2013 Featured Bands

Opening Concert:
Graeme Bell Legacy Band | Australia

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Graeme Bell was an immensely significant figure in Australian music whose six decade career touched musicians and audiences all around the world, but more importantly across Australia. Covering music from his earliest playing days to more recent times, this concert and band is dedicated to not only his enormous musical output but also that of his brother Roger.

Through his music, Graeme’s legacy will long live on. The concert features the talents of Bob Henderson on trumpet, Lawrie Thompson on drums, Jack Wiard on clarinet, Bruce Gourlay playing piano, Chris Ludowyk on trombone, David Seidel on bass, Chuck Morgan playing the banjo and Ben Jones on saxophone.

Friday: 8 to 10pm | RSL Theatrette | $25/$20 | www.dubborsl.com.au


Other Bands

Admirals Own Big Band, RAN | Sydney

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The Admiral’s Own Big Band is part of the Royal Australian Navy Band’s Sydney Detachment. The Admiral’s Own features 18 of the Navy’s top jazz and big band musicians performing in a range of styles from the traditional swing era through to contemporary big band music. The superb musicianship of this professional band of serving Defence Force personnel will delight audiences with its rich harmonic palette of jazz that reminds us that swing is infinitely supple and ultimately uplifting. The Admiral’s Own has performed for audiences throughout Australia, including at the Thredbo Jazz Festival, the National Jazz Festival in Canberra, the Manly and Darling Harbour Jazz Festivals in Sydney, and at ‘Jazz in the Vines’ in the New South Wales Hunter Valley.

Saturday: 12.30 to 2pm | RSL Theatrette
Saturday: 10pm to 11pm | RSL Auditorium (Big Band Extravaganza)
Sunday:  9.30am to 12 noon | JazZoo | Taronga Western Plains Zoo


Ben Jones Quartet | Sydney | www.benjonesjazz.com


Ben Jones is both the Patron of the Dubbo Jazz Club and the Artistic Advisor for the 2013 Festival. Ben has a long history with our festival, and has attended it with his family since he was a very young boy. Ben has played with Australia’s best (James Morrison, Janet Seidel and Tom Baker) and has toured the world extensively. Ben’s approach to jazz, through his saxophone, is to respect the traditional roots and inject them with infectious swing reminiscent of the 1930 and ‘40s tenor sax players. Couple this with Ben’s vocal style, a unique mix of swing and crooning, and you have one very fresh and exciting band in the Ben Jones Quartet.

Saturday: 5 to 6.15pm | 9.30pm to 10.45pm RSL Starlite Room
Sunday: 10.30 to 11.45 | RSL Starlite Room


Bob Henderson Band | Sydney

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Born in Sydney, Bob grew up in country NSW and learnt cornet in a municipal band when he was 10. He played trumpet in dance bands in the ’60s and ‘70s; and jazz, rock and country with leading bands in the Newcastle club and cabaret scene where he worked with many top Australian and international artists. Bob played in theatre/touring shows and worked regularly in television and recording bands, also studying classical trumpet for several years. Graeme Bell invited Bob to join the All Stars in 1979 and during the 1980s and ’90s, they performed extensively throughout Australia and overseas, recording numerous albums. Bob has performed with many well-known bands.

Saturday: 10.30am to 11.45 noon | RSL Starlite Room
Saturday: 5pm to 6.15pm | RSL Theatrette
Sunday: 12.30pm to 1.45pm | RSL Theatrette

Lawrie ThompsonLawrie Thompson: Born in Melbourne – he studied piano before taking up drums and eventually leading the Southern City Jazz Band. In 1963, Graeme Bell invited him to join his famous “All Stars” in Sydney. Upon returning some years later from England, Lawrie worked accompanying international artists in Bill Burton’s Orchestra. After a stint with Galapagos Duck, he joined the Don Burrows Quartet.

Over the following two decades, Lawrie toured USA, Europe and Asia many times with the famous Bob Barnard Jazz Band. The band recorded many albums including a happy session with the Kenny Ball Band titled ‘The Bulldog and the Kangaroo’. The following years saw Lawrie working on daytime television in the Mike Walsh and Ray Martin Midday Show bands, yet still being able to play jazz dates and tour. While currently playing with Bob Henderson’s Quartet, Lawrie leads ‘The Ozcats’ and is often seen in Sydney’s leading New Orleans and Mainstream styled bands.

