“The playing is dynamic and interactive!”– LOUDMOUTH
Gaia, the spirit of the planet, has assembled an enigmatic hybrid team of musicians to come together and share their musical magic. The sway of Aloha No’s ukulele and pedal steel captures the soul of Hawaii. This chilled out blend of tropical tunes is the perfect backdrop for an evening of good times and uplifting music.
Ollie Thorpe – Pedal Steel Guitar
Brendan Clark – Electric Bass
Miles Thomas – Guitar
Dan Kennedy – Drums
Denneya Muscat – Ukulele
Leah Crosby – Ukulele
“One of our most consistently prolific music makers … It is always a thrill to see where she goes next” – John Hardaker (Words about music)
Solo Piano is a prominent feature of Keller’s performance life. Her exploration of minimalist music, sees her beautifully create wordless songs that are eloquent,
intimate, exquisitely balanced and blissfully hypnotic. The music is deeply emotional, but never merely sentimental; truly beautiful, rather than merely pretty.
No two Andrea Keller performances are ever too much alike, as her curiosity and imagination translate into limitless creativity. “Whenever she plays piano something magical happens.” – Eric Myers, the Australian
The Orange Jazz Festival brings together, for a rarely heard duo, two of Australia’s best-known jazz artists, pianist Andrea Keller and saxophonist Sandy Evans.
Don’t miss them performing each other’s music, in an intimate show of breath-taking music. Sandy has been described as ‘one of the best contemporary jazz composers/musicians.’ She is a foundational figure in Australian jazz, leading a number of ground-breaking bands since the early 1980s and for many years exploring Indian classical music from her jazz perspective. Andrea has established and composed for a diverse range of influential ensembles, drawing on a deep love for, and knowledge of classical music. Her jazz is ‘a powerful blend of European lyricism with space and improvisation.’
“Andy Baylor has opted not to play the glamour card. His blues is poetry of the back verandah kind, citing John Lee Hooker above John Donne, with a come-as-you-are feel set to the rhythm of the Melbourne suburbs.” – Michael Dwyer, The Age
Andy Baylor is a highly respected, influential Australian musician known for his multi-instrumental skills, song-writing and versatility. Inspired by the way Cajun music of Louisiana during a trip to the USA in the 80’s, Andy set about a mix of his own Southern blues, funky rhythms, Country/Cajun fiddle and Australian bar-room music.
Andy Baylor’s music is available on Bandcamp: https://andybaylormusic.bandcamp.com/
Andy Nelson is a treasured gem of Australian folk. His soft and slightly husky voice, rides over the rollicking blues infused folk idioms of his acoustic guitar, like water down a weaving river. His powerful song-writing includes themes that’ll resonate deep within you, whether it’s dealing with greed or simply pursuing what you love vs accepting the status quo. “Andy’s lyrics are woven into a lavish tapestry of sound, bringing the emotional impact of his words
and the rich sounds of his composition to a rugged, musical plain of his own making.”
‘It’s not jazz, it’s not rock… Whatever you want to call it, this is one mighty sonic trip that paints colourful pictures in the mind.’ – Loudmouth Magazine.
An approachable, modernistic sonic trek into the extra-terrestrial area of improvisation. The brainchild of pianist and composer Alister Spence, Asteroid Ekosystem is a supergroup for the 21st century bringing together four of the country’s most acclaimed and talented musicians. Ed Kuepper’s guitar surges in like a gusting solar wind, while the backdrop of the Alister Spence Trio serves as a darker, more solidified horizon for musical exploration. Journeying through densely layered textures, to more open psychedelic surf jazz – this quartet will leave you contemplating much more than the music.
Alister Spence – Piano
Lloyd Swanton – Bass
Toby Hall – Drums
Ed Kuepper – Guitar, Electric
“Damian Wright’s glorious guitar playing is the spine, while his compositions allow other instruments to sing their own songs, like willowy limbs dancing independently because of the spine’s solidity” – Sydney Morning Herald
Bandaluzia are celebrated for their powerful performances, unique sound and explosive musical virtuosity. Led by virtuosic guitarist Damian Wright, this internationally acclaimed ensemble present a spectacular new show that showcases contemporary flamenco dance and music, and the essential characteristics of the flamenco tradition. This is a journey through this unique artform by some of Australia and Spain’s most revered flamenco artists.
“Jason and Chloe Roweth are without question two of our finest interpreters of Australian traditional folk music” – Ruth Hazleton
The Roweths have been performing Australian music together for over thirty years, forging a unique combination of music, poetry and folklore.
They bring you powerful and delicate original songs, room-stopping recitations, and seamless combinations of new and old Australian material presented with the easy warmth of old-style bush entertainment.They also specialise in themed presentations forging unique combinations of music, folklore and social history.
