Australian National Jazz Orchestra

Music Workshop 2pm

David Theak  artistic director 

Judy Bailey  guest composer  

Saxophones  David Theak (QLD), Angela Davis (VIC), Jamie Oehlers (WA), Sandy Evans (NSW), Nick Bowd (NSW)  

Trumpets  Mat Jodrell (VIC), Simon Sweeney (NSW), Ricki Malet (WA), Ellen Kirkwood (NSW), Dan Quigley (QLD)  

Trombones  Eleanor Shearer (NSW), James Greening (NSW), Nick Mulder (VIC), Colin Burrows (NSW) 

Piano  Hugh Barrett (ACT) 

Guitar Carl Dewhurst (NSW)

Contrabass  Brendan Clarke (ACT)  

Drums & Cymbals  Ben Vanderwal (WA) - drums 

The Australian National Jazz Orchestra is the brainchild of Sydney saxophonist and bandleader David Theak. Australia has a long history of big bands ranging from the all-female Trocadero big band during the war years to the Daly Wilson Big Band in the 70's and 80's to more recent editions The Jazzgroove Mothership Orchestra, ATM15, Mace Francis Orchestra, James Mustafa Orchestra, Mike Stewart Big Band, Divergence Big Band, Sirens Big Band, Bennetts Lane Big Band, Dan Barnett big Band, Sydney All Star Big Band, Perth Jazz Orchestra, Enthusiastic Musicians Orchestra (EMO) and in 2016 decided it was time to establish a truly national orchestra that reflected the diversity and talent that Australia has to offer both as musicians and composers.   

ANJO exists primarily to perform, record, broadcast, tour, and commission new Australian work by Australian artists. In addition to our primary mission we also want to further strengthen the reputation of Australian music by undertaking international collaborations with leading international artists.  

ANJO debuted at the inaugural Sydney Conservatorium International Jazz Festival in June 2017 featuring new works by Melbourne based composer Nick Mulder and a star studded line up of leading jazz musicians from all around the country. This years project features music by Judy Bailey OAM featuring the incredible array of soloists from within the orchestra.