Bruce Gourlay | Tasmania 

stevejewell_brucegourlayBruce has been a regular to the Dubbo Jazz Festival and is returning to perform in the Graeme Bell Legacy Band on piano. In Tasmania Bruce plays with the Jazzmanians Quartet, with his brother Max.  The Quartet comprises piano, bass, drums/vocal and clarinet/swing fiddle/vocal and carries forward the traditions of the original Ted Herron’s Jazzmanians, which recorded in 1946. In Dubbo Bruce will also play with the Bob Henderson band. Photo Steve Jewell left; Bruce Gourlay right.

Friday: 8 to 10pm | Theatrette with Graeme Bell Legacy Band
Saturday:  6.30pm to 7.30pm | Jacaranda Rm
Sunday: 1pm-2pm | Marketplace

Central West Jazz Quartet | Orange

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After many years performing modern jazz in Sydney, Melbourne, and Newcastle, pianist, singer and composer Ray Vanderby moved back to Orange in 2008 and formed the Central West Jazz Quartet in January 2011. The group is a four-piece progressive jazz fusion band featuring Ray Vanderby on piano and vocals, Dale Tuckey on horns, Ebbo Brown on drums and Henry Bialowas playing bass. When Vanderby returned to the Central West, he initially formed the Orange Jazz Club and began performing with his Ray Vanderby Quartet. In 2011, the Central West Jazz Quartet was formed and regularly performs jazz standards and original tunes from their recordings.

Saturday:  2pm to 5pm Dubbo Rugby Club
Saturday:  8pm to 9.30pm | RSL Entertainment Lounge
Sunday:  2 to 3.30pm | RSL Jacaranda Room


Cope St Parade | Sydney | www.thecopestreetparade.com


Let these four young men cast a spell on you with a sound reminiscent of dance halls, speakeasies and the red-hot lure of New Orleans mixed with a hint of gypsy swing. Hailing from Sydney, The Parade plays original music with a touch of the old and a glimpse of the new. They have performed at major music festivals and venues across Australia and collaborated with such luminaries as Lulo Reinhardt, Christa Hughes, Geoff Bull and Bob Barnard. You’ll be bound to jump to your feet when The Parade rolls in. The band includes Justin Fermino doing vocals/ saxophone/ clarinet, Aaron Flower on manouche guitar, Ben Panucci also on manouche guitar and Sam Dobson playing sousaphone.

Friday:  10.30pm to 11.30pm | RSL Festival Marketplace
Saturday:  6.30pm to 7.45pm | RSL Starlite Room
Sunday:  1.30pm to 2.45pm | RSL Starlite Room


Dave Harvey | Hunter

Please note that due to illness, Dave wont be coming this year,. We hope he gets better soon and we look forward to presenting him at some future date.

David Harvey has been studying and performing guitar for 30 years. He is currently head of contemporary music at the Upper Hunter Conservatory of Music. For the past 15 years, he has worked on three-handed guitar from an Australian perspective, studying the work of well-known Australian guitarists including Bruce Mathiske, Michael Fix and Adam Miller. In the process, he has developed his own style of ‘smooth’. David currently performs with a rock band, a jazz band, guitar ensemble, and big band as well as solo work.


Divine Devilles featuring Dorothy-Jane ‘DJ’ Gosper and Ali Penney  | Canb | Syd | www.divinedevilles.com


These two well-travelled souls have a love of swing, shuffle, blues and jazz groove and play it with a whole lot of charm and pizazz! DJ is well-known from her touring band, the Dorothy Jane Gosper Band, who wowed festival- goers last year with her powerful vocals and remarkable harmonica style.

DJ has teamed up this year with Ali, from Ali Penney and the Money Makers, to create one very dynamic and powerhouse duo that is sure to blow us all away. In Dubbo, the band consists of Dorothy-Jane “DJ” Gosper doing vocals and harmonica and Ali Penney on vocals and keys with Johnny B playing bass guitar and Mikey Stratford on drums.

Friday:  6pm to 8pm | DJ Gosper and Ali Penney (Dinner Show) | Outlook Cafe Western Plains Cultural Centre
Saturday:  1.30pm to 2.45pm | RSL Starlite Room
Saturday:  9pm to 11pm | Castlereagh Hotel
Sunday:  6pm to 7.30pm | Wind-down dinner | RSL Entertainment Lounge


Harmony Singers | Dubbo

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Harmony Singers are Dubbo Macquarie Conservatorium’s adult choir for sopranos, altos, tenors and basses. The Harmony Singers are an award-winning choir with a diverse and entertaining repertoire of music ranging from classics to jazz, Broadway to Gospel. The Harmony Singers perform at many concerts and events in Dubbo and the surrounding region.

