Meet the artists involved in the current show.
Born in New York City in 1971, Jack Jones arrived in Australia as a ten-year-old. Even as a youngster, Jack began showing an incredible talent with his guitar playing. At fourteen Jack was already playing professionally in both cover and original bands. At the same time, he was earning a reputation as a very accomplished and well-respected studio musician.
After heading back to the United States for several years to further study his craft, Jack eventually returned to Australia and joined the successful 90’s band ‘Southern Sons’ as lead singer/guitarist. With hits such as “Heart In Danger”, “Always & Ever”, “Hold Me In Your Arms”, “Waiting For That Train”, “I Can’t Wait Any Longer”, “Lead Me To Water”, “Silent Witnesses”, and “You Were There”. His vocal ability was highly praised by both fans and musical peers alike.
He not only enjoyed success in Australia, but in Asia, Canada, Germany, and pockets throughout Europe confirming he was a major talent worthy of recognition. He has toured and recorded as singer/guitarist with the likes of John Farnham, Glen Shorrock (Little River Band), Tina Arena, Tommy Emmanuel, James Reyne, Rick Price, Merryl Bainbridge, Graham Goble (Little River Band), Richard Clapton, Gary Garry Beers (INXS), Dweezil Zappa, Ahmet Zappa, Jeff Jacobs (Foreigner), Schuyler Deale (Michael Bolton, Billy Joel), Crystal Talefiero (Billy Joel), Deb Byrne, Kylie Minogue, Doc Neeson, Stoolz Roachman & the Idiot Sevilles, Renee Geyer, Bachelor Girl, Anthony Warlow and countless others…
Jack has featured in a number of CCEntertainment shows including “Whole Lotta Love” and “Beggars Banquet”.
Vanessa is a violinist, composer and arranger based in Sydney, Australia.
Having composed scores for numerous short films, Vanessa applied to undertake studies at the Australian Film Television and Radio School in 2011. She completed the year with a Graduate Certificate in Screen Music and was shortlisted for the 2011 European Union Film Award. Vanessa’s diverse performing experience, including classical, rock, pop and world music, has influenced her compositional style. She likes to experiment with new sounds and textures to strike a balance between acoustic and synthesised instruments.
Vanessa started playing the violin at the age of 3, having won eisteddfods and scholarships including into secondary school and the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, where she studied with Associate Professor Goetz Richter.
Vanessa is a versatile performer in both classical and popular genres. As a soloist and/or part of an ensemble, she has recorded numerous albums, soundtracks and TVCs. These include productions for the Sydney Theatre Company, NIDA and the Sydney Film Festival, films Gabriel and Happy Feet 2, and the game Soul Calibur V. She has also performed at live and televised events for such artists as Leona Lewis, Goldfrapp and Lior. Vanessa also enjoys playing contemporary classical music, having premiered new works by up-and-coming Australian composers.
Vanessa is currently being mentored by Australian film composer Antony Partos (Animal Kingdom, The Slap) of Sonar Music, as part of the Screen Music Mentorship awarded to her in 2012 by Women In Film & TV NSW. She is the recipient of the 2012 Johnny Dennis Music Award for Best Instrumental Piece, awarded by the Australian Guild of Screen Composers.
British born Ian Tilley arrived in Australia at the height of the 80’s music scene and in 1992 became the Sydney-based Bass player for Boom Crash Opera. Touring the region extensively and recording 4 Albums with the band before departing in 2016. Ian has also performed in CCE’s The Great Gig In The Sky, CCE’s 1976, Steve Balbis Black Rainbow, Jenny Morris and Jon Stevens.
Casper Tromp graduated in jazz piano at the Conservatorium of Amsterdam in 2012. He’s currently based in Sydney, Australia.
After a broad classical training on piano and recorder, Casper began improvising and writing his own piano music under the tutorship of Albert van Veenendaal. While studying his first degree – Industrial Design – he kept developing his improvisation and composing skills, plus organised international jazz festivals. Straight after graduating, he was accepted into the Amsterdam Conservatorium. During his 4 years there he studied and played an eclectic mix of jazz, classical, pop and world music. These influences inevitably found their way into his style of composing and playing.
Listen to his music and you’ll find that Casper combines the energy and spontaneity of jazz with the sounds of pop and modern classical. He draws a lot of his inspiration from Bebop, Ravel and Messiaen, plus the structure of industrial design. His pieces leave space for and inspire creative improvisation, while still telling a story and maintaining clarity.
