ARQDonald Mayne: trumpet – Ron Anderson: sax – Kim Harris: piano – Doug Kuhn: bass – Alan Richards: drums
This popular band has played in festivals across Australia, to great acclaim. Long popular at Inverloch, the band, led by evergreen drummer Allan Richards, has added Mildura-based Donald Mayne on trumpet to complement sax and piano played respectively by jazz greats Ron Anderson and Kim Harris.
A'BECKETT STREET JAZZ BANDRichard Desmond: trumpet and vocals – Geoffrey Beauchamp: clarinet – Barry Law: piano – Bert Milligan: drums – Hilton Vermaas: bass – Reginald Packer: banjo – Ezra Kowadlo: trombone
A'Beckett Street Jazz Band has performed in both the Festival and in the Bayside Lady Pizza Shop for nearly two decades. Their repertoire consists of traditional Jazz numbers along with hits from the past. Great foot-tapping tempos along with vocals, the band features a traditional jazz front line of trumpet, trombone and clarinet, supported by a driving rhythm section of piano, bass and drums.
ADE ISHS & eMOTION BANDade ishs: piano – Paul Bonnington: bass – Lachlan Wallace: drums – Vincent Bradley: trumpet, flugelhorn, vocals
Pianist ade ishs formed the eMotion Band to further exhibit his finesse in composition and arrangement. Subscribing to the philosophy that emotion is energy for motion, the band is formed with the idea of presenting emotive music that speaks directly to the listeners and takes them on a musical journey.
ANITA HARRIS AND FRIENDSAnita Harris: vocals – Graeme Steel: trumpet – David Taylor: bass – Kim Harris: piano – Alan Richards: drums
Melbourne based vocalist Anita Harris has been on the Australian jazz Scene for more than two decades. One journalist highlighted her “incomparable velvet voice”; another described her style as “delightfully creamy” but whatever the choice of adjective, she and the boys bring their own style to many jazz favourites.
ANTELODICRobbie Melville: guitar – Gideon Brazil: tenor saxophone – Monty Mackenzie: alto saxophone
Antelodic is an instrumental trio featuring the unusual combination of guitar with two saxophones. Antelodic began as an experiment in which the saxophones worked as a rhythm section whilst the guitar became the melodic voice. They will be releasing their second album ‘To Iceland!’ through ABC Jazz in 2020.
ANYONE FOR TENORS?Barrie Boyes: saxophones – Ron Anderson: saxophones – Todd Sidney: piano – Doug Kuhn: bass – Allan Smith: drums
The band is a new combination of very well-known and talented Melbourne jazz musicians. The use of two front-line saxophones (all types) is very different from the normal line-up and produces a wonderful blend of great jazz sounds.
BLUE TANGODave Richard: guitar/vocals – Lynne Gough: vocals/percussion – Leon Heale: bass/vocals (Saturday) – David Taylor: bass (Sunday) – Joseph Darmenia: percussion
Blue Tango is an acoustic duo (guitar, percussion and two voices) with support from bass and percussion. It is a band with a difference which has been very well received at Australian jazz festivals over many years. They specialise in creative arrangements of jazz, blues, Latin and ragtime classics. Comic parodies are an important part of their repertoire.
BRIDGE, THEErin Campbell: vocals – ade Ishs: piano – Alex Yarosh: guitar – Hezy Suramarta: bass – Michael Ooi: drums
Bridging the gap by fusing the talents of six of Melbourne’s top artists, The Bridge is a new presence in Melbourne’s contemporary jazz scene. The Bridge melds classic, contemporary and new jazz styles into fresh arrangements with infectious vocal harmonies, forming a fresh musical synergy. They perform works by contemporary artists such as Becca Stevens, Esperanza Spalding, and Chaka Khan, as well as originals.
BOOLARRA SOCIAL CLUBBoolarra Social Club brings together members of world-class salsa and rumba bands to play Cuban/Latin music styles. They have played to sell-out shows in international venues, country halls and national festivals. The infectious, vibrant, high octane music includes styles such as sultry boleros, upbeat mambos, salsa, Afro Cuban rumbas, traditional son, danzon and guajiras.
