Jason Chandler - ELECTRIC Bass Guitar
Dan Ford - Tenor Saxophone
Greg Baikaloff - Percussion/Drums
"Butch Bellert" - Lead Guitar
With her fiery Greek upbringing and passion for live music, Dezzie D brings you a showcase of Rhythm and Blues with the support of her fabulous band - ‘The Stingrayz’. Desley is definitely one of Brisbane’s rising stars in the east coast blues scene.
Dezzie D is an extremely talented vocalist that engages the audience from start to finish. She has been performing professionally for the past two decades and enjoys supporting blues music and the arts on and off the stage. Starting her career with the formation of blues bands ‘Blonde On Blue’ and ‘Little Kitty Big Meow’ she has also studied music and volunteered her time to ensure the art of live blues is encouraged at all levels within the music scene.
Greg began his professional playing career way back in the early eighties in the height of the pub rock era, with Gold Coast covers bands "Plan B" and "Bob and the Hawks."
As a young drummer, Greg was Inspired by groups like Led Zeppelin and the Rolling Stones, not knowing at the time that the music that profoundly moved him was a merely a white, electric interpretation of the blues, originally created by Afro American musicians from the deep south of the USA - an imitation of sorts.
Since then Greg has been on a life-long quest to go directly to the source, to find the real blues - raw, unpolished, passionate, expressive - and to try to reproduce authentic rhythms, true to the cause. He has matured into a player who's style could be described as minimalist, yet expressive and always played from the heart.
Greg has played behind Aussie blues luminaries, Dutch Tilders, Ray Beadle, Jeff Lang, Phil Manning, Kate Meehan, Phil Emmanuel, and Gail page. He has worked with local Brisbane blue legends, Mojo Webb, Lil Fi, Blind Dog Donnie, JB Lewis, Sweet Felecia, Doc Span, Buzz and the Blues Band. Over the years, he has kept the drum throne warm in Brisbane working bands, Black Cat Bone, Helta Delta, Mike Frost and the Icemen, Shakey Shaun and the Intemperate Few, Mick Diggles' Blues Doctors, Morningside Fats, and the Andrew Baxter Band. Greg also spent a year or two playing the Rockabilly scene with Dangerous Dan and the Starlite Ramblers, and West Texas Crude. Greg believes that the best way to connect with an audience is to keep the music real - "blues is the healer."
Butch has been playing the Blues and paying his dues longer than most people can recall. Born into a musical family, Butch grew up listening to, and playing a rich and diverse range of music that helped shape his own unique style. His musical odyssey of bands and genres started at age thirteen with his first local High School band and over the years has included Rock, Blues, Punk, Swing, Country, and everything else in between. With this broad pallet of musical capabilities, Butch has also been a first-call sideman for many bands and artists that have required an experienced guitarist that can step right in and compliment any situation.
Musical influences have played a big part in Butch’s journey and when he plays, you’ll recognise snippets of Roy Buchanan, Freddie King, Jimi Hendrix, Paul Kossof, Eric Clapton, and a host of other major guitar influences that will keep you on the edge of your seat with honest emotion, ability and feeling. As an unofficial “Master of the Telecaster”, when Butch straps on a Tele you know he means business and there will always be fun and fireworks. Some of the bands Butch has been associated with include: Peter Gunn; The Potion; Blues in Session; Blues Potion; The Swing Thing, The Spring Hillbillies, The Fabulous Boogie Boys; Michael Turner’s Blues in Session; Cath Butler’s Joynt Venture; The Massive Fergusons, The Story, Bakosfield, Big Kitty and the Dirty Dukes.
Dan Ford is a saxophonist and composer based in Brisbane, Australia. He is passionate about creating and performing Australian jazz compositions in a distinctive modern style. Originally from Canberra, Dan followed his passion for jazz and improvised music by studying at the Australian National University’s School of Music (Bachelor of Music with First Class Honours) and later a Master's degree in jazz performance at the Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University, graduating with the Award for Academic Excellence.
Dan has since performed at a wide range of events in Europe and Australia, including the Queensland Music Festival; Meriumbula Jazz Festival; Townsville Jazz Festival; Canberra International Music Festival; and many others. He has answered invitations to perform with ensembles ranging from the Canberra Symphony Orchestra to the Brisbane Contemporary Jazz Orchestra, and is a regular feature at Brisbane's Doo-Bop Jazz Bar and the Brisbane Jazz Club.
