Nambour Winter Jazz Fest

A Musical Delight

Destined to be one of the best musical experiences on the Sunshine Coast’s jazz calendar, the second Nambour Winter Jazz Fest will “excite you, thrill and delight you” with an exciting variety of jazz acts.

Located in the C-Square complex, Nambour, the program will offer a number of venues hosting toe-tapping swing, Brazilian beats, brass ensembles, soul jazz and much more. Along with our headline act, Galapagos Duck, our program will appeal to music lovers and jazz enthusiasts of all ages.

With our cafes, bars and food stalls, the Nambour Winter Jazz Fest offers many culinary delights to accompany the fine music throughout the afternoon and evening. The event will run from 12pm to 9:30pm and feature live music, dancers and pop-up performances throughout the afternoon and early evening.

You can enjoy the free entertainment in the courtyard or purchase a day pass to gain access to the venues featuring our amazing artists.


Galapagos Duck

Originally forming in the late 1960’s, Galapagos Duck have become the best known jazz band in Australia and a household name throughout the country. Although membership has changed over the years, ‘The Duck’ have maintained a high level of musicianship and incredibly skilled performances. With performances in England, Germany, France, Switzerland (including the Montreaux Jazz Festival), Belguim, China, Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, Laos, working with the Australian Ballet and Australian Dance Theatre, appearances on TV and writing soundtracks for Movies, these guys have put Australian Jazz on the map. Musically they cover all bases, making sure they don’t disenfranchise the Dixieland or Be-Bop traditionalists while taking an occasional tour to Latin climes… the next minute there’s a real Django vibe, redolent of Gypsy and Jewish influences. The band’s catholic tastes make for a truly eclectic set list, but if anything, it seems ‘The New Duck’ is moving more towards a Gospel- Blues-Jazz-Rock fusion. The band swings hard, their performance irresistibly upbeat and positive. The new Galapagos Duck is nothing less than a powerhouse.


This 4 piece band (vocals, keys, drums, double-bass) does for jazz what bubbles do for soda-pop.Original tunes, tasty standards, clever arrangements, brilliant musicianship and serious humour is a package that audiences can’t get enough of. SCAT’s live show fronted by vocalist Craig Burnett is a unique blend of accessible sounds, instrumental mastery, lyric riffing, crowd interaction and off-beat humour. Craig believes their greatest and most frequent compliment says it all, “I don’t usually like jazz, but I love what you do!” Their album “Wash Day Miracle” demonstrates the depth of their creativity and breadth of their appeal. This miraculous recording incorporates trad, 70s groove, latin, swing and big-band styles delivered in accessible originals and classic standards including a frenetic version of Twisted and the elegant When I Fall in Love. While Scat frequently stages their own sell-out shows, they have also supported some big music icons such as: James Morrison, The Whitlams, Delirious, Monica Trapaga, Steven Curtis- Chapman, Emma Pask and Grace Knight. “SCAT have that thing that is all too often missing in jazz – they connect their audience and share the experience of making this great music” – James Morrison

The View from Madeleine’s Couch

Seductive, earthy, beautifully executed music that has traveled from the heart of Brazil to Australia. A 'mistura fina' of OzBrazilian jazz, samba & bossa nova that weaves the unmistakably lush voice of Anje West with the vibraphone of Kym Ambrose, making music that's taken them from hometown Brisbane to concert venues in Brazil. The band, is now in its 18th year of performing, making them true pioneers of Brazilian music in Australia when there was little recognition or awareness of Brazilian culture.  Their passion for the music remains undiminished, and their sound as unique as ever. "The View From Madeleine's Couch is one of the most exciting live acts I've seen across all genres of music. They look like they're effortlessly channeling immense energy and the sound that hits your ears is just filled to the brim with beauty" - Greg Gottlieb.

Wil Sargisson

“I don't believe I've ever seen or heard a pianist more brilliant, in any genre.” - Lloyd Bradford Syke Wil Sargisson is Australia’s leading Boogie Woogie, Harlem Stride and New Orleans Rhythm & Blues pianist.. A professional pianist since the age of 13, Wil is recognised as one of the finest players to emerge from the New Zealand music scene in some time. Wil's festival performances include: Noosa Jazz Festival, Manly Jazz Festival and Kangaroo Point Jazz Festival (with James Morrison). Wil is the only New Zealander to ever perform at the prestigious “Piano Night” concert at Tipitina's in New Orleans. Other notable musicians Wil has performed with include Lillian Boutte (New Orleans' official “Ambassador of Jazz”), Joe Krown (pianist for blues legend Gatemouth Brown), Conal Fowlkes (pianist for Woody Allen's jazz band), Tom McDermott (pianist for Pete Fountain), Efrem Towns of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Jon Cleary's band 'The Absolute Monster Gentlemen', New Orleans pianist/singer Marcia Ball and Wil now plays for the inimitable Galapagos Duck.