CHEAP FRILLS QUINTETJaz Stutley: vocals – Col Garrett: reeds – Brian Paulusz: guitar – Rod Evans: bass – William Thomson: drums
The quintet has played at many Australian Jazz Conventions, and jazz festivals including Port Fairy and Halls Gap, and have a record of a five year residency at an inner Melbourne venue. With a variety of songs from different jazz eras, they aim to entertain!
CHRIS WILSON AND FRIENDSChris Wilson: piano – Robert Thorne: guitar – John Manby: bass – Peter Hodges: drums – Roger Nelson: harmonica
Mixing the two best genres of music - jazz and blues - Chris and the band deliver both styles in an energetic and unique way. Each year they record a new CD to launch at the festival...and this year they have a special guest you have to see!
CHRISTINE MANETTA BANDChristine Manetta: vocals – Lisette Payet: piano – Ivan Sultanoff: bass – Bruce Maddigan: drums
The Christine Manetta Band, is a vocal-driven jazz and blues band, crossing from urban theatre music to cabaret jazz with an added colour of gospel and soul. Christine has a vocal style filled with sultry tones, a deep voice and a story to tell.
CLUNK ORCHESTRA, THEGeoff Spooner: guitar – Ron Anderson: saxes – Ben Harmsen: bass – Marek Podstawek: drums
The Clunk Orchestra will be playing a mix of original tunes which may be described as rock meets jazz with a latin tinge.
CUL DE SACRon Anderson: saxes – Todd Sidney: piano – Vince Hopkins: guitar – Eiji Takemoto: bass – Graham Morris: drums
Cul De Sac had a ten-year residency at the Rising Sun Hotel in South Melbourne, followed by a period at Swallows Hotel, Port Melbourne. Led by outstanding saxophonist Ron Anderson, the members of the band have been friends for years and play regularly at jazz festivals and special events. Consisting of some of the finest jazz musicians in Melbourne, this band is a crowd favourite.
DAVID GALEA QUINTETDavid Galea: bass – ade ishs: piano – Ron Anderson: saxes – Vince Hopkins: guitar – Graham Morris: drums
Led by outstanding bassist David Galea, the quintet made a debut at the 2019 Festival to great acclaim. Playing mainly originals by various members of the band, these experienced and talented musicians sounded as if they had been playing together for many years. This year they will perform a mix of well-known standards, plus some new originals and will be a band not to be missed.
DIXIE DAZZLERS JAZZ BAND, THEBarry Hanley: trumpet & vocals – Ian Christensen: reeds – Mike Cousins: trombone & vocals – Peter Mackay: piano – Bill Horley: drums – Kees Dogger: bass
A band that plays hot, happy trad and dixieland jazz and also has fun with the audience. There will be excellent renditions of ragtime featured by the marvellous Peter McKay on piano. The band started with a jam session in the East Gippsland Hotel and since that day the Dixie Dazzlers have been playing on the third Sunday of the month for almost 13 years.
DON’S THREEDon Santin: trombone – Ron Davis: guitar – Neville Drummond: bass
Three talented local blokes playing the well-known, mixed with a touch of madness in a mainstream repertoire.
DR CRASK AND HIS SWINGIN' ELIXIRGreg Craske: double bass – Jen Salisbury: vocals – Leon DeBruin: trumpet – Paul Winter: tenor sax – Aaron Rodriguez: baritone sax – Keaton Tait: guitar – Joseph Rolleston: drums
This is a hot swing band playing the classics of the 30s, 40s and 50s. A dose of Dr Crask and His Swingin' Elixir is guaranteed to get you on your feet.
EMMA VOLARD'S GROOVE HUNTERSEmma Volard: vocals – Mari Lane: piano – Andrew Lewis: sax – Harry Leggatt: guitar – Hugh Heller: bass – Peter Wilks: drums
After a sell-out national tour, Emma Volard returns to her home town presenting a future-soul fusion with an all new lineup of six emerging musicians, including sax, rhodes, electric guitar, pocket bass, grooving drums, and funkadelic 70s sounds. The conversations between each player are intuitive, and this results in a highly energetic performance.
G&T JAZZAgus Batara: piano – Mac Beshai: drums – Rod Neilsen: guitar – Jon Bunce: bass – Trevor Jones: trumpet – Ruby Knight: sax & flute – Gill Sealby: vocals
G&T Jazz showcases a sizzling mix of melodic jazz originals written by vocalist Gill Sealby, with both beloved and lesser known standards. G&T Jazz is a 7-piece band which has appeared very successfully at jazz festivals all over Victoria and in Melbourne venues. Come and listen to something new!
