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Mr Chris Tarr


Contact Information Telephone: +61 8 6304 6790, Email:, Campus: Mount Lawley, Room: ML2.227
Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 6790
Campus: Mount Lawley  
Room: ML2.227  



After completing his Bachelor of Music with Distinction in 1991, Chris went on to post graduate study at North Texas University, studying drum set and percussion with world renown jazz educator, Ed Soph. During his time at North Texas, Chris attended clinics with David Garibaldi, Jim Chapin, Adam Nassbaum, John Robinson and Bill Stewart, and was fortunate enough to perform with Trilok Gurtu, Steve Smith, Lew Soloff and Louis Bellson. Upon his return Chris became involved in the Perth music scene playing and recording with local artists. He also performed with international jazz artists such as John Taylor, Dave Samuals, Frank Foster, Randy Brecker, Kenny Drew Jnr and Mark Livine. In 1995 Chris won Australia s Best Up and Coming Drummer award and received $3000 worth of prizes and endorsements. Chris is currently teaching at the Western Australian Conservatorium of Music Full Time and playing in Afro-Cuban group Descarga.


  • Certificate IV in Training & Assessment, Edith Cowan University, 2014.
  • Graduate Certificate in Education, Edith Cowan University, 2010.
  • Certificate IV in Assessment and Workplace Training, TAFE WA, 2004.
  • Bachelor of Music, Edith Cowan University, 1991.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Non-Traditional Research Outputs

