2:30 – 3:30pm, Sunday 4 November, WPAC Hall

Hailing from the national capital Canberra, pianist Wayne Kelly is making his debut at the Wangaratta Festival of Jazz and Blues this year. Kelly has been active on the Australian jazz scene for over 30 years and was at the forefront of a group of exceptionally talented students that studied at the ANU Canberra School of Music in the late 80’s and 90’s. Many of this generation of players have had a significant impact in their own right and Wayne is no exception.

Wayne counts as his influences pianists Hank Jones, Thelonious Monk and Kenny Kirkland and has developed his own distinct and exciting style that both respects the tradition of jazz piano but also looks to the future. He has played and recorded with notable musicians including Wynton Marsalis, James Morrison, Dale Barlow, Andrew Speight, Don Burrows, Roy Hargrove, Walter Blanding, Marcus Printup, Andrew Dickeson and Eric Alexander. Wayne plays as a solo jazz piano player as well as with his own trio and with larger ensembles. He has performed overseas for a number of years including residencies at the Venetian Resort in Macao, the Park Hyatt and the Peninsula Hotel in Shanghai and CJW in Beijing.
Over the last few years, the Wayne Kelly trio has enjoyed a residency at Canberra’s iconic café, Tilley’s.

Joining Wayne for this performance is bassist Brendan Clarke who has performed at the Wangaratta festival a number of times and was the winner of the National Jazz Award in 2001. Clarke recently returned to Canberra after 18 years living in Sydney and continues to be active on the national jazz scene. Rounding out the trio is drummer Mark Sutton. Mark is considered one of the most creative and swinging drummers in Australia and has played with an impressive array of national and internationally recognized jazz artists over the past 30 years. Clarke and Sutton are both on faculty at the recently revitalized ANU School of Music Jazz/Contemporary course in Canberra.


Wayne Kelly piano
Brendan Clarke bass
Mark Sutton drums