The Great Tropical Jazz Party 2008

The 12th annual Great Tropical Jazz Party 2008 saw ten bands and more than 40 leading interstate, local and international musicians present three nights and two days of exciting Jazz.  From Mainstream to Brazilian and Contemporary in a program of concerts and jam sessions, musicians dazzled audiences amid the relaxed, intimate atmosphere at the Magnetic International Resort (now renamed as the All Seasons Magnetic Island).

Featured Artists

Chris McNulty (New York)

Australian born, New York based singer and composer Chris McNulty possesses one of the richest and most expressive voices on the international jazz circuit. Acclaimed by critics as an immense talent with a unique and distinct style, her sixth album, Whispers The Heart, was voted one of the Top Ten releases of 2006 by the Jazz Journalists Association's (USA-JJA) Nancy Barrell.

"Her liquid phrasing and luminous tone underscoring a voice of serene beauty and striking veracity...One of the foremost singer-composers on the scene today...."  4 Stars. Jazz Wise Jan 2007 - Peter Quinn

Paul Bollenbeck (New York)

Paul Bollenback has been hailed as one of the most reliably swinging, pyrotechnic guitar players on the jazz scene over the past decade. As one of the most unique voices on guitar in recent memory, Paul is the guitarist of choice for some of the most respected and cutting edge musicians on the scene today.

"Bollenback makes time stand still, crystalline and glowing...." 4 stars Downbeat, Feb 2008 - Ken Micallef

Blue Rondo (Sydney)

Lovers of the famous Dave Brubeck Quartet will be amazed and delighted at the superb Brubeck sound captured by this very talented group.

Leader Don Reid on alto saxophone; pianist Kevin Hunt playing the demanding role of Brubeck; bassist Dieter Vogt and drummer Martin Highland.

Newcomb/Hoffman Quintet (Brisbane)

US born trumpeter John Hoffman returns with another exciting line-up from the Queensland Conservatorium in Brisbane.

Painist, Steve Newcomb; bassist, Owen Newcomb; Paul Hudson, drums; the brilliant young vocalist Elizabeth Hoyt and special guest trumpeter from NZ Murray Tanner.

Errol Buddle Quintet (Sydney)

We are delighted to welcome back the legendary multi-instrumentalist Errol Buddle, with Maree Steinway, keyboard; Carol Dunnicliffe bass; Fabian Hevia drums and Errol's protege Blake Phillips on trombone.

Impressions (Melbourne)

Described as 'hard lounge', this trio, formerly the Ted Vining Trio, is one of the great bands in Australian jazz history. Drummer Ted Vining; pianist Bob Sedergreen and bassist Michael Meagher.

Junior See Poy Quintet (Cairns)

Presenting a mix of Latin jazz and jazz standards, saxophonist Junior See Poy is joined by his sons Tom, keyboard/vocals and John on drums. Completing this exciting quintet are Cheryl Koh, vocal/percussion and Wayne McIntosh, guitar/bass.

Mistaken Identity (Melbourne)

This band, performing mostly originals, is built around the obvious rapport between the Sedergreen brothers, pianist Steve and multi saxophonist Mal, teamed with hard swinging bassist Nick Haywood and drummer Ted Vining.

Counterpoint (Queensland)
Presenting the best of Queensland mainstream jazz musicians. Counterpoint features pianist/singer Des Windsor (Gold Coast); tenor saxophonist Junior See Poy (Cairns); local musicians, band leader Bob Passmore, bass; Doug Lye, drums and Sara Shaw vocals.

Great Tropical Jazz Party 2008 Blake Phillips Trombone


Just some of the musicians appearing at 2008's festival

The Great Tropical Jazz Party 2008 Tom SeePoy
Great Tropical Jazz Party 2008 Bassist Helen Russell
Great Tropical Jazz Party 2008 Cheryl Koh Latin Jazz Exccursion
Great Tropical Jazz Party 2008 Kevin Hunt & Tom Seepoy
Great Tropical Jazz Party 2008 Percussionist Nasser

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