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Artist Biography

Eugene Ball

Eugene Ball

Ball strikes sparks at every appearance, his rich urgent sound occasionally carrying flashes of the brilliance of the great booker little or the wicked humor of lester bowie.— John Shand, Sydney Morning Herald, 23-24 feb 2002

As one of Australia's most active and versatile trumpet players Eugene performs extensively throughout Australia and around the world with groups including the Hoodangers, the Andrea Keller Quartet, the Allan Browne Quintet, the Australian art orchestra, the black arm band, the bennetts lane big band and the ball/magnusson/talia trio.

He has performed throughout europe, scandinavia, russia and the former Soviet states, Asia, North and South America, India and the Pacific.

Freelancing highlights include performances with international artists Jamie Cullum (UK), Satoko Fujii (Jpn), Wycliff Gordon (USA) and Jakob Dinesen (DK) and celebrated Australians Paul Grabowsky, Mike Nock, Tony Gould, Graham Lyall, Bernie McGann and Don Burrows. Eugene has also worked with leading commercial artists including John Butler, Kate Ceberano, David Cambell, Jimmy Barnes, Paul Kelly and Shane Howard. his performances have opened for legends including Charlie Haden, Branford Marsalis and the revered Al Green.

in 2008 Eugene received the Bell Award for the best Australian jazz composition of the year for the Fool Poet's Portion; a suite which takes cues from the pre-christian mythology of Scandinavia.

In recent years Eugene has written for and performing with Australia's leading indigenous artists including Archie Roach, Kutcha Edwards, Lou Bennett, Joe Geia, Mark Atkins, Shellie Morris, Dan Sultan and Emma Donovan for the acclaimed Black Arm Band shows Murrundak, Hidden Republic and Dirtsong.

Eugene was awarded second place in the Wangarratta Jazz Awards in 2003, and was a finalist in the prestigious freedman jazz fellowship in 2003 and 2006. he also holds a masters degree in performance and composition (Melbourne University) for which he was awarded a Melbourne Research Scholarship.

Eugene has also been actively involved in the creation and promotion of performance opportunities for well-known and emerging artists through his work in establishing the performance space/organization Lebowski's. Eugene was also a pivotal member in the creation of the melbourne jazz fringe festival. currently he is musical director for the Eltham Jazz Festival.

see a list of artists that have performed at previous Four Winds