride bass
    Gordon Rytmeister drums

    Highlights include:
    SCHIFRIN Brush Strokes
    BROWN (arr Schifrin) Blues in the Bassment
    THELONIUS MONK (arr Schifrin) Miraculous Monk
    ZAWINUL (arr Schifrin) Birdland
    and more

    Duration: approximately 115 minutes including 20-minute interval.

    DATES:

    Jazz Meets The Symphony 2006

    Lalo Schifrin
    James Morrison
    Christian McBride
    Gordon Rytmeister

  • with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Saturday 22 April 2006 at 8.00pm at the Festival Theatre, King William Rd Adelaide

  • with the Queensland Orchestra on Saturday 29 April 2006 at 8.00pm at the QPAC, South Bank South Bank Brisbane QLD

  • with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra on Thursday 4, Friday 5 and Saturday 6 May at 8.00pm at The Sydney Opera House, Bennelong Point, Sydney NSW.

    And while I'm in Adelaide for the JMTS gigs I'll be doing a clinic/workshop at John Reynolds music City on April 20. So if you're around please come along.

    Right after the Lalo Schifrin concerts, I'll be doing a short season with Tom Burlinson when he returns to Star City Casino with a brand new tribute to Frank Sinatra, "Frank - More from a Life in Song". This is a new show and the first time that Tom has done any Sinatra music in over two years since he has been performing in Mel Brook's "The Producers".

    Here are the dates for Tom's "Frank - More from a Life in Song":

  • Thursday May 11th 1.00pm
  • Friday May 12th 8.15pm
  • Saturday May 13th 2.00pm & 8.15pm
  • Sunday May 14th 3.00pm
  • Thursday May 18th 1.00pm
  • Friday May 19th 8.15pm
  • Saturday May 20th 2.00pm & 8.15pm
  • Sunday May 21st 3.00pm
  • Thursday May 25th 8.15pm
  • Friday May 26th 8.15pm
  • Saturday May 27th 2.00pm & 8.15pm
  • Sunday May 28th 3.00pm
  • Thursday June 1st 8.15pm
  • Friday June 2nd 8.15pm
  • Saturday June 3rd 2.00pm & 8.15pm
  • Sunday June 4th 3.00pm

    Also scheduled for May is work on a new CD for Blaine Whittaker and some tracks for singer/songwriter Robert Kay.

    So I hope to catch you at a gig. Until next time, (and Betty I promise it won't be late!), thanks for stopping by. Oh and by the way, I've updated the Question and Answer page with a few new ones so check it out when you get a chance.

    Cheers Gordo.



    NEWS


    JUNE/JULY 2006

    G'day and welcome,

    Well a lot has been happening since my last update. The Jazz Meets The Symphony gigs in Adelaide, Brisbane and Sydney were a great success and once again it was a pleasure to play for Lalo Schifrin in the company of the great James Morrison, the amazing (drummer's dream) bass virtuoso, Christian McBride and each of the fabulous orchestras, The Sydney Symphony, The Adelaide Symphony, and The Queensland Orchestra. It was a real education to sit next to Christian every night and hear him perform with so much power, enthusiasm, creativity and control. What a giant of the bass and jazz music!

    Amongst the musical highlights was a last minute gig with Christian down at Wine Banq which also featured Rai Thistlethwayte and Dale Barlow. It was an awesome night and the band was really cooking. I'd like to thank Sean and all the staff at Wine Banq, Jonathon Zwartz, Bill Vickers on sound and everyone who came down at such short notice. Thanks for a great musical night.

    Left to Right: Dale Barlow, Rai Thistlethwayte, Christian McBride and me after the gig at Wine Banq

    COMING UP

    Immediately after the Jazz Meets The Symphony series of concerts, I started a short season with Tom Burlinson doing his new Frank Sinatra tribute show - "Frank - More from a Life in Song" featuring Ralph Pyl's Sydney All Star Big Band. The gigs have been great and the band is really firing. So if you haven't had a chance to get down to The Star City Casino Showroom to hear it, there are only a few shows left. Here are the remaining dates:

  • Thursday June 1st 8.15pm
  • Friday June 2nd 8.15pm
  • Saturday June 3rd 2.00pm & 8.15pm
  • Sunday June 4th 3.00pm

    I'll also be joining James Morrison's group on June 2 during that day time at St. Gregory’s College, Campbelltown, for a performance and workshop.


    Joe Beck and William Gallison

    Following Tom Burlinson's season I have the pleasure to play with visiting U.S. guitar legend, Joe Beck in a unique double bill with brilliant US harmonica player William Gallison. The gig will also feature Brendan Clarke on bass. Read on for more information on Joe and William.

    During a career spanning five decades, Joe Beck has recorded with an incredible array of artists including Miles Davis (Joe was his first guitarist) Gil Evans, Duke Ellington, Buddy Rich, Paul Desmond, Maynard Ferguson, Woody Herman, Stan Getz, Larry Coryell, Gene Ammons, Sergio Mendez, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Laura Nyro, Houston Person, Roger Kellaway, Richie Havens, Paul Simon, Joe Farrell, James Brown, Gato Barbieri, and countless others.William Galison is one of the world's leading harmonica players. His work is heard on the theme of the children's TV show Sesame Street. He also backs up vocalists and has worked on a number of movie soundtracks, including The Untouchables and Bagdad café.

    There are a couple of corporate events with Ralph Pyl's Sydney All Star Big Band and then I'm off to Linz in Austria to perform with the Brucknerhaus Orchestra and once again with the legendary Lalo Schifrin. This is an annual event where a different composer is celebrated and this year the featured composer is Lalo Schifrin. There will be some elements of Jazz Meets The Symphony as well as other works by Lalo including his movie themes from Mission Impossible, Dirty Harry, Enter the Dragon and others plus arrangements for the three tenors.

    In other news, work is continuing on Blaine Whittaker's new CD between other ventures here in my own studio. I've also added a LINKS page to my site with various links to sponsors, friends and general music and drumming web sites. And here's an add from Beyerdynamic mics that will be appearing in the next issue of Audio Technology.


    Beyerdynamic Drum microphone add

    LATER THIS YEAR

    Later in the year there are more great musical highlights.

    Ralph Pyl's Sydney All Star Big Band will be joined by world renowned tenor saxophonist, composer/arranger, Bob Mintzer from the Yellow Jackets on Sunday, August 6th at The Basement in Sydney. Also at the Basement, we'll be playing with U.S. trumpeter Vincent Di Martino on Monday September 11.

    I'll be joining the Melbourne International Festival of Brass Big Band in a concert at BMW Edge, Federation Square, on Friday September 29 featuring soloist Bobby Shew. Bobby will also be doing a gig in Sydney at The Basement with Ralph Pyl's Big Band on October 2nd. After the smoking performance with Bobby a couple of years back, this will be one not to miss!!


    Left To Right: Appearing later this year with Ralph Pyl's Sydney All Star Big Band, Bob Mintzer, Vinnie DiMartino and Bobby Shew.

    And on the personal front, we've just celebrated my daughter Mabel's 2nd birthday. Here's a nice snap....


    Mabel celebrates her second birthday!!!!!

    I'd also like to publicly announce that my wife Emily and I are expecting our second child! I actually sent out a bunch of emails to friends and family announcing the baby some time ago, but, judging by the frequency of surprised reactions I'm receiving when I see people in person, it would appear that many of these emails did not get out there. So my apologies to those who didn't receive their personal email announcement. I thought a public web site announcement was therefor fitting! Anyway, as you can imagine Emily, Mabel and I are over the moon and eagerly looking forward to the birth in mid November.

    So until next time, thanks for stopping by and hope to catch you at a gig somewhere soon.

    Cheers, Gordo.



    NEWS


    AUGUST/SEPTEMBER

    G'day and welcome,

    Only slightly late with this update!!!!! I've just finished tracking for Blaine Whittaker's new CD. It's a departure from Blaine's acoustic Jazz music which was the focus of his first two CDs. This one is more groove based and features some great playing from Blaine, James Muller, Matt McMahon and a few surprises! It's yet to be mixed and mastered but I'm sure it will be available very soon.

    Other recent ventures include recording for Wayne Cornell Jnr, Steven Perkins and the theme for a new TV show called the Tench Show (Channel 10) as well as live gigs with Adrian Cunningham, Jason Brewer, James Morrison, Doug Parkinson and Frank Bennett.