The Cope Street Parade blend spicy rhythms and funky melodies, producing music that sounds old and new, yet uniquely Australian. They’ll melt your heart with a tender ballad before launching into rollicking swing guaranteed to get you on your feet. Gypsy swing mixed with elements of New Orleans traditional jazz. Imagine Django Reinhardt playing with Louis Armstrong in an Australian country pub. Good times! Justin Fermino – Saxophones &Voice
Aaron Flower – Guitar & Voice
Ben Panucci – Guitar & Voice
Sam Dobson – Double Bass & Voice
While often “fixing hearts” as a paramedic by day, Darren Smith is often found “breaking hearts”
most weekends with thoughtful lyrics and impactable musicianship.
Heavily influenced by the late 80’s rock and pop scene, he has crafted a sound that continues to pay
homage to this era’s unique style, while giving his new-found love of country music the space it
deserves in his delivery.
A few moments into any of his well-crafted original songs will induce a sense of self-reflection on
your own life, loss and love with a hook-line that is guaranteed to get your foot tapping.
“… if Brave is anything to go by, it’s clear Smith is as immensely skilled at stabilising the mind through
music as he is at stabilising the body through emergency response.” – Sam Bolt (Western Advocate).
Led by acclaimed Persian-Australian Tar virtuoso and composer Hamed Sadeghi, Eishan Ensemble draws on contemporary jazz and classical traditions. Eishan Ensemble have received esteemed reviews in publications like the Sydney Morning Herald, Everything is Noise and Limelight, and this intimate concert will see them passionately explore the meeting point of ancient Persian music and western jazz.
Award-winning Australian vocalist Emma Pask has established herself as one of this country’s favourite jazz voices. Emma Pask’s effortlessly honest stage presence combines with her powerful vocals, leaving audiences spellbound and inspired. Emma weaves storytelling through timeless jazz standards, upbeat Latin rhythms, tender ballads and raucous blues.
Felix Albert & The Gentlemanly two will have everyone rocking along and tapping their feet – catch a fun night of live music. Their rumbunctious rockabilly makes the audience groove along with their funky tunes.
ARIA award-winning Genni Kane has been writing songs and performing for over 40 years.Genni’s recent album ‘Songs From the Kitchen Table’ reflects on life through the eyes of a woman in her 60s. Songs created in the heart of her home and recorded with family & friends, and of village life, memories, joy… and chickens!
“Kane has crafted these everyday events into songs of great simplicity and unswerving honesty, and set them in a country/folk context. Intimate and deeply personal…The end result has the vocal beauty of Emmylou Harris and the clarity of Loudon Wainwright III” – Bruce Elder, Sydney Morning Herald
Breath-taking contemporary music from a Sydney guitarist with limitless creativity. Hilary Geddes recently took out the 2021 Freedman Jazz Fellowship, the nation’s most prestigious creative jazz award, and we’re thrilled she’s bringing her brilliant quartet to the Orange Winter Jazz Festival. Her quartet performs with a beautiful harmony, creating textural waves of music that is uplifting and expansive. Her sound is reminiscent of the great Bill Frisell – with a fresh elemental Australian flavor.
Hilary Geddes – Guitar
Matthew Harris – Piano
Maximillian Alduca – Double Bass
Alexander Inman-Hislop – Drums
‘Into The Blue’, a local Orange jazz trio, have been performing together since 2016. They have played many local venues, including wineries, restaurants and cafes; City of Orange Council events and recently at the opening of The Orange Regional Museum and Harmony Day. Their repertoire consists of jazz standards and contemporary songs.
The trio includes Samantha Bartholomeusz on vocals, Kate Rose on Piano and Ian Carter on Double Bass.
JAHL HEHSI is a new ensemble co-led by Harry Sutherland on piano and Lachy Hamilton on tenorsaxophone. Their music is emotional, profound jazz that is steeped in tradition, yet never unoriginal. Their compositions feature beautiful revolving melodic motifs, and dynamic rhythms that make for an incredible concert experience. This band is a full-bodied emotional statement, completed with Jacques Emery on double bass and Alex Inman-Hislop on drums. Together, they’ll drape tapestries of groove and melody across the minds of any and all who dare enter.
Harry Sutherland – Piano
Lachy Hamilton – Tenor Saxophone
Jacques Emery – Double Bass
Alex Inman-Hislop – Drums
Those who have lived and breathed the Sydney live music scene, will already be familiar with Jo Fabro. Her rich and soulful voice has rained down on listeners in venues and at festivals across the country for over a decade, during which time she has steadily built a core of dedicated followers. Fabro is indeed a striking blues and soul singer.
Jo Fabro: Vocalist, Songwriter, Keys
Adam Pringle: Guitar
Jerry Craib: Bass
James Hauptmann: Drums
Josh Maynard will paint vivid pictures in your mind, with his uplifting original songs. Writing about his own real-life experiences, inspired by Australian music icons, Missy Higgins and John Butler, Josh will entertain you away with his down-to-earth personality, and home-grown music. Don’t miss the raw honest sound that is taking him into an exciting new phase in his career.
