Graeme Lyall AM
Donald Burrows, AO, MBE is an Australian jazz and swing musician, playing the clarinet, saxophone, and flute.
His best-known group is the Don Burrows Quartet: Don Burrows (multiple woodwind), George Golla (guitar), Ed Gaston (bass) and Alan Turnbull (drums).
Burrows has played with world-renowned musicians such as Frank Sinatra, Dizzy Gillespie and Nat King Cole, Oscar Peterson, James Morrison, Tony Bennett, the Sydney Symphony, Stéphane Grappelli, and Cleo Laine.
John Pochée is a Jazz Drummer and Bandleader, born in Sydney, Australia. His career as a professional musician began in 1956. He formed The Last Straw in 1974 and also played with the Judy Bailey Quartet from 1974 to 1979. Since the early 1980s he has played, recorded and toured internationally with The Engine Room, Ten Part Invention and Bernie McGann’s trios and quartets. The Last Straw won an ARIA award for Best Australian Jazz Record in 1990 and the Bernie McGann Trio has won 4 ARIA awards for Best Australian Jazz Record.
John Pochée received the Australian Jazz Critics Award for Drums in 1990 and 1992, was elected to the Monsalvat Jazz Festival Roll of Honour in 1996 and was awarded The Graeme Bell Hall of Fame Career Achievement Award in 2006. As a drummer, bandleader and organizer he has played a major role in the history of Australian jazz.
Allan Browne founded the Red Onion Jazz Band in 1960, with tours of Europe in ’67 and ’69, including appearances at the Polish and Hungarian International Jazz Festivals. Lead the contemporary group Onaje (Appearances at Montreal Festival 1993),worked for 20 years in the Paul Grabowsky trio, (2 Aria awards),while accompanying many international musicians such as Phil Woods, Herb Ellis, Milt Jackson, Barney Kessell, Mal Waldron, Urbie Green, Jay Mc Shann and Johnny Griffin.
Currently Allan is leading his Australian jazz band,his quintet , and in collaborative trios with Nick Haywood, Andrea Keller, Tamara Murphy, Eugene Ball, Jex Saarelaght, Shannon Barnet, Steve Grant, Sam Anning, Mark Hannarford, and Aaron Choulai.
His life in music is documented on some 80 cds and albums(eight shorlisted for Arias)and in 2000 he received the Australia Council’s Don Banks music award.Allan also won three Bell Australian Jazz awards, the last one for his Newmarket Dvd/Cd “Five Bells” He has just completed a new quintet cd [on Jazzhead], inspired by A.Rimbaud’s poem, “The Drunken Boat”. Allan is currently chair of the Melbourne Jazz Co-op.
Recognises outstanding artistic achievement, and contribution to Australian jazz by a living artist.