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The Wireless is Heather’s originals quartet. She is joined by three of Sydney’s best young improvisers; Nick Polovineo on trombone, Josh Spolc on bass and Holly Conner on drums. The Wireless seek to add to the dialogue of modern Australian jazz with the raw energy of chordless instrumentation.
Marching band, roving band, brass band… whatever you want to call us, 343 plays raucous funk, hiphop and jazz guaranteed to get you grooving! Inspired by the New Orleans brass band revival of the 1980s, the line-up features a collective of Sydney’s most engaging young horn players and drummers. Formed in 2016 for the ConVerge Jazz Festival, 343 Brass Band has performed at many Sydney venues, in film and on national TV. Heather plays trumpet, composes, arranges and MCs for 343.
The South Coast Band is anything but your standard Big Band. 3 parts vocals, 10 parts horn and 4 parts rhythm, the band features many of the most talented, upcoming musicians of the Illawarra area. The band is led by trombonist Des Cannings. Heather has arranged for the band on top of her role as performer.
Compendium has been self-proclaimed “the best progressive acoustic folk metal (frog metal) band in the world”. It is the brainchild of singer-songwriter James Kemp and features Heather on vocals and flugelhorn and multi-instrumentalist Kyle Eardley on double bass.
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Jackie Brown Jr is that first few moments of a hot shower on a cold evening – while someone plays sax in your bathroom. Prepare for the musical experience that is Jackie Brown Jr, a tight funk infused mix of soul, rock and hip hop. Featuring an unprecedented amount live energy, face melting solos, Rhyan drumming and rapping at the same time, this Sydney-based five piece should be on your bucket list.
Sugar Bowl Hokum have gone way back to the dawn of recorded music to create their vibe. Driven by their love of obscure songs from the 1920’s and 30’s, Sugar Bowl Hokum scour the crackly grooves of old 78’s to find the best forgotten blues gems of the era. The music of some very feisty almost forgotten trail blazers makes up a large part of their repertoire.
With their diverse indie folk tunes, The Tipsy Scholars tell stories of travel, love and life in a way that only four best friends and an array of instruments can do.
We play songs about birds, snakes, religion, dating, trains, etc. We’re a folk/oompah/jangle collective. A Stoop is the steps in front of a New York City tenement, where bandleader Serge Stanley wrote a bunch of songs.
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The “CJO” is Australia’s most celebrated university jazz orchestra. Led by renowned saxophonist and bandleader David Theak, it is the flagship ensemble of the Sydney Conservatorium Jazz Studies department. Guest artists who have led the “CJO” include high-profile international composers Bob Brookmeyer, Maria Schneider, Bert Joris, Florian Ross, Jim McNeely, Darcy James Argue, Julian Arguelles and Dick Oatts.
The all-female/trans ensemble Sirens Big Band is acclaimed for their unique repertoire of original world music compositions and arrangements; blending Latin American, Arabic, Indian, Caribbean and Eastern European cultures with the traditional jazz orchestra idiom. Heather arranged for Sirens on top of her role as performer.
The aim of trip reggae band Travelaz is to provide a multicultural experience of joy and entertainment interconnecting people and sounds.
Heather proudly led The H and M Quartet from 2013-2015. The Quartet presented an energetic repertoire of early 1970s-inspired jazz fusion and modern jazz/hip-hop grooves.