John Morrison

Dingo Creek Jazz & Blues Inc are pleased to announce that John Morrison will be playing for your enjoyment at the 2011 Festival.

John Morrison

“The Cat in the Hat”

John Morrison

John Morrison

John Morrison has delighted audiences for more than 25 years with his humor and dedication to sounds that swing. Equally at home in a small group or big band setting, his musical facility runs the entire spectrum from traditional jazz, swing, Bebop, R&B, Soul and commercial jazz rock.

The eldest of the Morrison family, John has spent much of his musical life playing and recording with his younger brother James Morrison. At age 8, John began playing cornet in the school brass band and by the age of 10 had built his first drum set from pots and pans. In these early few years he played many different instruments and styles but jazz drumming was to be his calling.

After living in New York for over 12 months in the late eighties, John and James returned home to form Australia’s premier jazz big band “The Morrison Bros Big Bad Band”. John widened his exposure and experience also playing with a variety of other well-known artists including James Moody, Scott Hamilton, Richie Cole, John and Jeff Clayton, Garry Dial, Jimmy Whitherspoon, Eartha Kitt, Don Burrows, George Golla, and Bob Barnard.”

As the driving force behind Swing City, John, who was voted Australia’s best big band drummer, looks forward to a big future for his most exciting project to date – Swing City.

Further to his playing schedule, John is a musical director for Pan Pacific and heads highly successful high school jazz music camps.

He is known for his work in the recording studio both as player and producer and hosts his own “Jazz at Five” radio show on Sydney radio station FM 99.3

Visit John’s website for more information.

Share This Post

Janet Seidel

Janet Seidel - Dingo Creek 2011Based in Sydney, Australia, vocalist / pianist Janet Seidel currently enjoys a rare and enviable international reputation with 17 CDs released in Australia and also available in several other countries. In the Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD 2006 (UK) she is described as “Australia’s first lady of jazz”.

Australia’s favourite jazz vocalist
JANET SEIDEL Trio with Guest Willie Qua: Dingo Creek Jazz Festival
30th April 1st May 2011

Following a highly successful year of international and regional Australian tours, the Janet Seidel Trio will be making their first appearance at the Dingo Creek Jazz Festival with special guest Willie Qua (Galapagos Duck legend)

Janet Seidel in Concert - UK Concord ClubWell known for her impressive repertoire and discography (17 CDs – including quite a few international releases), Janet also performs several cabaret shows on themes from Cole Porter to Peggy Lee to Blossom Dearie, Doris Day and  through to French Chanson, Jazz and Lounge music.

For this show, Janet, and her trio (Chuck Morgan, guitar and David Seidel Double bass) have devised a stylish repertoire combining old and new material in a fresh new selection showcasing the elegant, nonchalant approach, peppered with good humour, which has made her recorded work instantly identifiable.

‘Australia’s first lady of Jazz singing’ Pengiun Guide to Jazz

‘Truly elegant styling, a cool professional, one of the treasures of Sydney.’ David Schwartz Cabaret Online

‘Lounge and cabaret performer and all-around ace singer’ All Music Guide USA

‘As usual, Seidel proves she is without peer in doing the Great American popular Songbook’ – Sinatra International

‘Consummate Sydney vocalist’ Herald Sun Melbourne

‘Australian vocalist/pianist Janet Seidel is a true blue Jazz Baby -.. She’s been compared to everyone from Doris Day to Peggy Lee, and it’s definitely fair to say that her understanding of the classics is equal to that of those legendary greats.’ Tucson Lifestyle USA

‘Seidel is the kind of singer who makes it all sound effortless’ CADENCE magazine USA

‘Seidel has earned admission into that select cadre of singers who accompany themselves at piano like Sarah Vaughan, Jeri Southern, Shirley Horn and Nina Simone.’ All About Jazz USA

Review from recent concert in Tomerong NSW:
‘What a fabulous night’s entertainment with Janet Seidel, the world-renowned jazz singer, and her trio, all master musicians and Ben Jones on saxophone as well! They had the audience spell-bound from the first note and the applause after each solo was quite deafening. The time just seemed to fly and, all too soon, she was into a number of audience-induced encores.
The rapport between Janet and Ben, particularly, was amazing and the choice of music superb – and all of this on a cold winter’s night!
I feel that I can speak for all who attended by saying that it was immensely enjoyable and we all hope that Janet can come back again soon. Thanks to Janet, Ben, Chuck and David – a brilliant show’

For interviews please contact Chuck Morgan 0412 476700 David Seidel 0412380814

For more information, visit Janets’s website at

Share This Post

Jacki Cooper

Jacki Cooper has been a regular feature on the Australian jazz scene since 1990 and now resides in Sydney, Australia. She holds a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Voice from Adelaide University. Jacki is a regular at jazz festivals around the country, including Noosa Jazz Festival, Darling Harbour International Jazz Festival, and Thredbo Jazz Festival. She performs with her husband, drummer John Morrison with their quintet “New Generation” and with John’s big band, “Swing City”.

