Danny Quigley’s early childhood was enriched by the presence of jazz legends Freddie Hubbard, Woody Shaw, Joe Henderson, John Scofield, Randy Brecker and many more. His father Greg Quigley also plays the trumpet and toured these jazz greats to Australia for concerts and workshops while Dan was still an infant.
Dan’s trumpet playing displays a rich heritage of the jazz tradition. He has been a professional trumpet player since he was 17 and since has performed with some of Australia’s biggest names including James Morrison, Dale Barlow, Tina Arena, Anthony Warlow, amongst many more.
It wasn’t until his early 20′s did the impact of early exposure and connection to jazz legends spark the passion to pursue a career as a jazz musician, educator and advocate.
Paula has been a passionate and active music educator since 1992, and is a recognised Pianist for sessions and performances. Her versatility as a performer has seen her perform and record in big bands, alongside rock stars, corporate bands and in her much loved set up, Jazz Duo. At Jazz Music Institute, Paula teaches and coordinates the subject areas of: Jazz Materials, Aural and Analysis, Ensembles, Piano skills (second study), and Concert Performance Practice.
Brendan Clarke is one of Australia’s premier jazz double bassists. He is a graduate of the ANU Canberra School Of Music where he won the Drew Sydes Memorial Award for the most promising student of his graduating year. Since moving to Sydney in 1999 he has become one of the most in demand double bassists on the jazz scene. In 2001 he was the winner of the National Jazz Award, which is held each year at the Wangaratta Jazz Festival. He has toured Europe several times including performances at the Berlin jazz festival and Locarno film festival. In 2005 he was awarded an arts council grant to study in New York City under Curtis Lundy and Rufus Reid.
Brendan continues to perform regularly across Australia and has accompanied many top international and national artists including Chris Potter, Maria Schneider, Eric Alexander, John Riley, Charles McPherson, Bob Shepard, Alex Sipiagin, Kirk Lightsey, Jim McNeely, Wycliffe Gordon, Barbara Morrison, Don Rader, Dale Barlow, Vince Jones, James Morrison, Simon Tedeschi, Bobby Gebert, John Harkins, Bernie McGann and The Jazzgroove Mothership Orchestra. He is also the leader of his own group the Brendan Clarke Quartet.
Ben Hauptmann is a prestigious Jazz guitarist based Sydney, Australia. Winner of the 2010 Freedman Jazz Fellowship and 2nd place winner in the National Jazz Awards at the Wangaratta Festival of Jazz 2007. Ben has shared the stage with a diverse range of artists including Mavis Staples, Joss Stone, Gurrumul Yunupingu, Donny Benet, Jack Ladder, Bandaluzia Flamenco, Katie Noonan, Lior, Bluejuice, Micheline Van Hautem, Justine Clarke, James Morrison and Tal Wilkenfeld. Internationally he has performed throughout the UK, France, USA, Indonesia, China, Japan, Singapore, Belgium, Turkey, The Netherlands and New Zealand as well as many major Australian music festivals including The Big Day Out, Wangaratta Festival of Jazz, Pyramid Rock Festival, Homebake, Woodford Folk Festival, Splendor In The Grass, Port Fairy Folk Festival, Apollo Bay Music Festival and the Adelaide International Guitar Festival. Ben wrote the ‘Lead Work’ column for The Australian Guitar Magazine for over 10 years and has taught music at VCA, Monash University and UNSW. Ben has contributed to over thirty recordings including the 2015 ARIA winning ’The Gospel Album’ by Gurrumul Yunupingu, he has released two albums under his own name and co-produced multiple others.
Born into a family of professional musicians in Perth, Western Australia 1976. He started playing the drums and the alto saxophone at the age of six, switched to the tenor saxophone at thirteen, and since then has been playing saxophone,
drums, congas, guitar and bass professionally in a variety of genres, that include cabaret, rock, pop, blues, soul, R&B, latin, and jazz. Attending the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts, at Edith Cowan University, James received an Associate Diploma of Performing Arts in Jazz and Contemporary Music (1995) and a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance (1998).