Bruce Woodward

Bruce Woodward has quietly been establishing a reputation as one Queensland's finest jazz guitarists. Bruce is currently lecturer in guitar at the University of Southern Queensland and is known for his distinctive playing and unique voice on the guitar. He is a graduate of both the Western Australian and Queensland Conservatories and has performed at many festivals and events. Bruce has also been a member of a number of groups, sharing long creative partnerships with artists such as The View from Madeleine's Couch and Mark Sholtez. He has contributed his distinctive playing to performances and recordings by artists as diverse as James Morrison, Bill Watrous, Mark Sholtez, Wendy Matthews, Rick Price, Sara Storer and Tom Burlinson. Heading our guitar fest, Bruce will present a set of intricate and beautiful jazz standards.

Me & My Chauffeur

(all strings jazz band)

After playing jazz banjo professionally for over 40 years, banjo player John Withers with his wife, bass player Brenda, decided to settle down on the Sunshine Coast, one of the great advantages of settling in Noosa is the veritable smorgasbord of fine musicians living locally. "Me and My Chauffeur " is a unique blend of string instrumentalists keen to recreate some wonderful jazz melodies many of which have been lost in the annals of time Jo Simon – vocals Brenda Withers - bass John Withers - banjo Rob Roy - mandolin Mark Seaman – guitar

The Walter Ego Quartet

Headed by Peter Walters, The Walter Ego Quartet (a tongue-in-cheek reference to a mis-spelling of Peter’s name) is a group of some of Brisbane’s finest musicians collaborating on Peter’s original compositions. Peter has been at the forefront of jazz bass in Brisbane for many years and has distinguished himself as a composer of wit and sophistication, and a passionate and imaginative improviser on both the acoustic and electric bass. He is joined by the fearsome rhythm section of Dave Spicer, Max Sportelli and frontline of Paul Henderson and other guests. Walters is considered one of the pre-eminent bass players in Brisbane today. He is a gifted improviser and sensitive accompanist and has added his talents to many varied musical endeavours from blues, bluegrass, latin, funk and manouche.

He has backed many top jazz performers from the USA, Europe and Australia including Clifford Jordan, Johnny Griffin, Annie Ross, Sheila Jordan, Kerrie Bidell, and James Morrison to name but a few. Peter has written for film and theatre and has won record industry awards as a performer and producer. He also tutors jazz and contemporary styles for acoustic and electric bass at Queensland Conservatorium.

Sue Bond

Sue Bond is one of the Coast’s hidden gems. A seasoned musician, she has had some remarkable achievements in her lifetime, singing with Don Burrows on ABC television and working with such names as Glen Shorrock, Spandau Ballet, Tony Barber, Kate Ceberano and Colleen Hewitt. Though these days she spends most of her days quietly teaching voice to students between the ages of 8 and 65, she still makes time to entertain us with her beautiful voice.

Sue’s career spans more than two decades - from performing at the America’s Cup Ball in Perth in 1986 to a significant body of television work. She has travelled widely, in a variety of line-ups from duo to 8-piece band, covering musical genres from jazz to popular music. In 1983 she was voted best female vocalist at the Australian Music Awards. Her rich voice and eclectic approach make her one of the most individual of today’s jazz singers. She selects material made famous by the likes of Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan. Always professional, Sue displays her love for music with her breezily infectious interpretations of a wide and interesting repertoire. Influenced by Ella Fitzgerald, Natalie Cole and all the great singers, Sue has developed her own honest and spontaneous style to become one of the most compelling singers in Australia.

Ric Halstead

Ric Halstead (saxes/flute) is a well seasoned professional who has performed in various genres of music internationally for many years. He forged a high profile career as a performer/ recording artist in Hong Kong through the 80's and 90's . As Musical Director for the prestigious 'The Jazz Club' in Hong Kong, Ric performed with jazz and blues legends including Mick Taylor, Elvin Bishop, Terry Reid, Gatemouth Brown, Red Rodney, Nat Adderley, Ray Anderson, and Jimmy Witherspoon. Ric was also Festival Director for the 1st Hong Kong International Jazz and Blues Festival.

Ric will be taking this unique opportunity to explore the world of jazz created by the European artists and the genre created by ECM records particularly by artists such as Eberhard Weber and Jan Garbarek by way of original compositions by both Ric himself and bassist Peter Walters. In addition the group features Max Sportelli on drums and Paul Henderson on guitar. Some of Ric's compositions that will be featured were recorded on his trio album 'Chance Encounters' with Eugene Pao guitar and American bassist Eddie Gomez.

Sean Flynn

Sean Flynn is a renowned Brisbane jazz guitarist who has performed extensively throughout Australia and Japan. Traveling the world performing since 1995, Sean draws from his experiences and incorporates these sounds into a style of his own which hints at favorites such as Joe Pass, Martin Taylor and Tuc Andrews.

Completing a dual masters degree from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music in both jazz and classical guitar, Sean uses his technical virtuosity to cross the divide of classical and jazz to bring performances that are technically inspiring, musically sensitive and exciting.

Toby Wren

Toby Wren is an Australian jazz composer, guitarist and lecturer. He is best known for his jazz ensemble 'The Toby Wren Trio/Quartet', and the 'Carnatic Jazz Experiment', which is a South Indian cross cultural musical project.