Jacki Cooper

Jacki Cooper

While working for the renowned Stanford Jazz Workshop at Stanford University in the USA in 1994, Jacki studied with US jazz singers Mark Murphy, Kitty Margolis, Madeline Eastman and Nancy King, and gigged regularly with local musicians. She recorded a radio program on Fog in the City Radio, and was also invited to San Antonio, Texas, to sing with the Jim Cullum Jazz Band at the famous Landing Jazz Club on the Riverwalk. In 2003, Jacki was the featured resident vocalist on the inaugural season for the cruise ship, Oceania Regatta, cruising around Europe, Russia, Scandinavia, and the Mediterranean. In 2005, Jacki invited to perform at Sax n Art Jazz Club in Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam with world-class saxophonist, Tran Manh Tuan. In 2007, Jacki and John toured China, performing at JZ Jazz Club and the House of Jazz and Blues in Shanghai. The tour highlight was performance at the Oriental Arts Centre with the Shanghai Symphony Big Band.

In Adelaide, The Jacki Cooper Jazz Quartet performed regularly on the local jazz circuit. Jacki is also an actor and has featured in several commercials on television. In 1998 she was the presenter of CityScene, a lifestyle show promoting events in Adelaide.

Since moving to Sydney in July 2006, Jacki has been collaborating with Swing City’s John Morrison. Together they formed “New Generation” which is a forum for young players. Currently “New Generation” features Tim Fisher on piano, Karl Dunnicliff on double bass, and Bernard Winetroube on vibraphone.

Visit Jacki’s website at for more information.

Share This Post

Johnny Nicol

Johnny Nicol

Johnny Nicol

Johnny Nicol was born at Ayr in far north Queensland.  His introduction to music was at family gatherings around an upright piano played by his sisters.  His first job was shovelling salt in the sweltering salt pans.  Talent was Johnny’s passport out of hard labour to the wondrous world of music.

In his mid-teens Johnny journeyed south to Sydney and worked at various jobs including playing guitar at Bill McConnell’s Redfern boxing gym where three Maori musicians linked up with Johnny and they formed the now legendary Maori Troubadours.  During his years with the Troubadours Johnny travelled the length and breadth of Australia and often performed up to fifteen shows daily in a marquee on showgrounds.  He learned the craft of entertaining.

Johnny left the Troubadours to go solo.  Travelling overseas he combined his learned craft with his talent and performed in numerous prestigious venues including The Hacienda in Las Vegas, the Ilikai in Honolulu, the Fontainbleu in Miami, Lycayan Beach Hotel at Freeport in the Bahamas as well as several Playboy Clubs and many hotels and clubs in the UK, Europe and the Far East.
Back in Australia Johnny quickly found his place as a contemporary jazz artist.  Critics acclaimed him the “finest jazz guitar stylist in Australia” and “our own George Benson in both vocal style and jazz guitar technique”.  His following grew with exposure as a regular guest artist on television’s national Midday Show.  When Sydney’s Regent Hotel first opened its doors Johnny was the “star” in the Don Burrows Supper Club – a role he was asked back to fill regularly.

During 1989 considerable recognition came Johnny’s way with his nomination for three major awards – the Mo Award as an entertainer, the inaugural Ricky May Jazz Award and the Artist and Performing Rights Award for the best Australian composition for his song “Where the love is” – a song featured on his album for Larrikin Records. 

In 1990 the luxury Radisson Plaza Hotel, newest of the Cairns tourist resorts brought Johnny back to  far north of Queensland to open and star in the hotel’s showroom – the Johnny Nicol Supper Club.

His albums include Touch of  Blue, Traces, I Remember, Where the love is, Moving Forward and Just the way you are.
Johnny is now living on the Sunshine Coast and continues to travel interstate and overseas for appearances.