Matt Luff - Baritone/Tenor Saxophone
Clint holds a Masters of Music (trumpet performance) degree from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, and performs regularly in a variety of classical, jazz, contemporary, chamber and experimental music settings. He has received numerous Australian Arts Council and Queensland Arts grants to implement contemporary music programs, and was awarded a 2011 Churchill Fellowship to travel to Europe to work with leading practitioners specifically involved in the creation of confluent/crossover music. Clint has backed prominent artists including Don Burrows, Julie Anthony, James Morrison, Chrissy Amphlett, Tina Arena, Human Nature, Natalie Cole, Anthony Calea, Mark Diesel, Leo Sayer, Rick Price, Christine Anu and John Waters, and has travelled with various ensembles both nationally and internationally.
He performed over 500 concerts while on tour with BUZZ, a brass quartet formed by Musica Viva to educate young children around Australia and develop music programs in primary schools in both city and rural areas along the east coast of Australia. He has performed at major music festivals (Big Day Out, Livid, Byron Bay Bluesfest, Woodford Folk Festival, Splendour In The Grass), recorded many television commercials and Sony PlayStation soundtracks, directed the Zappa/Bjork Big Band, experimental electro-acoustic music recitals (Sympatico), contemporary operas (NORPA and Barry Conyham) and numerous other orchestral and contemporary music projects. Clint was a member with the Latin group, Hot Mambo which was the resident Latin band at the Treasury Casino for over four years, and has performed extensively with the band up and down the Queensland Coast.
Matt Luff is a professional Woodwinds performer, educator, composer and producer. He is grateful to have performed and/or recorded with such musical outfits as The Kite String Tangle, Jordan Rakei, City Calm Down, Ash Grunwald, QSO, AAO, Sampology and West End Composers Collective, to list a few. Luff has toured nationally and performed hundreds of gigs locally, across a wide variety of musical genres, in both artistic and corporate disciplines.
Matt’s teaching philosophy consists of making music approachable, achievable and enjoyable. Drawing on his open minded approach to teaching primary through professional levels, he caters to each student’s needs in order to provide highly efficient and fun lessons.
Inspired by the music of John Coltrane and the abundance of spiritually uplifting musicians that call Australia home, Matt started ‘Matt’s Mates’, a large jazz ensemble. The band improvises with a strong emphasis on rawness, honesty and natural beauty. This outfit has produced two albums and continues to be active in the Australian jazz scene.
Whether performing on a big festival stage, teaching a group of young clarinet students or supporting the local music scene, Matt strives to share his love and respect of music with those around him.
Having studied at the Conservatorium of Music (Qld) and QUT Academy of the Arts on both Trumpet & Bass, Jason has enjoyed a long a varied career pursuing live and studio opportunities. Having regularly played trumpet in big bands (residency & touring) from the age of 14, he commenced his bass playing career at World Expo 88 (Brisbane), playing in support of local and international artists.
He continues to tour extensively throughout Australia with country, blues, tribute and Celtic artists with major festivals appearances highlighting the calendar each year (Thredbo Jazz and Blues Festival, Bellingen Jazz Festival, Woodford Folk Festival, Tamworth Country Music Festival, WOMADelaide, Byron Bay BluesFest, Broadbeach Blues Festival, Bridgetown Festival, National Celtic Festival, Port Fairy Folk Festival, Winton Way Out West Festival, Wangaratta Festival of Jazz, Gympie Muster, Noosa Jazz Festival, Big Day Out, Festival Interceltique de Lorient).
In 2013, Desley wanted a change and felt inspired to cover more female artists, covering 'up beat' Rhythm and Blues. She began looking for other musicians that shared that same passion and it was important that performances were an authentic creation of music which paid tribute and homage to the artists that created it - we simply called it ‘Resurrected Rhythm & Blues’. Drawing her inspiration from artists such as Etta James, Ruth Brown, Anne Cole, Varetta Dillard, Tiny Topsy, Brenda Lee, Marie Knight and Jessie Mae, the band was formed and the rest is history - a fantastic sight and sound of 40s and 50s Rhythm & Blues that is powerful, soulful and extremely entertaining.
Highlight performances include Bob Malone (USA), Ben Waters (UK), Charlie Musselwhite (USA), John Earl Walker (USA), Shifter (AUS), Barbara Blue (USA), Mojo Webb Heartbreak (AUS), Buzz and the Blues Band (AUS/ UK), Steve Grace (AUS), Steve Lott (USA), Fiona Boyes (AUS), Steve Apirana (AUS), Chris Jagger (UK), Pete Cornelius (AUS), Murphy’s Pigs (AUS/ FR), Bruce Springsteen - Glory Days Tribute (AUS/ NZ), Joey Perrone (AUS), The Drifters (USA), Peter Gray (UK), Wiley Reed (AUS). Whilst being an ‘in demand’ live performer, Jason is passionate about the studio experience and has contributed to more than 40 albums as either writer, arranger, copyist, musician or manager. Jason brings a wealth of experience to every project and is passionate about anchoring every show from the bottom up. Literally!