John Hoffman’s Annual Bello Concert

3 Nov
This Sat November 8   2014 


John Hoffman

JH + bs

Featuring the third return of young maestro

James Ball  on Piano
The smooth dulcet tones of 

Cary Bennett    on Vocals and Drums

please note  !!!!!
RBQ’s regular monthly spot
Second Sunday of each Month
Barrels Restaurant Sawtell
is NOT happening in November !
Hilda and Chris have sold, and the place is to be refurbished by new owners Steve and Justin so it’s to be closed for a month.
Steve is keen to keep up a music programme so watch this space

Coming Up
Wed Nov 26
Wed @ the Fed
RBQ and guests at the Federal Hotel Bellingen
The gig is now in it’s eighth year and popular as ever !

Sat  December 13 at Golf 
Sandie White 
more detail Later




Roger Burke
02 6655 2100     
0427 256 140



The Bellingen Jazz Society – New Page Address

2 Nov

If you want to be kept up to date with gigs arranged by The Bellingen Jazz Society or just great Jazz happening around Bello please visit our new website address…..

For any questions re gigs just call Roger on 6655 2100.


Grab this Fantastic Opportunity!

22 Jun

Luara's Singing Lessons 1. Bello Winter 2014

John Hoffman & Luara Karlsen – December Gig

7 Nov


Bellingen Jazz Society  presents

Saturday Dec 7 @ 7:30pm

Bellingen Golf Club         

John Hoffman, Luara Karlsen         

James Ball – Piano (Bris)    Roger Burke  – sax/flute, Bruce Stephen – Bass, Peter Skelton – Drums

$20/$25 on the door.

Gai Bryant Quintet – Monday 23rd Sept

15 Sep


Gai Bryant’s  quintet will be passing through Bellingen on  September 23rd & will be stopping in a Bellingen Golf Club on the only free night they have to entertain us with a mix of originals and jazz standards such as 60’s Art Blakey and the Messengers style arrangements. The group consists of ;

Jeremy Borthwick-trombone
Gai Bryant-saxes
Jeremy Sawkins-guitar
Brendan Clarke-bass
Cameron Reid-drums

Dont miss this rare opportunity to see such talent.  Kicking off at 7.30pm $25 on the door & $20 for golf club & jazz society members.

For more information visit their website.

Andrew Dickeson Quintet – 9th Sept Bellingen Golf Club

28 Aug
AndrewDicksonWRThe SPIRIT, the EMOTION and the SWING of Andrew Dickeson – that’s what I enjoy playing with” – Kirk Lightsey, legendary American jazz pianist.

We are pleased and proud to announce that the Andrew Dickeson Quintet will be touring regional NSW in September 2013 – with the support of Arts NSW and SIMA.

Dickeson’s group is a true all-star aggregation – with several winners of the prestigious National Jazz Award and Bell Jazz Awards.

It comprises Andrew Dickeson – leader/drums, Roger Manins – saxophone, Eamon McNelis – trumpet, Brendan Clarke – bass, Steve Barry – piano.

The group has an identifiable sound – strong swinging grooves and interesting arrangements. Their debut CD “Weaver Of Dreams” received rave reviews from the Australian and overseas press.

“Andrew Dickeson has elevated himself beyond his universally accepted perch as a stellar sideman and is now staking his claim as a distinguished bandleader.” – George Coleman Jr, NYC.

” A quintet of great depth and innate feel for what real swing is all about – the groove.” – Brent Black, Digital Jazz Review.

“Dickeson weaves his dreams with flair and imagination turning this first record into a delight and the beacon for more.” – Jerry D’Souza, All About Jazz.

“Few groups making their recording debut have excited me as much as this quintet led by Andrew Dickeson, whose drumming is a byword for taste, class and swing.” – Kevin Jones, ABC Limelight.

