Following on from their recent sold out Sydney Festival appearance, the Jazzgroove Mothership Orchestra teamed up with Miguel Zenon, one of the worlds most celebrated saxophonists and his quartet from New York for a concert of epic proportions, at the 2015 Melbourne International Jazz Festival, and 2015 Vivid Sydney.

Blending the often contradictory poles of innovation and tradition, Miguel Zenon has a unique voice as a composer and conceptualists, marrying the rich traditions of Latin American folkloric music and jazz.

Widely considered amongst the most ground breaking and influential saxophonists of his generation, Zenon topped both the Jazz Artist of the Year and Alto Saxophonist categories on the 2104 Jazz Times Critics Poll.

Zenon's work is inspired by themes of cultural identity and place, seamlessly fusing irresistible rhythms with intricate orchestral arrangements. Dynamic, audacious and intensely powerful, the six-part orchestral epic will be reimagined by Sydney's Jazzgroove Mothership Orchestra and Zenon's own long-time quartet, featuring some of the leading musicians in contemporary jazz.

Since its inception in 2003, the ARIA nominated and 2012 Australian Jazz Award winning Jazzgroove Mothership Orchestra (JMO) has gained a reputation as one of the world's most exciting and innovative independent jazz orchestras. Comprising 17 members playing 5 saxophones, 5 trumpets, 4 trombones, guitar, piano, bass and drums, 'The Mothership' represents many of Australia's finest improvisers and beams out a supernova of energy and sound. The JMO is on a mission to blur the boundaries between jazz, rock, classical delivered through the dynamic, rhythmic and textural context of a jazz orchestra.

Miguel Zenon (sax/composer) Luis Perdomo (piano) Hans Glawschnig (bass) Henry Cole (drums)
David Theak, Murray Jackson, Evan Harris, Matt Keegan, Steve Fitzmaurice (saxophones)
Darryl Carthew, Dane Laboyrie, Andy Fiddes, Simon Ferenci (trumpets)
Dave Panichi, Ben Gurton, Justin Kearin (trombones)


Contemporary big band music doesn’t get any better than Australia’s Jazzgroove Mothership Orchestra. With 17 members and a sound that combines jazz, rock and classical, catching them live is like getting caught in an electrical storm.

In a monumental musical event for Sydney Festival, the Mothership joins forces with Grammy Award-winning American arranger and bandleader Maria Schneider, and Belgian pianist Jef Neve. Together, these exceptional artists bust out the fiercest and freshest in new ensemble music.

Don’t miss seeing this massive gathering of jazz giants in action at City Recital Hall.

City Recital Hall Angel Place, 2-12 Angel Place, Sydney, Duration: 2hrs 10mins including interval, 22 January at 8pm

ABC Broadcast Info
The broadcast will be on April 2nd at 9pm (Sydney time) and available online afterwards for 1 month at



One of Australia’s most celebrated trumpeters, Scott Tinkler, along with Sydney based composer Andy Fiddes, team up with Australia’s leading jazz orchestra for an exciting new project. Further affirming it’s artistic mission, the Sydney-based ‘Mothership’ is delivering a new program that promotes new Australian music played by cutting edge Australian musicians. 

 Scott Tinkler

Scott Tinkler

“Andy Fiddes’ music is fascinating combination of tradition, anti-tradition, beauty and muscle, it’s with great anticipation the Orchestra looks forward to expressing Andy’s incredible compositions written to feature one of Australia’s great musicians, Scott Tinkler” says JMO Artistic Director David Theak.

Australian trumpeter Scott Tinkler is well known for his many brilliant incarnations as an ensemble player, recording and touring with such groups as the Australian Art Orchestra, Mark Simmonds Freeboppers, The Paul Grabowsky Quintet and The Dale Barlow Quintet as well as with international artists such as Mark Helias, Joe Lovano, Betty Carter, Branford Marsalis, Han Bennink, Billy Harper, Arthur Blythe, Cindy Blackman, Guru Kaaraikkudi Mani etc. The Scott Tinkler Trio, with Simon Barker and Adam Armstrong, continued the tradition of excellence with inspired recordings and performances of Tinkler’s strong original music. The trios much awaited ARIA nominated CD Dance Of Delulian was released in October 96 and established Scott as a powerful stylist and composer; not only Australia’s leading trumpet player but a major force in contemporary music.

Andy FIddes has developed a unique sonic signature with his composition, ranging from small to large ensemble writing, with two records as a bandleader to date: Survival of the Fiddes - fear smile, and Andy Fiddes – livewire. Both were released on Jazzgroove records and received critical acclaim. He also recorded with the Jazzgroove Mothership Orchestra featuring Kristin Berardi in 2010 and had his composition Gathering Momentum performed live on ABC Classic FM with Chris Potter and the Jazzgroove Mothership Orchestra.

This performance was presented September 2, 2014 in partnership with the Jazzgroove Association and Foundry616 as part of the 2014 Sydney fringe Festival.