James began teaching music at the age of sixteen, and was a lecturer at the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts, Edith Cowan University from 2007 – 2013, with a music program attracting students from all over Australia and the world, where he lectures in Improvisation for Jazz and Contemporary Music, one on one and ensembles. Teaching these classes and tutoring ensembles requires James to draw upon his first hand knowledge of the different genres associated within the syllabus, as well as his experience playing and performing on the drums, bass, guitar, piano, congas, timbales, hand percussion, and saxophone.
Kristin Berardi is a one of Australia’s first calls when it comes to Jazz Singing. Her accolades include winning the Montreux Jazz Festival’s International Vocal Competition in 2006, supporting Al Jarreau and George Benson at Montreux Jazz Festival 2007, winning the National Freedman Fellowship 2007, receiving two National Australian Bell Awards for the Best Jazz Vocal Album for 2010& 2012, winnning the the National Jazz Award for Voice at the Wangaratta Jazz Festival (2012), and being one of five finalists in the 2013 APRA Professional Development Awards for Jazz. 2016 has seen her as a finalist again in the APRA Professional Developemnt Awards for Jazz, Winning another Bell Award for the Best Jazz Vocal Album for 2016 and also winning the APRA Arts Award State Awards Berardi Foran Karlen received the Award for their album Hope in My Pocket and tour in 2015.
She studied in Brisbane, at the Conservatorium of Music, with Irene Bartlett. She has released ten albums, including her three Bell Award winning albums – the duo album, with the incredible Australian/NZ guitarist James Sherlock “If you were There”, and “Kristin Berardi meets the Jazzgroove Mothership Orchestra” and ABC release “Where Or When”. She also has her self titled band album on the Jazzhead label featuring all Berardi original works. Her most recent album is her second KB Band album, which is a self release – “Just As You Are”.
She has successfully completed tours in Europe and Australia, and has performed locally, nationally and internationally at Jazz Festivals and Jazz Clubs, such as New York, Germany, Switzerland, Japan and Indonesia.
APRA Award winning, ABC jazz artist, Sharny Russell’s vocal, pianistic and writing talents are recognized throughout the Australian music community. Sharny writes with a true jazz flavor which is totally accessible, and several of her compositions are in the official Australian Jazz Real Book. She is known for her vocal scat ability, which she often performs in unison with her piano. Sharny has recorded with George Golla, and performed with the cream of Australian jazz artists. She counts legends James Moody, the late Ray Brown, Mirusia and Judith Durham among her ardent fans, and had the privilege of working with some successful young Australian jazz luminaries when they were vocal students, including Dami Im of recent Eurovision fame. As a teacher she is known for her mentorship in the areas of interpretation, scatting, harmony ear training, keyboard use, and arranging. She is set to release her latest originals album “Comes A Time” and has been invited to visit Jazz At Lincoln Centre, New York, in 2017.
“In a world of over-rated and over-stated singers, Sharny is a gem… an exquisite experience. She could headline any jazz festival in the country.” – National Jazzchord Magazine.
Long regarded as one of Australia’s finest accompanists and jazz pianists, Steve Russell has appeared with Nancy Wilson, Chuck Findlay, Dale Barlow, Roger Manins, Bernie McGann, Kristen Berardi, Dave Ades and James Sherlock, and performed support gigs for Wynton Marsalis and John Scofield. Steve is also highly regarded for his work as Musical Director for the Queensland Music Festival, Opera Queensland and Women in Voice. His latest live CD, Dark Matters, was recorded over two sultry nights in the Northern Rivers, and features a collection of his compositions with guitarist Matt Smith (Thirsty Merc, The Strides), bassist Greg Lyon (Crossfire) and the astonishing drummer Scott Hills (Graham Connors, The McClymonts). His 2004 studio recording, When The Light Comes, features another set of original compositions and won the Dolphin Awards’ Album of the Year and Best Jazz Album. Steve also teaches piano and keyboards in the Contemporary Music Program at Southern Cross University.
David has been involved in virtually every aspect of the music industry and music education and has gained the reputation as one of the most versatile and in-demand drummers and drum teachers in Australia.
