The Greasy Chicken Orchestra

The Greasy Chicken Orchestra at Foundry 616 (photo by Rachel Knepfer)

The Greasy Chicken Orchestra (current line-up)

Phillip Johnston: soprano sax
Peter Farrar: alto sax
Tim Clarkson: tenor sax
Jim Loughnan: baritone sax
Peter Dasent: piano
Tim Rollinson: banjo
James Greening: sousaphone
Nic Cecire: drums

The Greasy Chicken Orchestra has finely tuned their brand of swinging 20s/30s jazz in a two-year residency at Sydney’s Foundry616, featuring some of Sydney’s finest musicians as they celebrate the music of New Orleans and beyond. With a focus on early Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong and Jelly Roll Morton, tunes include such early jazz classics as South Rampart Street Parade, Muskrat Ramble, and Frog-I-More Moore Rag. The band is led by Phillip Johnston, an American saxophonist/ composer who lives in Sydney while still maintaining a musical life in his hometown of New York City.

“Johnston has always understood that jazz’s history is a rich resource rather than a liability, and with this band he immerses himself almost completely in this era of energised and good-humoured dance music . . . a nuanced and blended sonority, combined with an emphasis on pinpoint arrangements and concise solos.” – John Shand, Sydney Morning Herald (27 Apr 2016)

Listen to the Greasy Chicken Orchestra play Jelly Roll Morton’s Froggie Moore Rag

*(not all current band members pictured)