OZ Manouche
2019 Performers

Gracing our stage this year at the Brisbane Jazz Club will be:

Lollo Meier (NL)

Raised on Gypsy Swing from an early age, Lollo Meier is a master guitarist, composer, bandleader and arranger; Lollo comes from an elite family of Gypsy musicians and is cousin to two of the greatest guitarists of the genre; Fapy Lafertin and Stochelo Rosenberg. His goal: to carry on the music of Django Reinhardt, with a style and technique that’s traditional, melodious, lyrical, sensitive and joyful. His mellifluous compositions have a refreshing authentic Django flavour and are played with extraordinary talent, unique style and amazing suppleness that clearly reflects that he makes music he loves. His Quartet is sought after around the globe and is famous for playing the lesser-known Reinhardt tunes and his own compositions. A man of style, grace and humour, Lollo’s pure melodious playing touches his audiences and makes Django’s music as fresh today as it was 80 years ago.

Lollo Meier (lead guitar), Cameron Jones rhythm guitar), Loretta Palmeiro (clarinet/saxophone), Jon Delaney (double bass)

Tilly Bébé (QLD, VIC, NSW)

Tilly Bebe

Tilly Bébé is a special project bringing female jazz players from around Australia and beyond together to perform jazz classics (with an emphasis on gypsy jazz) and original compositions. Named after a famous female lion tamer of the early twentieth century, the ensemble celebrates women who contribute their talents to the world of jazz and connects them across borders to inspire new works, collaborations and networks.
The project premiered at OzManouche in 2018. The 2019 edition features Jen Hawley (VIC) (The Royal High Jinx and Old Hat Jazz Band) on guitar, Loretta Palmeiro (NSW) (Spyglass Gypsies, Divergence Jazz Orchestra, Sydney Women’s Jazz Collective) on sax and clarinet, Helen Russell (QLD) on double bass, Kay Ann Sullivan (QLD) (Paris Dreaming) on accordion and project curator Pauline Maudy (QLD) (MZAZA) on vocals.

The Date Brothers With Shenzo Gregorio (IRE, NSW, QLD)

Shenzo date

From a gypsy campfire to the lowdown bluesy sounds of New Orleans. To the South American street party, to the sophisticated inner-city salon. The Date Brothers happily invoke these sounds and styles and play with virtuosity on their acoustic guitars. The famous Belgian gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt inspires their music; who in the 1930's formed the "Quintet of the Hot Club of France" with violinist Stephane Grappelli. Between them they have played all the major Australian jazz and arts festivals and venues. Ian is also the patron of the OzManouche festival.

Shenzo Gregorio, aka Shenton Gregory is one of Australia's most sought after string players. Not only because of his technical prowess, but also because he covers all different styles from classical to gypsy jazz with equal ease and inventiveness. Gregorio is the creative director and organiser of the 40 Hour jammin’ a charity event held on Magnetic Island in support of motor neurone disease research.

Ian Date (guitar, vocals, trumpet), Nigel Date Guitar, Shenzo Gregorio (violin), Peter Walters (double Bass)

Jon Delaney (VIC)

Jon Delaney

Jon Delaney is well known to OzManouche audiences as guitarist with past festival acts; La Mauvaise Réputation, The Furbelows and Ultrafox as well as performing in ensembles under his own name. He has appeared around Australia performing gypsy jazz, mainstream and modern jazz and is one of only select few Australian musicians to have performed at the Festival Django Reinhardt in Fontainebleau France. Delaney has three albums released under his own name, most recently Paname (2016). Featuring mostly original material recorded in Paris with a rhythm section made up of first call musicians of the French gypsy jazz scene. In addition to his ensemble activities, Jon loves performing entirely unaccompanied, and this year will be presenting a programme in solo format selecting music that is especially close to his heart – waltzes from the golden age of the Paris dancehall, beautiful spiritual music from the Sinti gypsy community, a few Reinhardt classics, and original compositions from his own albums.

