Here’s some background to the pianists  performing in 2018 and 2019:

Andrew Farrell  – The Piano Wizard

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 is a famous Australian blues, jazz, boogie woogie, classical piano player, songwriter and singer, who has performed internationally and Australia wide over the last few decades from small halls to the most prestigious venues & largest Festival stages. He is widely acknowledged as a versatile virtuoso pianist with great technical and brilliant improvisational skills. Totally unique! Great Piano Wizard will take you on a magical musical journey  from Rachmaninoff to Gershwin, Joe Cocker to Leonard Cohen, Ray Charles to Oscar Peterson, Jerry Lee Lewis to Leon Russell, Tom Waits as well as his own original compositions – just a few to be named.  Amazingly Andrew use all 88 keys, fingers gliding with ease & providing a depth & texture with the whole spectrum of musical color; his brilliant use of vocal completing the performance. The Piano Wizard is a powerful, unique and compelling voice in Australian music today!



Hermann Schwaiger


Hermann was born in Germany. His family moved to Australia and settled in Melbourne in the late 60s. He studied Fine Arts at RMIT, but spent the following decades as a professional Jazz double bass player, working with Vince Jones, Jane Clifton and Wilbur Wilde to mention a few. He has appeared on television in shows such as The Don Burrows Collection (ABC) and Good Morning Australia. His performances include appearances at the Melbourne Concert Hall and productions with the Melbourne Theatre Company.

Hermann is also a jazz pianist in his spare time and an accomplished artist.

Hermann has enjoyed considerable success as an artist in the last few years and is represented in several galleries and various cafés and restaurants, his paintings often centre around celebrated bayside views and the inner inner city suburbs. Also on display are sea and landscapes, often painted at twilight conveying a sense of serenity.





Melbourne based pianist/composer Jo Abbott fell in love with jazz at an early age after hearing a performance at a local jazz festival by the pianist Judy Bailey. Jo’s mentor’s have since included Bob Sedergreen; Tim Stevens; Roger Frampton; Steve Sedergreen and vibraharpist Alan Lee, whom she collaborated with and recorded an album “Music of John Lewis”- Move Records [..a shimmering, uncluttered sound, with the Lewis penchant for swinging hard and classical influences in swell evidence.” Kenny Weir]

Jo has performed nationally and internationally at festivals and venues including Bennetts Lane Jazz Club; Melbourne Recital Centre; Paris Cat Jazz Club; Manchester Lane; Stonnington Jazz Festival; Eltham Jazz Festival; Pinnacles Jazz Festival (with “Artisans Workshop); “Circus Oz – Straight Up”, USA tour; “Live en Aout’ , New Caledonia; “Yana Alana – Between the Cracks” – Auckland International Cabaret Festival and Adelaide Fringe Festival; “Play Me, I’m Yours” – Opening Night Concert, Arts Centre, Melbourne; “Nicholas Cabaret Orchestra”;  and will in 2018 collaborate with  performer/writer Isabel Hertaeg’s “Death by Soprano” for a national Australian tour.

Jo is currently pianist with a number of projects including ‘Maydreamers’; ‘Yeah Yeah’; ‘Andy Scott Quartet’; Gatsbees; ‘Downbeat Big Band; ‘Trio Hep’ and the “Darebin City Jazz Orchestra.

Adam Rudegeair

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Adam Rudegeair is a Melbourne-based piano player/songwriter. His major projects include his jazz trio, Lake Minnetonka, and the Bayou Tapestry. He is also the pianist in Glasfrosch and the muscial director of Henry Manetta and the Trip.
Recent recordings include “The Bowie Project’, Bourbon St to Brunswick St’ and the Glasfrosch album ‘Nocturnes/Aubades’

ade ishs


ade ishs (/ʌdɛ ɪʃ/) is a composer, a pianist, and a bandleader residing in Melbourne, Australia. His musical style revolves around contemporary jazz, classical, folk, and meditational.

After living his formative years in Indonesia, ade migrated to Australia. He has performed with Dung Nguyen (Way Out West — Australia), Geoff Kluke (Australia), Daigo Nakai (Germany), Benny Likumahuwa (Indonesia), Candra Malik (Indonesia), Reyharp (Germany), ​Zamil Idris (Malaysia), and many other musicians in Australia and Indonesia of various genres. His current main ensemble is The ishs/Allen Project, led by himself and his closest collaborator, Chelsea Allen. Recently, they released their sophomore album called Stories Under the Sky. Ade has released 6 other albums in the last 8 years and is a well known & very popular pianist in Melbourne  performing regularly at Paris Cat Jazz Club and jazz festivals In Victoria and beyond.

ade ishs is one of the most engaging live jazz performers I have encountered. There is no distance between ade and his audience. Everyone is invited in and embraced by the charm of his personality, the accessibility and richness of his music and the fluidity of his improvisation which seems to respond not only to what is happening in ade’s mind and heart but to what is happening in the audience’s heart.
— Simon Williams, Inner FM Melbourne

Phil Carroll

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Phil Carroll has played solo over the years in hotels and piano bars around Australia,  New Caledonia and Turkey. Also with outfits such as The Rhythm Galahs and  Kola Jump.

Lately he has been playing 20s jazz with The Honk Stompers

And also oriental and jazz fusion



Cathy Connor


Cathy, originally from Sydney is a Melbourne-based pianist and music educator.

Cathy has performed for many years as a jazz pianist, as a soloist, vocal accompanist/arranger and in various ensembles for commercial functions and many jazz festivals around Australia. Cathy has led her own trio and is a regular big band pianist in Melbourne. She has composed and arranged for local ensembles over many years.

She is currently an educator teaching piano, ensemble and accompanying choirs and VCE students,co coordinator of the Melba Women’s big band, and freelance pianist  in and around Melbourne.


Ken Sumsion

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Ken classical piano under Paul Arndt and went on to to play self taught traditional jazz piano at age 17. Ken played “trad” in various bands around Melbourne such as the Hampton Jazz band during the 1960’s including  a stint in New Orleans. Ken later did further study in mainstream style for some years with Graham Taylor.

Ken continues to enjoy playing jazz and church music around Melbourne and participates regularly in the Jazz Piano Luncheons.