Review of Galapagos Duck at the Hervey Bay Jazz Club

Right from “the Duck’s” first number, ‘Cuban No.1’ composed by leader John Conley, we knew this was going to be great entertainment!

Five versatile musicians on stage playing and interchanging on more than a dozen different instruments, including two drum kits, a range of flutes and clarinet; soprano, alto and tenor saxes, and a steel drum.

Versatility has always been their keynote and this was so evident as drummer Rodney Ford switched to vocals while Willy Qua took the main kit; Richard Booth sparkled on flute and tenor sax; his steel drum complemented by Willy on bongos and sax. Leader John Conley drove the group on double bass, bass-guitar or guitar, and Gary Steele shone on keyboards.

We enjoyed a clever mix of music from traditional to modern and popular blues; some original pieces, too, and we gasped as their own lengthy interpretation of Lennon/McCartney’s ‘Blackbird’ caused Willy’s speedy drumsticks to blur before our eyes. ‘Winelight” and Nat Adderley’s “Sweet Emma” softened the pace a little until “That’s a-Plenty” and Fats Domino had us rocking again.

It was a grand evening – these experienced entertainers have the edge by their superb musicianship and a wonderfully comfortable rapport with the audience.
Don’t miss “the Duck’s” next flight North!

“Bundaberg Friends of Jazz”

It was a lovely touch to invite the young members of “Common Time Strings” to play for us during interval – they chose their repertoire so well for our jazz event: Dave Brubeck’s “Take Five” and Scott Joplin’s “The Entertainer” .

The young local students are to be congratulated on their performance and Marsh Robinson, their music teacher must be rightly proud of them.

Bundaberg Friends of Jazz: June Newsletter 40

Good News for Jazz Enthusiasts

The Bundaberg Jazz Club will carry on under an interim committee!

Stuart Wadham, Phil Manser, Ian & Jane Truscott (with other help as available) will ensure the Sunday afternoon jazz sessions will continue at the Railway Hotel in Perry St. while Cate, Judy and myself enjoy a well-earned retirement from the running of the club.

It has been a long time of dedicated voluntary service and now we are looking forward to returning as part of the audience to enjoy the “fruits of our labours”.

Grateful thanks to all who supported and helped us establish the club to “bring back the sweet sounds of jazz” since the Australian Jazz Convention of 2011 was held here.

The list is a long one –
from the many musicians who travel far to come and play, other jazz clubs; local and regional broadcasters; community radio jazz presenters from six stations; our regular patrons and local businesses and you who delivered our newsletters or forwarded them on to friends.

Special thanks to VINTUITIVE for maintaining the website free of charge (

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Thank you all for your part in this success story.

See the Coming Soon page for the June event.

Bundaberg Friends of Jazz: May Newsletter 39


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Greetings Jazz Friends.
In this month’s Newsletter you can read a review of “The Trad Lads” who played at the Bundaberg Jazz Club last weekend, there’s a preview of our next event, with “Swing Dynamique”, we look at International Jazz Day.

There’s also some news about the change of the Bundaberg Friends of Jazz Committee.

Please share with your friends and groups.

Best wishes from ‘Doctor Jazz’ for your health and happiness…. and Val, Cate and Judy.

Download the latest edition of the newsletter: Bundaberg Friends of Jazz May Newsletter Issue 39 (right-click and ‘save as’).

Review: The Trad Lads at the Bundaberg Jazz Club

The audience left with a smile on their lips, a spring in their step and a song in their heart.

Thanks, Trad Lads for a super sell-out show proving that Bundaberg audiences LOVE your music! The band gave us all the old favourites – songs and instrumentals – it was one great party with John Murray on trombone, Clem Soppa on trumpet, Ken Hayes on drums, Mike Lye bass, Ross Henderson piano and John Gardiner reeds. Guest Wally Marshall from Gin Gin delighted and inspired the audience with his trumpet and vocals – a true trouper!

The Trad Lads on stage at the Bundaberg Jazz Club.

The Trad Lads on stage at the Bundaberg Jazz Club.

The venue was packed – spare chairs and tables were pulled out of storage and Judy, Val and Terry worked hard to accommodate everyone in a real jazz club atmosphere of earlier days.

Thanks to everyone who made the afternoon so successful.

The Kitty Kats were Purring, and Bundaberg Jazz Fans got the Cream

Not only a feast for the ears, but a feast for the eyes too!

It was a wonderful afternoon at the Bundaberg Jazz Club on Sunday 28th February. the Kitty Kats really put their heart and soul into entertaining their audience.

Renae, Suzanne and Michelle worked the audience with their saucy moves and sassy songs; feather duster ‘tickles’ and didn’t the ‘boys’ just love it !!

The Kitty Kats - 3 jazz singers

Three sparkling costume changes, a variety of jazz, swing, boogie and blues; a bracket of old-time rock’n’roll mixed with acapella and a touch of classic ballads kept the pace interesting and appealing.

Worthy of a much greater audience range than just jazz fans, we hope the Kitty Kats will return to a bigger Bundaberg stage.

Really a top-class act and we are proud to have been part of it.

Galapagos Duck at the Bundaberg Jazz Club

Galapagos Duck at the Bundaberg Jazz Club, Thursday evening 18th February 2016.

The five musicians of “Galapagos Duck” brought fresh insights into the workings of a jazz group.

It was a wonderful evening full of excitement and new jazz twists to familiar standards like ‘Time After Time’, ‘Winelight’, ‘Blackbird’ plus some traditional jazz, some classical pieces and Will’s rousing piano boogie segment, all combined and interwoven with consummate skill.

We had double-drum duets by Willy Qua and Rodney Ford; a six-handed bass piece with sticks – or was it two sets of sticks? – hands, arms and bodies interwoven around one upright double bass. The steel drum added to the calypso numbers, as did Richard’s explanation of its use and construction.

The rapport, repartee and joshing and jestings of the tight-knit group won the admiration of the enthusiastic 125-strong audience. The evening was enhanced by the presence of our new Patron, Jack Dempsey, and a short pre-performance spot with vocalist Zoe Seitis and pianist Stuart Wadham.

Jack Dempsey, Patron of the Bundaberg Friends of Jazz

Mr. Jack Dempsey is delighted to act as Patron of  The Bundaberg Friends of Jazz.

“This community group encourages top class entertainment for locals and visitors and is a worthy project to support.”

Jack Dempsey with Phil Manser & Valerie Brown

Jack Dempsey with Phil Manser & Valerie Brown

Valerie Brown, Phil Manser (seen here with their new Patron) and Cate Henry and Judy Tabart are proud to have Mr. Dempsey on their team.

The volunteer committee formed the Bundaberg Friends of Jazz in response to many requests to “bring back the sounds of Jazz”, after the 66th Australian Jazz Convention was held here.

Jack Dempsey was former Member for Bundaberg and Queensland Police Minister from 2006 to 2015.

After a short break from politics he has announced that he will run for the office of Mayor in the forthcoming local elections.