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Announcing a special presentation of cutting edge original music featuring some of the most exciting young artists on the improvised music scene. Click HERE for more information.  
Upcoming Shows 
Saturday 25 Nov 7pm WollCon Auditorium 
Trish Delaney-Brown Quintet
Trish Delaney-Brown - voice; Jeremy Sawkins - guitar; Greg Coffin - piano; Karl Dunnicliff - bass; Nic Cecile - drums

Award winning singer-songwriter Trish Delaney-Brown is that rare blend of craft and art.  A vocal technician whose precision and control remain servant to the master of the song.  Whether delivering her own compositions or unique renderings of jazz standards, Trish finds the song's heart and communicates its message with clarity, purity, purpose, and joy.

A 'musicians singer', Trish has tackled everything from music theatre, opera and cabaret to jazz ensembles, big bands and a cappella - but jazz is her home.  There, in her own arrangements and compositions, her unique and uplifting presence and voice find their highest expression.  

Trish's decades of performance experience and commitment to ongoing study and authentic connection transfer into her teaching, making Trish a highly respected and sought after Voice Coach and Estill Certified Master Trainer.  


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Thursday 1 December 7pm - UOW UniBar

Jiem and Thibaud Kessell

7pm - Thibaud Kessell
Thibaud Kessell is a pianist and composer with an eclectic interest in art-making. Kessell has collaborated with Archibald Finalist Amber Boardman and his compositions were featured in June Lee’s film Parallanes, a finalist at Tropfest. He has produced/mixed/mastered for artists such as Sagrada Familiar, Jacques Emery, ilex, and Delay45. His other projects include The Footman, Stieble Eltron, Stimulatron archives, Steven Oildrum, Limbless and FOLK. 
His most recent audiovisual collaboration with Juune Lee has been selected for St Kilda Film Festival 2021, Lift off Global network (Syd/Melb), Canberra short film festival and more.
Isabella Morison – Voice/Violin; Miranda Ilchef – Violin; Lily Innis – Cello; Thomas Avgenicos – Trumpet; Jack Stoneham – Alto Saxophone; Thibaud Kessell – Piano; Dave Quin – Double Bass; Ashley Stoneham – Drums
9pm - Jiem
Jiem is a contemporary jazz group that traverses gracefully between soft playfulness and brash intensity. Emerging out of Sydney’s jazz scene, close collaborators Tessie Overmyer (saxophone), Miles Rooney (trumpet), Ryu Kodama (drums), Harry Birch (bass), and Matt Harris (Piano) mark an exciting new chapter in Australian Jazz. 
Their approach is varied and inventive, reminiscent of musical authorities such as Phil Slater, Simon Barker, Andrea Keller, and Jonathan Zwartz. The unique personalities and stylistic qualities of each member interact to form a synergetic ensemble sound that is far greater than the sum of its parts.
Tessie Overmyer – saxophone; Miles Rooney – trumpet; Matt Harris – piano; Harry Birch – bass; Ryu Kodama – drums
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Thursday 17 Nov -  7pm - UOW UniBar

Rogues and Jetrio

7pm Jetrio are a neo-instrumental band with a unique sensitivity to ambience. The atmospheres they create evoke and juxtapose folkloric melodies alongside bouts of undulating rhythms. Their recording debut, jetrio: I is available now on Bandcamp.
Sean Valenzuela – piano; Blain Cunneen – guitar; Alexander Inman-Hislop – drums
9pm - Rogues
Rogues draws on many influences from the worlds of jazz and folk with hints of country and indie rock. Think The Bad Plus meets Bon Iver or Thom Yorke fused with The Matt Keegan Trio – the exciting interplay of modern jazz with the sensitivity and melodicism of popular music. 
Lead by David Reglar, who’s credits include playing and recording with pop giants Lime Cordiale and Jerome Farah to Australian world music icons The Strides, the group features Freedman Fellowship winner Novak Manojlovic on keys, National Jazz Award Finalist Alex Inman-Hislop on drums as well as two of the most sort after musicians on the Sydney scene in Yutaro Okuda (guitar) and Nick Henderson (bass). Rogues will release their anticipated debut EP entitled “Rubber Man” in October 2022. 
David Reglar – saxophone; Yutaro Okuda – guitar; Novak Manojlovic – keys; Nick Henderson – bass; Alex Inman-Hislop – bass
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Thursday 3 November 7pm - UOW UniBar
Freyja Garbett and Godriguez