GROOVIN’ TOGETHERNeil Taylor: piano and vocals – Ian Christensen: reeds – Ashley Christensen: guitar – Frank Morgan: bass – Steve Bray: drums
Groovin' Together has been playing together for a number of years and is a popular mainstream jazz group at Inverloch, providing cool vocals and foot-tapping music.
HIGHLY ANIMATEDVincent Bradley: vocals, trumpet – Neil Taylor: piano – Ian Christensen: sax – Eiji Takemoto: bass – Allan Smith: drums
ISLAND JAZZPeter Buitenhuis: trumpet – Neil Taylor: piano – Ian Christensen: reeds – Neville Drummond: bass
A local quartet playing standards, some old folk songs, and tunes stolen from anywhere interesting.
JAKE AMY'S BLUEBIRD COLLECTIVEJake Amy: piano – Rose Bassett: voice – Jordan Pereira: drums – Ronan Nicholson: bass
Jake Amy presents the ‘Bluebird Collective’ - an ensemble comprised of four unique musical voices that promote original compositions written specifically for guest singers. Featured in this project is vocalist Rose Bassett.
JAN & TONICJan Blake: vocals – Neil Taylor: piano – Frank Morgan: bass – Steve Bray: drums
Jan and Tonic will provide a musical tonic for your soul with an eclectic blend of mainstream jazz, old school blues and funky tunes.
JAZZ NOTES WITH RICK CORRENZARick Correnza: vocals – Ann Craig: flute – Ashley Thomas: saxophone, clarinet – Kevin Blazé: guitar – Frank Morgan: bass – Simon Atkinson: drums
After years training as a classical singer and performer, Rick Correnza has returned to his first musical love - jazz. His passion for the crooners of the 40s and 50s is evident and influences include Frank Sinatra, Bobby Darin, Dean Martin, Tony Bennett and Mel Torme. Rick will be singing swing and bossa classics backed by the unique sound of Jazz Notes.
JAZZ SQUADAllan Smith: drums – Todd Sidney: piano – David Taylor: bass – Graeme Steel: trumpet – Ron Anderson: reeds
Jazz Squad has been around the jazz scene for the past seven years, and is comprised of some of Melbourne's finest and most experienced musicians. The swinging sounds and compositions of such great composers as Ellington, Basie, Gershwin, Cole Porter and Rogers and Hart shine through.
JAZZBIZIan Chisholm: drums – Neil Taylor: piano, vocals – Barrie Boyes: reeds – Bob James: trombone – Vincent Bradley: trumpet, vocals – Charles Paine: bass
Jazzbiz is an experienced group of jazz musicians who enjoy playing smooth, swinging mainstream jazz including vocals, who love to entertain. The band performed to enthusiastic audiences at last year's Inverloch festival and makes a welcome return this year.
JON & WENDY WADE HAMMOND QUARTETJon Wade: Hammond B3 organ – Wendy Wade: vocals – Rob Papp: guitar – Peter Hodges: drums
Energetic, well known swinging blues standards, brought to you by four of the best! Jon Wade, well known for his exhilarating performances; his wife, Wendy on vocals whose soulful renditions never fail to delight; Rob Papp on guitar brings his own special passion, musicianship and style; and Peter Hodges, well respected and widely acclaimed drummer, completes this brilliant, must-see quartet!
KATERINA MYSKOVA AND HER QUARTETKaterina Myskova: vocals – Ted Woollan: piano – Colin Garrett: saxophone – Ivan Sultanoff: double bass – Mac Beshai: drums
Katerina studied Jazz at Prague Conservatorium. She arrived in Australia with a considerable reputation as a jazz vocalist and has since performed with her quartet at clubs, bars, corporate functions, and numerous jazz festivals. Her singing displays an infectious enthusiasm for the Latin, ballads and standards she loves.
LADIES BE GOOD!Jan Blake: vocals – Ann Craig: flutes – Ashley Thomas: saxophone – Emily Johnson: trumpet – Lisette Payet: piano – Holly Brick: bass – Simon Atkinson: drums
Formed in 2014, Ladies Be Good is a group of friends who wanted to get together, perform and be different - a strong front line of ladies sharing beautiful music and interpretations. You’ll hear some well-known jazz tunes and more. Stunning vocals, interesting arrangements and talented musicians, combining youth and experience - they love what they do and have a whole lot of fun doing it.
