Simon Drew is an Australian jazz vocalist and trumpeter. He has been singing since he was born, and playing trumpet since he was ten years old. Throughout schooling Simon became known for his ever-improving improvisation skills, and so he became the lead soloist in many of the school bands. With this came the opportunity to tour with big bands to great festivals and competitions all over Australia.
In 2012, age 18, Simon was accepted to study a Bachelor of Music at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Majoring in Jazz Trumpet. Throughout his first year Simon joined as many bands and choirs as he could, and consequently he improved immensely as the year went by.
2013 saw Simon take his voice to a new level when he was accepted to also study Jazz Voice at the Queensland Conservatorium. Studying in the greatest contemporary voice university in the southern hemisphere instantly took Simons performances to a new, higher standard. He was thrilled to be learning from some of Australia’s best jazz and contemporary vocalists such as Irene Bartlett, Kristin Berardi, and Dave Spicer.
The same year Simon performed at over 100 functions, festivals, and events all over South-East Queensland and Melbourne. Simon was also thrilled to be chosen as one of the six finalists in the James Morrison Vocal Scholarship – the most prestigious honour for young jazz vocalists in Australia. 2013 was a very special year for Simon because he also recorded and produced his debut album – Detour Ahead.
2014 has seen Simon achieve some great milestones once again with a gig at the Paris Cat Jazz Club (Melbourne), Brisbane Jazz Club, and many more lined up including functions, corporate events and festivals. He was also selected as a finalist in the James Morrison Vocal Scholarship for his second year in a row, and was lucky enough to sing alongside some of the worlds greatest jazz muso’s like James Morrison, Phil Stack, Gordon Rytmeister, James Muller and Marian Petrescu.
“In any performance,” says Simon, “my number one goal is to make the audience feel some kind of emotion that they didn’t feel before they came to my show. At the same gig I have seen audiences in fits of laughter as well as grown men in sobbing tears. As a musician it is my job to entertain, as well as to make the audience feel what I feel.”
Simon Drew and Paul Cusick have been working closely for three years. This beautiful duo is ideal for any small function or event, and Simon guarantees that the music will be enjoyed thoroughly by all. Paul Cusick is one of the best jazz pianists in Australia, having studied at Indiana University – arguably America’s greatest Jazz University. This duo will take you through a whole range of emotions, and will transform any event into a memorable one.
The Simon Drew Duo is a jazz duo consisting of Simon Drew and usually Andrew Fincher (Guitar). The collaboration was formed in late 2013 and since then Simon has created an intimate product that caters to all audiences, small or large, old or young. Since it’s creation the duo has been successfully performing at venues, restaurants, private functions and events all around South East Queensland. A duo like this is absolutely perfect for any situation, including small functions, parties or receptions. The repertoire played by Simon & Andrew is extensive and captivating, giving a large variety of the best jazz classics that anyone will be able to relax or dance to.
Looking to class up your event? This is the option for you! The Simon Drew Quartet was started by Simon in 2012 when he was accepted into the Queensland Conservatorium of Music. He instantly began to employ some of the brightest musicians at the institution and has since had great success with the group. The Simon Drew Quartet has been featured in some of Australia’s best Jazz Festivals and Jazz Clubs such as the Noosa Jazz Festival, Broadbeach Jazz Festival, Brisbane Jazz Club and Paris Cat Jazz Club. On top of all these gigs the band has also been busy with many corporate functions and events. In 2012 Simon worked closely with his group to record his debut album – Detour Ahead. The Simon Drew Quartet is perfect for any high class corporate function or event.
If you would like to add a guitarist, saxophonist, or trombonist to the Simon Drew experience then the quintet or sextet is for you. The Simon Drew quintet or sextet is the ideal act for any classy corporate event or function.