Eugene Ball 4tet (VIC)


If you’re into jazz you’ve probably heard Eugene play and you’re likely to have copped one or two of his tunes. He’s as ubiquitous as a beard on a hipster; a bagel in Balaclava. If you’ve noticed how frequently his bespectacled mug pops up in bands and on records, you may have wondered why he does not lead and press his own. The reason is that he’s quite categorically confused.

Eugene is not sure if he’s a King Oliver boffin or a Lester Bowie nut. He wonders if he’s a romantic like Billie, or a satellite in orbit of Miles’ brooding darkness. He’s been all of these and more, and has often been dizzied by the puzzle of presenting a singular face of music under his own name. Fortunately, he’s growing up a little, and beginning to realise that to put a band together or cut a record is not to issue a fixed, all-encompassing statement of musical identity: It is simply to offer a snapshot of people, place and time. He is grateful to have James Macaulay, James McLean and Michael Meagher help him sort through this issue.

This performance will be the band’s first outside of Victoria, and will feature tunes and pieces from their debut album, Hi(gh) Curious.

“…one of the most startling jazz records, unified yet diverse, that I have heard for some time.” (John Clare,

“Spectacular’ is an understatement…” (Nikos Fotakis,

Multi-award winning Australian trumpeter, Eugene Ball, has received widespread national and international recognition throughout a professional career that has featured performances with some of the biggest names in music. Along with high profile freelance performances, Eugene has also toured nationally and internationally with some of Australia’s most celebrated groups, including The Hoodangers, the Andrea Keller Quartet, the Allan Browne Quintet, the Australian Art Orchestra, and the Bennett’s Lane Big Band.

In addition to being a sought after performer, Eugene is a prolific composer, music director and arranger. He was awarded the 2011 APRA/AMCOS ‘Best Australian Jazz Song’ and received a Bell Award in 2008 for the ‘Best Australian Jazz Composition of the Year’. His compositions and arrangements have been performed by internationally renowned ensembles, including the Melbourne and Vancouver Symphony Orchestras. 

Complementing his outstanding record of professional achievement is Eugene’s academic and music education career. He holds a Masters Degree in Performance (Melbourne University) for which he was awarded a Melbourne Research Scholarship and is a respected lecturer in trumpet, composition, arranging, and music education.


EUGENE BALL 4TET comprises:

  • Eugene Ball – trumpet
  • James Macaulay – trombone
  • James McLean – drums
  • Michael Meagher – electric bass