About Gregg Arthur
BIOGRAPHY Gregg Arthur is an Australian singer and songwriter, critically acclaimed by both the press and his peers. Gregg was always a singer, even as a child. Listening intently to his father’s albums, he would perform songs on his grandmother’s piano, and even reinterpret the tunes. Encouraged to perform and study by his parents from that early age, Gregg is now singer and songwriter with more than 8 albums and 7 compilations to his name, and a career of live performances that has spanned the planet. Gregg performs internationally at theatres, clubs, music festivals and private events. He tours with trio or quartet collaborating with some of Australia’s finest musicians: Craig Scott on Bass, Tim Geldens on drums, Michael Avgenicos on tenor saxophone, Andrew Scott on piano, Jim Pennell on guitar. Touring shows include John Morrison's Swing City Big Band with their show It Might As Well Be Swing, an homage to the music of Count Basie and Frank Sinatra, and Gregg Arthur in concert with Quartet Quartet featuring the jazz quartet and string quartet performing some of the most beautiful songs ever written. Originally from Sydney Australia, Gregg travels all over the world performing the music he loves, keeping the flame alive for the classic standards he has been singing all his life. His training and education are firmly based in the tradition of jazz vocals and the great American Songbook, using his considerable abilities to interpret what he calls the “new standards”, pop and smooth jazz classics. Studying music in Sydney, Gregg honed his vocal skills with famed singing coach Don Graden, studied acting to enhance his singing performances at The Actors Studio and lessons with legendary acting teacher Hayes Gordon, also recording and performing with the great Australian arranger and conductor, Maestro Tommy Tycho. In the United States Gregg has worked with iconic musicians including the late Vincent Falcone, former pianist and conductor for Frank Sinatra, and the "Brush Master" Clayton Cameron, drummer for Tony Bennett and Sammy Davis Jr. Living in L.A Gregg has been performing and writing with brilliant pianist Tom Ranier, currently Tony Bennett’s pianist, and had a residency with beloved bassist Pat Senatore (The Tijuana Brass) with his trio at the prestigious Bel Air venue Vibrato, owned and presented by Grammy award winning trumpeter Herb Alpert. In 2016 Gregg recorded in the iconic Studio A at Capitol Records in Los Angeles, California - the same studio where legends of the music industry including The Beach Boys, Carole King, Frank Sinatra and Nat “King” Cole recorded so many iconic albums over the last 50 years. Arranged and conducted by pianist Tom Ranier (Tony Bennett, Barbra Streisand, Plácido Domingo, Natalie Cole) Gregg’s EP Last Call brings his unique intimate approach to classic popular songs and smooth jazz standards: Killing Me Softly, The Lady In Red, I’m In The Mood For Love and Somewhere from West Side Story, as well as the new song Last Call, with words and music by Gregg Arthur. His original composition Last Call is a throw back to the saloon bar songs of the 50’s and 60’s by writers like Johnny Mercer. In late 2018 Gregg recorded a live album In A Sentimental Mood, with Peter Locke on piano, Craig Scott on bass, Tim Geldens on drums, Michael Avgenicos on tenor sax and Jim Pennell on guitar. Recorded live by Mike Bainbridge this album features soaring jazz standard classics like A Child Is Born, In A Sentimental Mood, Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me, The Windmills Of Your Mind and new songs written by Gregg and Peter Locke including A Peaceful Place and One Smile. In June Gregg opened the 2018 International Jazz Festival with his quartet, sharing the stage with Branford Marsalis. The next day Eric Myers in The Australian wrote: "Arthur began the festival with an immaculate version of perhaps the most difficult standard in jazz, Billy Strayhorn's Lush Life, accompanied by pianist Peter Locke" In 2019 Gregg continues to tour his shows It Might As Well Be Swing and Gregg Arthur in concert with Quartet Quartet, and also produced a pilot episode of an interview and performance series “World Of Music” in corporation with The Neilson Foundation focusing on Australian music and musicians, featuring conversations with accomplished artists from many different genres of music from Classical, Opera, Chamber music, Folk and Jazz.