Jon Delaney (solo guitar)

Jane Morris Quartet (TAS)

Jane Morris
Jane Morris

Formed in 2018, the Jane Morris Quartet has now established a reputation as one of Tasmania’s premier Gypsy Jazz ensembles. The band features prominent musicians; Harry Edwards (guitar), Charlie McCarthy (violin) and Isaac Gee (double bass) from OzManouche favourites, Django’s Tiger and The Harry Edwards Quartet and is led by Jane Morris (vocals/flute). Morris stunned audiences at last years OzManouche Festival with her sophisticated vocal styling and elegant swing feel during the impromptu third set jam sessions. Expect to be on the edge of your seat with an evening of well-loved jazz standards alongside captivating originals. All performed with delectable taste and hot club style as the band celebrates the launch of its new album entitled, Undecided.

Jane Morris (voice/flute), Harry Edwards Guitar, Charlie McCarthy (violin), Isaac Gee (double bass)

Catfish (VIC)


A product of Melbourne's unique jazz scene, Catfish make their return to the OzManouche Festival having first made their debut back in 2013. The band draws upon a diverse array of influences creating intricate, quirky arrangements of borrowed and original material giving the band a unique and exciting spirit. Each performance is crafted for maximum impact, weaving a musical storyline from Django Reinhardt to Les Doigts De L'Homme to Louis Armstrong to Julian Lage and beyond. Joyous, virtuosic an exciting, Catfish are at the vanguard of a new generation of Australian gypsy jazz.

Sam O'Halloran (guitar), Adam Russo (guitar), Oscar Neyland (bass)

Cigány Weaver (QLD)

Cigany Weaver

Cigány Weaver are one of Australia's most exciting new gypsy jazz ensembles. Formed out of a shared love for the legendary partnership of Django Reinhardt and
Stéphane Grapelli they are intent upon bringing gypsy jazz to a new audience and creating a dedicated Australian following with their energetic live shows. Their sound is modern, reminiscent of jazz Manouche, traditional swing and Romani music interwoven with contemporary material from artists like Bjork and reinterpretations of classics from popular culture. The band appear regularly at Brisbane's most popular music venues and have performed at major festivals including Woodford Folk Festival, MONA's Dark Mofo (TAS), Bellingen Winter Music Festival (NSW) and The Tablelands Folk Festival (FNQ). Swinging, vibrant and effervescent, Cigány Weaver are cementing their place as one of Australia's must-see bands.

Jo Davie (voice), Gareth Mewes (violin), Rory Dollard (guitar), Liam Butler (double bass), Conor McDonald (guitar), Kym Ambrose (percussion)

Salon Noir Sextet (TAS, QLD)

Salon Noir Sextet comprise of an all star line up of the Australian gypsy jazz scene. Members from Oz Manouche Founder Ewan Mackenzie’s bands Swing Dynamique and Swing Manouche; Miranda Deutsch (guitar), Dan Cosgrove (clarinet) and Rick Caskey (double bass) are joined by Kylie Southwell - who’s quirky and charming voice has delighted previous festival audiences with Laique (2013) and Tilly Bebe (2018) - and Tasmanians Harry Edwards (guitar) and Charlie McCarthy (violin), both of Harry Edwards Quartet and Django’s Tiger.

Having made their debut at Hobart’s Dark Mofo Festival, Salon Noir Sextet are set to delight OzManouche with their deep passion for gypsy jazz in the Australian accent. Join them for their dynamic performance of classics, originals by the band, and as they honour the musical contribution and legacy of Ewan Mackenzie by performing a selection of his original compositions.

Kylie Southwell (vocals) Miranda Deutsch (guitar), Harry Edwards (guitar), Dan Cosgrove (clarinet), Charlie McCarthy (violin), Rick Caskey (double bass)

Susy Hull (vocals/flute), Miranda Deutsch (guitar), Harry Edwards (guitar), Dan Cosgrove (clarinet), Rick Caskey (double bass), Charlie McCarthy (violin)

The Sunday Morning Duo Special

For the Sunday brunch concert we will be presenting a selection of duos drawn from artists performing at the festival plus a few special guests. Festival Patron, Ian Date suggested the Duo Special idea after his experience performing at European jazz festivals and we thought it would be the perfect vehicle to highlight the spontaneity of gypsy jazz and the improvisational talent of musicians in a fun, low key, fast paced show.