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 www.jackicooper.com for more information.

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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: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Willy-Qua-and-The-New-Galapagos-Duck/117019308332348?v=info

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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.

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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]

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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.

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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

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Ara Neccessian

Dingo Creek welcomes keyboard player Ara Neccessian to the 2010 festival.

Ara Neccessian keyboard Player.

Ara Neccessian

Ara arrived in Australia from Armenia in mid-7O’s and established himself in recording sessions with some of Australia’s finest singers and musicians. His versatility in different styles of music has enabled him to be in continual demand as a professional musician.

Ara has worked all over Austral and throughout the world on various occasions. He has also performed with singer, Delilah, at Darwin Casino and is currently working with the “Doobie Bros Show” featuring Glen Shorrick as special guests.

He has also worked at the Bourbon and Beefsteak Bar, Kings Cross for many years and continues to work with The Bourbon Boys band at numerous venues throughout Sydney and interstate.

Ara is a welcome keyboard player in any top-line musical combo in and around Sydney and Australia.

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Gavin Pitt-Ware

Gavin Pitt-Ware - Jazz Musician

Gavin Pitt-Ware

Dingo Creek welcomes Gavin Pitt-Ware to the 2010 Festival.  Gavin is of Torres Strait lsland – Jamaican background.

He started his musical career working with Maori Showbands throughout Australia, New Zealand, Far
East, England & Europe. Gavin came into his own when he returned from overseas to work solo in NSW Clubs and TV performances.

He started his own 3 piece band – “Baseeka” – at the Kings Cross venue, called “The Persian Room” in 1974. He also ventured over to the USA with the Jacquie Love show in the 1980’s. Gavin was a resident’musician/singer for many years at the world-famous Bourbon & Beefsteak Bar.

He is now the founding member of “The Bourbon Boys” who currently perform at live venues throughout Sydney and interstate. Gavin has accessed many styles of music in his 40 years of performing – Lou Rawls, Barry White, Billy Eckstine, Nat King Gole, Lionel Ritchie and many more.

Gavin’s appearance on any programme is guaranteed to please audiences worldwide.

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Dave Kemp

Dave Kemp is currently very active on the Brisbane improvised music scene with his groups Latin Vibe (Latin Jazz), the Dave Kemp Group (contemporary) and his more straight ahead jazz group the Dave Kemp Quartet. He undertook study in Boston at the Berklee College of Music in Jazz Vibraphone and is currently teaching & lecturing in the jazz and percussion departments at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music.

Dave Kemp Playing Vibe

Dave Kemp Playing Vibe


In 2009, he tours his band to Melbourne and Sydney, features at the Valley Jazz Festival and presents the Australian premiere of V5 for vibraphone and string quartet at the Queensland Conservatorium. He has performed as a concerto soloist with the Queensland Orchestra, toured Europe including gigs in Paris and Salzburg and performed in groups as diverse as backing comedian Jerry Lewis to performing in an orchestra for the English Royal Ballet. 

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Bob Barnard

“Australian Bob Barnard is the cleanest and most cliché -free cornet player I have ever heard.” 

Bob Barnard

Bob Barnard

So wrote the reviewer of the Allegheny Jazz Society (Pennsylvania, USA). In an area where the best jazz musicians in the world are regularly heard that is some praise indeed. His style has been compared to Louis Armstrong, Bobby Hackett, and Bunny Berigan among others. But as this review suggests, he has reached a point where he plays in such a pure and natural style that comparisons are perhaps not so appropriate.

To ask him about his style, one finds out that he does not regard himself as a trad or old-fashioned player. He says he plays a style that began with Louis Armstrong. “It’s a classic style, if you like, that comes up through Bunny Berigan, Bobby Hackett, Ruby Braff, and Warren Vaché.” Barnard’s is the perfect mainstream style–a cross between the lyricism and drive that the trumpet can achieve.

