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.

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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

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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

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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.

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Blind Lemon

Blind Lemon has evolved from hardworking journeymen to one of SE Qld’s most respected acts.

Blind Lemon

The fluid and funky Blind Lemon engine room has established an enviable platform for the twin peaks of singer/dynamic harp player Jamie Symons and Strat wrangler Harvey to work their magic. The award winning band is guaranteed to produce incendiary blues fireworks at any musical event around Australia.

Deriving elements from the earthiness of Sonny Terry and Brownie McGee, the magical harmonica of Blues Traveler, the electricity of SRV, Hendrix and soulful feel of Led Zeppelin, Blind Lemon’s musical blend is entirely their own.

In the last eighteen months Blind Lemon has wowed the fans at music festivals up and down the East Coast including Byron Bay Blues and Roots, Broadbeach Blues and at the Gympie Music Muster. In 2008 the band won the Blues Association of South East Queensland’s prestigious Performer of the Year award and as a result was a knock-out at the Australian Blues Music Festival in Goulburn early in 2009.

“Blind Lemon takes to the stage and a charismatic harmonica immediately ignites uniform foot-stomping. Their raucous blend of boogie and burning blues licks is exhilarating; the harmonica mesmerizes at every unpredictable turn. The wailing guitar and howling harmonica share centre-stage and complement each other perfectly. Blind Lemon are an early highlight latecomers will regret missing”.
Justin Grey, Time Off Magazine.

With Australia wide airplay on triple J, the third album (Bit ‘o Juice, Live) released 2009, features a majority of strongly crafted road tested original material, reinvigorated Blues anthems and has helped gain a large fan base for the band.

Blind Lemon is fast establishing a name as a highly talented and entertaining addition to festival line-ups around Australia.

Blind Lemon Photgraph

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Dave Pudney

David began his musical career in a small band with the Morrison brothers in the late 70’s on piano and then electric and double bass.

Dave Pudney - BassA meeting with Don Burrows in 1981 resulted in an Australian tour with Don and James and later with George Golla in various small group settings led by Don.

Dave Pudney

Dave Pudney

A scholarship to the Sydney Conservatorium in jazz studies saw him graduate with merit top of his year in 1984.

David has played in many small bands since then with artists including Julian Lee, Kerrie Biddell, John Nicol, Bob Barnard, Judy Bailey, James Morrison, Mike Nock, Chuck Yates, and many more.

David’s recording credits include albums by Don Burrows, Bob Barnard, Ed Wilson, Grace Knight, Dorian Mode, Daryl Aberhardt, Ian Cooper, The Sydney All Stars Big Band, Kevin Hunt, Marie Wilson and Tom Burlinson.

David is currently playing with the Don Burrows Quartet, the Kevin Hunt Trio, Adrian Cunningham, Marie Wilson Quartet, the Joy Mulligan Quartet and various other casual engagements.

David is also a regular member of the Sydney All Stars Big Band which has performed with artists such asTom Burlinson in his hit show “Frank, A Life In Song”, for the 5 years running.

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