Casper has had the opportunity to study jazz with a.o. Albert van Veenendaal, Hans Vroomans, Harmen Fraanje, Karel Boehlee and Kris Goessens, plus classical music with Daniël Kramer. He was in master classes by John and Gerald Clayton, John Beasley, David Linx and Danilo Rea. Apart from working on his own music with Black Tulip, Casper works as a freelance pianist with, among others, Lionel Cole, Gregg Arthur, Craig Scott, Cameron Reid and Hannah James.
Since 1997 Glenn has been a freelance musician performing in bands and duo’s and as a solo singer/guitarist. From 2000 through 2007 he was involved with the band, The Dead Abigails, as a songwriter, guitarist and vocalist touring both nationally and internationally. The band also recorded at such illustrious studios as 301 Sydney and Metropolis in Melbourne.
In 2007 he started the rock band, The Dog Line, in which he was the songwriter, guitarist and lead vocalist. He is also a founding member and musical director of funk/soul outfit, Mayfield.
Glenn has worked on Jersey Boys and is involved with the project, Bobby Fox and The Treatment. Bobby (played Frankie Valli in the Melbourne and Sydney seasons of Jersey Boys) and Glenn have been collaborating since early 2011 and recorded our debut EP over the past summer working alongside some of Sydney’s finest musicians: Marty Hailey (David Campbell, Smoke And Mirrors, Producer/Engineer @ Blackfoot Studios), Joe Accaria (David Campbell, Smoke And Mirrors, Tap Dogs, Human Nature), Nick Sinclair (Tina Arena), Tim Hartwig (Charlton Hill, The Voice Australia) and Michael Azzopardi (assistant musical director on Jersey Boys).
Mark Da Costa is a Sydney based singer/song writer. You may have seen him on Australian Idol in 2007 as a top 12 contestant or simply seen him lighting up the stage live at a local Sydney pub playing with his cover band “The Black List”. When he appeared on Australian Idol, he rocked the house with his renditions of Evie by Stevie Wright and Whole Lotta Love by Zepplin.
Mark Da Costa is now well on the way to establishing himself as an original solo rock/pop artist. He wants to prove that it is possible to manage your own career and release a quality record without the help of a major label. Not wanting to discredit the great work the majors do, but to simply achieve a career in music on his own hard work and artistic integrity would be the ultimate goal.
Mark is an unbelievable vocal powerhouse and demonstrates his love of the Rock genre in every performance he gives.
Pete Drummond is one of Australia’s most phenomenal drummers. His relentless pursuit of technical mastery and his deep-rooted musicality have captured the attention of many of the world’s great drumming artists including Virgil Donati, Dave Weckl, Thomas Lang and Mike Mangini.As a solo drumming artist, Pete’s mind-blowing performances at major drumming festivals both in Australia and overseas, have established him as one of the rising stars of the next generation of drummers. As Thomas Lang (Drumming superstar) stated in Modern Drummer magazine: “Pete Drummond is an amazing Australian Drummer”.Since 2005, Pete has been a member of the legendary Australasian band Dragon (ARIA Hall of Fame Inductees). He is one of the main songwriters and the Producer for the band. He also plays keyboards, samples and sings in the live shows. As a sideman Pete has worked with a host of great artists, spanning a wide array of musical styles including: Joan Rivers (US Comedian), The Temptations (US Motown Legends),, Glenn Shorrock (Little River Band), Wendy Matthews, Ricki Lee, Shannon Noll, Choirboys, Lee Kernaghan, Adam Brand, Jeremy Barnes (The World’s Fastest Guitarist).Pete Drummond as a session drummer, Pete has appeared on a multitude of albums, commercials and soundtracks, Inc. Shannon Noll’s 2012 ‘Switch Me On’, Dead Ringer Band’s ARIA award winning album ‘Homefires’, Channel 10, NRL, ABC TV and many more.Pete’s performance at The Ultimate Drummers Weekend 2003 received widespread acclaim, and subsequently, Pete is a cover artist on the internationally released DVD of the event; alongside Thomas Lang, John Blackwell JR. (Prince) and Jimmy Degrasso (Megadeth).
Lozz has played and toured with well-established Sydney acts including Urthboy, Pat Capocci, The Drey Rollan Band, Drummer Queens, The JHD Revival Band, Sirens Big Band and Rackett. Lozz is well known and respected in the Sydney music scene as “That Red Head”. Her old school style rockabilly trio blends blues and country together with a dash of punk attitude. Lozz will be joining the team for percussion duties.
2016 has been a very exciting year for Susannah Mirana with the successful release of her debut single with her band Linki and a follow-up single out next month, cementing her roots as an indie rock artist.