    The annual midyear spate of drum clinics climaxes this week when the Dave Weckl Band tour passes through Sydney. Dave has been an inspiration in so many ways since he burst onto the international stage in the mid-eighties. Back then one of my school teachers, Col Halpin, was a Hi-Fi buff and was the first person I knew to own a CD player! The GRP label was one of the first to take advantage of the new pristine digital technology and consequently, Col bought the first Chick Corea Elektric Band CD featuring a very young and burning Dave Weckl. Since that time I've been a big fan and always check him out at every opportunity. So I'll be down the Basement on August 1, 2 and 3 getting some serious inspiration! Speaking of the Basement, on the 6th of August, I'll be playing with Ralph Pyl's Sydney All Star Big Band with none other than special guest, from The USA, The Yellow Jacket's, Bob Mintzer.


    Bob Mintzer appearing with Ralph Pyl's Sydney All Star Big Band on August 6

    Here's a rave about Bob.

    Arranger and saxophonist Bob Mintzer has made his mark merging a traditional jazz approach with an all encompassing modernism that embraces lyricism, a strong sense of swing, and arrangements that take the listener on an unpredictable and vibrant journey. Besides leading his own New York-based big band since the early 1980s, Bob leads a jazz quartet, is a 15 year member of the Yellow Jackets, and is active in music education. In addition to his busy schedule playing and teaching others, Bob still manages to find time to write saxophone quartets, symphony music, big band arrangements, music for the 'Jackets, and etude books.

    Bob honed his skills playing and writing for Buddy Rich, Thad Jones, Mel Lewis, Art Blakey, Sam Jones, Jaco Pastorius, The GRP Big Band, Mike Manieri, Tito Puente, Eddie Palmieri, and the New York Philharmonic. He also has done session work for James Taylor, Queen, Steve Winwood, Aretha Franklin, and countless others. Bob has been nominated for thirteen Grammy awards both for his solo work and big band recordings (Art of the Big Band, Departure, Homage To Count Basie, One Music, and Only In New York) and his work with the Yellow Jackets (Blue Hats, Club Nocturne, Dreamland, Greenhouse, Like a River, Live Wires, Runferyerlife, Time Squared). Homage to Count Basie won the Grammy in the best large ensemble category for the 44th Annual Grammy Awards, 2001.

    Other upcoming live gigs include Doug Parkinson Band, Tom Burlinson and a special performance with Louise Perryman who has won an award for the best original song - "The Genius of Love". Then in late August Australian Idol kicks off. This year the band will be playing live every week rather than doing any pre-records. It's a much better vibe and I'm told there are many changes and surprises in store for this year so be sure to check out the show from August 27.

    The Idea of North launch their new Gospel CD at The Basement on September 7. Here's a rave about their new CD.


    THE GOSPEL PROJECT- June 2006

    In response to many requests over many years to record an entirely 'gospel' album, The Idea of North have finally produced their take on this popular genre. With a number of classic gospel tunes, mixed in with some not-so-classic, and a number of beautiful originals, this is a CD you can really get your teeth into.

    There has been some straying from the a cappella style, with four of the tracks featuring a wonderful rhythm section, giving the CD even more depth. 'The Gospel Project' is available at all ABC Stores & ABC Centres, JBL HiFi, Koorong, Word, and online in the USA through a-cappella.com.

    I'll be playing with them along with Bill Risby on piano and the mighty Duncan Brown on bass. (We recorded the rhythm section tracks at my studio).

    I'll be back at the Basement, with Ralph Pyl's Sydney All Star Big Band playing with U.S. trumpeter Vincent Di Martino on Monday September 11.

    Later that month I'll be joining the Melbourne International Festival of Brass Big Band in a concert featuring soloist Bobby Shew. That's at BMW Edge, Federation Square, on Friday September 29. Bobby will also be doing a gig in Sydney at The Basement with Ralph Pyl's Big Band on October 2nd. After the smoking performance with Bobby a couple of years back, this will be one not to miss!!


    Trumpet virtuoso, Bobby Shew appearing on September 29 with the Melbourne International Festival of Brass Big Band and October 2 with Ralph Pyl's Sydney All Star Big Band.


    And I can now announce that I am once again officially endorsing Vic Firth sticks, mallets and brushes. Check out the Drum Set Up page for the details.

    I've also started working on a new original project featuring some fine young players. But more about that soon. Stay tuned for any updates but for now, thanks for stopping by and hope to catch you at some of the gigs somewhere. Be sure to say hi. And by the way, keep the questions coming.....I know it can take a while to get a response but I always try to get around to it. So until next time, all the best.

    Cheers, Gordo.



    NEWS


    OCTOBER/NOVEMBER

    Hello and welcome to the October/November 2006 news update.

    Wow the year is flying by. Bobby Shew has just been and gone. I played with Bobby in Melbourne with the MIFB Big Band and again in Sydney with Ralph Pyl's Band. What a musician. I learn so much just observing Bobby; the way he plays, his approach to improvising and the way he conducts rehearsals. He's a real master of Big Band music! We also had the pleasure of having Bobby sit in with Doug Parkinson's Band at the Manly Jazz Festival which was a real hoot too!

    In September I recorded tracks for Wayne Scott Kermond, Ralph Pyl, David Tredinnick, Simon Shapiro, Alfio Bonanno and completed a second Gospel CD for James Morrison.


    Playing at the Wesley Institute Faculty Recital with Ralph Pyl, Alister Spence and Dave Pudney

    Coming Up

    Idol continues to keep me busy on the weekends. It's definitely a real competition this year. I have no idea who will win and each of the remaining finalists really has their own voice and style. So it will continue to get exciting right up to the final in late November. And speaking of exciting, my second baby is due round about mid-November so we're all looking forward to that!

    I have a bit of recording scheduled through October and November; some more tracks for David Tredinnick, Leon Gaer, Simon Shapiro and a live CD for Adrian Cunningham taking place over two dates, October 23 and 25 at the Sound Lounge in the Seymour Centre, Sydney. There are also a bunch of corporate gigs with Tom Burlinson, Doug Parkinson, Erana Clarke and Hylton Mowday.


    Here's the flyer for Adrian Cunningham's CD recordings

    Billy Hydes Australian Drum Festival

    On November 4 I'll be joined by Tony Azzopardi doing a drum/percussion set at The Australian Drum Festival. This year the Festival features session great Kenny Aronoff, myself with Tony, Lucius Borich from COG and Adrian Griffin on the Saturday and on the Sunday, Grant Collins, my old mate Pete Drummond, Dane Brown and Ben Ellingworth. It starts at 9am and finishes at 4pm both days at Acer Arena Sydney Olympic Park. Also on the Saturday my older brother turns 40 so happy Birthday Dan!


    Here's the poster for the Australian Drum Festival

    Keep those questions coming in. I know I haven't updated the Q & A page for a while but I have a backlog of responses and I'll post them soon. The Links page has been updated (although it's not finished) so check it out if you have a second.

    So until next time, all the best and catch you soon.

    Cheers, Gordo.



    NEWS


    DECEMBER 2006 - A YEAR IN REVIEW

    Well what a year it's been. I'm sorry the December news update is so late... with the birth of our second daughter things have been really busy and updating the page has mysteriously dropped down the priority list if you know what I mean. Anyway, let me start with the highlight of 2006 which was of course on November 15 when our beautiful second daughter Mollie Elise Rytmeister was born happy, healthy and rather large at 4.6KG! All is well with mother and baby and big sister too. We're settling into our lives as a family of four and although we could all do with a bit more sleep, things are really great.


    This is Mollie with me about 15 minutes after she was born. Just beautiful!


    Here's Mollie meeting her big sister Mabel for the very first time!


    This is Mollie after she's settled in at home!

    Musically, 2006 was a pretty full year too with some great highlights. Live I had the opportunity to play with Caroline O'Connor, Adrian Cunningham's Quartet, Blaine Whittaker, Ralph Pyl, Frank Bennett, Doug Parkinson, Glen Shorrock, Anthony Warlow, Anthony Callea, Rhonda Burchmore, Rachael Gaudrey, Tom Burlinson, Tracy Costa, Jason Brewer, James Morrison, Leo Sayer, Phil Emmanuel, Louise Perryman, and The Idea of North.

    Ralph Pyl's Sydney All Star Big Band played the Basement in Sydney with some very special guests from the USA including Bob Mintzer, Vincent Di Martino and later with Bobby Shew. I also got to play with Bobby at the Melbourne International Festival of Brass with a special Big Band put together for the occasion. Earlier in the year I was very fortunate to play once again with Harmonica virtuoso from the USA William Gallison as well as one of my old heroes Joe Beck. That was a real blast! Joe is a real heavy and plays the most inventive jazz guitar. What an inspiration!