Dave divides his time between national touring, recording and teaching drum set at the Jazz Music Institute, Bribane. As a tertiary educator David has become recognised as one of Australias top drum set teachers and his students are some of the most in demand drummers in the Australian music industry. Dave has been featured in Drumscene magazine, recognised for both his performance and educational pursuits.
Dave maintains a very busy performance schedule and has performed in many and varied situations both across Australia and internationally. David’s ability to cross the boundaries of genre and style has made him an asset to many acts within the music industry both as live performer and experienced studio musician. Sensitive to the music and musicians around him Dave is just as happy to sit back and play swinging brushes as he is to smash thru a high volume, high energy show.
Dave performance credits include Monica Trapaga, Rhonda Burchmore, Rodriguez, Pete Murray, Grace Knight, Lisa Hunt, Margaret Urlich, Leonardos Bride, Bob Barnard, Jim Kelly, Jack Thorncraft, Don Burrows, George Golla, Mickey Rooney, Lady Rizo, Tom Burlingson, ACRE, The Eurogliders, Ian Date, George Washingmachine, Leigh Carriage, Petula Clarke.
Joshua Hatcher is a saxophonist and composer with a style based firmly in the jazz tradition. He was one of the 10 finalists in the 2016 National Jazz Awards at the Wangaratta Jazz and Blues Festival and has performed with some of Australia’s finest musicians including Dale Barlow, Andrew Dickeson, Warwick Alder, Ben Hauptmann and Steve Newcomb.
His album “Now and Then” (2015) marks his debut recording as a leader and features original compositions for his quintet. 2 selections from this recording (Forgotten Languages, The Room Next Door) were finalists in the Jazz category at the 2016 Queensland Music Awards.
In 2016 he was named Composer-in-Residence for the West Australian Youth Jazz Orchestra (WAYJO) and premiered some of his new large ensemble compositions at the Perth International Jazz Festival. He is also Musical Director for the Enthusiastic Musician’s Orchestra and has had his compositions and arrangements recorded on their 2 most recent albums.
Since 2012 he has been a lecturer at Brisbane’s Jazz Music Institute teaching saxophone, improvisation, theory and ensemble playing. He is also regularly engaged as a big band clinician and guest director by schools and community organisations. He is currently undertaking a Master of Music (Research) at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music investigating the intersection of compositional and improvisational practices.
Diverse performances with many notable Queensland and Australian jazz and new music groups including Good Bait Quartet, Jim Kelly, Katie Noonan, James Morrison, GraceKnight, Scott Tinkler, John Hoffman, Vince Genova, Ken Edie, Tony Hobbs, Steve Newcomb, Louise Denson, The Brand New Sweeties, Tyrone Noonan, James Muller, James Sherlock, Kristen Beradi, Matt McMahon, Loops, Jonathan Dimond, Megan Washington, Steve Russell, Sharny Russell, Misinterpretato, Graeme Norris, Frank Bennett, Doug Parkinson, Monica Trapaga, David Ades, Kate Miller-Heidke, John Rodgers, Elly Hoyt, Zac Hurren, Jacam Manricks, Topology, Warren Vache (US), Andrew Firth, The View From Madeleine’s Couch, Ingrid James, Sue Bond, Lauren Lucille, Ewan Mackenzie (manouche) and Raf Karlen.
Major festival performances including Manly Jazz and Blues Festival (Sydney), The Wangaratta Festival of Jazz, Pinnacles (Brisbane), The Brisbane Festival, The Queensland Music Festival, The Valley Jazz Festival, The Woodford Folk Festival, The Tamworth Country Music Festival, and The Adelaide Festival.
Featured album releases include The Good Bait Quartet 1998, Loops Recursion 1999, Loops Ek! 2001, Katie Noonan Elixir 2003, Topology Airwaves 2004, The View From Madeleine’s Couch.