Sunday:  10.30am to 11.30am | Multi-denominational Gospel Service | St Brigid’s Catholic Church



Janet Seidel Trio | Sydney | janetseidel.com


Described as “Australia’s first lady of jazz singing” and based in Sydney, vocalist/pianist Janet Seidel currently enjoys a rare and enviable international reputation with 17 CDs released in Australia and available in several other countries. The Janet Seidel Trio is a group of skilled and respected musicians which also includes David Seidel and Chuck Morgan. They cover a lot of ground stylistically with absolute professionalism, versatility and finesse. One cannot resist the charm and artistry that is the Janet Seidel Trio.

Sunday:  4pm to 5.30pm | Festival Finale with DJF Ukulele Band | RSL Theatrette


Jugalug String Band | Sydney | www.jugalugstringband.com


Bringing back the fun and excitement of traditional stringband jazz, the Jugalugs play a repertoire of music based upon the styles of the early 20th century – jazz, jugband, ragtime, blues and pre-western swing. Their music is fun and exciting as it explores a unique genre played on instruments such as guitars, ukulele, lap steel, banjo, mandolin, washboard and double bass. These guys are all veterans and are sure to impress us with their contagious love of jazz. Membership of the band includes Paul Donnison on ukulele, national guitar, lap steel guitars, kazoo, nose flute and vocals while Stewart Binsted plays tenor banjo, guitar, ukulele and jug; Marcus Holden plays the violin, strohviol, mandolin and tenor guitar; Adam Barnard plays washboard and traps; and Stan Valacos plucks, strums, slaps and bows the double bass.

Saturday:  9.30pm to 10.45pm | RSL Theatrette
Sunday:  9.30am to 10.30am | Jazz Riverside Markets
Sunday:  12 noon to 1.15pm | RSL Starlite Room


Leigh Carriage Quartet | Lismore | leighcarriage.com.au


Leigh Carriage is one of Australia’s leading contemporary vocalists, songwriters and educators (lecturing at Southern Cross University since 1998). A consummate performer and composer, Leigh delivers unforgettable performances with passion and mastery. Covering obscure gems, intriguing originals and jazz standards, Leigh has captured the hearts of audiences at festivals across Australia with her mesmerizingly innate sense of musicality, vocal prowess and her highly-accomplished band. The band includes Leigh Carriage on vocals, Brendan Clarke on bass, Steve Russell on piano/keys, and Hamish Stuart on drums.

Saturday:  12pm to 3pm |Lazy River Estate
Saturday:  6.30pm to 7.45pm | RSL Theatrette
Saturday:  9pm to 10.30pm | RSL Jacaranda Room


Mojo Juju (TRIO) |Melbourne | www.facebook.com/mojojujumusic

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Mojo Juju is without a doubt the most unique performer you are likely to cross paths with this year. In a world filled with shady characters, seedy juke joints, all night diners and sad-luck dames Mojo Juju takes her broken heart and battered dreams from juke joints to theatres and every bar in between serving gin. Smooth, shiny and loaded with sin, Mojo Juju, with her brother Steve on percussion and Jordan C. Thomas on bass, plays wisecracking songs about recklessness and regret, love and lust, infidelity, death, trains, cars and bad, bad hangovers.

Friday:  10pm to 11pm | Castlereagh Hotel
Saturday:  8pm to 9.30pm| RSL Starlite Room


Peter Locke Trio | Sydney


Peter Locke grew up listening to early swing recordings, and by the time he was 10, fell in love with Bunny Berigan’s trumpet.  He grew up to become a piano player, and there are few musicians today who can move so seamlessly from interpretations of the works of Bix Beiderbecke and Duke Ellington to be-bop and beyond. One of Australia’s top jazz pianists, Peter is in high demand in Sydney, and can be found in many different musical settings. This is due to the impressive depth of The Jazz Tradition in his playing. He has also toured the USA several times. Joining Peter in Dubbo will be John Blenkhorn on guitar and Tom Wade on bass.

