For nearly 40 years, pianist Serge Ermoll has been the wild man of Australian jazz. His group Free Kata, formed in the 1970s, 'ripped open the heart of music aesthetics in Australia' (John Shand, Sydney Morning Herald, August 2003). Ermoll has played with some of the greats of the international jazz scene, such as the trumpet player Dizzy Gillespie; but his desire to 'be free'—and a chaotic life—has kept him out on the wild frontier of Australian music making. With a black belt in karate, and a day job as a private eye, Ermoll has always been a 'character', but years of wild living and a lifetime without any regular income have taken their toll, both on Serge Ermoll and those closest to him.
Presenter – Tatiana Pentes
Producer – Eurydice Aroney and Kirsty Lee
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