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Special guests for 2022 will be confirmed in February 2022. See below for past guest bios. 




Adam Page is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, music educator and record producer based in Adelaide, South Australia. Known widely for his critically acclaimed solo multi-instrumental looping performances, Page has carved his path internationally as a composer. He has written major works for the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Wellington, Zephyr Quartet and co-composed on numerous occasions with celebrated Kiwi composer John Psathas.

Page has recently composed and performed with The Grigoryan Brothers, established the boutique record label - Wizard Tone Records, established and performed with his new 12 piece ensemble - The Adam Page Ensemble (TAPE), written and performed with The Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and also conducted the ASO in a concert featuring the music of Ross McHenry and Matthew Sheens.

His orchestral music has also been recorded and broadcast twice by ABC Classic FM.

Page's other musical collaborations stretch far and wide, working with artists and groups such as The Australian String Quartet, Tim Finn, Slava Grigoryan, Noel Gallagher, Katie Noonan, Riki Gooch, Jamie MacDowell and Tom Thum, Emma Pask, Ross Irwin, Ben Todd, The Shaolin Afronauts, 1.1 Immermann, Ross McHenry, Thomas Oliver, The Adelaide Sax Pack, Darren Percival, Mal Webb, Lisa Tomlins and the late Dr. Chandrakant Sardeshmukh. He has also recorded with artists such as Electric Wire Hustle, Julien Dyne, Mark de Clive-Lowe, Oisima, Spook City, The Shaolin Afronauts and Dave Whitehead (recording various sounds for The Hobbit films).

In 2014, Page co-founded Adelaide's 'Wizard Tone Studios' with fellow Adelaide musicians James Brown and Jarrad Payne.



Ross James Irwin has cemented himself as a kind of musical mastermind in Australia. As a multi-instrumentalist, producer and arranger, he’s been a go-to guy for Paul Kelly, Passenger, Angus and Julia Stone, Josh Pyke, Thelma Plum, Seth Sentry, The Paper Kites, Brooke Fraser, Gossling, You Am I, Washington, The Cat Empire, and The Bamboos, as well as working with international music legends Brian May and Roger Taylor (Queen), Suzi Quatro, Belle and Sebastian, Tony Hadley (Spandau Ballet), Stax legend Eddie Floyd, Ben Elton, Patrick Watson, and that’s just to name a small few. As a large-scale composer and singer/songwriter, he has an almost iconic underground status, having a slew of live shows all across the country under his belt, as well as having music and songs featured on numerous films, documentaries, and Australian TV shows.


His status in the jazz world is equally impressive, having played with many great local and international musicians such as Harry Connick Jr., Bill Watrous, Gordon Goodwin, James Morrison, Alan Vizutti, Wyclyffe Gordon, Leroy Jones, Emma Pask, Jim Pugh and Joe Bataan.


Having explored and played in over 300 cities across 35 countries, Irwin marries his experience of exploring the world to his music. The result is a vast and multi-colored musical landscape with many dark twists and turns melded with brilliant moments of euphoria. His three individually unique solo releases, “The Hunting Road” (2011), “Wasted” (2013), and “The Wild” (2015), are unmistakably the sign of an amazingly talented and enigmatic artist.


“Surrounded by instruments, Irwin gives anyone considering jumping on a loop station in the near future instant clinical depression. Roscoe James Irwin is the real deal” – Glenn Waller:


“An immensely talented artist” – The AU Review


“Roscoe James Irwin is clearly one of Australia’s most talented writers and multi-instrumentalists” – Leah Phillips: The Ripe / TV


The Australian National Jazz Orchestra (ANJO) is pleased to announce the debut of the ANJO Youth Big Band, a first of its kind elite Jazz Orchestra for young Australian musicians aged between 18 & 25.

The inaugural project will see successful applicants, chosen through a highly competitive ‘blind’ audition process, travel to Sydney in May 2020 for a week long intensive with Grammy Nominated NY based jazz composer Migiwa ‘Miggy’ Miyajima for rehearsals, performances at Sydney Conservatorium International Jazz Festival, Big Band Blast, Wollongong Winter Series and an ABC recording session for future broadcast.