Vocalist Kate Wadey has a sweet, sure voice that exudes charm and sophistication. Warmly supported by a band of excellent accompanying musicians, Wadey sings standards selected for their particularly fine character. Without fuss or bravado, Wadey navigates the emotions and melody with equal skill – a brilliant young artist displaying a level of craft beyond her years to produce high quality swinging jazz.
Kate Wadey – Vocals
Andrew Scott – Piano
Samuel Dobson – Double Bass
Leon and Mitch are an acoustic instrumental duo, playing nylon string guitar with mixed drums and hand percussion to deliver Spanish and world music vibes. With flowing melodies and improvisation throughout original compositions and unexpected covers, this local Orange act is not to be missed.
Leon Just: Guitar
Mitch Davis: Drums and Percussion
Lisathe deliver warm tones and touching numbers, finessed with cinematic crescendos at rare intervals. Combining nostalgic pedal steel guitar melodies with electric bass grooves and exploratory percussion, this group make sonic landscapes of exceptional beauty that resonate deep with one’s spirit.
Oliver Thorpe – Pedal Steel Guitar
Brendan Clark – Electric Bass
Miles Thomas – Drums
Demonstrating how jazz and improvised music elegantly respond to change, the duo draws on intuition, imagination and innovation as they take listeners on a remarkable and evolving voyage.Loretta Palmeiro and Mark Isaacs compose their music together completely on the spot, in real time, and without any safety net or roadmap. The results can be delicate, furious or passionate: proof that unpredictability can result in beauty, even when the destination is unknown.
Loretta Palmeiro – Soprano Saxophone
Mark Isaacs – Piano
The daughter of Australian icon Jimmy Barnes, soul singer Mahalia grew up listening to the greats; from Ray Charles to Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, Ike & Tina Turner, Aretha Franklin, Donny Hathaway and Stevie Wonder, all of which shaped her into the powerhouse vocalist she is today. Don’t expect a restrained or gimmicky performance – Mahalia is a showstopper. Alongside her band The Soul Mates, Mahalia delivers soul music with a dynamic, raw & exciting performance.
“McMahon’s playing is ravishing” – Sydney Morning Herald
Join us for an intimate night with Matt McMahon, as he moves between the colours and textures of solo piano. The award-winning pianist and composer from Sydney explores music from many traditions. His interests range from jazz to classical music, traditional Irish music to flamenco, free improvisation to funk, Arabic to Korean music and his solo piano improvisations draw on his plethora of influences. As one of Australia’s most in-demand and accomplished pianists, his compositional work is celebrated by audiences and critics alike.
Nerida Cuddy’s songs hold true emotional and narrative depth, inspired by living and breathing the landscape of rural Australia, where she has gladly made her home. With warm vocals and a quirky sense of humour, social conscience and transparent story-telling, Nerida enjoys connecting with music loving audiences from international festivals to intimate home-town gigs.
The Pengopuss sound is perfect for steamy, lazy afternoons, or cool, dark, swinging nights by the fire… and anything in between The Bathurst-based five-piece group have been instrumental in keeping locals out of their seats and grooving’ to jazz, swing and funk for the last 10 years. Don’t miss them perform classics from 60’s jazz, right through to darn-right funky renditions of the latest pop hits.
Glen Wholohan – Saxophone
Alyson Laver – Vocals
Henry Bialowas – Bass
Kalyan Manning – Keys
Tony Hatch – Drums
“One of the world’s great trumpet players” Eric Myers, The Australian. Phil Slater has masterfully created “the most consistently sublime and intensely beautiful music I’ve ever heard” (Joseph Cummins, Loud Mouth).
‘The Dark Pattern’ is a thick hazy atmospheric work composed by Phil Slater, and features a super-group quintet of Sydney musicians. The minimalist rhythmic framework produced for trumpet player Phil Slater is often dry to the bone, letting him soar in isolation. The hypnotic album recalls an aesthetic often found on the ECM label. This introspective performance will captivate the listen in such a way, they’ll feel an out of body experience looming. A marvel to witness.
Phillip Slater – Trumpet
Matt Keegan – Saxophones
Brett Hirst – Double Bass
Matt McMahon – Piano
Simon Barker – Drums
Queen Porter Stomp uses their dirty swamp magic to shake up the blues and energize your body into dancing. Their harmonies seduce like a warm summer’s day, with blazing horns that scream straight to your soul and a banjo that exorcises demons on the wrong side of midnight – this band gets everyone in the room dancing. Shine those shoes, and undo that top button – This is Queen Porter Stomp!
Julian Curwin – Banjo
Alex Masso – Drums
Matt Lamb – Double Bass
Crystal Barreca – Vocals & Ukulele
Louise Horwood – Trumpet
Rose Foster – Trombone