Susannah is a charismatic, energetic, and versatile singer/songwriter who has performed extensively throughout Australia, Europe and Asia. Her natural vocal style and ability to perform many genres have enabled her to work alongside many profile artists around Australia.
Her talents also extend to radio and TV, where as a traffic reporter and voice-over artist she can be heard across various leading Sydney stations.
Natasha Stuart is one of Sydney’s most in-demand singers. 2012 was a big year for Natasha and included the release of her first full-length album, ‘Light This Fuse’, a symphony orchestra tour with Tina Arena which travelled around Australia (including 4 sold out performances at the Opera House) and 3 separate landmark performances at the State Theatre where she duetted with John Waters, Ciaran Gribbon (INXS) and backed up Richard Clapton.
Her vocal diversity has afforded her a rich and varied career working with numerous high profile artists (including Jessica Mauboy, Ricki-Lee, James Morrison, Paul Mac, and Delta Goodrem), appearing as a featured vocalist on movie soundtracks (‘Razzle Dazzle’) and writing and performing on releases in the USA with DJ Lee Kalt.
Charlotte first started playing the cello after her move from New Zealand to Sydney as a young child. Her studies at the Conservatorium of Music Sydney were followed by postgraduate study in Moscow and the UK. In 2005 Charlotte was selected to be one of the first ‘ACO Emerging Artists’ and was a fellow with the orchestra and member of ACO2 for two years. In 2008 her string quartet held an artistic residency at the Banff Arts Centre in Canada where they worked closely with the Schoenberg Quartet. Tours and performances worldwide have taken Charlotte to the UK, Canada, America, Germany, Russia, France, Italy, Finland, Estonia and New Zealand.
Within Australia Charlotte has performed regularly with the Melbourne and Tasmanian Orchestras and performed for audiences including Princess Diana, Prince Charles, and the last three Prime Ministers of Australia. Charlotte and her quartet currently tour, collaborate and perform with Lior and Boy & Bear. She has also shared the stage and recording studio with a wide range of artists including Richard Tognetti, Steven Isserlis, Kolja Blacher, Caroline Almonte, Helen Grimaud, William Barton, Andre Rieu, The Beatnix, Sarah Blasko, John Farnham, Joseph Towadros, Tim Freedman, James Morrison, Marcia Hines, John Paul Young, John Farnham, Jessica Mauboy, Jess Chalker, Ball Park Music, Passenger, and Angus & Julia Stone. When Charlotte isn’t playing on stage she can be found watching/dancing at Coachella or Splendour in the Grass.
Rachel Thompson, violinist and violist, has worked in symphony and opera orchestras in New Zealand, Australia and the United States. Since moving to Sydney in 2009 her performance experience has expanded to the rock arena.
CCEntertainment performances that she has been a part of in Sydney include, ‘A Day in the Life’ (The Beatles), ‘Whole Lotta Love’ and ‘Storyline’. Rachel is as comfortable playing in a string backing group for the British band UNKLE, as she is, playing in the pit of the Capitol Theatre for the Paris Opera Ballet Orchestra.
Rachel was trained in the USA. She spent four years in Philadelphia and a post graduate year at the University of Bloomington, Indiana. Rachel was invited to play with a group of string players selected from the prestigious music conservatories of the East Coast USA, who performed at a Christmas concert at Carnegie Hall. As the winner of the New Zealand National Concerto Competition, she performed the Bartok Viola Concerto with the Christchurch Symphony. Rachel has played alongside international artists such as Andrea Bocelli, Kiri Te Kanawa and Diana Krall, as well as a line up of Kiwi talent that includes Anika Moa, Bic Runga, Dave Dobbyn, John Rowles, Shapeshifter, Golden Horse and Fur Patrol.
Prior to establishing CCE, Joseph founded and ran the Tuesday Nite Club at Sydney’s Iguana Bar, where he booked and showcased more than 400 original artists from 1997 to 2003. Since the 1990s he s also been an active professional musician, leading his own ensembles, Akradia and Jazz Nouveau, and collaborating with many notable artists and acts, including ARIA award winning New Zealand singer and songwriter Jenny Morris, and Australia’s Matt Finish, Jeff Duff and the Wayne Cornell Orchestra.
In 2012 Jazz Nouveau released Reminiscing which is a stunning collection of Little River Band songs with a soulful twist. Featuring five guest female vocalists including Emma Pask, Evelyn Duprai, Danielle Blakey, Anthea White and Anita Spring with proceeds from the sale of this CD going to Variety, the Children’s Charity.