Professor Rob McWilliams, an internationally accomplished musician, conductor, and educator, was born and raised in Melbourne, Australia. A United States resident from 1991 to 2014, Prof. McWilliams holds a Ph. D. in Music/Music Education from the University of Minnesota, a Master’s degree in Instrumental Conducting from Florida State University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from the University of Melbourne. Prior to his time in the USA, Prof. McWilliams served on the faculty of the University of Melbourne Institute of Education where he taught and coordinated courses in brass, jazz, and instrumental music pedagogy and conducted the Wind Symphony, Brass Choir, and Jazz Big Band. In the USA Dr. McWilliams served as Professor of Music and Director of Bands and Instrumental Music Education at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh from 1996 to 2014 where he also served as Head of the Music Department from 2011. Prof. McWilliams conducted most of the university’s symphonic and jazz ensembles, including the University Orchestra, and held primary responsibility for the University Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band. He also taught courses in instrumental music education, conducting, and jazz.
As a guest conductor and musician, Dr. McWilliams has traveled and worked extensively with groups at all stages of development. In the USA he worked with ensembles at the national, state, and regional levels and served as guest conductor and clinician in Alabama, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Florida, Georgia, North Dakota, Ohio, Iowa, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Utah. Dr. McWilliams has also conducted and presented at major music conferences in all states of Australia and internationally in Hong Kong, the United Kingdom, Singapore, Europe, and China including performances at the Japan Band Clinic and conferences of the World Association of Symphonic Bands & Ensembles in Manchester, England and Hamamatsu, Japan. He was a member of the faculties for the Bonyi International Youth Music Festival in Brisbane in 2007 and the Tutti International Festival in Beijing, China in 2011 and 2013 and has served as an invited conducting clinician for the Singapore Ministry of Education.
As a performing artist on trumpet and keyboard Dr. McWilliams has extensive performing experience with a number of domestic and international symphonic and jazz ensembles including performances with the following jazz artists: Mickey Tucker, Bobby Shew, Pete Christlieb, Nat Adderley, Vincent Herring, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Eddie Daniels, Ed Shaughnessy, Andy Martin, Dale Barlow, Wilbur Wilde, and Paul Grabowsky.
Dr. McWilliams has been published in a number of professional publications including the Journal of Band Research, Teaching Music Through Performance in Band, and is a published composer/arranger with Alfred’s Music. In early 2015 he relocated to Brisbane, and currently works for Yamaha Music Australia as an Educational Outreach Clinician and freelances as a musician, educator, conductor, adjudicator, and composer/arranger.
Double bassist, Andrew Shaw, has performed with many greats of the music world, from jazz to cabaret, from tango to country and western, and flamenco. Some of the artists he has performed with across the spectrum include John Scofield, Dave Liebman, James Morrison, Grace Knight, Tom Burlinson, Bill Watrous, Tony Malaby, Matt Wilson, David Ades, Dale Barlow, Mike Nock, Lyndon Terracini, Scott Tinkler, Rhonda Birchmore, Mandy Patinkin, Patti Lupone, Lady Rizo, Joaquin Amenabar, Sarah Blasko, James Ryan, Victor Morosco, The Saruzu Quartet, Flamenco Fire, Olayo Jimenez, Carla Pugliesi, and Jamie Oehlers.
Andrew is currently leading his own ensemble, Road Plant, concentrating on his original music inspired by the secret lives of earth moving equipment. He is also performing with Toby Wren Quartet, David Bentley, Caxton Street Jazz Band, Jeff Usher, Andrew Garton’s Abbreviations Orchestra and others.
Shaw has performed nationally and internationally at many major venues and festivals. He has recorded on more than 40 albums with various artists.
Andrew Garton is a Brisbane based saxophone player, composer and arranger. Andrew studied the saxophone and composition under the guidance of Tony Hobbs from 1999 to 2003. In 2017 he completed his Master of Music Research at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music.
Andrew has composed extensively for his own group, the Abbreviations Orchestra as well as many other ensembles. Andrew received a commission from Jazz Queensland to compose an extended work for the Abbreviations Orchestra which was premiered as part of the Q150 celebrations and the 2009 Valley Jazz Festival.
Andrew Garton has also composed and arranged music for jazz big bands including the Enthusiastic Musicians Orchestra, the Mace Francis Orchestra (as part of the Chinese Whispers III project) and the Brisbane Contemporary Jazz Orchestra. In 2009 Andrew was commissioned by the Enthusiastic Musicians Orchestra to compose a suite for jazz orchestra.
