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 Thursday 10th January, at Club Sapphire, for their first gig this year, the Down South Jazz Club is delighted to once again present that very popular Canberra band, Angela Lount and the Fedoras. The band comprises Angela Lount on vocals, Dan McLean on trumpet/flugal horn, James Luke on bass, Wayne Kelly on piano and Mark Sutton on drums.

Leader and vocalist Angela Lount has brought her band to the Down South Jazz Club on many occasions, the last being in January last year.  A very popular and entertaining vocalist, she is able to entice you onto the dance floor and has a great understanding of what a performance  needs to get everyone going. She was a member of the Woden Valley Youth Choir for five years and has toured Australia, New Zealand, Europe and the UK with them. She later became a member of the Darkside Divas, an all female group.

Dan McLean is a versatile and experienced performer, with professional training in both jazz and classical trumpet.  Since graduating from the ANU he has performed both nationally and internationally in a wide range of music styles including jazz, pop, rock, blues, contemporary, classical and musical theatre.  Highlights have included playing with James Morrison, lead trumpet with Royal Caribbean Cruises, Grace Knight, Lily Dior and several of Canberra’s leading jazz and pop bands. We have had the pleasure of hearing Dan many times in the past when he has performed with Angela Lount and the Funky Fedoras. In January 2017 Dan brought his own band “The Dan McLean’s Hot Four" to DSJC, and in January 2016 the evening with Hetty Kate and Dan McLean Swingtet was certainly a highlight of Down South Jazz Club’s year.


James Luke on double bass accompanied Dan's own band, and has also played for the jazz club with Angela Lount and the Funky Fedoras and The Hetty Kate and Dan McLean Swinget.  James plays all kinds of music and has played at many festivals from jazz to blues and country. He has also played in orchestras at the Sydney Opera House and has a Bachelor of Music with Honours. He manages to fit in a busy touring schedule and teaching part time at the Australian National University. Both Dan & James also appeared for the jazz club way back in 2007 with Leisa Keen & The Keen Kats.

Pianist Wayne Kelly has a Bachelor of Music and a Graduate Diploma in jazz studies, and has in the past toured with many artists, among them Judith Durham and Don Burrows, as well as performing at jazz festivals around Australia. He has been Angela Lount’s pianist each time she has appeared for the Down South Jazz Club. Dan, James and Wayne were outstanding back in January 2016 when they appeared with The Hetty Kate and Dan McLean Swingtet.

Mark Sutton (drums) has appeared at the Down South Jazz Club a few times over the years, often with Angela Lount and the Fedoras, the last occasion being in 2015, but also appeared with the Craig Schneider Trio in 2011. Mark is a graduate and now lecturer at the Canberra School of Music and at home he runs a modern teaching facility complete with recording studio. He has had vast experience as a performer and music educator, and has played with many top musicians of the Australian jazz scene, including George Golla, Vince Jones and Grace Night, as well as many visiting international artists. He has been part of many of Canberra’s key bands, has been a musician on various cruise ships and has played with the Canberra Pops Orchestra as well as several Canberra theatrical productions.

As last year, this will once again be a wonderful way to start the year off.  Cost is $15 for jazz club members and $20 for visitors with music commencing at 7.30 pm.  Bookings can be made with Aileen/Kevin Walsh (64959853), at bookings@downsouthjazzclub.org.au, or will be available on the night at the door. The Club Sapphire bistro opens at 6.00 pm with its extensive menu if you would like a meal before the show.