Guitarist/Composer Jamie Pregnell was born in Tasmania, Australia in 1985. He became interested in music at an early age and picked up the guitar at age of 14. Initially inspired by rock and country music, he was self-taught up until attending the Tasmanian Conservatorium of music, graduating with a Bachelor of Music. While studying at the Hobart Conservatorium, his love of jazz and improvised music took over. Jamie has gained recognition as a composer with his own group The Jamie Pregnell Quartet which he formed in 2010 and the more recent Jamie Pregnell Trio (2012-current). Over the years Jamie has played in a diverse range of styles from cover bands, duos, country/bluegrass, original and standard jazz gigs showcasing his wide range of influences.
In May of 2012, Jamie was invited to attend the Banff International Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music where he worked closely with many of the leading names in modern jazz. While at Banff Jamie had the opportunity to study and play with the likes of Dave Douglas, Vijay Iyer, Steve Lehman, Tyshawn Sorey, Rich Brown, Miles Okazaki, Jonathan Finlayson, Matt Brewer, Clarence Penn, Chet Doxas, Liberty Ellman, Luis Perdomo, Uri Caine, Gregory Tardy, Josh Roseman, Aoife O’Donovan, Linda Oh, and Okkyung Lee.
Since having returned from Canada Jamie has started to make plans to record new music from his experience overseas with a newly formed band, The Jamie Pregnell Trio that features Alf Jackson on Drums, and Hamish Houston on Bass.
They have just completed their first self titled studio release that features all original jazz compositions. The Jamie Pregnell Trio album can be found at http://jamiepregnelltrio.bandcamp.com/
In 2015 Jamie completed his post graduate honours study at the Tasmanian Conservatorium of music focusing on the improvisational approach of Australian jazz guitarist James Muller.
Recently Jamie was a recipient of a personal development grant through the Australia Arts Council to under go mentorship in Jazz Guitar improvisation with James Muller. This mentorship started in 2017 and is to continue to mid 2018. The outcome of this period is to gain a deeper understanding of jazz improvisation and to create a new recording project featuring new compositions.