Saturday:  12pm to 1.15pm | RSL Starlite Room
Saturday:  7.30pm to 8.45pm | Jacaranda Room
Sunday:  10am to 12 | Outlook Cafe WPCC


Steve Jewell Trio | Blackheath | www.blackheathmusic.com

Steve Jewell Trio ResizedWith Steve Jewell on piano and as leader, George Gerontakos on double bass and Greg McClain on drums and occasional vocals, the Trio plays regularly in the Upper Blue Mountains at Blackheath mainly at the New Ivanhoe Hotel and Katoomba  mainly at the Paragon Restaurant as well as NSW Jazz Festivals such as Merimbula, Moruya and Wagga Wagga. Steve was a founding member of the Dubbo Jazz Band, which played in Dubbo and surrounds from 1978, and a founder of the Dubbo Jazz Festival. He has performed at 22 Dubbo Jazz Festivals. The Steve Jewell Trio plays mainstream swing, ballads, blues, Latin and their own compositions.

Saturday: 12pm to 1.15pm | RSL Jacaranda Room
Saturday: 7pm to 9pm | No 95 Red Earth Dining (Dinner Show)
Sunday: 2pm to 3.15pm | RSL Theatrette



Sydney Jazz Collective | Sydney | sydneyjazzcollective.com.au


Sydney Jazz Collective is an outstanding group of professional jazz musicians who are seasoned regulars on the Australian jazz circuit. With a broad repertoire of jazz standards, the Sydney Jazz Collective creates a stylish and sophisticated mood as they explore the cool jazz groove with immense talent and conviction. These guys know their jazz and will impress you with their engaging performance and captivating repertoire. On vocals is Edoardo Santoni, saxophone is Tom Abbott, keyboard is Nick Southcott, bass is Pete Kohlhoff , drums is Jason Isaac.

Friday:  Jazz Train | Sydney to Dubbo | School workshops
Saturday:  11am to 12.15pm | RSL Theatrette
Sunday:  11am to 12.15pm | RSL Jacaranda Room


The Con Artists | Dubbo


The Con Artists are a group of musicians who all teach or have taught at Dubbo’s Macquarie Conservatorium. The band currently comprises Steve Smith on trombone, James Laundon saxophone, clarinet and vocals, Shannon Laundon on keys, trombone and vocals, Greg Barker on drums and percussion and Dale Freeman on bass and all things string-related. Steve Smith is currently president of Dubbo Jazz, and conductor of the Dubbo District Concert Band. James Laundon is musical director of the Greater Western Plains Big Band, and, with wife Shannon, forms The Laundon Duo. Greg Barker has been a regular at Dubbo Jazz Festival for many years and has played with most jazz groups around Dubbo over the years. Dale is a talented guitarist who is often seen playing in a variety of bands around town.
Saturday:  10.30am to 11.45 | RSL Jacaranda Room


The Roaring Horns Revisited | Newcastle


The band line-up is Gary Sullivan (leader) on trumpet, Brian Goldsmith on soprano saxophone, Maurice Newton on trombone, Colin Hanson on piano, Chris Dawson on bass, David Jones on drums and Arthur Wilson on banjo (all but Chris and David are original members). Gary was also leader of The Wobbly Boot Jazz Band which was a feature band at the Dubbo festival in the mid 1990s. Maurice Newton is an ex-band master of the Australian Navy Band who appeared at Dubbo last year with the Balled Eagle Jazz Band. Colin Hanson has appeared at Dubbo on several occasions in Little Toot, the Shaky Town Strutters, le Toot Ensemble Jazz Bands, and in 2009 and 2012 with Bill Jones’ Hunter Jazz Band which also included Chris Dawson and David Jones.
Saturday: 12pm to 1.15pm | RSL Starlite Room
Saturday: 8pm to 9.15pm | RSL Theatrette
Sunday: 11am to 12.15pm | RSL Theatrette



Viva: The Band | Sydney | www.viva-band.com.au


Bringing international music to the heart of Dubbo, Viva the duo comprises of Peter Rappolt (guitar and flute) and Marie Rappolt (accordion and bass) with Corinne Andrew (French vocalist) completing the trio. This group of talented musicians play an international repertoire of jazz standards from the American songbook, spiked with the flavours of French cabaret and gypsy cafes. Viva’s rich tapestry of music skilfully blends jazz, swing, latin and classic show tunes into a soul-satisfying performance. Corinne sings in French, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese and, of course, English for jazz standards.
Saturday: 10am to 11.30am |Red Earth Estate (brunch)
Saturday: 6pm to 7pm |RSL Festival Marketplace
Sunday: 3 to 4.30pm | RSL Starlite Room

Note: Bands are subject to change. Please come back for updates and further information as we compile more information on the bands.



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