Dickeson talks about his group:
“As my playing evolved over many years as a sideman, a role I still love and enjoy, I knew that it was time to make a musical statement of my own and to present music with my own fingerprint on it. I could hear this band in my mind long before it was formed, and I felt that it would be something special.

My concept was to have a band that was creative, polished and swinging, in which each tune would be a musical journey, for us and listeners. I chose musicians who could create the sound and feeling I aimed for, and they have responded beautifully.
“Roger Manins and I go back many years, and we have had considerable experience, both here and abroad. Eamon McNelis and Steve Barry are rising stars who play with strength, personality and maturity far beyond their years.
The combination is a formidable one – full of excitement and energy.”

Bellingen Golf Club
$25/20 members
6655 2100

6 Jun

Bellingen Jazz Society Contact Roger Ph 6655 2100 or email

Roger Burke Quartet & Guests is now every fourth Wednesday of the month at the Federal Hotel Bellingen 7-10pm.

Roger Burke Quartet & Guests continue to appear at Barrels Restaurant, 234 First Street, Sawtell second Sunday of each month 7 – 10pm

Next Bellingen Society Gig is Sept 7 – Andrew Dickeson Quintet.

The John Hoffman Connection Gig March 2nd – Bellingen Jazz

12 Feb


March 2nd at the Bellingen Golf Club marks the 1st 2013 event for the Bellingen Jazz Society.

It brings together in an exciting combo 5 musicians with diverse backgrounds and area codes, but with one sole purpose – to swing hard and swing sweet with a night of straight ahead improvisational jazz and ballads!

The combo put together for the night includes:

John Hoffman from Bangalow, who needs little introduction to Bellingen, having visited regularly over the last 5 years to play his flugelhorn in a lyrical manner previously described by the phrase “which makes other trumpet players weep”.  John learnt his trade through the likes of great bands of Woody Herman, Artie Shaw and has played consistently over the years “with all the greats”.

Roger Burke on saxophones and flute has been a mainstay for the local Bellingen jazz scene for over 20 years, significantly involved in the Bellingen Jazz Festival and Society. He has continued his presence as a professional jazz player in the ongoing project of the Roger Burke Quartet for many years in both Hobart and Bellingen.  A student of the Sydney Con in jazz studies as a young lad, he has built his characteristic style over many years, proving his own adage that ” if you keep at something long enough….”

James Ball, on piano, from Brisbane, is a 3rd year student of the Queensland Conservatorium of Music.  He played at the Bellingen Jazz Society last September with John Hoffman, and delighted the audience with his musicality and technique which proves that younger age is never a barrier to talent! He enjoys playing over a diverse spectrum of music and has featured with many significant players.

Mark Spence from Port Macquarie on drums, originally from Atlanta, USA, began his professional music career after studying Jazz at Georgia State University. He ‘saw the light’ and emigrated to Australia, and teaches and plays regularly in the region.  He brings both an impeccable swing and sensitivity to the night’s combo.

Bruce Stephen, a relative newcomer to double bass (compared to the others in the combo) also ‘saw the light’, moving to Bellingen 6 years ago, and has been a regular player in RBQ since. He delights in misguiding other musicians in his patchy understanding of jazz musical theory, and is looking forward to providing a solid but reflective rhythm section with Mark on drums for the combo’s improvisation.

Music starts at 7.30pm.  $25 on the door or $20 for Jazz Society & Golf Club Members.   Free admission for under 18s accompanied by an adult.


John Hoffman’s Bello – Brisbane Connection – Bellingen Jazz

10 Feb


Mark Spence – Bellingen Jazz

10 Feb
Mark Spence is from Atlanta, Georgia (USA), where he began his professional career in the local jazz scene after graduating from Georgia State University.  He currently lives in Port Macquarie, where he teaches and continues his work as a jazz musician.   He will be joining Roger Burke, John Hoffman, Bruce Stephen & James Ball March 2nd at the Bellingen Golf Club for the next society gig.