Garth Ploog

Garth Ploog

BandJazzSinger/Songwriter

A dynamic jazz singer-songwriter who is the Classic of Today's world. Compared to Harry Connick Jnr, Michael Buble, & Jamie Callum he pushes musical boundaries, blending pop & traditional jazz sounds with a Big Band rhythm. His sensual, dynamic, live performances leave you wanting more.

Biography

Melbourne born, Garth Ploog, is one of Australia’s quiet achievers: a fun loving, authentic artist who brings his own spice of life to the classic genre of Jazz, enticing a broad range of fans, both young and old.

Garth has appeared in musicals and TV series such as Neighbours and Australian Idol. In 2004 he was the youngest male to perform on the show and reached the wildcard final. His music has been used in films, he has hosted his own radio show, performed at Major Sporting events such as the Australian Basketball League, and enjoys nothing more than playing for his fans, both at home and abroad.

At 22 years of age Garth is a singer, songwriter, dancer, actor whose approach to his music is to create fresh, inspiring original music to which people can dance, sing and get involved with.

Garth has been creating an underground swell and attracting the eye of a number of major players in the USA and Asian market. Over the past 12 months, Garth has been travelling between New York and Australia in preparation for his assault on the American market

On behalf of Garth, Vintrix Entertainment appointed New York based Larry Dvoskin as Producer of his up and coming album. Larry, a 4 times Grammy nominated songwriter and producer has worked with greats such as Ricky Martin, David Bowie, Sting, Chicago, Santana, Beach Boys, Sheryl Crow and now Garth Ploog. Garth has also collaborated with Simon Kirk.

Garth recorded at Hugh Pool's Excello Studios in New York. Joining him on the album was the Marco Panascia Band consisting of Marco Panascia on Bass, Luca Santaniello on drums and Yotam Silberstein on guitar; their performance credits include Quincey Jones, Herbie Hancock & Jo Lavano. Horn section Antonio Dangerfield, Isrea Butler and Eric Huff; performance credits include Duke Wellington, The Temptations, Beyonce and Gloria Gaynor. Backing Vocals Audrey Martells and Neal Crooner; performance credits include Billy Joel, Sting, Sheryl Crow, Dolly Parton, Britney Spears, Brandy, Anastacia and Celine Dion.

On his last trip to the United States, Garth made appearances in New York at Jim Caruso's Cast Party at Birdland, Bitter End and in LA at Room 5, Sportsman Club and Culumbo's. He performed a number of special appearances with the legandary Dini Clarke, who has performed with Billy Holliday, Eartha Kitt and is Roberta Flack's Voice coach.

Performing his own original & unique funk jazz style, Garth has been working with Asia's greatest musicians, the likes of Steve Hadley, (Bass); Chris Pappas, (Sax); Ben Cripps, (Guitar) and Gerry Pantazis, (drums). Between them they have played with greats such as Human Nature, Marcia Hines, Renee Geyer, Kate Ceberano, Bachelor Girl, and composed for many TV series and stage musicals including Mamma Mia. Steve is an Aria Award winner for his involvement in the film, Lantana.

Educated in vocals, piano, drums and rhythm guitar, Garth likes to incorporate as many of his skills into a live show for his fans. His live stage shows are dynamic masterful performances, engaging his audience, creating intimate moments, high energy and rhythm through his sensual stage presence and captivating voice.

When not traveling abroad, Garth's more traditional jazz style can be heard when he performs with Australia's renowned "ambassador of soul" Mr John Montesante and his quintet (JMQ) and the funky Grand Wazoo Paying tribute to the BeBop era and timeless jazz classics, the JMQ includes not only Garth but other fine guest jazz musicians such as Wilbur Wilde & Gil Askey.

Garth's Management team (Vintrix Entertainment) was part of an Austrade/Melbourne City Council Delegation to China, where they commenced negotiations with venues in Shanghai, Tianjin and Beijing in preparation for Garth's Asian tour on the completion of his first album. Garth has produced a catalogue of original works, which is available for publishing.

When back in his home town of Melbourne, Garth can be seen playing in Melbourne's piano bars, such as the sophisticated Park Hyatt, Radii Bar, Fitzroy's funky entertainment space, The Artery through to leading Jazz venues such as Manchester Lane, The Blue Diamond and Paris Cat. To accommodate his large fan base Garth performs at one of Melbourne's elegant performance establishments, Ormond Hall.

His big heart has seen him support many philanthropic causes such as the Prevention of Youth Suicide and more recently, The Great Walk to Beijing, a project to raise funds for the creation of The Olivia Newton-John Cancer Centre

He has a great commitment to health and fitness and was selected in the 2006 Team of the Year for the Riddells Creek Australian Rules Football League. However his love of music took him from the Football paddock onto the stage to pursue his true passion, music.