    This year I was very fortunate to get to play live with these fine musicians and gentlemen all from the USA. From left to right, Bob Mintzer, Vince De Martino, Bobby Shew, Joe Beck and William Gallison.

    Lalo Shifrin returned to Australia with another series of his incredible Jazz Meets The Symphony concerts where, along with Lalo I got to play with The Sydney Symphony Orchestra, The Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and the Queensland Orchestra along with the legendary James Morrison and the awesome Mr Christian McBride on Bass!!! Christian is a drummer's dream and an added bonus was a last minute live gig featuring Christian with myself, Rai Thistlethwayte and Dale Barlow at Sydney's Wine Banq...that's a night I'll never forget! The place was packed and the band all played great! Here's an excerpt of what Christian had to say about his trip to Australia:

    "...there I was heading off to Australia again. This time with Lalo Schifrin and "Jazz Meets the Symphony" with James Morrison and Gordon Rytmeister. What great timing - "Mission Impossible: 3" was being released while we were there. What would it be like walking along the red carpet premiere with the man himself? Well, we didn't find out - we were gigging that night. Oh, well......About a week before we went to Sydney, Gordon Rytmeister asked me if I'd be interested in doing a gig. I was more than happy to oblige. He asked if I knew some cats I wanted to play with and what type of gig I wanted to do - straight ahead, fusion or funk. I remembered the saxophonist Dale Barlow was from Australia, so I wondered if he would be around. He was. I hadn't seen Dale since he was still playing with Art Blakey back in 1990. Gordon found me a smokin' pianist/guitarist/vocalist named Rai Thistlethwayte. We had a great gig at the premier jazz club in Sydney called the Wine Banq. We just played some tunes. Loose and fun. Everyone played great. As for Lalo's gigs, they were wonderful as always. James Morrison was freakishly great and Lalo just inspires me everytime I'm around him. What a great man and musician."

    Christian McBride from The McBride Diaries (Vol.15).

    Left to Right: Dale Barlow, Rai Thistlethwayte, Christian McBride and me after the gig at Wine Banq

    Later I got to travel to Europe to perform in a special tribute to Lalo Schifrin. We played in Austria with the Brukner Orchestra. Playing bass was the amazing Pierre Boussaguet. I feel very lucky as a drummer to have the opportunity to play with so many great bass players! That was a great gig which also featured James Morrison and The Three Tenors! Upon my return from Europe I got to play at Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban's wedding. I'm really not allowed to say too much about it. But it was very much like any other wedding I guess - not necessarily a musical highlight but man my mother in-law was impressed (hi Betty)!

    Also this year I got to play for Queen Elizabeth II with Anthony Callea at the Commonwealth Day Service at St Andrews Cathedral in Sydney.

    This year I played at The Australian Drum Festival with my good mate Tony Azzopardi. We had a bunch of stuff prepared but ended up running out of time before we could open up the floor for questions. So I'm sorry if anyone was there and missed out on asking a question. (Don't forget you can email questions through the Q & A page of this site.)

    Throughout the year I spent a bit of time in a number of studios recording tracks for various artists including Peter Sheridan, Liz Carthew, John Foreman, Marty Irwin and Stuart Livingstone, The Idea Of North, Anton Koritni, Leon Gaer, Wayne Cornell Jnr, Matt Lucas, Clive Lendich, Steven Perkins, Wayne Scott Kermond, Ralph Pyl, David Tredinnick, Simon Shapiro, Phil Tweed, Alfio Bonanno, Blaine Whittaker, Parris McCloud, Erica Baxter, Ken Francis, Larry Mahoberac, Wayne Goodwin, Peter Casey, Russell Finch, Phil Emmanuel and James Morrison. There were a bunch of jingles and TV themes including the Tripping Over theme and the David Tench Show theme. I also took part in the recording of a live CD/DVD for Adrian Cunningham to be released sometime in the new year. That came out really well and we had a lot of fun overdubbing a commentary track...that's a real eye opener!

    Australian Idol returned and had a very successful year. Damien Leith, the winner had a CD of his Idol journey released featuring tracks that we had performed throughout the year.

    Damien Leith: The Winner's Journey

    It was certainly a much more interesting competition this year with several of the contestants really capable of winning! Here's a shot from grand final at the Opera House.

    The core Idol Band on the concert hall stage of the Sydney Opera House, Left to Right: Rex Goh, Tony Azzopardi, me, Mark Costa, Dave Pritchard Blunt and Chris Kamzelas

    So that about wraps it up for 2006 - a busy and interesting year. I'm taking a break in January so the next News update should be posted in early February 2007. Until then, all the very best for the festive season and for the new year and thanks for stopping by throughout the year.

    Until then,

    Cheers Gordo.





    NEWS


    JANUARY/FEBRUARY/MARCH 2007

    Welcome to my first news page for 2007. Thanks for stopping by. I hope you've had a great festive season and chance to relax a bit before 2007 really kicks in. I've had a pretty quiet January this year... for the last few years January has been pretty busy with Australian Idol Live tours and Jazz in The Domain. But this year there was no Idol tour and the Domain Jazz concert featured a full ensemble of superstars from the states. So I can't complain because I got to hear Airto, Alex Acuna and Abe Laborial! What a beautiful way to kick off the new year musically. Plus I got to spend a lot of time at home with Emily and my two beautiful girls!

    So while January was quiet, February suddenly got busy.

    I'll be playing with Rhonda Burchmore and the Ray Alldridge Trio for three shows in Canberra at the VIVALDI TEATRO restaurant in the Arts Centre at the ANU, on February 2 and 3 including a Matinee on the Saturday.


    The amazing Rhonda Burchmore - a fantastic entertainer.

    The following week I have a couple of corporate gigs including one with Superfish in Brisbane on my wedding anniversary, February 10 (sorry Em...I'll make it up to you - I promise!!!).


    I'll be at the Basement on Friday February 17 with the extraordinary James Morrison.

    On February 12 things really start to get full on!!! I'm doing some recording on the 12th for Wayne Scott Kermond, a corporate gig with Ralph Pyl on the 13th, a Valentine's Day gig with Frank Bennett in Perth on the 14th, rehearsals start for a Damien Leith tour on the 15th continuing on the 16th when I have a gig with James Morrison (featuring Dale Barlow) at the Basement in the night. The next morning it's off to Melbourne for a gig with Tom Burlinson in Echuca, then back on Sunday to continue Damien Leith rehearsals!

    The Damien Leith tour takes up the next two weeks. See the dates on the new Live Gigs page. We're basically doing short runs in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane with additional one off shows in Doyalson and The Gold Coast:


    Australian Idol Series Four winner Damein Leith. We'll be on the road for a short run from February 20 through March 4. Check out the Live Gigs page for details.

    Then it's back to jazz mode on a gig with Adrian Cunningham (March 10) featuring Bill Risby and Dave Pudney at the Kiama Jazz Festival.

    The Premier's Concerts are on this time featuring the music of the baby boomers and Aussie singing legend, Doug Parkinson. That's at the Entertainment Centre on March 12 and 13. I'm back with James Morrison on March 16 and 17 for the Twighlight Concert series at Taronga Zoo. This is the first live presentation of the Gospel project CDs that James recorded over the last couple of years and will feature the amazing vocal group, The Idea of North.

    Then on March 24 it's up to Brisbane to launch Adrian Cunningham's CD. It will be great to play Adrian's music in a new city!


    The Adrian Cunningham Quartet will be launching their our new CD in Brisbane on March 24.

    On March 27 I leave for Geneva to join the wonderful Lalo Schifrin and the ORCHESTRE DE LA SUISSE ROMANDE in another Jazz Meets the Symphony concert.

    So that takes us up to the end of March.

    I've added a Live Gigs page which lists the live public gigs I'll be doing over the next little whille. This is in adddition to this news page. The Live Gigs page will hopefully be updated regularly so keep checking back.

    Thanks again for stopping by and I hope to catch you somewhere at gig!

    Until then,

    All the best and Happy New Year,

    Cheers Gordo.



    NEWS


    JULY/AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2007

    G'day and welcome.

    I know we're already into August and this update is very late! Sorry about that. It's been pretty busy and continues to be so through to October.

