JMO awarded Australian Jazz Ensemble of the Year 2015

The JMO was awarded the Australian Jazz award for ensemble of the year at a ceremony in Melbourne. The $5000 prize was donated by Monash University and decided by a panel of leading industry judges after nominations by the Australian Jazz Academy. The award was for our activities in 2015 which included a sold out concert at the Sydney Festival with Jef Neve and Maria Schneider, gigs with Miguel Zenon Quartet at the Melbourne International Jazz Festival and The Basement, a concert featuring the music of Dave Panichi, the release of a CD recording with Scott Tinkler and 6 concert tour with James Muller. A complete list of winners below.  

Young Australian Jazz Artist Of The Year: Olivia Chindamo
Best Australian Jazz Ensemble: Jazzgroove Mothership Orchestra
Best Australian Jazz Song of the Year: Barney McAll's ‘Nectar Spur’
Best Produced Album: Beginning And End of Knowing by Mike Nock &Laurence Pike
Best Australian Jazz Vocal Album: 'Where Or When' by Kristin Berardi
Best Australian Instrumental Jazz Album: 'Mooroolbark' by Barney McAll
Best Australian Small Jazz Band: the Allan Browne Quintet
The Grame Bell Jazz Hall of Fame: Joe Chindamo

FIDDES VS TINKLER scheduled for July 25, 2016 release

Last September, the Orchestra, Scott Tinkler and member-composer Andy Fiddes stepped into the studio to record the suite of music Andy had composed especially to feature Scott.

The result is outstanding, and we are pleased to report that in partnership with Rattle Records the CD and digital albums will be officially launched on July 25, 2016 at Foundry 616, Ultimo Sydney. Sign up to our newsletter or get in touch on facebook to stay up to date.

James Muller tour wrap

Late 2015 saw the JMO on the road with a new program of James Muller originals, arranged buy Florian Ross, with the guitar virtuoso himself fronting the orchestra.

Muller is a formidable musician who easily matches the brute strength and breadth of timbre a jazz orchestra provides. The orchestra looks forward to recording the program for release sometime during the 2016 season.

Some press from our recent tour:

Everything about the Jazzgroove Mothership Orchestra is right – a jazz band that’s looking to the future, rather than performing in the past, and putting Australian musicians and original compositions front and centre. It’s what the Australian scene – indeed any jazz scene – needs right now.
A stunning night of big band music performed with taste and expertise.

Packed house for the Jazzgroove Mothership Orchestra in 2015

2015 started on a high with a JMO concert at City Recital Hall, Angel Place on January 22 as part of the Sydney Festival. The performance was one of the highlights of the Orchestra’s career to date, performing in one of the country’s leading concert halls to a sold-out house with two amazing artists, Maria Schneider and Jef Neve. ABC recorded the entire event for broadcast and the first half of the concert, Jef Neve and the JMO has been broadcast via ABC Jazz is now available for streaming at the ABC Jazz website here. The 2nd half featuring Maria Schneider includes brand new unreleased works, so stay tuned for that broadcast date.

 Jef Neve

Jef Neve

Other great things coming up in  2015 include concerts with US saxophonist Miguel Zenon and his quartet re-imagining Zenon’s Identities are Changeable CD at The Basement, Sydney on June 4, and at the Melbourne International Jazz Festival on June 5. Tickets for Sydney are available here and for the Melbourne Festival here.

Later in the year the Orchestra head into the studio in September to record a brand new program featuring trumpeter Scott Tinkler and composer Andy Fiddes and a national CD launch tour in October / November. and of course the long awaited National Big Band Composition Competition will again run in late 2015 with confirmed details to come shortly. 

2015 is a challenging year as we continue to evolve as a small arts organisation with big dreams. We are actively seeking volunteer board members that have experience in the arts world that would be interested in contributing to our organisation as it continues to present world class jazz orchestral music created right here in Australia. 


David Theak, Artistic Director

10th anniversary tour is go!

It is with a great feeling of accomplishment that the Jazzgroove Mothership Orchestra presents it’s 10th anniversary tour of Australia and New Zealand. In the 10 years since the orchestra was formed in the back bars of Surry Hills, Sydney, ‘the Mothership’ has gone on to grace many of Australia’s most prestigious stages and festivals.

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JMO new CD release!!!

Late last year, the Mothership commissioned Canadian composer Dave Lisik (now resident in Wellington, NZ) to write a suite of music featuring the mothership with stella soloists, Bob Sheppard and Alex Sipiagin. Now available through digital release on CD Baby.

Full 16 page booklet, hard copy coming soon.

Mothership mini-tour with Chris Potter

The mothership hits the road with US saxophonist and composer Chris Potter for 3 shows only. Re-creating his 2011 CD Transatlantic with the Danish Radio Big Band, this brings together one of the worlds greats and Australia's favourite Jazz Orchestra, the Mothership.

See concerts page for more details and info on how to book tickets.

Mothership meets Jim McNeely!!!

In association with Chatswood Concourse, WAYJO, and the Sydney Conservatorium The mothership orchestra is proud to announce its upcoming concert with the worlds leading jazz composer, Jim McNeely in his sydney debut with australia's leading jazz orchestra.

Special Support Act, Kristin Berardi with the Jazzgroove Mothership Orchestra for bookings

NEW CD Release

amazing new CD release featuring Jazzgroove Mothership Orchestra and amazing Australian Vocalist, Kristin Berardi.

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Joseph O'Connor wins the 2011 National Composition Competition

Young Brisbane composer, Joseph O'Connor, has taken out the 2011 APRA/JMO National Big Band Composition Competition. In an excellent night of music, Joseph composition Rationalisations, was unanimously voted as number 1 by the three judges, Dave Panichi, Andrew Robertson and Andrew Murray at a concert at Melbourne's Chapel on Chapel for Stonnington Jazz Festival.

ABC classic FM have recorded the finalists performances and will be hopefully played on Jazztrack sometime in the near future.

2011 NBBCC Finalists Announced

The Judges have decided that the 2011 NBBCC finalists are Cameron Earl VIC, Alice Humphries WA and Joseph O'Connor QLD (in alphabetical order).

The Finalists travel to Melbourne to rehearse and conduct the Jazzgroove Mothership Orchestra in a finals concert as part of the Stonnington Jazz Festival. The three finalists receive a copy of Finale 2011 with the winner, decided after the concert, receiving a cash prize of $3,500 courtesy of APRA.

There was some stiff competition this year, with the level of the 22 compositions received being the best yet. A special commendation for Cam MacCallister NSW and Elliot Hughes WA who missed out by the narrowest of margins on being finalists this year.