7pm - Godriguez
Widely regarded as one of the country’s best hip hop producers, Godriguez, the Alter-ego of guitarist Dave Rodriguez, has played with some of the biggest names in jazz and hip hop. Most well know for his work with Sampa The Great, Godriguez’s glitchy, off-kilter beats and eclectic soundscapes earned him support slots for Hip-Hop icon Kendrick Lamar and Neo-Soul darlings Hiatus Kaiyote to name a few.
In October 2017, He released the debut LP for his live band project GODTET which LNWY magazine hailed as “…one of the most important contemporary jazz releases to come out of Australia in a long time.” 
9pm - Freyja Garbett Trio
Freyja Garbett’s compositions are a spectacular, immersive waltz through rich jazz laden soundscapes. A graduate of Boston’s prestigious Berklee College of Music, Freyja has refined an electro-acoustic approach to jazz composition and improvisation. J
Garbett is currently performing and working as a session musician, composer and producer on piano and synthesisers with a range of artists including but not limited to Matt Keegan, Matthew Ottignon (Mr Ott), Touch Sensitive, Miiesha, Elizabeth Manfredi, Alphamama, Liyah Knight and Stella Donnell. 
In 2017 she was commissioned by SIMA and APRA AMCOS to compose an extended work for a ten-piece jazz ensemble which resulted in ‘Bulga’; a multi-movement suite which heavily utilizes synthesisers, FX and a range of studio techniques to manipulate the band’s recorded improvisations. Garbett’s debut album ‘Maya’ was released on Art as Catharsis Records in November 2019 featured an all-star septet.
Freyja Garbett – piano; Maximilian Alduca – bass; Tully Ryan – drums
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Wednesday 9 November - UOW UniBar
Lucy Clifford Quartet
6pm Openning Band - WollCon Latin Jazz
7pm Lucy Clifford Quartet
Bassist Lucy Clifford brings her quintet to the Wollongong Unibar as part of the WollCon Jazz Series on November 9th. Joined by her musical companions Tom Avgenicos (trumpet, 2022 Freedman Jazz Award Winner), and Wollongong Con faculty David Reglar (tenor saxophone), Freyja Garbett (keys), and Alex Masso (drums), Lucy presents a set of her original music, giving listeners a glimpse into what's in store for her upcoming 2023 debut album release. As a bassist who has dedicated many years to accompanying artists of different kinds and fostering spaces for dialogue, Lucy’s original music places that same value and care in encouraging space for exploration, via way of raw grooves, lyrical arrangements and igniting spirit. Although rooted in Jazz expression, this band explores beyond the fringes of genre, building symbiotic rhythms and pulses that interlock with all things motion, stillness and freedom in between. 

A graduate of Berklee College Of Music, Lucy has worked as a performing and recording musician across Australia and the USA for the last 10 years. As an active and invested member of the Australian music community, Lucy joined Australian music icon Kate Ceberano’s band in 2022, and has recently worked alongside artists Urthboy and Emily Wurramara among others. Internationally, she has performed, toured and recorded with the likes of many Grammy Winning Artists and notable ensembles, some of which include Nella, Mariza, Javier Limon, Maher Beauroy and Mighty Mystic among others.
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28 October - Melissa Aldana Quartet (CHL/USA)
Wollongong Conservatorium of Music - Auditorium
2 Shows: 7pm and 8:30pm

Melissa Aldana – saxophone; Pablo Menares – bass; Kush Abadey – drums; Lage Lund - guitar

 Born in Santiago, Chile, and growing up in a musical family, Award-winning saxophonist Melissa Aldana has garnered international recognition for her visionary work as a bandleader, as well as her deeply meditative interpretation of language and vocabulary. She performed in Santiago jazz clubs in her early teens and was invited by pianist Danilo Pérez to play at the 2005 Panama Jazz Festival. At 24, she became the first female instrumentalist and the first South American musician to win the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition. In 2019, Aldana release her celebrated album Visions (Motéma), which earned her a GRAMMY nomination and led to NPR Music naming the release among the best albums of the year. 