    So to quickly fill you on what's been happening since the last news update, the end of June saw the shooting of a special Big Night In for John Foreman which was a tribute to the one and only Burt Bacharach! I was in the house band and we got to play with a host of great artists including Leo Sayer, the sublime Katie Noonan, Kate Ceberano, Rickie Lee and Paulini. Unfortunately I didn't get to play with Burt himself but it was a great night. Keep an eye on Channel 10 to see when the show will go to air. I'll post the date here when I know.

    Once again I had the pleasure to perform with Lalo Schifrin in his Jazz Meets the Symphony concerts this time in Perth and Melbourne with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra respectively. And the wonderful James Morrison was the featured soloist with Phil Stack playing bass. The concerts were fantastic as always. And this year I had the opportunity to play with Lalo, James and Phil in a brief quartet performance for the Sydney Symphony Orchestra's annual Blue Note dinner.One of the songs we played was "A Night in Tunisia" which was a real thrill to play with Lalo as he was actually there when Dizzy Gillespie wrote it!!!

    Live, there were a few gigs with Frank Bennett, James Morrison, Paul Christie's Rockhouse, Ralph Pyl's Big Band and Tom Burlinson and a week with Wayne Scott Kermond's Candyman show. I also recorded a bunch of tracks for Michael Falzon and Adrian Petlavany in my own studio as well as sessions for Scott Kilminster, Marty Irwin and some jingles here and there too.

    I took a week off to the Blue Mountains with the family where I hardly had time to wind down before it was back to work. Well it feels like that anyway!


    Me and my beautiful girls at the famous Three Sisters in Katoomba on a very windy day.

    So looking ahead, August gets pretty busy live with gigs with Ralph Pyl's Big Band featuring Rex Richardson from the USA (The Basement August 14), Adrian Cunningham Quartet, (The Dungeon, Newcastle August 16), Greg Meyer with Ralph's Big Band, (Souths Juniors August 17 and 18 and the Basement August 20) and Doug Parkinson (Canturbury Hurlstone Park RSL August 23, 24 & 25).

    In between these live gigs there's a few sessions including a CD recording with James Morrison and Deni Hines, some tracks for Paul Baker, a blues album for Parris McLeod as well as a Christmas CD for James Morrison.

    And if you're up at 9.00am on Wednesday August 15, tune into Channel 9 where I'll be playing with Greg Meyer and the Big Band to promote the upcoming gigs.


    Australian Idol has returned to Channel 10 for 2007 and the band starts up live from August 26. This year, as they did last year, the first week will be dedicated to the semi finals where they reduce the contestants from 30 to a top 12. So we'll be live to air on August 26, 27, 28, 29 and 30. I have a couple of gigs with Superfish August 31 and September 1 and then it's back to Idol on Sunday September 2 and Monday September 3. After that the band will be seen regularly live on Idol every Sunday through September (2, 9,16, 23 & 30).

    James Morrison and Deni Hines will launch their joint CD project on September 3 & 4 in Sydney at the Vanguard in Newtown.

    I'll also be playing with both Erana Clark and Doug Parkinson at the Manly Jazz festival this year. I'll keep this page updated with dates and times.

    So for now, thanks again for stopping by and check back to see when the September dates are confirmed. I'd love to see you at a gig somewhere soon. Make sure you come up and say hi.

    Catch you soon.

    Cheers Gordo



    NEWS


    January/February

    Well Happy New Year and all the very best for 2008!!!!

    Regular surfers will have realised that unfortunately I skipped the last quarter update so before I begin with the January/February News page I thought I'd do a brief round up of the events of 2007.

    January 2007 began slowly with a few live gigs with artists such as Christine Anu, Monica Trapaga, Frank Bennett, Dan Barnett, Brad Johns and sessions for Ronnie Saras, George Fahd and Dan Higson.

    In February things got pretty busy starting with a short season in Canberra with Rhonda Burchmore, live gigs with Frank Bennett, Ralph Pyl's big Band, James Morrison's Sextet, Tom Burlinson, Superfish plus a tour with Australian Idol Season 4 winner, Damien Leith. There were also sessions for Song Zu as well as some recording for Wayne Scott Kermond's CD.

    March was filled with live gigs around town for Adrian Cunningham, James Morrison, Superfish, The Premier's Concerts and a fill in for Marcia Hines band. I also recorded some more tracks for George Fahd as well as a CD for Simon Shapiro who went on to win the APRA Songwriter's Award at Music Oz.


    Congratulations on all your success to my dear mate Simon Shapiro - a great singer/songwriter with whom I went to High School all those years ago. Check out his music.

    I was fortunate to travel to Geneva for a performance with the great Lalo Schifrin in his Jazz Meets The Symphony series after which I took a short trip to New York where I was lucky to catch some great music including a clinic by the one and only STEVE GADD! I returned mid April for gigs with Tom Burlinson, Frank Bennett, The Biggest Loser and a short season with Wayne Scott Kermond as well as sessions for George Fahd and Marty Irwin.

    May had live gigs with Adrian Cunningham, Superfish, Paul Christie, Doug Parkinson, Leon Gaer and John Foreman with Kate Cebrano and Jade MacRae as well as sessions for Song Zu, Tom Ferris and Marty Irwin.

    I played live with Jimi Hocking (for the Yamaha performance at the Guitar Show), Adrian Cunningham, Louise Perryman and Brydan Stace, Paul Christie, Pete Moore and Bernie Segedin in June and recorded for Scott Kilminster, Marty Irwin and Dan Higson. I also recorded a TV special for John Foreman which was a tribute to Burt Bacharach featuring the great man himself in which I got to play with Leo Sayer, Kate Cebrano, Paulini, Katie Noonan and Ricky Lee.

    In July Lalo Schifrin brought his Jazz Meets The Symphony shows back to Australia this time for a week in Perth with the Western Australian Symphony Orchestra and with the MSO in Melbourne. I also had the wonderful opportunity to play in a a small group setting for a fund raiser for the Sydney Symphony Orchestra with Lalo where we actually played "A Night in Tunisia"! The remainder of July was taken up with gigs with Tom Burlinson, James Morrison, Frank Bennett and a week with Wayne Scott Kermond in Sydney as well as sessions for Michael Falzon, Adrian Petlaveny and Fresh Music. Also James Morrison's 2nd Gospel Collection was released.


    James Morrison's second Gospel CD was released. And here is Michael Falzon's EP with drums and bass recorded at my studio in Sydney.

    August kicked off with the debut at the Basement for Pete Moore's Big Band. I then took a week off with the family returning to what you could be forgiven for thinking was the rebirth of Big Bands. On August 11 I played with Ralph Pyl's Big Band backing Tom Burlinson at the Sydney Town Hall. Then on the 14th, American trumpet virtuoso, Rex Richardson played the Basement also with Ralph's Big Band. The next morning I appeared on Kerrianne's Morning Show behind Greg Myer with, you guessed it, Ralph Pyl's Big Band where we were promoting gigs on the 16th and 17th with the Big Band at Souths Juniors as well as the Basement on Monday the 20th. Now if that wasn't enough Big Band for the week, I forgot to mention that on the Tuesday in the day prior to the Basement gig that night and on the Wednesday after the Morning Show, I recorded a CD with James Morrison and Deni Hines which I guess you'd describe as...mini Big Band! Still on the 16th I had a break from all that Big Band to play with Adrian Cunningham's quartet at the Dungeon in Newcastle.


    James Morrison and Deni Hines - The Other Women.

    The following week I did a CD for Paul Baker, another for blues singer Gail Page and another for James Morrison - this time a Christmas CD. I also did some live shows with Doug Parkinson and then Australian Idol 2007 began on August 26th. We played live to air through the semi finals on the 26th, 27th, 28th, 29th and 30th and came back for the Wildcard show on September 2nd.


    James Morrison's Christmas CD and awesome blues singer Gail Page's debut.

    Idol continued through September along with Live gigs with Superfish, James Morrison and Deni Hines, Adrian Cunningham, Frank Bennett and a fun couple of appearances at the Manly Jazz Festival with John Foreman and Erana Clarke. I also recorded for Kylie Burtland and some great tracks for singer/songwriter, Mark Wilkinson.

    Mark Wilkinson - Another fine singer/songwriter to watch. Check him out too!.

    October began with a great Doug Parkinson performance at the Manly Jazz festival, appearances with James Morrison and Deni Hines on Today and Kerrianne, sessions for Scott Kilminster, Dan Higson and Marty Irwin and of course Idol continued every weekend as well as a special fundraiser on Friday October 19.

