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Saul Richardson

General Details

B Ed (hons)

Saul Richardson is a guitar and bass teacher who graduated from the University of Sydney with First Class Honours in Education and the University Medal in 1995. He studied Jazz guitar under Steve Brien and Steve McKenna, and conducting with Jerry Nowak. He is an internationally recognized Jazz educator, and is the serving Australasian representative on the Executive Board of the International Association for Jazz Education (IAJE). He is also Director of Jazz Workshop Australia, Sydney’s first private music school dedicated to jazz.

Mr Richardson established and developed the renowned Jazz program at North Sydney Boys’ High School, now widely regarded as a benchmark of excellence in its field in Australia. He was recognized by the IAJE at their January 2004 and 2008 conferences for his outstanding service to Jazz Education.

As a performer Saul has worked with many of Australia’s leading Jazz artists and groups including Ed Wilson, John Morrison and Swing City Big Band, Andrew Firth, Roger Frampton, Don Burrows, Col Nolan, Keith Stirling and Tony and Bob Barnard. He has also played with international artists including Sherrie Maricle, Mike Tomaro, John Thomas, Dennis Wilson, Lou Fischer and Jeff Jarvis.

He has performed throughout Australia, the UK and Europe, Canada and in the USA. Mr Richardson is also director of the NSW Department of Education and Training Arts Unit Stage Band and has previously directed the Blue Riff big band and the Powerhouse big band. He is a founding member of IAJE in NSW and works as a clinician, consultant and adjudicator.

Some of Saul Richardson’s past students have included Simon Ferenci, National Jazz Award winning pianist Jackson Harrison, Dale Gorfinkel, Jeremy Rose, Jamie Castrisos, Scott Simpkins, Robert Sidaway, Andrew Brooks, Martin Wieczorek, and many other fine young musicians now making their own mark on the Australian Jazz scene. Graduates of his programs and ensembles can be found studying tertiary music across Australia, working professionally as performers and educators, or simply appreciating and hearing Jazz with discerning ears.

These details were last updated on June 9, 2008