For more information, visit Johnny’s website at

Share This Post

Willy Qua

Saxophones, flute, percussion and drums

Willy QuaWilly is a founding member of Galapagos Duck first joining in 1973. He has also worked with Australian greats James Morrison, Don Burrows, Vince Jones, and USA greats Dave Brubeck, Nina Simone, Jimmy Witherspoon, Earl Hines, Mark Murphy as well as with rock greats Marcia Hines, Renee Geyer and Sam and Dave.

Willy has also performed with the Australian Ballet, Stuttgart Ballet, NSW Dance Ensemble and recorded with everyone from Billy Field to Slim Dusty.

Willy’s broad career as a musician has taken him to all the major jazz festivals: Tamworth Country Music Festival and Port Fairy Folk Festival. He is also active as a teacher in schools and has been a senior lecturer with the Sydney Jazz Action Society and has done hundreds of shows in schools in NSW, QLD, and VIC.

Willy Qua and The New Galapagos Duck

Willy QuaThe band formed in 1969 and immediately commenced a successful residency at The Rocks Push jazz club in Sydney. Bruce Viles (owner of the Rocks Push) established The Basement jazz club at Circular Quay in 1973 and the Galapagos Duck opened there as the house band. At that time the personnel was Marty Mooney and Tom Hare (reeds), Chris Qua (bass and trumpet), Willie Qua (drums and reeds) and Doug Robson (piano).

Over the years the Galapagos Duck has enjoyed considerable success and some of the top names in Australian jazz have worked with the band at one time or another, including Dave Levy, Roger Frampton, Col Nolan, Paul McNamara and Warren Daly.
“From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia”

Band Members:
Willy Qua – (original Duck musician) Saxes, flute, percussion
Dave Sanders – Drums, percussion
Dave Ades – Saxes, flute, percussion
Wil Sargisson – piano
Max Stowers – bass

More infomation:

Share This Post

David Ades

David Ades plays Alto Saxophone at Dingo Creek Jazz and Blues Festival in 2011.David Ades     Alto Saxophone

Since the beginning of his professional life in 1980, David Ades has been heard with the cream of Australia’s improvising musicians. Among these are people such as Phil Treloar, Mark Simmonds, Paul Grabowsky and Vince Jones.

Between 1981 and ’84 David lived in Harlem, New York. Of this experience he relates his time there, playing with such remarkable artists as Jack McDuff, Roy Haynes, Stanley Turrentine, and Freddie Hubbard, as having a profound influence on his musical conception.

Returning to Sydney in 1984, David’s outstanding qualities caught the attention of musicians and critics alike, being described by John Clare (The Sydney Morning Herald) as “Distinctive as the masters, a unique and original voice. David’s presence is as large and luminous as life itself, a rare talent indeed.”

In 1991, David recorded his debut album, Bird on a Head, for Roo Art Records, gaining international acclaim as “ground breaking” new music.

He is also a member of the group Fats whom have recorded 3 critically acclaimed Cd’s. He has recorded with Dale Barlow in New York and performs regularly with the Cat Empire. David continues to travel to Europe and the USA every year playing clubs and festivals.

Share This Post

Jamie Lockhart

Jamie Lockhart

Jamie LockhartBiography

Jamie is an accomplished musician who has been playing and composing music for over twenty three years.  A self taught guitarist, Jamie has toured both nationally and internationally.

Some career highlights have been:

  • Opening for the late Jeff Healy at the North by north east music festival in Toronto
  • Playing alongside legendary drummer Sam Carr at Hepburn springs Victoria
  • A 6 week tour of America and Canada.

Jamie has toured through most parts of Australia, has co-written and recorded on two albums and is now writing and touring as a solo performer. Jamie’s influences and musical styles cover a broad range from Robert Johnson to Pink Floyd with his playing style rooted in the blues. On his most recent acoustic album Jamie has adapted a blues/folk style with the vocal rawness of Tom Waits/Nick Drake and now is assembling the band “Vintage Dirt” to bring back the sounds and styles of Howlin Wolf/Cruel Sea/(yes here it comes)Pink Floyd.

Jamie LockhartJamie has been teaching guitar for over ten years and has developed his own unique structure of teaching that is both powerful and inspirational.  Over the last three years Jamie has been studying the psychology behind creativity through the work of Robert Fritz, author of the Path of Least Resistance and The Courage to Create and founder of technologies for creating.