    In November Idol continued and there were live gigs with Dave Pritchard, Ralph Pyl, Superfish, Paul Christie, Spencer Jones, Ed Gaston (featuring Kenny Powell and George Golla), Gail Pages CD launch, James Morrison and Tom Burlinson. There were sessions for Song Zu, Wayne Cornell and the recording of Natalie Gauci's The Winner's Journey CD (Australian Idol 2007 Winner).


    Natalie Gauci - The Winner's Journey.

    And December saw live gigs with James Morrison, the Premier's Concerts, a trip to Las Vegas with Tom Burlinson to perform at Wynn's Casino a couple of gigs with James Morrison and Deni Hines, a show with Tracy Costa and a New Year's Eve gig with Dougie Parkinson in Brisbane. There were also sessions for Charlie Hull and Adrian Cunningham. And that was pretty much 2007! Once again I'm sorry for not getting around to updating the page for the last quarter but once Idol kicked in there wasn't a lot of time. So looking forward...

    January/February

    January 2 sees an appearance on the Today Show with james Morrison and Deni Hines to promote the upcoming tour. Here are the dates:

    Jan 11 - Brisbane Lyric Theatre

    Jan 12 - Nambour Civic Centre

    Jan 13 - Gold Coast Jupiters Casino

    Jan 18 - Melbourne Crown Casino

    Jan 19 - Melbourne Crown Casino

    Feb 1 - Canberra Canberra Theatre

    Feb 2 - Canberra (Private Function)

    Feb 3 - Adelaide Town Hall

    Feb 7 - Abury Albury Performing Art Centre

    Feb 14 - Sydney State Theatre

    Feb 15 - Wollongong

    Feb 16 - Launceston

    Feb 14 - Hobart

    I'll also be playing with Adrian Cunningham's Quartet January 20 at the Summer Jazz series. Stella Maris College (cnr Illuka and Collingwood Streets, Manly) and the Jazz Camp in Collaroy on January 22. Adrian band will also be doing two special nights at the Paris Cat in Melbourne on February 8 and 9.

    Recording wise this month I have some tentative dates booked with piano virtuoso Simon Tedeschi and it looks like Cark Riseley, (Idol's 3rd place getter) will be recording a Big Band CD later in the month. And we're trying to slot in some recoding for an upcoming CD for Jazz Vibist, Ed Goyer.


    Carl Riseley Idol 2007 3rd place.

    I have a short trip planned to Cambodia in late January and I have my 5th row tickets to see the mighty Stewart Copeland with the Police on Jan 24...can't wait!

    I promise I'll update the page more frequently this year when gigs pop up so surf on back when you get a chance.

    Once again all the best for 2008 and I hope to catch you at a gig somehwhere soon.

    Cheers Gordo.


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    March

    Welcome to the March update,

    Things have settled down a little since we wrapped up the James Morrison and Deni Hines tour. We had a lot of laughs and a great time with gigs taking us to the Gold Coast, Nambour, Brisbane, , Melbourne, Adelaide, Canberra, Sydney, Wollongong, Albury, Hobart and Launceston. The Wollongong gig was filmed and should be coming out on DVD sometime soon.

    Other highlights were some nice gigs with Adrian Cunningham's band including the Paris Cat for two nights in Melbourne and his farewell performance to a packed house at the Basement. I also filled in for John Morrison with James Morrison's regular sextet at the Basement. I shot a TV show final called "My Kid's a Star" with some of the guys from the Australian Idol Band and filled in for Dave Hatch on "the Rocky Horror Show". All good fun!

    So this month has a few live gigs starting tonight, March 1. I'll be playing with Ralph Pyl's Sydney All Star Big Band backing Frank Bennett and Carl Riseley at a free concert in Wahroonga Park. That's from 5pm to 8pm after which I'll be heading down to the Unity Hall at Balmain for a gig with Superfish.


    Here's the Flyer for the gig at Wahroonga

    On Friday March 7 I'll be playing with Gail Page at the Empire Hotel in Annandale. Gail's CD, "Colours that Run" has just won some impressive awards and the band is hot so that should be a great night.

    The following weekend I'll be in South-East Queensland for a couple of gigs with James Morrison's Sextet. That's at Sanctuary Cove on the 14th of March and Hope Island on the 15th. I'm back in Queensland again on March 23 also with James at the Gladstone Jazz and Shiraz Festival.

    Then for two nights only, James is featuring at Taronga Zoo in their Twilight Concert series. This time James is doing a tribute to Motown. Here's the official blurb:


    James Morrison Does Motown

    THE SUN-HERALD
    TWILIGHT AT TARONGA 2008 SERIES


    We say adios to the '07 season as Detroit comes to Taronga. Trumpet maestro James Morrison and his band will relive those unforgettable songs made famous by Motown legends Marvin Gaye, Temptations, Diana Ross and the Supremes & Co. Joining James on stage are will be a selection of singers and some of the best musos in the business, performing all those hits that brought the world to its dancing feet. A fab fun night not to be missed!


    So to recap, here's a list of this month's public gigs. Hope to catch you at one somewhere.

    Sat, Mar 1 (6:00 PM) RALPH PYL WAHROONGA (9:00 PM) SUPERFISH at Unity Hall, Balmain

    Fri, Mar 7 GAIL PAGE at The Empire Hotel, Annandale

    Fri, Mar 14 JAMES MORRISON at Sanctuary Cove (QLD)

    Sat, Mar 15 JAMES MORRISON Hope Island (QLD)

    Sun, Mar 23 JAMES MORRISON Gladstone Festival (QLD)

    Fri, Mar 28 (7:00 PM) JAMES MORRISON Taronga Zoo

    Sat, Mar 29 (7:00 PM) JAMES MORRISON Taronga Zoo

    Thanks for all the questions too. I should get some time soon to respond and post the answers on the Q & A page. Stay tuned as I'll be updating this news page again soon. So take it easy and all the best.

    Cheers Gordo.


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    May

    G'day and welcome to the May news page. I apologise that the April news page... well never was. Sorry about that. Things got pretty busy early on and then all of a sudden there wasn't much April left to talk about so I thought I'd just do a May news page instead. Also I'm sorry for those who surfed by and found the site down - I had some problems with my server for a few days during April and the site was the first victim... another was my email so if you did happen to send a question in the last few weeks, maybe send it again as it's very likely that I didn't receive it.

    So here we are at the beginning of May. I'm currently writing from across the Tasman in Auckland, New Zealand. I'm here with the legendary Glenn Shorrock from the original Little River Band. We're here for some corporate gigs and I'm filling in for Pete Drummond who couldn't do the gig at the last minute. I have to say it's awesome to be playing with Glenn. I grew up listening to classic LRB and I just get goose bumps when I hear him sing those great Aussie songs. They're a joy to play. And the band features some great players from Melbourne so all in all it's a pleasure to be here.

    This is actually my second trip to New Zealand within the month. I came over to Christ Church with James Morrison and Deni Hines at the beginning of April for a performance at the Town Hall as part of the Christ Church Jazz Festival. After that I had gigs around Sydney with Brad Johns, Dougie Parkinson and then the Premier's Concerts at the Sydney Entertainment Centre featuring Silvie Paladino and Rhonda Burchmore. I did a solo drum performance for a private function in Kiama and performed two concerts at the Sydney Opera House with Tom Burlinson featuring Ralph Pyl's Sydney All Star Big Band.

    On April 16th I did a drum clinic at Ellaways Music in Brisbane for Yamaha. Ellaways is a massive music store in the Southern suburbs of Brisbane. A big thanks to Greg and Adam and all the staff at Ellaways as well as Jon and Bevo from Yamaha. (I'll see you blokes again on the May clinics). Thanks to all who attended too - There was a good turn out and some great questions which makes for a much better night. So thank you all. This month I'll be back in Brisbane at Allans Music doing another clinic as part of a run of four. Different stuff of course - same jokes though (see the dates below).


    Here's the add from the Ellaways Clinic Last month.

    Recording wise April was pretty busy with sessions for a new McDonald's jingle, sound tracks for a TV docudrama called "The Prime Minister is Missing", a new lifestyle backyard program called "The Outdoor Room", an updated version of the "Wide World of Sports" theme, a new Fox Sports ID and the theme for a new ABC show called "The Gruen Transfer". There was also a CD for a great local singer/song writer Vanessa Kelly and some tracks for a CD produced by Clive Lendich.