MERRI CREEK JAZZ BANDTrevor Davey: trumpet and vocals – Bernie Opperman: piano, trumpet – Jill Opperman: vocals – Geoffrey Beauchamp: clarinet – John Bertram: piano – Ezra Kowadlo: trombone – Barrie Kenny: bass, tuba
The Merri Creek Jazz Band was formed in 1994. They play traditional jazz, and are a much-loved band at Inverloch, having played here continuously since 1997 to delighted audiences. Most of their songs come from the 1920s, with a few either side of that decade.
MYSTIC CHARMERS, THEKirri Büchler: violin – Amanda Jones: clarinet – Tom Panckridge: trombone – Adam Russo: guitar – Charles Paine: bass
The Mystic Charmers is a unique 'tight but loose' fun band due to their instrumental line-up and great arrangements. Their eclectic array of tunes range from cartoon music by Raymond Scott, music from Duke Ellington, Sidney Bechet, Benny Goodman, plus specialised arrangements from Django Reinhardt’s ‘Hot Club Swing’ repertoire.
NAT KING COLE SONGBOOKGraeme Davies: piano, vocals – Danny Sowter: guitar, vocals – Mike Zutenis: double bass – Alan Richards: drums
The band presents many of Nat King Cole's famous Jazz Trio Hits played by well-known professional musicians. Nat's life story is also woven in between the songs.
ORGANIC TRIO, THERob Papp: guitar, vocals – Jonathan Wade: Hammond B3 organ – Peter Hodges: drums
Three highly skilled jazz/blues musicians bring together a wealth of professional experience on the festival touring circuit. The Organic Trio perform songs from the American song book of Jazz and blues from a whisper to a roar, all served on a platter of silk!
PAIGE BURNEY TRIO, THEPaige Burney: vocals – Dan Mason: saxophone – Mark Giliam: guitar
Paige Burney is a Yarra-Valley-born singer, known for her vocal prowess. The trio will delight you in a dynamic listening experience, covering originals, traditional jazz and bossa nova, led by Paige’s moving vocal delivery.
PIPPA WILSON WITH JAZZ NOTESPippa Wilson: vocals – Ann Craig: flute – Kevin Blazé: guitar – Leon Heale: double bass (Saturday) – Doug Kuhn: double bass (Sunday) – Simon Atkinson: Drums
Pippa Wilson is one of the perennial favorites of the Festival. Backed by the unique sound of Jazz Notes, you’ll hear Pippa unmasked. We’ll take you through a range of jazz, blues and a little gospel and perhaps a touch of country, with the usual fun and banter that characterizes these shows.
ROGER CLARK QUARTETRoger Clark: saxophone – Rory Clark: piano – Vincent Wienckowski: double bass – Larry Kean: drums
This well-known quartet is a working professional band with top players playing tunes from the American Songbook through to bebop. This will be a band not to be missed.
RON ANDERSON TRIORon Anderson: piano – Eiji Takemoto: bass – Graham Morris: drums
A festival favourite, the trio plays an entertaining mix of jazz standards, with tunes ranging from Brubeck to The Beatles. The three have been playing together for many years, and it shows in their obvious rapport, both with each other and with the audience, and their sheer enjoyment of being together. A must see.
RORY CLARK TRIORory Clark: piano – Vincent Wienkowski: double bass – Larry Keen: drums
Band leader Rory has been described as a“new young pianist of enviable talent” by Don Brow in Jazz Scene Magazine. He is backed by Vincent Wienkowski - one of the most in-demand bassists around, and drummer Larry Keen, who has been likened to Buddy Rich with his skillful drumming.
SALVO BIGBANDA big band of passionate musicians, presenting standards of Count Basie, Neil Hefti and Lennie Neihaus, to the contemporary big band charts of Gordon Goodwin, as well as original compositions by band members.
SARAH MACLAINE'S JAZZ 'N' CHAMPAGNESarah Maclaine: vocals – Todd Sidney: piano – Graeme Steel: trumpet – David Taylor: bass – Allan Smith: drums
Australian singer/songwriter Sarah Maclaine constantly delights audiences with her rich, velvety voice, its beautiful tone and fantastic vocal range. Her performances are known for showcasing her eclectic repertoire of jazz and jazzy twists on pop classics. Sarah's band comprises some of Victoria's finest jazz musicians.
