Rodric White to join JWA

Well-known pianist and composer Rodric White will be joining the faculty at JWA from Term 4, 2012. He will be available for lessons on Monday afternoons and evenings.Rodric White

Rodric White was a finalist in the 1999 National Australian Jazz Piano Competition and is a graduate of the Associate Diploma of Jazz Studies Course (NSW Conservatorium of Music) where he majored in Arranging, Jazz and Classical Piano. Rodric’s fine pianistic and vocal skills has seen him work with luminary musicians such as James Morrison, Don Burrows, Dale Barlow, Phil Slater, Bernie McGann, Guy Strazz, Jason Morphett and George Golla and vocalists Virna Sanzone, Debra Dicembre, George Washingmachine, Lana Nesnas, Mick Conway, Marilane De Mello, Dorian Mode and 2011 Australia’s Got Talent finalist Liam Burrows.

Residing on the Central Coast of New South Wales (Australia), Rodric joined the Central Coast Conservatorium’s Contemporary Music and Jazz Studies Program in 2010 as piano teacher and director of Big Band and Jazz Ensemble. Rodric has considerable knowledge of entertainment in Sydney, Newcastle and on the Central Coast. Rodric has appeared at venues in Sydney including the Sheraton Grand, the Westin Hotel, the Seymour Centre, the Soup Plus, the Wine Banq, Berkerlouw Wine Bar and the Opera Forecourt Bar, in Newcastle at the Kent Hotel, Northern Star and Exchange Hotel, and on the Central Coast at venues such as Lizotte’s, Ettalong Beach Club, The Reef Restaurant (Terrigal), Holiday Inn (Terrigal), Kim’s Resort (Towoon Bay), the Country Comfort (Terrigal), the Gosford Regional Gallery Arts Centre (East Gosford) and the historic Avoca Beach Picture Theatre.

Rodric has two albums to his credit: The Sea Of Tranquility (Newmarket Music 2006) and New Jazz Directions (La Brava Music 1996) and has also recorded with Dale Barlow on his ABC release, Playground, and collaborated with Dorian Mode on the arrangements for his album, Café In Venice (La Brava Music 2002).

Rodric performed as the featured solo pianist at the Manly International Jazz Festival (Sydney) and the Central Coast Jazz Festival throughout the 1990s and has led his own bands in performances for the Sydney Improvised Music Association (SIMA) and Jazzgroove in Sydney. From 2005 to 2009, Rodric performed a broad range of musical styles and genres with International Musicians and Entertainers aboard the luxury ships of the Royal Caribbean and Princess Cruise Lines in Europe, Alaska, the United States, Canada and in the Caribbean.

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