    There's been a few CD releases recently including the highly anticipated Carl Riseley Album. This is a great Big Band CD from last year's Australian Idol 3rd place getter. Carl, you may recall, was the "jazz" guy and the album was produced by John Foreman and features two great Big Bands - one from Melbourne and the other from Sydney. You might be interested to check out Daniel Farrugia's playing on the Melbourne tracks. He's a young guy who really sounds great and can swing the Band beautifully!

    Carl Riseley's debut CD, The Rise

    Another release is the second album from Alfio. It features 16 classic songs from great artists such as, Dean Martin, Bobby Darin and Frank Sinatra and many more.

    Alfio Classic Winds

    Last year I recorded some drum tracks at my studio for a very dear old friend of mine from High School, Simon Shapiro. And I'm very pleased to say that Simon's debut CD, "Between the Noise" has been released. Simon is a great writer and has received a number of song writing awards for tracks from the album including the best Rock/Indie song at the 27th ASA (Australian Songwriters Association) awards, for "Anything to Anyone". At the same awards night, Simon took out the major award being named "Songwriter of the year". Produced by Lindsay Rimes I urge you to check out Simon Shapiro's debut, "Between the Noise". You can get it as a download from iTunes, at CD Baby or direct from Simon's web site.

    Simon Shapiro's award winning debut Between the Noise

    On the jazzier side, I'm also very pleased to announce the release of Blaine Whittaker's third CD mostly recorded at my studio, Over Ear. This one, while still a jazz album is a departure for Blaine from his more straight ahead format venturing into R&B grooves and even a Hip-Hop inspired frantic jungle track called "The Scorpion". There are great solos from Blaine, James Muller, James Morrison, John Foreman and Matt McMahon with a special guest appearance from Erana Clarke. This is another CD of which I'm very proud and highly recommend you check it out. You can buy it from Blaine's site

    Blaine Whittaker's third release Sound Barrier


    So looking ahead this month there's some recording and a bit happening live as well as a clinic tour (which I guess is live!). On Tuesday May 6 I'll be playing in Broome, WA with Ralph Pyl's Sydney All Star Big Band backing Carl Riseley and James Morrison. There are a few Corporate gigs with James Morrison as well as some with Tom Burlinson.

    May is drum Month at Allans Music and as part of the proceedings I'll be doing a clinic run in each of the East Coast stores and in Adelaide. Here is the info from the Allans site. To book follow the links in your city.




    GORDON RYTMEISTER

    Gordon is one of Australia's holiest drumming grails. He's an author, teacher, seasoned studio artist and veteran of TV gigs. Most of you would recognise his uber super grooves on hit show, Australian Idol. Gordon will take you through his approach to time, musical styles, reading charts and of course, Idol!

    Brisbane

    Allans Music Brisbane, 90-112 Queen Street Mall - CITY Monday 12th May @ 6.30pm. Register for Brisbane here.

    Melbourne

    Allans Music City Store, 152 Bourke Street - CITY Tuesday 13th May @ 7pm. Register for Melbourne here.

    Adelaide

    Allans Music, 58 Gawler Place, Adelaide Wednesday 14th May @ 7pm. Register for Adelaide here.

    Sydney

    Allans Music, 228 Pitt St, Sydney Thursday 15th May @ 7pm. Register for Sydney here.


    I'll be joining James Morrison's Quintet on May 10 for the "Day on the Green" at Bimbadgen Estate (Hunter Valley) from 2:40PM. The band includes James (I guess that's implicit), Blaine Whittaker, Emma Pask, Cameron Undy and Carl Dewhurst.

    The address is:

    790 McDonalds Road, Pokolbin, NSW, 2325

    For more information phone (02) 4998 7585

    I'll also be playing with James and Deni Hines as part of the Berardos Wine Festival (Noosa, QLD) on May 18.

    Towards the end of May I'll be playing at the Sydney Opera House as part of James Morrison's Quintet as well as with the house orchestra for the FIFA Congress. I'm really excited because at the start of the show I'll be part of a 15 piece percussion group performing a 6-minute "World Music Suite", composed by Michael Askill and involving a range of instruments from around the world. I'm really looking forward to playing what I suspect will be some challenging music.

    So for the moment that's it. I'll update the site if other things come in that might be of interest to anyone

    Thanks again for stopping by and sorry for the slow update...

    Come up and say g'day if you do get to a gig. All the best, cheers Gordo.


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    August/September


    G'day,

    Well I've done it again... a very late update. Sorry to those who surf by every month (Betty, I know you're reading this). I've been in and out of town more in the last two months than in any time I can remember. Mostly one and two nighters. So it's been difficult to find time to keep the News page up to date. That's my excuse for this month!

    Anyway, to fill you in on what's been happening since the last post; Firstly a big hi and thank you to all those who attended my drum clinics at Allans in mid-May. I hope people had a good time and took something away. I'd like to thank Allans Music for having me and a big thank you to Yamaha Drums for putting on the shows. Particularly to Jon Chapman and Paul Toth who toured with me. We had a great time on the road and the boys looked after me very well. Thanks guys!

    I returned to gigs with Tom Burlinson, James Morrison and Deni Hines, James Morrison's Sextet and a big event for the opening of the 58th FIFA congress at the Sydney Opera House. There I took part in three parts of the ceremony - a World Percussion Suite, written by Michael Askill from Synergy, a couple of pieces with James Morrison's Quartet and the FIFA theme with the house orchestra. It was a great couple of days and very cool to be part of such a massive production.

    Whilst all of that was going on, I turned the big four-zero! My beautiful wife Emily threw a party which was great because it distracted me from the fact that I'm now actually forty!

    From June through to mid-July I was involved in the house band for the LG Road show - a product launch of LG's latest gear. We visited most capitol cities for one or two nights. I had other private gigs scheduled with Ralph Pyl's Big Band featuring Emma Pask as well as gigs with Tom Burlinson, Frank Bennett and Glenn Shorrock. I also played for the Pope at the World Youth Day closing ceremony on July 17 in the house orchestra. That was fun!


    This is as close as I got.


    Setting up & Gordo with Bev Kennedy (Piano) and Dave Stratton (Bass).

    On the recording front, I've recently recorded some tracks for bassist, Michael Thompson, a track for Dave Stratton and another for Greg Page (formerly the yellow Wiggle). During July I continued an album with vibist Ed Goyer and work will resume on Andy Atwill's CD soon too. There's also some preproduction work for a CD with Emma Pask and another library album with Leon Gaer.

    Tom Burlinson played in Adelaide on June 7 as part of the Adelaide Cabaret Festival. He had another show at Seagulls on the Gold Coast and another at the new Cube Theatre in Campbelltown. We had a great gig with blues singer Gail Page at the Basement and John Foreman Quartet (with the great Darren Percival) recently played as part of the Townsville Jazz Festival; incidentally, there I met a great young up and coming drummer by the name of Gene Peterson. Check him out if you get a chance. He does a whole solo drum act that's very entertaining. Gene also very kindly lent me some of his (bright pink) Yamaha drums which was a relief because the house kit was pretty crappy! Thanks mate. You saved my arse!


    Last week Mark Costa and I did a rhythm section workshop for the folks at Hillsong Church where we discussed the recording process on Australian Idol. There were more than 300 people there and we had some great questions making for a really successful night. Thanks to Rolf and all for looking after us so well.

    Speaking of Australian Idol, the band started shooting in early July for series 6. There's a break for the Olympics and then we go hard from September. We do live shows September 1, 2, 3, 4, 7 and 8. After that, if you want to tune in, we'll be live to air on September 14, 21, 28, October 5, 12, 19, 26, 28, November 2, 9, 16 and 23.

    On August 20 Blaine Whittaker will launch his CD (recorded at my studio) at the Basement in Sydney. That should be a great night. Blaine's new disc is a departure from the straight ahead jazz of his previous CDs. It's a great band with some great groovy music. Come on down to the Basement and check it out if you can.


    I've got a gig with James Morrison on August 21 but I think that's a private one. Will update here when I know.

    I'll be reuniting with Australian Jazz legend and recently turned octogenarian, Don Burrows on September 25, 26 and 27 for gigs down the South Coast of NSW. Again, I'll post more details when they're known.

    October 1 sees a return to the Basement with an English fusion Violinist (whose name I don't know) in a band led by Rex Goh.

    And then there are a few gigs throughout October with Aussie saxophonist/clarinettist Adrian Cunningham who will return for a brief period from New York where he's been studying and playing for the last few months. I'll post the dates, venues and times when they're confirmed but one which has been set is the Manly Jazz festival on October 4 at 3.30pm.