SARGEANT FARRALL AND THE MASTERSCarl Farrall: saxophones – Colin Money: saxophones – Marion Mayer: bass clarinet – Anita Meghaizel: flute – John Meghaizel: guitar – Ivan Santurini: bass guitar – Barry Law: piano – Richard Peacock: drums
Sargeant Farrall is an ensemble which plays a mixture of swing, big band and ensemble jazz. They come from diverse backgrounds, music styles and age groups, with our most senior member being 99 years of age and an extremely competent musician who has performed with the likes of Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Junior and the Count Basie Orchestra - a mentor and role model to us all.
SHIMONA & THE CAT'S PYJAMASShimona: vocals – Amanda Jones: clarinet – Adam Russo: gypsy jazz guitar – Tom Flenady: double bass
Having built a strong presence ever since they burst onto the Melbourne swing dance scene in 2017, Shimona & The Cat's Pyjamas is always top choice whether you are a jazz lover, swing dancer, or 5 year-old budding hepcat! For almost two decades, Shimona's gorgeous voice and beautiful lyrical phrasing has left audiences all over the world spellbound and sometimes even in tears.
SISTERS & MISTERSSisters & Misters is a mass vocal group with around 50-70 singers, a drawcard for the past five years at the Eltham Jazz festival. In addition to the Melbourne-based group, Sisters & Misters now has a ‘branch’ based on Phillip Island where they have generated much excitement. For this year a number of the Melbourne members will join the Phillip Island members to produce a ‘super’ vocal group!
SOLEAD QBernardo Soler: guitar – Dean Gaudoin: bass – Caterina Pizzati: palmas, flamenco dancer
The group combines traditional Spanish guitar music with Latin rhythms and virtuosic improvisation to wow audiences of all tastes. Each member is a superb musician, having performed in ensembles and styles from classical to jazz, from heavy metal to flamenco; and from medieval to contemporary. At present they are travelling around Australia and overseas performing at music festivals.
SOUTH GIPPSLAND CONCERT BANDThe band plays a broad range of musical styles, ranging from ragtime, shuffles and boogie blues through to Latin, Gershwin and more modern styles.
STEEL-HARRIS DUOGraeme Steel: trumpet – Kim Harris: piano
An eclectic performance of "Late Night" jazz played by two of our most popular and talented musicians. The boys will be joined during the show by two of the festival's favourite vocalists – Anita Harris and Sarah Maclaine.
STREETON COURT BIG BANDStreeton Court Big Band was a hit at last year’s festival, and is again ‘book-ending’ the festival, opening the Friday night concert, and closing the Monday picnic. It is a big, very smooth 18 piece big band that plays all the classic Glenn Miller tunes and others, right up to those of Michael Bublé.
SWEET ADEMarion Lustig: recorders – Janet Arndt: vocals – Peter Mason: reeds, ukelele, harmonica, vocals – Lisette Payet: piano, ukelele, accordion, vocals – Joe Kenyon: sousaphone – Richard Opat: washboard, drums
Sweet Ade is a refreshingly different multi-instrumental jazz band, featuring a unique line-up of recorders, saxophones, clarinet, piano, washboard, drums, sousaphone, ukuleles, harmonica, and vocals. We play a wide variety of music in an idiosyncratic, cheerful, creative and energetic style.
TONY GOULD TRIOTony Gould: piano – David Galea: double bass – Graham Morris: drums
Tony Gould is one of Australia's most respected and loved jazz musicians and is making a welcome return to the festival this year. He will be joined by highly-regarded bassist David Galea, and long-time friend Graham Morris on drums, playing tunes from the movies, the American Song Book, and any other source that comes to mind on the day!
TRAVELIGHTPaul Evans: guitar, vocals – Wendy Sellings: vocals, ukulele – Yvette Atkins: vocals
Travelight has a lovely blend of vocal harmony, a diverse song list and they love what they do. They played to an enthusiastic audience at the festival last year, and are looking forward to playing again.
WELL VERSED HARRIS DUOAnita Harris: vocals – Kim Harris: piano
The Well Versed Harris Duo is an institution, featuring immortal songs from the Great American Song Book complete with the verses they rode in on in an evolving repertoire.