The feedback we’ve had regarding our 2015 guests (Take 6 and the Hot Horn Happening) has been overwhelming and it’s time to tell you who’ll be inspiring you in 2016!

If you asked almost anyone over the last seventy years who are the best college big band in the world – the answer would most likely be “The One O’clock Lab Band”. This band comes from the University of North Texas and has received six Grammy nominations, made more than sixty albums and has toured all over the world – they are coming to GIJ in 2016!

The opportunity to hear such an amazing band of young musicians live is fantastic; even better, we will have workshops with them and the chance to hear how they do what they do.

But that’s not all (not even nearly) we will form a huge GIJ Jazz Orchestra by combining the Lab Band with the JM Academy Jazz Orchestra and feature international and Australian guest artists.

Back from New York, Australian trumpeter Mat Jodrell will be one of those guests, along with saxophonists Troy Roberts and Jeff Clayton from the USA. Australian Kyra Schwarz will be on trombone and sousaphone, along with Ross Irwin, Carl Mackey, Phil Stack, and more…

And for vocals…

We are thrilled to announce that Kate Ceberano will be joining the GIJ Jazz Orchestra and singing everything from the blues to some funky grooves. This multi award-winning singer has achieved stardom in genres from pop to soul to jazz and is going to lift the roof off the pavilion at GIJ. If you haven’t heard Kate with a big band – prepare yourself for something special.

For division 1 in the Stage Band Award, you will be playing a chart from the pen of legendary composer John Clayton, who also runs the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra. Jeff Clayton himself (lead alto in the band) will be adjudicating. We also welcome fabulous trombonist (and GIJ alumni) Jordan Murray as adjudicator in division 2 and Australian icon Graeme Lyall will be joining Phil Noy in division 3.

So keep practicing and I’m looking forward to seeing you all at the best GIJ ever in 2016!

Keep Swinging,

James Morrison