 For this intimate performance at the Wollongong Conservatorium of Music Auditorium, Aldana’s all star quartet will play music from the saxophonists new album, 12 Stars, which grapples with concepts of childrearing, familial forgiveness, acceptance, and self-love. Inspired by the arcs and nuances of tarot, 12 Stars features a series of tributes to moments of challenge and triumph in Aldana’s New York life

$35 General One Show/$65 Two Shows

$30 Student/Concession Per Show

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Thursday 20 October 7pm - UOW UniBar
Turismo and Delay 45 

7:30pm – Turismo 
Tourismo is a distinctive modern jazz outfit co-led by recent National Jazz Award winners, pianist Matthew Thomson and drummer Alex Hirlian. All five members hail from Sydney’s prestigious Sydney Conservatorium of Music and are accomplished musicians in their own right. 
The band draws heavily from artists such as Ben Wendel, Gerald Clayton, Robert Glasper and Kendrick Scott. Their cutting-edge compositions are rhythmically and harmonically driven, incorporating profound and memorable melodies, fused within complex odd-time signatures. Tourismo plans to record their first album through ABC Jazz in late 2022. 
Michael Avgenicos – Tenor Sax; Josh Meader – Guitar; Matthew Thomson – Piano; Nick Henderson – Bass; Alex Hirlian – Drums 
9pm – Delay 45 
“A bold new chapter in Australian jazz.” – Sydney Morning Herald 
Delay 45 is a jazz and improvisation quartet with a penchant for bold, expressive works. Their fluid approach between composition and improvisation places musical conversation and connection at the centrepiece of performance. 
Led by 2022 Freedman Fellowship winning trumpeter/composer Tom Avgenicos and featuring close collaborators Roshan Kumarage (piano), Dave Quinn (bass) and Ashley Stoneham (drums), they have built a reputation as one of the most outstanding ensembles to emerge in recent years. They have toured internationally and nationally and have performed at Australia’s most prestigious concert venues including The Sydney Opera House, Melbourne Recital Centre and Museum of Old and New Art (MONA). 
They have released two critically acclaimed albums, with their latest release “Flux” cited as “a giant step forward” – (Rhythms Magazine). They have also ventured in multidisciplinary practice with a short film release “Flux: Short Film”. 
Tom Avgenicos – Trumpet; Roshan Kumarage – Piano; Dave Quinn – Bass; Ashley Stoneham - Drums
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October 14th - Mara!
8pm - The Music Lounge, Wollongong Town Hall

Mara Kiek - voice and percusssion; Silvia Entcheva - voice (soprano); Jarnie Birmingham - voice (alto); Llew Kiek - bouzouki, bağlama, acoustic and electric guitars; Sandy Evans - saxophones; Paul Cutlan - clarinets and saxophones; Andrew Robson - saxophones; Sam Golding - trumpet, sousaphone; James Greening - pocket trumpet, trombone; Gary Daley - piano accordion; Lloyd Swanton - double bass; Tunji Beier - drums and percussion

A kaleidoscope of musical colours between gypsy brass and jazz big band.

The Mara! Big Band is a 12-piece ensemble that straddles the Eastern European gypsy brass band and jazz big band traditions. It is a kaleidoscope of musical colours including brass, piano accordion, percussion and voice. The new work is called Zashto? meaning “Why?” in Bulgarian. Exploring the experience of migration to Australia through music and featuring poetry by migrants and refugees. Sharing stories of displacement, hope, longing, despair and resignation in their journey towards a new life in Australia. The Mara! Big Band features some of the greatest names in Australian jazz and world music. The Mara! Big Band Project is supported by Create NSW, The Australia Council For the Arts, The Australian Govt. Regional Arts Trust & Flying Arts Alliance.

$40 Premium/$35 Standard/$20 Student

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7 October - Pheeroan akLaff (USA)
7pm Wollongong Conservatorium of Music- Auditorium
7pm

Peter Farrar – saxophone; Mike Nock – piano; Cameron Undy – bass; Pheeroan akLaff - drums

 American jazz/avant-garde drummer and percussionist, Pheeroan akLaff has appeared with some of the more adventurous musicians in jazz of the past 20 years. He has performed and recorded the world over with some of the most prominent musicians on the free jazz scene including trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith's New Dalta Ahkri, a longtime association with altoist Oliver Lake (including work with the reggae group Jump Up), Henry Threadgill's Sextet, Mal Waldron and Cecil Taylor to name a few. In 2006 he co-founded Seed Artists in Brooklyn and in 2009, he reestablished his creative partnership with Leo Smith after thirty years, resulting in a nomination for the Pulitzer Prize for Music in 2013.

For this rare performance, akLaff will be joined by a stellar band featuring the living legends Mike Nock on piano and Cameron Undy on bass plus firebrand saxophonist Peter Farrar.


