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Freddie began piano lessons when he was six and by 11 he was listening to Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald and starting to improvise on piano. On a trip to the US in the same year he met New York jazz pianist Christian Sands after a concert that Freddie says was a turning point in his young musical life. Christian’s advice to young jazz musicians?  “Study ragtime!”

At 13 Freddie had started composing jazz pieces on piano and was expanding his jazz knowledge through saxophone lessons with Shane Landry in Newcastle.

During a visit to the London Jazz Festival in 2018 Freddie met Snarky Puppy’s Bill Lawrence after a memorable concert at the Southbank Centre. In the true generous spirit of so many jazz musicians, Bill encouraged Freddie’s passion and gave him the wise advice to “study scales and arpeggios!”


Since then Freddie has been mentored by, and played a lot of gigs with, an incredible group of jazz musicians who make Newcastle their home including Terence Koo, Shane Landry and Jacob Neale. Freddie currently studies with Aaron Blakey in Sydney.

Freddie’s jazz inspirations are Bill Evans, Herbie Hancock, Bud Powell and Art Tatum (he’s still determined to nail ragtime!)


Freddie says this about jazz: “I love the freedom of jazz and how, no matter how much you feel you have accomplished, there is always more to learn. I also love how jazz musicians interact during a performance and how when you step on stage you know that you are creating something unique that will never be repeated.”

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