  • O'Halloran, T., Vanderwal, B., Florisson, K., Mendes, M., Tarr, C., (2014), Quinteto S?o Paulo - 2014 Performances. Quinteto S?o Paulo, The Terrace Hotel.
  • Grigson, F., O'Halloran, T., Tarr, C., (2014), TLC Organ Trio. TLC Organ Trio , Ellington Jazz Club, Perth.
  • Torrance, V., Tarr, C., Abbey, N., Jeans, S., Cohen, T., (2014), Victoria Newton at the Perth International Jazz Festival. Perth International Jazz Festival, Forrest Place Perth, WA , Graham Wood.
  • Tarr, C., Jeavons, P., Osby, G., Cohen, T., (2014), Greg Osby at the Perth International Jazz Festival. The Perth International Jazz Festival, The Ellington Jazz Club, Perth.
  • Vanderwal, B., O'Halloran, T., Tarr, C., Florisson, K., Mendes, M., Rojas, G., (2014), Quinteto Sao Paulo featuring Giorgio Rojas. Quinteto Sao Paulo featuring Giorgio Rojas, Ellington Jazz Club.
  • Tarr, C., (2014), Anthony Warlow and Faith Prince. Direct From Broadway, Crown Theatre, Perth.
  • Tarr, C., Jeavons, P., Oehlers, J., Blanchard, T., (2014), Tal Cohen Quartet Live at the Perth International Jazz Festival. The Perth International Jazz Festival, Forrest Chase, Perth, Perth International Jazz Festival.
  • Wood, G., Tarr, C., Jeavons, P., Walker, R., Greig, J., Areias, J., Millard, P., Mendes, M., (2014), Juliana Areias Bossa Nova Baby. Juliana Areias Bossa Nova Baby, Loop Recording Studios, Peter Jeavons.
  • Tarr, C., Oehlers, J., Vanderwal, B., (2014), Los Cabrones at the Perth International Jazz Festival. The Perth International Jazz Festival, Urban Orchard, Perth Cultural Centre .
  • Grigson, F., O'Halloran, T., Tarr, C., (2013), Music for visual art. Genesis in the Hills, Genesis in the Hills Vegetarian Cafe and Restaurant, Freddie Grigson.
  • Pooley, P., Tarr, C., Cohen, T., Torrance, V., (2013), Victoria Newton Jazz. Victoria Newton at The Ellington Jazz Club, The Ellington Jazz Club, Perth.
  • Pooley, P., O'Halloran, T., Tarr, C., Flynn, J., Millard, P., Walker, R., (2013), James Flynn "Reflections" CD launch. James Flynn "Reflections" CD launch, The Ellington Jazz Club, Perth, James Flynn.
  • O'Halloran, T., Bergersen, H., Jeavons, P., Tarr, C., (2013), Tom O'Halloran Trio and Heath Bergersen. Perth International Jazz Festival, Weld Square, Perth .
  • Grigson, F., Mackey, C., Wood, G., Jeavons, P., Tarr, C., (2013), Carl Mackey Quintet - Jazz and Art. Ellington Jazz Club performance, Ellington Jazz Club, Perth, Freddie Grigson & Carl Mackey.
  • Tarr, C., O'Halloran, T., Vanderwal, B., Florrison, K., Mendes, M., (2013), Quintet San Paolo., The Ellington Jazz Club, Perth.
  • Tarr, C., Garood, R., Nelson, M., Wilkins, M., (2013), Roger Garood Quartet., The Ellington Jazz Club, Perth.
  • Tarr, C., Holmes, R., Greive, C., Mackey, C., Abbey, N., (2013), Becc Sanderson., The Ellington Jazz Club, Perth.
  • Tarr, C., Duratovic, A., (2013), Anea Duratovic - My Favourite Things., The Ellington Jazz Club, Perth.
  • Tarr, C., O'Halloran, T., Grigson, F., (2013), TLC Organ Trio at the Ellington., The Ellington Jazz Club, Perth.
  • Tarr, C., O'Halloran, T., Jeavons, P., (2013), Natilie Dietz in Concert., The Ellington Jazz Club, Perth, Natilie Dietz.
  • Tarr, C., Fitzmaurice, S., Azzopardi, M., Wilson, T., Beasy, D., Mackey, C., Greig, J., Cross, J., Jeavons, P., (2013), Mingus Amongst Us. Mingus Amongst Us, The Ellington Jazz Club, Perth, Steve Fitzmaurice.
  • Mackey, C., Tarr, C., Malet, R., De Neef, A., Mitchell, H., (2013), MalMac., The Ellington Jazz Club.
  • Tarr, C., Oehlers, J., Jeavons, P., Cohen, T., (2013), Tal Cohen Quartet Live. The Perth International Jazz Festival, Perth Cultural Centre.
  • O'Halloran, T., Jeavons, P., Tarr, C., (2013), Tom O'Halloran Trio at the 2013 Perth International Jazz Festival. Perth International Jazz Festival 2013, Cultural Centre, Perth.
  • O'Halloran, T., Sandon, J., Grigson, F., Tarr, C., (2012), TLC and James Sandon. TLC Organ Trio with James Sandon, The Ellington Jazz Club.
  • O'Halloran, T., Abbey, N., Tarr, C., Coffin, S., (2012), Sean Coffin. Sean Coffin, The Ellington Jazz Club.
  • McGregor, A., O'Halloran, T., Tarr, C., Jeavons, P., (2012), Ali McGregor's Alchemy. Fringe Festival, Perth - Alchemy , The West Australian Idolize Spiegeltent, Working Management.
  • Kyle, J., O'Halloran, T., Tarr, C., Coffin, S., (2012), Josh Kyle - Perth Winter Arts Festival., The Ellington Jazz Club.
  • Styles, M., Tarr, C., Abby, N., Macdonald, G., (2012), Glyn MacDonald Quartet. 2012 JAZZWA Showcase , The Bakery, Northbridge, JAZZWA and WAM.
  • O'Halloran, T., Tarr, C., (2012), Kristin Berardi at the Ellington 2012. Kristin Berardi at the Ellington, The Ellington Jazz Club, Kristin Berardi.
  • Tarr, C., (2013), Christine Anu - Rewind. Rewind - The Aretha Franklin Songbook, The Ellington Jazz Club, Perth.
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