Through this work Jamie has developed the Art of Music workshop which he has successfully ran in both NSW and Qld, a highlight being the RADF funded workshop in Monto 2009.  This workshop explores the psychology of the creative mind, the natural process of creativity, and the power of imagination when creating music.  Participants learn how to work with the natural processes & laws of creativity and how to engage and direct the imagination to achieve powerful and dynamic end results in many different areas of music from Learning to play a new instrument, Song writing & composition, Increasing skill level, rising above the fear and confrontation of live performance and overcoming limiting beliefs patterns and behaviours.  Jamie has been working with and mentoring musicians for the past 5 years using the premises he teaches in the Art of Music workshop and is about to announce dates for the Musicians four day retreat. Jamie has been coaching & mentoring musicians for the past 5 years and is the founder of the Creators Domain.

Share This Post

Ian Beddows

Ian BeddowsIan Beddows has been working as a musician for more than forty years, and has covered many styles of music, as a singer, bassist and/or guitarist, from his  early days of playing Hendrix and Cream, with his first trio, through to his current repertoire of modern contemporary jazz and latin and original music.
Ian has worked with renowned Australian and overseas artists, including John Farnham, James Morrison, Don Burrows and Venetta Fields, to name a few, and with his own band, Ian has played support for artists equally as well- known, such as Vince Jones, Georgie Fame, Barbara Morrison, the late Nina Simone and the late Ronnie Scott.

Ian has performed all around Australia, and S.E. Asia, at venues as diverse as Five star Hotels, Casinos, Restaurants, Jazz festivals, Town and City Halls, and weddings in tin sheds. Ian’s plans are to keep playing until he drops.

Ian has had a number of private music students over the years, and has taught guitar, electric bass, double bass and vocal technique. His years of professional experience and his passion for music are invaluable assets in the education process.

Contact Ian
E-mail: [email protected]

Share This Post

John Whyte

John Whyte

John Whyte - Dingo Creek Jazz and Blues FestivalJohn Whyte has been playing piano professionally since he was 16. Learning most of his street craft in Sydney as a young player during the musically rich 70’s he became a sort after player across a diversity of styles working with the likes of Doug Parkinson, Barry Leif, Kerry Biddel and Johnni Nicol who were big on the funk/jazz scene at the time.

 He toured with Rita Coolidge and Booker T before spending several years travelling and working overseas, ending up in London where he absorbed the diverse musical culture on offer.

He returned to study at the Qld Conservatorium under New York Jazz Pianist Mike Nock. After graduation he continued his study at the Victorian College of the Arts.

He returned to open Jupiter’s Casino and has remained in Qld since. He has played on many albums for other artists and is a regular performer at music festivals both locally and interstate.

 He now plays writes and arranges for a variety of genres including music education programs, computer games and short films. He regularly performs with a variety of interesting combinations of other musicians including Brazilian/Cuban Latin, Jazz , and Soul/Funk.

Share This Post

Saia Hanlon

Saia Hanlon

Hanlon – A name synonymous with premier session & touring drumming in Australia, has been re-shaped for a new generation, with the emergence of Saia Hanlon, Tommy’s son and heir-apparent.

From a young age Saia was thrust into the dynamic world of music, and drumming, and all the influence it has to offer. So-much-so, that after picking up his first set of sticks at 6, by 14 years of age, Saia had secured his first Gold Coast Battle-of-the-Bands win. He is now in demand, Australia and world-wide, securing slots with artists as diverse as 2009 Australian Idol winner, Stan Walker, to musical legends, like Brian Cadd.

Saia Hanlon - Dingo Creek Jazz and Blues Festival

Saia has most recently completed a successful tour of the US, on the highly lucrative college-tour, with Gold Coast rockers, Max Judo. On the local scene Saia continues to “wow” crowds with his unique style.

A busy summer festival season has just been completed, and Saia is now set to hit the studios again. With the ability to switch between jazz, rock, funk, and Latin, at the “drop of a hat”, Saia has the chops to bring a professional, yet dynamic sound to any project he is selected for.

List of Achievements

1997 Winner Battle of the Bands, Gold Coast region

1997 Winner Most Outstanding Drummer, Gold Coast

1997 Winner Most Innovative Drummer, Queensland

1998 – 2003 Private Tuition

2004 Session Player Ricki Lee, National Tour

2005 Various tours

2006 Winner Byron Bluesfest Comp

2006 Moved to NZ – various Tours

2007 Tour & Record in Scandanavia

2007 Resident Drummer Studio 301, Byron Bay

2008 Headline Act Hanlon Rhythm, GC Jazz Fest

2008 Headline Act Melana Moye, Gold Coast Bluesfest

2009 USA Tour MJ

2009 Session Drummer Studio 301 & various others in NSW & QLD

2010 Tour Stan Walker National Tour, follow-up to Australian Idol

Share This Post