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  • Mr Fred Grigson from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts

    Mr Fred Grigson

Mr Fred Grigson


Contact Information Telephone: +61 8 6304 6833, Mobile: 0417 442 245, Email:, Campus: Mount Lawley, Room: ML1.213
Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 6833
Mobile: 0417 442 245
Campus: Mount Lawley  
Room: ML1.213  



A professional musician for the last 28 years and currently a fulltime lecturer in the Jazz and Contemporary programs at the West Australian Conservatorium of Music, Freddie is one of Australia s most versatile and in demand guitar players.

Over the years Freddie's guitar virtuosity has earned him a reputation as a melodic improviser of the first order, one whose own voice always rings true no matter what genre he is playing in. Fred has recorded and played with a host of impressive artists including Sammy Davis Jnr, Joe Pass, Herb Ellis, Billy Cobham, Mike Stern, Shirley Bassey, Jim McNeely, John Farnham, Olivia Newton-John, Don Burrows to name a few.

Fred has studied his craft through various outlets, which include colleges such as Berklee (Boston, USA), through to the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne. He has also singled out various jazz greats such as Jim Hall, John Abercrombie, Joe Diorio and John Schofield with whom he has collaborated with on a one to one basis. Fred has played as sideman for various artists and recently felt the need to establish his own style of playing and writing.

Freddie has a CD titled “Blue Zone” featuring some very talented young Western Australian musicians.

His playing is influenced by John Coltrane, Wes Montgomery, Jim Hall, John Schofield, Sonny Rollins, Bill Evans and Miles Davis.


  • Cert IV (Certificate IV), Edith Cowan University, 2013.
  • Certificate IV Workplace Tng & Assessment, TAFE WA, 2004.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Non-Traditional Research Outputs

  • Grigson, F., (2014), Jazz @ the Pirate Bar., Pirate Bar, Mt Hawthorn.
  • Grigson, F., Bernstein, P., Walker, R., (2014), Guitar Trio (Featuring Peter Bernstein)., Ellington Jazz Club, Perth.
  • Grigson, F., (2014), Freddie Grigson at Genesis in the Hills. Live Jazz at Genesis in the Hills, Genesis in the Hills, Rolystone, Perth.
  • Grigson, F., O'Halloran, T., Mackey, C., Gander, A., (2014), Andrew Gander @ the Ellington., Ellington Jazz Club, Perth.
  • Grigson, F., Nelson, M., Peel, A., Harrison, D., (2014), Freddie Grigson Group Quartet at the Laneway Lounge. Freddie Grigson Group, The Laneway Lounge, Perth.
  • Grigson, F., O'Halloran, T., Tarr, C., (2014), TLC Organ Trio. TLC Organ Trio , Ellington Jazz Club, Perth.
  • Grigson, F., Van Der Moezel, P., Grafton, Z., O'Connell, S., (2014), Freddie Grigson Quartet - Perth International Jazz Festival., Terrace Hotel, Perth.
  • Wood, G., McNulty, C., Grigson, F., Florisson, K., (2014), Chris McNulty live - Perth International Jazz Festival. Chris McNulty live at Perth International Jazz Festival , The State Theatre Centre Courtyard.
  • 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.
  • Grigson, F., Jeavons, P., Holmes, R., (2013), PJS Collaboratory featuring Bronwynn Sprogowski., Ellington Jazz Club, Perth.
  • Grigson, F., O'Halloran, T., Tarr, C., (2013), Music for visual art. Genesis in the Hills, Genesis in the Hills Vegetarian Cafe and Restaurant.
  • Jeans, S., O'Halloran, T., Grigson, F., Susnjar, D., (2013), JOGS at the Ellington. Ellington Jazz Club performance, Ellington Jazz Club.
  • Grigson, F., Susnjar, D., Jeavons, P., (2013), Linear Expression (Set 5). The Jazz Guitar Society WA Fundraising Concert, Fremantle Jazz Club.
  • Tarr, C., O'Halloran, T., Grigson, F., (2013), TLC Organ Trio at the Ellington., The Ellington Jazz Club, 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.
  • Grigson, F., Read, K., (2013), An Evening with Freddie Grigson and Kelly Read. Santa Maria College Music Presents Future Music Series , Santa Maria College Theatre.
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