Albert Dadon AM business and music entrepreneur, is the Founder and Chairman of the Australian Jazz Bell awards. Under his stage name of 'Albare', he is an accomplished jazz guitarist and composer with eight albums recorded to date.
From 2003 to 2005 Albert was the Chairman of the Melbourne Jazz Festival. In 2005, he brought to Melbourne the Umbria Jazz Festival. The Festival attracted 135,000 visitors to Melbourne under the Artistic Direction of Mr Carlo Pagnotta. From 2006 to 2008 Albert was appointed Artistic Director of the Melbourne Jazz Festival. In 2007 the Festival enjoyed the presence of artists from all around the world, performing 120 concerts during its 10 days.
In 2008 Albert received an Order of Australia (AM) for service to the arts, with particular note made of his contribution to the Melbourne Jazz Festival, to the community through philanthropic support for cultural and charitable organisations, and to business.
Adrian Jackson is the artistic director of the Wangaratta Jazz festival. He was the founding director of the festival in 1990, and continues with the Festival, now in its 27th year. He was the first artistic director of the Melbourne International Jazz Festival in 1998, and continued in that position until 2004. From 2006 - 2014, he was the artistic director for the Stonnington Jazz festival. Adrian began his involvement in jazz as the jazz critic for 'The Age' daily newspaper in Melbourne, a position he filled from 1978-1999. He continues to write CD reviews, and occasional other features, for the national monthly music magazines, 'Rhythms'. He has been a judge for the Bell Awards in several years. He currently is a programming consultant for Australia’s premier jazz club, Bird’s Basement.
Martin Jackson has been active in the field of jazz promotion since the late 1970s, and has played a vital role in the development of the Melbourne jazz scene through his activities. Initially a performer as bandleader and saxophonist with “Odwala” in the early 1980s, he founded the Melbourne Jazz Co-operative in 1982, which celebrated the completion of 30 years of continuous annual programs in 2013 (including a 22 year association as a resident weekly presenter at the Bennetts Lane Jazz Club), as well as 33 years of continuous Australia Council funding. From 1988 to 1995 he was also a private promoter of over 35 international artists, including Johnny Griffin, Billy Harper, Ronnie Scott and Cindy Blackman. He has also run several jazz venues, produced albums, and has been a radio presenter and jazz writer.
Gerry Koster has been involved with the Australian jazz scene for over 25 years, primarily as a radio broadcaster. For the past eight years Gerry was engaged by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation to produce and present the weekly contemporary jazz program 'Jazz Up Late' on ABC Classic FM. His broadcasting career began in the late '80s as a program producer/presenter, Jazz Coordinator and events manager at one of the nation's most prominent community radio stations, Melbourne's PBS 106.7FM. Gerry also headed the independent Australian jazz record label Newmarket Music for seven years and his appreciation of jazz and improvised music has made its way into print and has seen him engaged as a consultant and producer.
For over 25 years John has been a freelance writer, publishing a wide variety of genres: jazz reviews, news items, travel articles, features, personality profiles, and CD and book reviews for The Adelaide Review, The Republican, The Bulletin, The Australian, The Advertiser, The Melbourne Herald Sun, several regional newspapers and airline inflight magazines.
He's won national prizes for jazz reviews and travel writing, and since 2003 he's been jazz critic for The Advertiser and The Australian newspapers.
As a teenager he studied piano, clarinet, alto sax and music theory which introduced him to jazz, providing a life-long mainstay.
In 1997 he moved with his wife Mary to her home town, Adelaide where they’ve lived happily ever since.
John strongly supports Australian jazz and improvised contemporary music.
Carl Griffin has over 38 years of experience in the music and entertainment industry. Signed and/or produced numerous outstanding known and new jazz Artists including Diane Krall, Jane Monheit, Arturo Sandoval, Ramsey Lewis, Ronnie Dunn, Evelyn
Was Senior Vice President of A&R at GRP Records from 1996-1999. Carl signed Diana Krall, Arturo Sandoval, Ramsey Lewis, Phil Perry, Maysa and Teodross Avery. Produced BB King “Live at theApollo” (1991); Patti Austin “Live”; Ramsey Lewis “Ivory Pyramid,” “
Tom Glagow started his career in the music industry in 1979 as a music retailer and DJ. He managed bands and booked tours, has been a successful radio host and DJ for 5 years and used to be a DJ at famous "Kaiserkeller", “Große Freiheit 36” and legendary Jazz-Disco “After Shave”. In 1992 he joined Universal Music (GRP / Impulse Product Manager / Polydor International Senior PM / Marketing Director). He was responsible for the International Department. He worked with Michael Brecker, Diana Krall, Lee Ritenour, Chick Corea, George Benson, The Crusaders, Robben Ford, Joe Sample, Pat Metheny, Dave Grusin, Ronan Keating, Bloodhound Gang, The Cure, Björk and many more. Glagow joined Chrysalis in 2000 as Managing Director. He has overseen the growth and expansion of the music publishing company Global Chrysalis Music Publishing who represented Kylie Minogue, Elvis Presley, Herbie Hancock, Jack DeJonette, Dave Holland, John Abercrombie, Billy Taylor, Cedar Walton, Chris Potter, Russel Malone, George Winston, Sonny Fortune, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Charles Mingus, Joe Zawinul or Jethro Tull. He signed Till Brönner, Nils Wülker, Triband and Killerpilze among many others. In 2008 he founded his own company C.A.R.E. Music Group. He signed and released over 40 Albums, including Don Grusin, Chuck Loeb, PSP, Jonatha Brooke or Tower Of Power.
Since 1998 Glagow is a voting member at NARAS. (Grammy - L.A. Chapter)
Since 2009 Glagow is part of the Jury for the prestige “Echo Jazz Award” in Germany.
Since 2002, native New Yorker Laurence Donohue-Greene has been Managing Editor and co-founder of the monthly The New York City Jazz Record newspaper imprint (also available online at www.nycjazzrecord.com), which has been nominated “Best Jazz Periodical” nine years alongside Jazztimes and Down Beat. He has covered international jazz festivals, in cities ranging from Newport and Portland to Vancouver, Copenhagen, Umbria in Orvieto, Krakow, Berlin, Cologne, Bruges and Melbourne. A one-time jazz radio DJ, engineer and producer for a dozen years at radio stations in Boston, Philadelphia and Los Angeles, he has also been a Bell Awards judge for Australian jazz since 2005 and judge for other annual awards and year-end “Best of The Year” jazz polls such as El Intruso Creative Music Critics Poll (since 2008), Jazz Journalists Association (since 2002) and NPR Music Jazz Critics Poll (since 2006). He has written liner notes for releases by artists ranging from Meade Lux Lewis to Marshall Allen, Michael Carvin, Teddy Edwards and Trio 3 for labels such as CIMP, Clean Feed, HighNote, Motema Music and Savant.
The Australian Jazz Bell Awards recognise and encourage excellence in the performance, creativity, recording and presentation of jazz in Australia. In honour of one of the greats of Australian jazz - Graeme Bell, MBE, AO