Dip. Fine Arts, Ass. Dip. Jazz
Sydney-based guitarist Jeremy Sawkins has been teaching at A.I.M. since its inception in 1992 (with an 18 month hiatus between 2004-2006). Consequently,Jeremy is one of the longest serving members of A.I.M.s Contemporary staff. He is an active member of the Australian jazz fraternity and has been since the early 1980’s. As well as being a composer/bandleader, Jeremy has shared the stage and recording studios with many highly regarded artist/ performers. As well as performing throughout Australia and New Zealand , he has performed in Europe and Asia.
Some of Jeremy’s earliest jazz performances were with the renowned alto saxophonist David Ades (1975-79),as well as Dale Barlow and prominent expat guitarist Peter O’Mara (1978). After graduating from the N.S.W. Conservatorium of Music in 1984 (attaining the Associate Diploma of Jazz Studies), Jeremy joined his former teacher,the late Dr Roger Frampton in his band “Intersection” which performed in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.The group recorded one album-“A breath of fresh air” (First Hand records 001).
Since then Jeremy has led many of his own groups, his current being Jazz Organism and the Jeremy Sawkins Trio, the former having had many performance opportunities in Sydney (and Ireland) since 2003.
Jeremy has played with singers Monica Trapaga (1993-2000),Grace Knight, Lily Dior, Glen Shorrock,Jackie Orcszacsky,Tina Harrod, Wendy Matthews, Melinda Schneider and Frank Bennett. He had a long musical association with expat singer Kristen Cornwell (Belgium). He has performed with Sandy Evans ( dating back to 1981), James and John Morrison, John Foreman,Don Burrows to name but a few.
Jeremy has been with the A.R.I.A. award winning jazz/world music group “Wanderlust” since 1996. They have toured extensively through Europe and Asia.
In 2004 he moved to Dublin (Ireland) and collaborated with many prominent Irish Jazz musicians in performance and recording in the 18 months that he lived there. While there he taught Jazz music students at the Newpark Music Centre (a subsidiary of the Berklee School of Music).
In 2006 Jeremy returned to Sydney to re-establish himself in the Sydney jazz scene. He returned as a tutor to A.I.M. and reformed the Sydney version of Jazz Organism,performing gigs for S.I.M.A. and the Jazzgroove Association.
In 2009 he performed in the backing band for the Joni Mitchell Tribute concerts held in Melbourne,Sydney and Brisbane.
In 2010 Jeremy released the cd ‘Jazz Organism – Live in Dublin ‘. It was launched in Sydney and in Dublin. A new live recording was made in Dublin for release in 2012.
In February 2011 Jeremy was responsible for introducing guitarist Dominic Miller (Sting) to A.I.M. and instigating a memorable masterclass. Jeremy also supported and performed with Dominic at the Basement (Sydney).
In March 2011,Jeremy was a guest performer on pianist Paul McNamara’s Trio cd. In April 2011 his group Jazz Organism was recorded by the ABC for their Digital Jazz Radio features(broadcast in November). This recording will be released as a cd in 2012.
Jeremy has also had a very strong interest in the visuals arts,and completed a Diploma of Fine Arts from Alexander Mackie C.A.E.(C.O.F.A) between the years 1978-1980.
As a leader - “Toys”(1994)Rufus records RF004, “Southpaw”(2001)Rufus records RF054, "Jazz Organism – Live in Dublin” OD 001
As a sideman - With Roger Framptons Intersection- “A breath of fresh air”(1987) First-hand records
With Wanderlust- “Song and Dance” (1999)Rufus records RF047, “Full Bronte”, (2000) RF059
With Kristen Cornwell-“Sea Journey”(1996), “Spiral” (2004)
With Bonnie J.Jensen-“Blue Joy” (2004), “The Sapphire tree”(2007)
With Mark Taylor- “Shakedown” (1998)
With Paul McNamara- ‘Paul McNamara trio” (2011)