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...and All That Jazz!

Story: Donna Roberts | Photo: Ben McShea
Nov 23, 2019
...and all that Jazz!
Peter and Frank Green are a father and son duo who have been surrounded by music and musicians their entire lives. Still playing gigs locally, aged 91 and 70 years old respectively, they are yet to show any signs of slowing down.

“Both my parents played piano and violin and were involved in music, hence we children were taught music also,” Peter said.

Frank played drums in semi-professional bands throughout the 60s and 70s both in New Zealand and England, where he appeared on radio and local TV.

Peter and Frank moved from New Zealand to Australia over 20 years ago and have continued their musical journeys locally.

“ I became involved in soccer on the Redcliffe Peninsula [and am a] life member of the Peninsula Power Soccer Club and also played in a number of bands at the Boat Club, Redcliffe RSL, Redcliffe Leagues Club, the old Palace Hotel and the Belvedere Hotel,” Frank said.

Frank concentrates on British and American pop music from the 60s and 70s, along with country rock and blues, while Peter’s acts perform popular dance and jazz music from the 40s, 50s and 60s.

“I am the leader of ‘Frank’s Rebels’ playing guitar and singing 60s and 70s music, together with a keyboard/harmonica player and a bass guitarist,” Frank said.

Peter plays alto saxophone and is a member of the New Groove Jazz Ensemble, a 20-piece swing band from North Brisbane.

He also leads the Peninsula Jazz Group, plays in two groups who entertain aged care homes and runs a weekly jazz musical class - a very busy 91 year old!

As well as being heavily involved in the local music scene, Frank and Peter also enjoy many other aspects of their seaside lifestyle.

Frank enjoys the quiet lifestyle by the sea, waterfront cafes, pubs and clubs, friendly people, shopping centres, movie theatres and hospital all within a short car ride.

Peter said, “The Redcliffe Peninsula is a wonderful area for a quiet lifestyle and the people are so friendly.”

You can catch Frank and Peter at the Moreton Bay Boat Club most Sundays from 1pm playing afternoon sessions.