The only proof needed of Garth’s talents is to listen to his music, catch one of his shows and be engulfed by his contagious energy.

Garth is dressed by Melbourne Motorola Spr

Lyrics

SHE

Written By: Garth Ploog

She, casts a spell over me
With her eyes of the sea
That’s why I like her

Oh She’s got a peculiar face
And exceptional taste
That’s why I like her

Oh when we’re out and in a crowded place
I can’t see anybody else’s face but hers
Oh come rain, come hail or shine
I don’t mind if my baby’s by my side

Oh she knows just how to kiss
With her porcelain lips
That’s why I like her

Oh when we’re out and in a crowded place
I can’t see anybody else’s face but hers
Oh come rain, come hail or shine
I don’t mind if my baby
My pretty baby
If my baby’s by my side

That’s why I like her
‘Cause she’s by my side

Never Mind

Written By: Garth Ploog

I see the boy who sat and watched her every day
Countless hours in contemplation
He sat alone and drank his black
And pondered what to say
How to verse what he’d rehearsed

He took the first, the worst of many steps to come
Each breath he held in hesitation
His mind went blank and he fell down to the floor
A hand came down with the softest skin
This hand was hers and he saw it wore a ring
Never Mind, Never Mind

Never Mind, the girl so busy looking through
her bag of books
Trying to find her new sensation
Her pretty face with braces
Hides behind her messy looks
The girls her age they point and stare
They’re not to know she really doesn’t care

So Never Mind, Never Mind, Never Mind

I see the boy who’s lost in thought at his piano
Trying to write his inspiration
And although it seems perhaps his dream
He may never find
As long as he can sing tonight
Never Mind

In The Cool Of The Evening

Written By: Garth Ploog

In the cool of the evening
I find a place to sit and write
Ocean breeze gently speaking
The stars above they own the night

In the cool of the evening
Thinking about a love so dear
In the beautiful evening
There’s a lonely whisper in my ear

As the ink flows and the night grows
I sit in silence and close my eyes
Words cannot describe

In the cool of the evening
Little darling your tears will dry
In the beautiful evening
I’ll lay beside you all through the night
In the cool cool night

As the ink flows and the night grows
I sit in silence and close my eyes
Words cannot describe

In the cool of the evening
Little darling your tears will dry
In the beautiful evening
I’ll lay beside you all through the night
In the cool of the night

That’s my favourite time

Goodnight Lovely Rita

Written By: Garth Ploog

GOOD NIGHT LOVELY RITA
Lyrics By Garth Ploog

With her eyes closed, sleeping peacefully
As she swims within a dream
As the clock chimes through a memory
Million miles away she seems.

Say “Goodnight” lovely Rita !
Say “Goodnight” and take a bow
So many questions, that I have inside
But I’ll wait and just kiss you goodnight.

Sit and wonder is all I can do
of the wonders that you’ve lived
More colours than a rainbow
in a smile such warmth you give

Say “Goodnight” lovely Rita!
Say “Goodnight” and take a bow.
So many questions that I have inside
But I’ll wait and just kiss you goodnight.

But ooh how you’ve seen it all
Wars, death and despair
And ooh though you’ve felt it all
A smile, content is all you wear.

Say “Goodnight” lovely Rita!
Say “Goodnight” and take a bow.
So many questions, that I have inside
But I’ll wait and just kiss you goodnight.

With her eyes closed sleeping peacefully
As she swims within a dream.

Discography

Streaming Tracks

01. She
02. Nevermind
03. In The Cool of The Evening
04. Blow My Mind
05. Cinnamon Dream
06. Matter of Fact
07. This Magic Moment
08. Settle Down
09. Over & Over
10. All About The Fun

Set List

Sets and performance length vary pending requirement of clients. Specific sets can be customised to suit the desired outcome of the event organiser.
Basic set - 2 x 45 minutes.

Originals
FIRST SET (approx 55 mins)
1. Magic of Her Eyes
2. Settle Down
3. Blow My Mind
4. Reminiscent Times
5. The Way you Look Tonight (Cover)
6. Sky Lark (Cover)
7. Almost Like Being In Love (Cover)
8. In The Cool of The Evening
9. Heaven in Her Eyes
10. You Keep Me on The Run
11. Never Mind

SECOND SET (approx 55 mins)
12. Martini Culture
13. Matter of Fact
14. A Wink & A Smile (Cover)
15. Angel Eyes (Cover)
16. With Me Everyday
17. Back In The Zone
18. See You When You’re Home
19. Over & Over
20. I Will Be Here Tomorrow
21. Feeling Good
22. She
23. All About The Fun
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24. What A Beautiful Day (Encore)

SAMPLE SELECTION OF COVERS
All of me C
Almost Like Bing In love G
Angel Eyes Cm