We are excited to announce that Australia's Number One Touring Jazz Band is returning to Glen Innes.
The band began in the late 60’s while the members were engaged in a winter season at the New South Wales skiing resort ‘The Kosciusko Chalet” Charlottes Pass. After returning to Sydney band continued to work and became well known in the Australian Jazz and music scene during the 70’s when it was the house band at the emerging Jazz night club ‘The Basement ‘ near Circular Quay.
Since these humble beginnings the ‘Duck ‘, it has been suggested, has become the best known jazz band in Australia and a household name throughout the Country.
The band has worked and continues to work in Concert Halls, Night Clubs, at Jazz Festivals, in the Recording Studio, and on Radio and Television.
Although the membership has changed, of necessity, the direction of the band
has always remained the same and that is to create a performance experience that while jazz oriented is able to be appreciated and enjoyed by everybody.
Some Career Highlights
Based in Sydney Australia the Galapagos Duck was an integral part of the foundation and success of the Jazz Club ‘The Basement’. The band performed in the club continuously for 16 years during which the Basement became known as one of the greatest Jazz Clubs in Australia and the World.
The ‘Duck’ also toured extensively all throughout Australia visiting the Capital cities on many occasions and performing frequently in country areas including the remote areas of Western Australia and the Northern Territory.
International performances have included the following festivals:
· Montreaux Jazz Festival in Switzerland,
· Jazz Yatra Festival in Bombay (Mumbai),
· Musexpo in U.S.A. ,
· Manilla Jazz Festival in the Phillipines
· Singapore International Jazz Festival,
· Queenstown Jazz Festival in New Zealand
· Norfolk Island Jazz Festival.
· Lord Howe Island
· Vanuatu Jazz Festival
Aside from festivals there have been extremely successful performances in England, Germany, France, Switzerland, Belgium, China, Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand and Laos.
Having always drawn members from the very best of Australian musicians the Band has shown its versatility through work with Dance including :-
· ‘Superman’ with the Australian Ballet,
· ‘Austorizon’ with the Australian Dance Theatre (choreographed by Ross Coleman) in Adelaide
· A Work for the Comscapes Dance Company Malaysia, performed in Kuala Lumpa that was very successful in raising money for the World Wide Fund For Nature.
There have been many appearances on Television including the Bi-Centennial TV spectacular and appearances on ‘Hey Hey Its Saturday’ also the Band has also been involved in Film – writing and performing the soundtrack for ’The Removalists’, and appearing in the Australian Films ‘Rebel’ and ‘Emerald City’.
This is a show you will not want to miss.
Bookings and ticket prices will be announced soon.
Reviewer Lloyd Bradford Syke recently wrote in Australian Stage:: “They've lost none of their vigour,enthusiasm, dexterity, versatility or skill. In fact, they're probably playing better than ever; which, after 43 years, is saying something!”
Brian Fane in the Sunshine Coast Jazz Club newsletter April 2013 - THE GALAPAGOS DUCK Sunday 20th January
When you think everything has been said and written about THE DUCK for 40 years the newly formed GALAPAGOS DUCK hit the Sunshine Coast with music that had the sell-out crowd panting with anticipation. The line-up of John Conley [bass], Willie Qua [reeds, percussion], Will Sargisson [keyboards] Richard Booth [reeds, bongos and Steel Drum] and Dave Goodman [drums] had only been together as a group for two weeks before they went on tour. Listening, you would have thought they had been together for years, such is their professionalism. Swing, The Beatles, Brubeck, Sting, Dixie, Trad and fusion music were all given superb renditions. That's a Plenty, Blackbird, Day Tripper, Yellow Bird, Rondo a la Turk, Misty, Moonglow, were just some of the music standards given the Duck special treatment.
Then the steel drum. Who would have imagined a steel drum being part of a modern jazz group? Yet, it gave an added dimension to the sound. Then a special treat from Will Sargisson, one of the finest Boogie pianists around who gave an inspired keyboard solo of great Boogie. This brought the audience to their feet for a standing ovation. Finally well after official ending time, the boys were still playing and enjoying themselves as were the audience. The close had to come.
Do we want the Duck back again? OH YES!!!