    Ralph Pyl's Big Band will play the Basement on October 6th in a set featuring the US giant of lead trumpet, Wayne Bergeron. DON'T MISS THIS ONE!

    I'll also be taking part in Jo Calderazzo's Whole Lotta Love 2008 LED ZEPPELIN tribute show! I'm really excited about playing what is really the music that originally inspired me to play the drums. It's great because it's given me an excuse to go back and to really understand more about the mechanics of that music... and believe me, there are many revelations that I've learned such as the fact that the middle of "Stairway to Heaven" is all in 4/4! Great stuff!

    I'm even going to use a massive drum kit a la John Bonham. I can't wait. Here are the dates and the PR rave:


    Whole Lotta Love 2008 - a tribute to Led Zeppelin.

    CC Entertainment proudly present the 6th annual "Whole Lotta Love" Led Zeppelin encomium. 2008 marks the 40th anniversary of the New Yardbirds changing their name to Led Zeppelin, then changing the face of rock and roll forever! CC Entertainment concerts are no ordinary gig, they pool the pinnacle of Australia's musical talent, both vocalists and musicians, to capture the magic of the band being celebrated.

    Tonight Steve Balbi, Zkye, Simon Meli (Ooh La La), Danny Marx-Young, Lex Koritni and Amanda Baker will channel Plant, while guitar maestros Peter Northcote and Joseph Calderazzo will ignite the melodic riffs of Page, backed by the powerhouse rhythm section of Dario Bortolin (bass) and Gordon Rytmeister (drums). A string section comprising Adrian Keating (Aust Opera - violin), Claire Brassil (Aust Opera cello) and Kristy Conrau (Syd. Symphony cello) will lift the show to the next level.

    Classics such as Kashmir, Battle of Evermore, Immigrant Song, Rock'n'Roll and Black Dog will turn the club into a house of the holy, but be quick if you want to be part of the physical graffiti as this show has sold out for the past five years.

    Date: Friday 29 August 2008 - Venue: Campbelltown RSL - Campbelltown

    Date: Saturday 30 August 2008 - Venue: Dee Why RSL - Dee Why

    Date: Saturday 6 September 2008 - Venue: Blacktown Workers Club - Blacktown

    Date: Friday 12 September 2008 - Venue: The Laycock Theatre - Gosford

    Date: Saturday 13 September 2008 - Venue: Dapto Leagues Club - Dapto

    Date: Friday 19 September 2008 - Venue: The Basement

    Date: Friday 20 September 2008 - Venue: The Basement

    In other news, I'm very pleased to announce that I've become a Sibelius endorser. For many years I struggled with music notation programs for my Mac. About two years ago, I finally switched to Sibelius as all the arrangers on Australian Idol, John Foreman, Dave Pritchard, Libby Bee, Charlie Hull and Mark Costa were using it. And I have to say, I've never looked back. Sibelius is so easy to use, it's intuitive and it can lay out your charts or exercises exactly how you want them to look. Over the last couple of years I've also been doing a bit with James Morrison who is also a devoted Sibelius user - in fact James introduced me to the people at Sibelius. Thanks mate!

    So for now, take care and hope to see you at a gig somewhere soon.

    Cheers Gordo.


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    June

    G'day and welcome to the very latest (and man do I mean late!!!!!!) news update. My last update was August 2008 and it's now June 2009 so I must give my sincerest apologies to anyone who has surfed by in that time. I can cite the usual reasons, being busy, renovating the house, having two young girls... or we could all just agree that I'm very slack, and move on! Seriously, I'm sorry and I'll endeavour to be more regular and punctual in the future.

    So firstly to fill you in on what's been happening:

    2008 continued with gigs with all the usual suspects, James Morrison, Australian Idol, Adrian Cunningham and Tom Burlinson. I also started working with Australian Blues legend, Geoff Achison and joined the Steve Edmonds band. Steve's an old mate from way back so it's been great to get back and play with the mighty GROOVE of Stevie "Walks on Water" Edmonds.


    The Steve Edmonds Band December 31, 2008.

    January

    2009 kicked off with a series of gigs at the Sydney Opera House with Le Grande Cirque. That was fun and it was great to see some amazing acts so close night after night. The band was cooking too. I also played at the Basement with the great Shauna Jensen and did some gigs to promote Blaine Whittaker's newest CD. There were also more gigs with the Steve Edmonds Band and James Morrison.


    The band with some of the star acts from Le Grande Cirque - the fastest selling show in the history of the Opera House.

    February

    In February there were more gigs with Steve Edmonds, James Morrison as well as an appearance at the Virgin Atlantic launch with last year's Idol runner up Luke Dickens.


    The Luke Dickens Band.

    March

    More gigs with James Morrison including the Taronga Zoo Twilight series. Continiued gigging with the Steve Edmonds through March as well as the Premier's Concerts and a one off with Tina Arena and at the Opera House.


    The James Morrison Band at Taronga Zoo.

    April

    In April I reunited with my old Glue mate Peter Northcote for a gig at the Bridge Hotel which included the legendary Barry Leef. Other April gigs inlcuded James Morrison, Steve Edmonds Band, Phil Scorgie and a trip to Margaret River WA with Deni Hines and James Morrison. I also played drums for the latest Idea of North CD to be completed later this year.

    May

    May saw more gigs with Steve Edmonds, some more dates with Geoff Achison, a night at the Dungeon in Newcastle with Peter Gray as well as a very special series of gigs at the Opera House with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, James Morrison and Emma Pask in a tribute to Louis Armstrong. That was a great deal of fun and the concert hall was sold out!


    Here we are in rehearsals for the Tribute to Louis Armstrong with the mighty SSO under the baton of the fantastic Marc Taddei.

    Which brings us up to date. So looking ahead to June:

    June

    I'll be appearing with the Steve Edmonds band on the following dates:

    Sat 6th Hornsby Inn 9pm - Ph: (02) 9477 5555

    Fri 12th Toronto Hotel 8:30pm - Ph: (02) 4959 1033

    Sat 13th Mona Vale Hotel 10pm - Ph: (02) 9999 4214

    Sun 21st Towradgi Beach Hotel 2pm - Ph: 1300 672 277

    Sun 28th Kent Hotel Hamilton 8:30pm - Ph: (02) 4961 3303

    I'm back at the Bridge Hotel with Peter Northcote and Barry Leef on Sunday June 7. There are two shows with Paul Gray from Wa Wa Nee on June 19 and 20 at Souths Juniors, a corproarte gig with Luke Dickens and another with Dale Genner.

    Australian Idol kicks off this month for the band with the pre record of the top 100 episodes.

    I'll be back (I promise) with another update in July. Until then, take care and thanks for stopping by.

    Cheers Gordo.



    NEWS


    JULY

    Hi there,

    Well I'm determined not to get too far behind with my news updates. So here we are, only six days late for the July news; not bad considering the seven month wait for the last news page. Having said that, I'm going to make it brief as I'm a little pressed for time. We're still renovating at the moment so life at home is chaos! So here's a quick run down of the live gigs this month. Hope to see you at one or two or three or four...

    Sat 4th * Forever Rod - Mount Pritchard Community Club - Ph: (02) 9822 3555

    Fri 10th * The Steve Edmonds Band - Mona vale Hotel 10pm - Ph: (02) 9999 4214

    Sat 11th * The Steve Edmonds Band - Palm Court Hotel Corrimal 8.30pm -Ph: (02) 4284 4086

    Fri 17th * The Steve Edmonds Band - Toronto Hotel 9.30pm - Ph: (02) 4959 1033

    Sat 18th * Steve Edmonds - Hendrix & Heroes Show Brass Monkey Cronulla 7pm - Ph: (02) 9544 3844 or buy tickets here.


    Gordo playing with the Steve Edmonds Band.

    Sun 19th * The Steve Edmonds Band - Premier Hotel Broadmeadow 4pm - Ph: (02) 4962 3236.

    Wed 22nd * The Sydney Eistedford - Petersham R.S.L. - Ph: (02) 9560 8355

    Fri 24th * The Steve Edmonds Band - Woodport Inn Erina 8pm - Ph: (02) 4367 5222.

    Sat 25th * James Morrison - Tribute to Motown (Private Function).

    Sun 26th * The Steve Edmonds Band - Kent Hotel, Hamilton 8.30pm - Ph: (02) 4961 3303.

    Fri 31st * Wa Wa Nee - Davistown RSL Central Coast NSW - Ph: (02) 4363 0199.

    Sat 1st * (August) Luke Dickens - Young Services Club - Ph: (02) 6382 1944.