Artistic Directors David Theak QLD/NSW, Mace Francis WA & Nadje Noordhuis VIC/NYC hold international reputations as Australia’s leading big band practitioners, conductors and bandleaders through their work with WAYJO, Jazzgroove Mothership Orchestra, Maria Schneider Orchestra and have developed a comprehensive program to attract Australia’s leading young lights to this exciting and truly unique initiative.

Inaugural guest artist, Migiwa “Miggy” Miyajima is a highly respected jazz composer and leader of the passionately swinging 17-piece Miggy Augmented Orchestra, which released its ArtistShare debut Colorful in 2018. Miggy has worked with Slide Hampton and the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra and is the first Japanese big band leader to headline Birdland (in 2017) since the great Toshiko Akiyoshi in 2003. She was one of 60 inaugural recipients of the Jerome Foundation’s Jerome

Hill Artist Fellowships as well as a 2015 finalist for the BMI Charlie Parker Jazz Composition Prize. In 2018 she co-founded the New York Jazz Composers’ Mosaic, producing events that connect cultures from around the world.


The Australian Army Band Sydney, located at historic Victoria Barracks in Paddington, is the oldest professional musical organisation in Australia and the second longest serving regular Army Unit. With its history dating back to the Garrison Artillery Band formed in 1874, the band has been serving the Sydney region, NSW and the Nation for nearly 150 years.

Over the decades its members have entertained troops in theatres of conflict through two World Wars, Korea, Vietnam, East Timor, Iraq and Afghanistan.

Most recently in 2019, the band served onboard HMAS Canberra as part of Indo-Pacific Endeavour 19 (IPE19), the longest deployment for an Australian Army Band since the Vietnam War. The three-and-a-half-month exercise took 10 members of the band to 6 countries throughout Asia and the Subcontinent. During the same period, the remainder of the band toured the drought effected Western Hunter Region of NSW in support of Rural Aid and the Gift of Music.

The Australian Army Band Sydney is made up of 19 full-time and 21 reserve musicians, whose primary role is to provide ceremonial support for Vice-Regal events, support ADF Units within and outside of the Sydney metropolitan area, and enhance the image of the Australian Army through community engagement.


Since arriving in Australia from New Zealand in the 1960s, Judy Bailey has become one of Australia’s leading musical identities. In addition to a prolific career involving performance, recording, touring, teaching etc., she has received numerous awards, including the inaugural APRA award for Jazz Composition, an Australian Entertainment award for Jazz Performance, the Order of Australia Medal for services to Jazz and Education, and more recently, the Award for Distinguished Services to Australian Music. She has also been inducted into the Bell Awards Hall of Fame.


Judy is the patron of John Morrison’s Big Band Blast Festival in Port Macquarie, NSW.


Most serious music lovers in Australia will know of Ed Wilson from his days with the legendary ''Daly/Wilson Big Band'' when they were so successful during the seventies and early eighties...but it must be noted that Ed’s status as a musician was rapidly developing long before this, not only for his talent as a trombonist but for his skill as an arranger. 

The combination of the twenty musicians that made up Daly/Wilson was the perfect vehicle for Ed’s exciting arrangements and compositions.

Although the band had gained a strong following for their electrifying live shows around the country, the overheads in keeping the band on the road became a financial burden...The band was put on hold for a while in 1971. Ed went searching for new challenges and found his way to England where he took up the trombone chair with the band at the London Palladium. In 1972 he was coaxed back to Australia where Daly/Wilson was resurrected with the added incentive of sponsorship from Benson & Hedges. The next seven years saw Ed and band tour constantly both nationally around Australia and abroad....they were in fact one of the first western acts in the world to perform in Russia. The line-up was complimented by three great Australian vocalists who helped broaden the appeal of the band...Marcia Hines , Kerrie Biddell and the late, great Ricky May.