Toby graduated from the Queensland Conservatorium in 1998, and has since been selected for the Australian Composers Orchestral Forum twice, has been a Composer Affiliate of The Queensland Orchestra, and has had music performed by some of Australia's leading orchestras and ensembles, including arrangements for popular artists such as George, Rhubarb and Chris Pickering. In 1997, he also won the 1997 DIGF composition prize for his guitar piece 'Nebbish' In 2006, Wren travelled to India to collaborate with, and learn from great musicians of the Carnatic musical system of Southern India. In 2008 he returned to India, with the intent of developing a cross cultural project for extensive touring. Also in 2006, The Toby Wren Trio released an album titled 'Umlaut', with launches at the Brisbane Powerhouse and The Brisbane Festival Spiegeltent. The 2008 release 'Everything Must Go' features Wren on guitar, Georgia Weber on bass, Joe Marchisella on drums, and world saxophone competition winner Jamie Oehlers on saxophone. This recording was reviewed by the Courier Mail newspaper, with the following comment: "A thrilling ride with some unexpected detours... Everything Must Go was recorded in a day. With a quartet this good, who needs longer?"

Sharny Russell

Seasoned Australian jazz artist, ABC jazz recording artist, and APRA and Australian Song Writing Awards winner, Sharny Russell’s vocal and pianistic talents are recognised throughout the Australian music (especially jazz) community. She writes songs that go straight to the heart and mind of audience and musicians alike, and is widely known for her vocal scat ability, which she often performs in unison with her piano. She has recorded with George Golla, sung with Katie Noonan, performed with James Morrison, Emma Pask, Darren Percival, Galapagos Duck, and George Washingmachine, supported Vince Jones and Martin Taylor, and toured with Grace Knight – to name a few. She has been complimented by U.S. legends James Moody and Ray Brown who, during one of their tour visits to Australia, came every night to hear her play in her Sheraton residency. After sustaining horrific injuries in a car crash in her early 20’s and being told that she may never sing again, Sharny has gone from strength to strength. She was on the teaching staff at Queensland Conservatorium for many years until recently, and is now principal vocal teacher at the Jazz Music Institute, located in Brisbane. In her teaching career Sharny has had well-known artists come through her studio - Kristin Berardi, Elly Hoyt, Megan Washington, and Dami Im - to name a few. Sharny released a full originals album “A Good Thing on Hold” on ABC Classics in 2003. She has also recorded 2 albums “Velvet Jazz” and “Velvet Live” with iconic guitarist George Golla.

Guitar Workshop

The Nambour Winter Jazz Fest is giving guitarists the opportunity to boost their performance skills at a jazz guitar workshop on Saturday 29th July, from 9:30 – 11:00am with festival artist Bruce Woodward.

Brisbane-based guitarist Bruce Woodward, known best for his beautiful, melodic, jazz work, has contributed his distinctive playing to performances and recordings by artists as diverse as James Morrison, Bill Watrous, Mark Sholtez, Wendy Matthews, Rick Price, Sara Storer and Tom Burlinson.

Bruce has performed at numerous festivals and events and has also been a member of a number of groups, sharing long creative partnerships with artists such as The View from Madeleine's Couch and Mark Sholtez. He is currently working on an album project with Melbourne’s James Sherlock and will return to the Sunshine Coast later in the year with James for an album launch concert.

Performing later in the day at the Nambour Winter Jazz Fest, Bruce will take time out to share his talents with workshop participants. Suitable for those with existing guitar skills who want to understand the skills and techniques particular to jazz guitar, participants will learn practical approaches to accompaniment and soloing over jazz harmony.

Topics may include introduction to jazz chords, improvising melodic lines, jazz rhythm, and ear training. This will be a marvellous opportunity for musicians to learn from a guitarist of such a high caliber.

Where: C-Square, Currie St, Nambour
Cost: $45



Purchase a pass to be able to enjoy all of our amazing artists. View Program
You can choose from an Afternoon Pass which allows you to enjoy unlimited entry to four venues around C-Square where you can enjoy 6 hours of jazz featuring 20 acts.
An Evening Pass gives you an entry to The Majestic Cinemas & Events centre for our feature act, Galapagos Duck.
Save money and purchase an All Day Pass to enjoy all the afternoon's entertainment, plus Galapagos Duck in the evening - over 9 hours of jazz!

Afternoon Pass - $68.00
Evening Pass - $40.00
Early Bird All Day Pass - $89.00 - Closes 31st May
All Day Pass - $95.00 - Available until 28th July
All Day Pass Purchased on the day - $105

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Become a VIP Club member and enjoy these special rewards:
One full day pass
Reserved front row seat just for you in The Bison Bar and The Majestic Theatre
Access to artist green room (meet the artists)
A glass of champagne in The Bison Bar
A CD from one of our amazing artists
plus more...

There are 10 only VIP Club memberships available at $250 so get in quick!

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Nambour Winter Jazz Fest will be held on
Saturday 29th July

12:00pm to 9:30pm

C-Square, Currie St, Nambour

The Nambour Winter Jazz Fest is easily accessible by public transport with the buses and train station directly behind C-Square.
Parking is available in the Mill Street parking station at $1.00 per hour or in the Nambour Station car park off Price Street.

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