2 sets, 11:00pm – 1:00am, Sunday 4 November, St Pats Hall

The late, great Hungarian-born bandleader, composer and visionary Jackie Orszaczky was a beloved staple on the Sydney music scene for more than three decades. He held free Tuesday night residencies at iconic inner city venues, where young musicians could go to learn from one of the most respected figures in the game. As well putting on regular concerts in Sydney and all over Australia, Jackie also pulled large crowds in his home town of Budapest and other parts of Europe. As an Arranger and Musical Director Jackie arranged innovative horn and string sections for some of Australia’s  biggest bands, including collaborations with Marcia Hines, Billy Thorpe, Hoodoo Gurus, You Am I and savage Garden.

Jackie died of Lymphoma in 2008, but his energy, passion, and dazzlingly inventive arrangements live on in multiple groups, including the Orszaczky Budget Orchestra. Fronted by Tina Harrod and vocalist Darren Percival, the ensemble showcases a big band featuring many players who performed regularly with Jackie over the years. A throwback tribute party full of Jackie’s soul-funk tunes and his arrangements of classics, truly worthy of both his memory and most of the leather on your dancing shoes.

OBO at Sydney Festival


Tina Harrod vocals
Darren Percival vocals
Dave Symes bass
Hamish Stuart drums
Stu Hunter keys
Clayton Doley keys
Arne Hanna guitar
Matt Keegan saxophone
James Greening trombone
Virna Sanzone backing vocals