Andrew Garton currently performs with the Holy Rollercoasters, the Pantheon of Swing, Andrew Shaw’s Roadplant band and the Enthusiastic Musicians Orchestra, among other less regular pursuits.
Brad Esbensen is a Brisbane based trumpet player, arranger, composer, copyist and educator. He has worked in backing bands for artists including Kenny Rogers, James Morrison, Grace Knight, Max Miller and many others. He is currently working as Musical Director with Herb Armstrong and the Royal Street Krewe, performing a show paying tribute to the music of New Orleans, as well as being Musical Director of the Brisbane Big Band which has been the resident big band for the Brisbane Jazz Club since 1974. He also works regularly with local bands including Decahedron (a 10-piece jazz group), Jeff Usher Band, Swing Chronicles, Brisbane Contemporary Jazz Orchestra, Glenn Miller Tribute Band and the Queensland Pops Orchestra.
His arrangements and compositions have featured regularly as test pieces. Many of his compositions and arrangements have been performed with a variety of groups including the Australian All Star Youth Big Band, Queensland Youth Orchestra Big Band, Brisbane All Star Youth Big Band and the Queensland Pops Orchestra. He has been engaged as a copyist by the Queensland Symphony Orchestra and various local and touring shows. He was the recipient of first place in the 1994 Perth Jazz Orchestra Composition Awards with an original arrangement of “There Will Never Be Another You”.
Brad also holds an Associate in Composition from the Australian Society of Musicology and Composition and a Diploma of Music Technology from the University of Newcastle.
Katherine Quigley is the Chief Executive Officer and Artistic Director of Backbone Youth Arts, the Chair of Vulcana Women’s Circus and an active member of the Queensland Chamber of Arts and Culture and the national youth arts steering committee. A scholarship recipient and graduate of NIDA’s inaugural cohort, Masters of Fine Arts in Cultural Leadership Katherine specialises in producing collaborative, experimental multi-arts and cultural experiences. Her career spans 15 years as a producer of multi-arts festivals, events, exhibitions, theatre and circus working for; Maerz Muzik Berlin, Queensland Music Festival, Queensland Performing Arts Centre, State Library of Queensland, Artworkers Alliance, The Danger Ensemble, Company 2, Flipside Circus, Youth Arts Queensland, Straight Out of Brisbane (SOOB), Contact Inc, Black Drum Productions, Vibewire Hub, Backbone’s 2high Festival, Lucks, Lightbox Studio and Artslink. She has produced works for Queensland Theatre Company, Brisbane Festival, La Boite Theatre, Brisbane Powerhouse, Adelaide Fringe, Melbourne Fringe, Metro Arts, Theater Basel and Hebbel Theatre (Berlin) and has worked with artists in Australia, Germany, Mexico and the United Kingdom. Her final subject at NIDA was an International Placement (1 month) at the Battersea Arts Centre, where she observed and researched the company’s resilience model with reflection towards their programming for children and young people. In addition to her studies at NIDA she has completed a Bachelor of Creative Industries with subjects in Drama, Film and Music and a Graduate Certificate in Accounting (partial completion) at the Queensland University of Technology. Katherine is also a peer assessor for Arts Queensland and the Australia Council.
Mark Smith has spent his whole working career, close to thirty years, working as a sound technician and engineer. He is passionate about sound quality and importantly, artist comfort and satisfaction. Whether in a live performance or a recording situation Mark believes that providing a comfortable environment for the artist will give the best performance or recording outcome for them.
Mark’s skills and interests in music are wide and varied covering genres as diverse as classical, rock, folk and jazz. Mark has run a mobile sound business, Real Productions, since 1996. He has a wealth of experience including managing the recording projects of numerous artists from solo concert pianists to large orchestras – and everything in between.
In the past five years Mark has mentored a number of students through workplace placements for the School of Audio Engineering. In recent times he was invited to be a guest lecturer at the Queensland Conservatorium and a course lecturer in Music Technology at the Jazz Music Institute, Brisbane.