Wilson Zwartz Dewhurst Stuart

ARIA Award-winning jazz bassist Jonathan Zwartz has put together a very special supergroup of stellar Australian jazz musicians to perform at the Festival. The group features Julien Wilson (saxophone), Carl Dewhurst (guitar) and Hamish Stuart (drums).

Jonathan Zwartz, the New Zealand-born Australian-based ARIA Award-winning jazz bassist has put together a supergroup of stellar Australian jazz musicians for the Festival, featuring Julien Wilson saxophone, Carl Dewhurst guitar and Hamish Stuart drums. 

Apart from being known as a legend of the Australian jazz scene, Zwartz, who’s played with stars ranging from Lionel Loueke and Pharoah Sanders to Nigel Kennedy and members of the Rolling Stones, is also a composer and songwriter. His debut album of original compositions “The Sea” won Best Australian Jazz Ensemble and Best Australian Jazz Song at the 2010 Australian Jazz Bell Awards.

Since then he has produced “The Remembering and Forgetting of the Air” and “Animarum“, both albums winning Best Jazz Album at the ARIA Awards of 2013 and 2018 respectively. Animarum was feature album of the week on ABC Jazz, with their reviewer explaining, “yet another smörgåsbord of intricate compositions, woven together… Each piece is unique, drawing on a plethora of musical influences from all over – yet they are also sequenced together to create a truly engrossing musical experience.”  Animarum was produced with support of the Australian Cultural Foundation and described as follows: “In a world of instant gratification, and record labels churning out predictable one hit wonders, Jonathan’s music is a tonic for the soul” . (Visit Jonathan Zwartz’s Website)

A leading figure in the jazz and improvised music scene, Carl Dewhurst can effortlessly slide across genres, from pop to world music, rock to blues, blurring them at will.  During his 30-year career, Carl has been a regular member of the James Morrison Quintet and the Australian Art Orchestra, Daorum, Scott Tinkler’s DRUB, Stu Hunter’s Migration and Band of Five Names. He has also played with Mike Nock, Jim Black, Dale Barlow, Bobby Previte, Terumasa Hino, Vince Jones, Bernie McGann, Synergy Percussion, Paul Capsis, Caroline Nin, Archie Roach, Emma Pask, Leo Sayer, Rick Springfield and Uncle Jed. His original projects include Showa 44 with Simon Barker, The Drip Hards, Carl Dewhurst Quartet and Dewey. He has composed and performed music for Belvoir St Theatre and his work with Showa 44 has appeared on film.   Carl is a lecturer at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and the James Morrison Academy of Music. (Visit Carl Dewhust’s Website )

Saxophonist Julien Wilson has been described as
“A tenor saxophone making gentle, sensuous jazz is a grand tradition, like paddle-steamers cruising on wide, slow rivers. Wilson eases his own tenor into that tradition, in the process creating one of the great Australian jazz albums. This is music where the horn’s sound seems to melt in your ears, becoming creamy, viscous and rather sly.” – John Shand – Sydney Morning Herald. (Visit Julien Wilson’s Website )

Over the last 30 years Hamish Stuart has played with dozens of innovative musicians and popular bands in a range of genres and is one of the most sought-after, respected and loved drummers in Australia. “He puts air around the beat, eschews cliché, and brings to bear beautifully-tuned drums, the sound of which always fits the context like a glove”. (John Shand). (visit Hamish Stuart’s Website)