JIM KELLY has firmly established himself as a leading Australian contemporary jazz guitarist, composer and educator whose reputation goes well beyond Australian shores.
In 1975 Jim collaborated with keyboardist Michael J Kenny and percussionist Ian Bloxsom to form CROSSFIRE – Australia’s most celebrated fusion group.
Crossfire toured extensively, including a performance at The Montreux Jazz Festival in 1982 and recorded seven albums, including a live album with U.S vocalist Michael Franks. Crossfire also performed on collaborative tours with Lee Ritenour & Don Grusin as well as Randy Brecker.
From 1975-87 Jim perfected the rigorous demands of the recording studio and became a highly sought-after session player performing on countless jingles, documentaries, film scores plus pop and jazz artists’ albums. The 90’s saw a change of lifestyle for Jim with a move to Northern NSW to lecture at Southern Cross University, Lismore. He has now retired from full-time academia and now runs a recording studio, Tone Ranger Studio. He has produced many fine albums in the past five years and has quickly achieved the reputation of becoming a world-class Producer and Mixing/Mastering engineer.
Since 1993 Jim has released ten cd’s as bandleader. His latest ventures are two cd’s titled Ya Gotta Love The Drummers – an album deducted to two great friends and Johnny Santo, a Hammond organ trio with Tim Neal and Dave Sanders.
JIM KELLY is a musician dedicated to the art of improvising, composing, performing and
Teaching and is always searching for new ways to expand his musical horizons.
In Jim’s words … ‘I’m the eternal student’.
GREG LYON grew up in Melbourne Australia. He studied piano and guitar and played in bands in the thriving 1960’s music scene while at high school and university.
The years 1969-1974 were spent working in Asia and Europe . Apprenticed to many fine older musicians, he continued his studies in piano, bass .jazz and life. Highlights included residencies in Japan and freelancing in London.
In 1974 he moved back to Sydney Australia, where he quickly became one of the first-call session/studio bassists, recording and performing with artists such as Renee Geyer, Glenn Shorrock, Ricky May, Georgia Fame , Richard Clapton,Doug Parkinson and many others. He also worked on hundreds of TV dates, jingles and movies.
During this time he helped form the award-winning jazz-fusion band Crossfire with Jim Kelly and Michael Kenny. The band recorded several acclaimed albums, and toured nationally and internationally for many years.
After a short stint in the US , he moved to the idyllic seaside hub of Byron Bay ,on Australia’s east coast in 1984.-now home to creative types from around the globe .Here he began a dual career in academia, helping to create Australia’s first contemporary music degree course at Southern Cross University in Lismore NSW. For 20 years he was a full-time lecturer in music performance, theory and other academic roles, nurturing and mentoring hundreds of students , many of whom have gone on to successful music careers.
During his time in Byron Greg has continued to work in many musical situations- recording,writing and production,contracting and musical direction,teaching as well as leading his own bands . He has worked with artists including Jon Cleary,Randy Brecker,Ben Sidran,Rodriguez,Maria Muldaur,Elvin Bishop and many others.
Greg maintains a busy musical life, performing with many bands,touring,writing ,r