Barnard is presented by jazz festivals and clubs all over the world and the response is seldom less than enthusiastic. Reviews are seldom less than rave, from the Melbourne Age to El Mercurio (Santiago, Chile), from the Sydney Morning Herald to the Jazz Journal International (London) or Rapport (Los Angeles).

He made his first recording at the age of sixteen. Bob was already recognized as one of Australia’s most outstanding jazz players before he was twenty years old. Since that time he has become an icon of Australian jazz and has probably made a deeper impression internationally than anyone else in his field. 

He has played successfully on most of the major (and minor) jazz festivals of the world both with his own bands and as featured artist with international all-star lineups. 

Barnard has also recorded with top US jazz artists over the years including Wild Bill Davison, Milt Hinton, Peanuts Hucko, Dan Barrett, Ken Peplowski, Bob Wilber, Warren Vaché, Ralph Sutton, Dick Wellstood, Jim Galloway, Jim Cullum, Bud Freeman and many others. He has appeared with well-known British players such as Humphrey Littleton, Roy Williams, Kenny Ball, Brian Lemon, and Acker Bilk to mention a few. He has been featured artist on many occasions at London’s Ronnie Scott’s, one of the world’s best-known jazz cubs.

At this stage of his career, Bob enjoys the respect and admiration of some of the top jazz players of the world as well as critics and audiences. He also has a legion of fans from the classical and popular music fields. Dr. Clement Semmler, a pioneer of Australian Jazz broadcasting wrote in the Bulletin (August 1990), “Barnard rightly enjoys the reputation as one of the best mainstream trumpet players in the world.” Tasmanian critic Steve Robertson called him “the perfect jazz musician.” In the Denver Post he was referred to as “the great Australian trumpeter Bob Barnard…a rich-toned revelation, swinging like mad…” and praised for “an a capella chorus of improvised perfection.”

Born in Melbourne, Australia in 1933 to a musical family, Bob started trumpet lessons at age 11 and played in various brass bands before joining the family dance band at age 14. Bob’s brother formed his own jazz band in 1948 and Bob made his first recording with that band on his 16th birthday. In 1962 he joined Graem Bell, touring most of Australia as well as New Zealand and New Guinea. After a stint as a studio musician, Bob formed his own band in 1974, which soon became Australia’s top jazz band. This band toured Australia as well as S.E. Asia for the Australian government and on its own toured the U.S. four times, Europe twice, as well as Japan, Hong Kong, and Canada.

With his quartet Bob works gigs in the Sidney area and solo spots around Australia and the world. In 1990 he was honored with an award for his outstanding contribution to the music industry both nationally and internationally and was a winner of the Critics Award at the Gold Coast International Jazz Festival for three consecutive years (1990-1992).

In Australia, he has been honored with awards such as the Order of Australia in 1990, Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Medal 1977, Advance Australia 1991, Jazz Performer of the Year, 1993 and 1997, by the prestigious Australian Music and Entertainment Awards (the Mo Awards). Other awards of recent years include the Australian Hall of Fame (Gold Coast) 1993, (Montsalvat) 1988, the Australian Jazz Critics Award 1990, 91, 92, (this award cannot be given to one artist more than three times), and the Australian Legends of Jazz Award 1991.

In the Melbourne Age Adrian Jackson asked him how his playing had changed over the years. “It has changed, but very gradually. I’m a bit more sophisticated in my outlook, and in my playing. But it’s still basically me. The way I play is the way I play. I haven’t changed that much, I’m just a little older and wiser. Maybe others are in a better position to judge it.”

Len Barnard (brother) is on a better position than anyone. He says: “The thing with Bob is, he’s a very sensitive player. He can adapt to any situation, and the way he plays will depend on who he’s playing with, and how they’re approaching it. 

“He can still play very ‘hot’ when he wants to. He can still pull it out of the hat when you least expect it. I think he gets taken for granted here, because he doesn’t do stunts or anything, he just plays. But he does it beautifully.”

Read more about Bob at  http://www.acay.com.au/~barnard/index.html

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