    Cheers Gordo.



    NEWS


    AUGUST 2009

    Hi there,

    August 3!!! That means this news update is only 3 days late... Not bad!

    Things have been ticking away with gigs and sessions over the last month. Since the July update I've been playing a lot with the great Steve Edmonds and his funky band! Be sure to check out the new gigs page which features a calendar of upcoming gigs and shows.

    Another couple of gigs I should mention are appearances with Paul Gray and Wa Wa Nee supporting 1927 and a triumphant return home to Young for Australian Idol 2008 runner-up, Luke Dickens.


    Here's the Luke Dickens Band in Young after his triumphant return home. L to R: Gordon Rytmeister, Jak Housden, Mark Costa, Luke Dickens, Steve Langford, Teri Lee and MD, Lachlan Doley.

    Speaking of Luke reminds me, August sees the start of the new Australian Idol series. This will be our seventh year in the house band and the competition promises a super high standard again! We've already done the top 100 elimination rounds and from what I've seen we're certainly in for a great year of singers.

    The 2009 series unfortunately sees the departure of musical director John Foreman and ace guitarist, Sydney legend Rex Goh. Rex is moving on to bigger and better things. He'll be very sadly missed in the team as the most experienced player in the band with years of live and recording credits with some of the greatest musical artists from Australia and Overseas. I'm pleased to say I'll get the opportunity to play with Rex later this year in the Joni Mitchell tribute shows (see below for more info). But as I said I'm very sorry to see Rex go and I wish him all the very best in his future musical endevours.

    John Foreman and I were at the NSW Conservatorium of music together in 1987/88 and have remained great friends since on and off the stage. It's been a real pleasure to work under John's baton. As a musical director John is unsurpassed. He really gives you the best opportunity to make the music sound as good as you can and as a drummer, that's all you can ask for from a musical director. So my best wishes go to John for his continued success. Whilst I'm in Idol mode I should also welcome Dave Pritchard-Blunt to the position of musical director. Dave's been with the band from the start playing keyboards/piano and the chief arranger having done the vast majority of the Idol charts over the years. So congratulations goes to Dave as he moves into the role of MD.

    Adrian Cunningham is back in town for a month or so and during that time we've got some gigs one of which is tonight at the Basement in Circular Quay. If you're a modern jazz fan, come on down. Adrian's got some new tunes and the regular band will be joined by the great Tony Azzopardi on percussion. If you can't make, (or even if you can and want some more), check out the new gigs page for alternative dates.

    There are two big runs later in the year that I'd also like to mention. First is the 2009 "Whole Lotta Love" Led Zeppelin tribute! As many might know, my first big musical love affair was with the mighty Led Zeppelin. When I first started playing drums and I heard John Bonham I was totally blown away by his groove, sound and musicality. To this day Led Zeppelin holds the most special place in my musical heart so it's with great, great pleasure that I get to take part in this wonderful tribute to my heroes. Please come along and check it out! The dates are on the new gigs page. For more info see below:

    Whole Lotta Love
    Thurs 24 Sept - Enmore Theatre, NSW
    Win an iPOD Speaker System!

    Love Led Zeppelin? Come for a spectacular homage to one of the biggest bands of all time featuring guest vocalists Dave Gleeson (Screaming Jets), Steve Balbi (Noiseworks), Simon Meli (Ooh la la), Natasha Stuart, Danny Marx-Young and Virginia Lillye

    An all star 13 piece band, under the musical direction of Joseph Calderazzo including the Sydney Lyric Strings, will bring it on home. More than 2 hours of Zep classics including 'Black Dog', 'Kashmir','Since IČŘ™ve Been Loving You', 'Stairway To Heaven', 'Whole Lotta Love' and much more will ensure an unforgettable night of physical graffiti!

    As a special offer to My Ticketek members, book tickets online to Whole Lotta Love before Sunday 16 August and go in the draw to win the ultimate iPOD Speaker System (Worth $1,000), the B&W Zeppelin, courtesy of Len Wallis Audio!

    Click here to book tickets online.


    I'm also very touched and pleased to be a part of JONI - A tribute to the legendary Joni Mitchell. Joni Mitchell's music through the different stages of her career has drawn from folk, jazz, rock, pop, fusion and orchestral influences. Her lyrics and melodies are profound. I discovered the beauty of Joni Mitchell's music later in my own musical development but it touched me in a most profound way. In the late 1990s I took part in a couple of tribute shows to Joni's music at the Basement in Sydney. These gigs featured a great backing band behind 10 of Australia's leading female singer songwriters each of whom had been influenced by the music of Joni Mitchell. These gigs provided the seeds for the upcoming major tribute shows in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.

    Here is some more info:

    About the show

    Few artists have shaped the landscape of popular music as much as Joni Mitchell. Her poetry, insight and originality have influenced so many others that contemporary song writing without her is unimaginable.

    Now in the fifth decade of her recording career, Joni Mitchell continues to gather the highest accolades in popular music, including nine Grammy awards, entry to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Canada?s highest honour, the Companion of the Order of Canada.

    Alongside these stellar achievements, the depth and imagination of this honest, elegant songwriter continues to inspire artists as diverse as Prince, Elvis Costello, Cat Power, Jeff Buckley, Alanis Morisette, Madonna, Maynard Jones Keenan (Tool), James Taylor, Herbie Hancock, Bjork and many others. In this extraordinary concert tribute to this legendary artist, Katie Noonan, Wendy Matthews, Kristin Berardi, Tania Bowra, Louise Perryman, Virna Sanzone and Rachel Gaudry, together with an exceptional 12-piece band bring their own outstanding musicality to much of the best-loved material from Mitchell?s diverse career.

    Sure to please not only Joni fans but anyone who appreciates exquisitely crafted music, this concert will present the humanity of Joni?s art and the power of her ongoing relevance as a unique recording and visual artist.

    For more infor go to the official Joni Site. The dates are on the new gigs page starting on October 23 in Melbourne.

    For the rest of August I'll be continuing with Steve Edmonds, appearing at the Basement with James Morrison and there's a private function with the Tom Burlinson Big Band. Please see the new gigs page for all the dates.

    Thanks for stopping by. Until September all the best.

    Cheers Gordo. Cheers Gordo.


    NEWS


    SEPTEMBER 2009

    G'day All,

    I'm just recovering from a super-busy week. The Australian Idol 2009 season kicked off with a bang with shows on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday (not to mention rehearsals all day every day too). On Friday night I was playing down at the Basement and Saturday at Lizotte's on the Central Coast with James Morrison. I also squeezed in a session for a couple of tracks with James, one featuring Emma Pask and the other Doug Parkinson. It was really great to hear Dougie again as I haven't worked with him for some time now. Other August highlights were gigs with Adrian Cunningham, Tom Burlinson and of course the mighty Steve Edmonds Band.


    This was taken on a gig at Wesley Institute with Adrian Cunningham.

    September sees more gigs with the Steve Edmonds Band, (September 4, 5 and 11 see the gigs page for details). Australian Idol continues every Sunday night at 6:30pm on Channel 10 - on Septemeber 13 I'll get to play with rock legend, Suzi Quatro in the Idol Rock special. Tom Burlinson also has a private gig with the full Big Band and I'm back with James Morrison at the Basement on September 25.

    I'm also very pleased to say I've been asked to perform with American showbiz legend Jerry Lewis but unfortunately this is a private function and not open to the public.

    And as announced last month, September sees the 2009 "Whole Lotta Love" Led Zeppelin tribute hit town! It's with great, great pleasure that I get to take part in this wonderful tribute to my heroes. Please come along and check it out! The dates are on the new gigs page.

    And don't forget Joni coming up in October;

    Joni Mitchell's music through the different stages of her career has drawn from folk, jazz, rock, pop, fusion and orchestral influences. Her lyrics and melodies are profound. I discovered the beauty of Joni Mitchell's music later in my own musical development but it touched me in a most profound way. In the late 1990s I took part in a couple of tribute shows to Joni's music at the Basement in Sydney. These gigs featured a great backing band behind 10 of Australia's leading female singer songwriters each of whom had been influenced by the music of Joni Mitchell. These gigs provided the seeds for the upcoming major tribute shows in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.

    Just before I leave you this month, I've just got word of a reformation of Erana Clarke's Heaven band for a one-off appearance at this year's Manly Jazz Festival. We'll be playing on the main stage at 4:30pm on Saturday October 3. That should be a cracker.

    Until next time, groove hard!

    Cheers Gordo.



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