The Daly/Wilson Big Band is an important part of Australian music history and leaves behind a legacy of half a dozen albums and indelible memories of sensational live shows.


Jacki Cooper is an exciting performer who has been living and working all over the world, and now calls Sydney home. She earned a Bachelor of Music in Jazz voice in 1993 at Adelaide’s prestigious Elder Conservatorium and has since released 6 independant CDs.


In 1994, Jacki was invited to teach jazz voice for the world-renowned Stanford Jazz Workshop at Stanford University in California and while there studied with several of the jazz greats of the area.


Always ready to hit the road to sing, Jacki has toured Europe, Russia and Scandinavia with an 8 piece swing band, and sung with jazz luminaries in the USA, Vietnam and China, as well as Australia of course. A highlight was performing in New York City in March 2009 with her husband, drummer and big band leader, John Morrison.


Both dedicated jazz educators, Jacki has been lecturer in jazz voice at Central Queensland University since 2014. Jacki and John travel around Australia teaching and performing in schools and lecturing and the annual Jazz Camp. They founded Big Band Blast together with a passionate team of Port Macquarie teachers and musicians in 2013.


John Morrison has delighted audiences for more than 25 years with his humour 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 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 international artists.


As the driving force behind Swing City, John, who was voted Australia's best big band drummer, loves the big band sound and started his own big band festival, Big Band Blast.


For the past few years, John has worked for the Queensland Music Festival starting band programs in the 3 indigenous primary schools in the Cape York Peninsula region. John is passionate about music education, and travels the country presenting workshops in schools, teaching at jazz camps, and helping teachers develop their skills.  


Eric Dunan is Director of the Jazz Studies Program at the Wollongong Conservatorium of Music, a program he established in 2001. 

Bands led by Eric have performed with Australian jazz artists such as Sandy Evans, Andrew Robson and James Greening. Eric also conducts a 200 member Megaband which has performed with Fred Wesley, Mucho Mambo, and James Morrison. 


Under Eric’s leadership, Wollongong Conservatorium bands have toured the United States, where they won 1st. 2nd, and 4th place awards in the top divisions of the Reno International Jazz Festival in 2007 and 2012.  The Conservatorium Jazz Orchestra has also performed at the Wangaratta Jazz Festival and toured China and Japan with James Morrison

After finishing a performance degree at California State University, Eric worked as a freelance trumpet player in San Francisco from 1989-2001, performing with numerous jazz, blues, and funk bands.  During the 1990’s he toured with Lydia Pense and Cold Blood, a soul-rock-jazz band. They regularly played legendary San Francisco clubs such as The Fillmore as well as major festivals throughout America, where they shared billing with such bands as Tower of Power and Credence Clearwater Revival. In Australia, Eric leads his own Quintet, and has played with John Morrison, Jacki Cooper, and Fabien Hevia.


Dr Martin Hardy is a music educator and professional musician based in Sydney, Australia. As a conductor he has worked with many of the country’s finest ensembles and has worked with junior beginner ensembles through to professional ensembles. Dr Hardy is also an active professional trombonist having worked in a variety of musical genres from small jazz ensembles to symphony orchestras.


Martin has had extensive experience as a music educator both on and off the podium. Some of his achievements include instigating numerous school instrumental programs on the Northern Beaches of Sydney, being a long term music teacher at Pittwater High School, working as a Senior Education Officer with the New South Wales Department of Education and Training and lecturing at tertiary level in Instrumental Conducting, Instrumental Education Philosophy and Instrumental Pedagogy. Martin’s commitment to teaching music was recognised when he received the New South Wales Education Minister’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.


Currently, Dr Hardy is Head Teacher of Creative and Performing Arts at Pittwater High School, Musical Director of The Sydney Northern Beaches Symphonic Wind Ensemble, The Northern Beaches Orchestra and The Northern Beaches Instrumental Festival. Dr Hardy has written three books relating to Instrumental Music Education and the History of the Australian Wind Band. He regularly adjudicates instrumental festivals, guest conducts ensembles and provides instrumental workshops for both students and teachers.