$30 General/$25 Concession/$20 Student


Tickets available now:


https://wollcon.com.au/event/pheeroan-aklaff/







Illawarra Spin Fest Jazz Gigs Live at LUX Bistro Bar UCI World Championships 
Curated by The WollCon Jazz Series

Friday, September 23rd:Tessie Overmyer Quartet  / Saturday, September 24th: Hannah James Trio / Sunday, September 25th:Chris Field Cubop Quartet

The Jazz Showcase is back! After a 2-year hiatus, once again we will be featuring all the students from the WollCon jazz program under the direction of Eric Dunan and guest faculty members Freyja Garbett (piano) and Callum Burns (guitar). Plus, special guests artists Tye Langford (SCBB) and Alec Watts (ANJO Youth Big Band) will be joining the students for a fun afternoon of great music. Live at the Wollongong Conservatorium of Music campus from 2-4pm. 

FREE EVENT

June 16th - Matt McMahon Meets The South Coast Big Band
8pm - Main Auditorium, Wollongong Town Hall
"A new collaboration full of energy!"

Featuring the incredible jazz pianist Matt McMahon, the 19-piece South Coast Big Band will bring a powerhouse of energy to his specially orchestrated compositions. An all-star line-up of soloists — along with originals and arrangements by Des Cannings, Deven Rahan, and Kyle Eardley — will have you on the edge of your seat for the entirety of the performance. Matt McMahon is one of Australia’s leading jazz pianists and composers. z. 

$40 Premium/$35 Standard/$20 Student


Laneways Live 

Sunday Jazz 29 May
Emma Stephenson - Piano and Voice 11:30 and 1pm 
Ben Daley Trio - 12pm and 1:30pm
Seen Herbivore - 3pm and 4pm
Wollongong Conservatorium Jazz Orchestra 2pm support
Steve Barry Green Thumbs Trio - 3pm and 4pm
Spyglass - 11:30 and 12:30 
Lo Lo Lavina Caravan Stage 
(Outside Upper Mall Area Near Athletes Foot Shoe Store)
343 Brass Band - Lo Lo Lavina Stage 2pm and 3pm
Lo Lo Lavina Caravan Stage 
(Outside Upper Mall Area Near Athletes Foot Shoe Store)
Magdalena Mira Afro Peruvian Quartet - 6pm and 7:30pm
Laneways Live is proudly presented by the Wollongong City Council and supported by the NSW Government through Investments NSW's CBD's Revitalisation Program.
June 6th - Trio Grande 2.0 feat Eric Harland (USA)
+ Vanessa Perica w/ANJO Youth Big Band
6:30pm - UniBar, UOW

Eric Harland (USA) - drums; Will Vinson (UK) - saxophone; Gilad Hekselman (ISR) - guitar.


Trio Grande is the debut statement from a brand new project that unites three of the most inventive, exciting and accomplished musicians working at the interface of New York’s contemporary musical culture, where the city’s rich tradition of jazz meets crosscurrents blowing in from across the world.


Vanessa Perica is a Melbourne based composer, arranger, conductor who is rapidly gaining an international reputation as a jazz composer of the highest order.  The ANJO Youth Big Band brings together Australia’s brightest and youngest jazz stars, aged 18 - 25, from across the nation. Expect an exhilarating concert of powerful writing and memorable melodies and grooves as one of Australia’s most dynamic composers meets the best of Australia’s young jazz musicians.


$35 General/$30 Concession/$25 Student


March 5th - The Catholics
8pm - The Music Lounge

Sandy Evans - tenor sax; James Greening - trombone; Gary Daley - piano/accordion; Jon Pease - guitar; Llyod Swanton - bass; Fabian Hevia - percussion; Hamish Stuart - drums

Formed in 1991, the Catholics are one of Australia’s most distinct contemporary ensembles. Over three decades, they have formed a unique body of beautifully crafted music that takes in various African, Caribbean, Latin, and Eastern influences. 

$35 Premium/$30 Standard/$15 Student

May 20th - ALLY  
8pm - The Music Lounge, Wollongong Town Hall  
Melody Rivera – vocals; Dai Moret - spoken word; Gai – alto and soprano saxophones; Alex Silver – trombone; Max Alduca – double bass; Daniel Pliner – piano; Giorgio Rojas – drum kit; Juan Carlos Allende – percussion  
 
“The brainchild of saxophonist Gai Bryant, ALLY never quite lets your expectations settle... every note is an event in itself...” - John Shand, SMH 

ALLY is global jazz at its most passionate and irresistible, a convergence of riches at every performance, with music drawn from Afro-Peruvian, Cuban and Caribbean traditional rhythms paired with a modern jazz aesthetic.