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Mr Fred Grigson


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

Freddie is a Lecturer in Jazz, specialising in Jazz Guitar at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts.


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.


  • Certificate IV in Training & assessment, Edith Cowan University, 2013.
  • Certificate IV in Assessment and Workplace Training, TAFE WA, 2004.

Research Outputs

Creative Arts Research Outputs

  • O'Halloran, T., Grigson, F., Tarr, C. (2020). Abstracting 'groove' and 'melody' within the jazz organ trio. [Musical Recordings/Musical Scores]. TLC Organ Trio.

Creative Arts Research Outputs

  • Wood, G., McNulty, C., Grigson, F., Florisson, K. (2014). Chris McNulty live - Perth International Jazz Festival. The State Theatre Centre Courtyard.
  • Grigson, F. (2014). Jazz @ the Pirate Bar. Pirate Bar, Mt Hawthorn.
  • Grigson, F., O'Halloran, T., Mackey, C., Gander, A. (2014). Andrew Gander @ the Ellington. 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.
  • Grigson, F. (2014). Freddie Grigson at Genesis in the Hills. Genesis in the Hills, Rolystone, Perth.
  • Grigson, F., O'Halloran, T., Tarr, C. (2014). TLC Organ Trio. Ellington Jazz Club, Perth.
  • Grigson, F., Nelson, M., Peel, A., Harrison, D. (2014). Freddie Grigson Group Quartet at the Laneway Lounge. The Laneway Lounge, Perth.
  • Grigson, F., Bernstein, P., Walker, R. (2014). Guitar Trio (Featuring Peter Bernstein). Ellington Jazz Club, Perth.

Creative Arts Research Outputs

  • Tarr, C., O'Halloran, T., Grigson, F. (2013). TLC Organ Trio at the Ellington. The Ellington Jazz Club, Perth.
  • Grigson, F., O'Halloran, T., Tarr, C. (2013). Music for visual art. Genesis in the Hills Vegetarian Cafe and Restaurant.
  • Grigson, F., Mackey, C., Wood, G., Jeavons, P., Tarr, C. (2013). Carl Mackey Quintet - Jazz and Art. Ellington Jazz Club, Perth.
  • Grigson, F., Jeavons, P., Holmes, R. (2013). PJS Collaboratory featuring Bronwynn Sprogowski. Ellington Jazz Club, Perth.
  • Grigson, F., Susnjar, D., Jeavons, P. (2013). Linear Expression (Set 5). Fremantle Jazz Club.
  • Jeans, S., O'Halloran, T., Grigson, F., Susnjar, D. (2013). JOGS at the Ellington. Ellington Jazz Club.
  • Grigson, F., Read, K. (2013). An Evening with Freddie Grigson and Kelly Read. Santa Maria College Theatre.

Creative Arts Research Outputs

  • Sandon, J., O'Halloran, T., Grigson, F., Tarr, C. (2012). TLC and James Sandon. The Ellington Jazz Club.

Creative Arts Research Outputs

  • Grigson, F., Cohen, T., Florisson, K., Evans, J. (2011). Freddie Grigson Quartet performance. Ellington Jazz Club.
  • O'Halloran, T., Curnow, K., Grigson, F. (2011). Katherine Curnow - 26th May 2011. The Ellington Jazz Club, Perth.
  • O'Halloran, T., Grigson, F., Tarr, C. (2011). 2011 Beaufort Street Festival. Beaufort Street (outdoor), Mount Lawley, Perth..
  • O'Halloran, T., Grigson, F., Tarr, C. (2011). TLC Organ Trio - 2011 Jazz Club Sets. The Ellington Jazz Club, Perth.
  • Grigson, F., Rogers, G., Richter, S. (2011). Jog. Music Auditorium at Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts.
  • Paget, J., Grigson, F. (2011). Guitar Concerts Curation. Music Auditorium, WAAPA.
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