Attending this event
Recognised as one of Australia’s finest singers, Lily Dior has shared the stage with a remarkable list of outstanding musicians from Australia and around the world and has performed at many of Australia’s best venues including The Opera House Concert Hall, The State Theatre, Sydney Town Hall and The Domain. A finalist at The National Jazz Awards she is also an experienced radio personality and host of The Freedman Fellowship Jazz Awards.
The daughter of professional musicians who met and married in London, Lily spent her first five years touring the world with her parents who then settled in Australia. Returning to her roots in 2014, Lily has spent the last few years in London building her reputation and has already established herself as an in demand performer appearing at iconic jazz venues such as Ronnie Scott’s, The 606 Club and Pizza Express Soho.
Dexter has sung with many of the UK best known jazz names on the UK Jazz scene, including Jim Mullen, Bobby Wellins and John Etheridge, and appeared at the 606 Club and the Vortex and has also performed with Myleene Klass and Jocelyn Brown, and was a session singer in the 1980’s on David Sylvian’s seminal “Brilliant Trees” album and has also recorded in Germany with a band including jazz guitarist, Lee Ritenour, and he continues with his soul & funk band, Dex & Mercy. His jazz vocals have great warmth and agility with an ability to cross over between styles, so there’s a touch of Nat King Cole; George Benson and Kurt Elling. Dexter has recently completed his CD “It’s All About Time” featuring Sean Hargreaves and Jeremy Shoham.
Sean studied at Berklee College of Music in Boston and in New York with Barry Harris, and has appeared on national TV with Michael Buble, Natalie Imbruglia, Alison Moyet, and US3. His credits as a producer include tracks for Ella Eyre, Paloma Faith, Sigala, Don Black/Mica Paris, a big band album for Richard Shelton recorded at Capitol Studios, and production/arrangement work for Trevor Horn and the BBC Big Band, as well as co-writer of the UK’s 2018 Eurovision entry, ‘Storm’. This year he has written an album of Blue Note style which was recorded at Rudy van Gelder’s studio in New York for Cavendish Music.
Recent TV/film credits include production work for ‘The Apprentice’, and incidental music for Masterchef, Britain’s Got Talent, ‘Quiz Nights’ (Sky1), several series/idents for ITV, and incidental music for ‘We Need to Talk About Kevin.’
Jeremy Shoham (alto and soprano sax) has played on the London jazz scene for the last 40 years and started out playing saxophone on the cruise liners and then did a stint in the west end playing in a couple of musicals, and joined Roland Perrin’s ‘Evidence’ playing a hybrid of jazz and World Music for 8 years touring extensively in England and France. In 1996, he formed his own group called Just East of Jazz playing a mixture of jazz and East European influenced music. Over the past 10 years Jeremy has been running his own jazz club (Safari jazz and Chandos Arms Jazz) in North London forming the core of the house band for touring and invited guests.
Born in Australia, Eric Friedler belongs to Germany’s most acclaimed directors of documentaries and has been working with Norddeutscher Rundfunk since 2002. As Commisioning Editor of German National Television NDR/ARD he has supervised acclaimed documentaries, television movies and feature films. As a director he has been awarded national and international awards including German TV awards, Grimme Awards (German Academy) and the Hanns-Joachim-Friedrichs Awards. In 2011 he became Executive Producer and head of the NDR special projects department for docudramas and documentaries.
Films screening at this event
- Eric Friedler
- Germany, USA
- 115 min
What makes the story of jazz label Blue Note exceptional is not only its roster of artists – Herbie Hancock, Miles Davis and Thelonious Monk, to name just a few – but also its founders. Jazz buffs Alfred Lion and Francis Wolff fled Germany in the 1930s and settled in New York City, making it their life’s work to give the music they so admired the respect it deserved. Produced by Wim Wenders, this film is as cool as the Blue Note sound and as stylish as its iconic albums’ covers.
Nominated – Audience Award, San Francisco Jewish Film Festival 2019
Nominated – Audience Award, Munich Film Festival 2018
Nominated – Warsaw International Film Festival 2018
“A unique and intimate look at the most exciting era in jazz, one that changed the world forever… impressive!” – Rolling Stone