McKenzie Jazz Orchestra
The Daryl McKenzie Jazz Orchestra started in the early 80s as both a versatile function band and a band that could back world class artists. Over the years both the 8-piece and big band have been critically acclaimed for their superb musicianship and polished professionalism.
During the 90s Daryl McKenzie took over the role of Musical Director of the Nine Network's Hey Hey It's Saturday which saw the Hey Hey Band perform with international artists such as Tom Jones, Joe Cocker, Barry Manilow, Bonnie Raitt, Trisha Yearwood, Roger Daltry and Randy Crawford; as well as Australian artists such as Tina Arena, Human Nature, Tommy Emmanuel, James Morrison, Rhonda Burchmore, Debra Byrne and Marcia Hines (to name a few!).
A reunion series saw the Hey Hey band back in 2009. Other TV shows Daryl and the band were involved with included Australia's Got Talent and Dancing with the Stars and the AFI awards. The band toured internationally to the USA and Malaysia and also performed to large concert audiences in Perth, Adelaide, Darwin, Sydney, Gold Coast and Ayers Rock.
The Daryl McKenzie Jazz Orchestra has been in demand for corporate functions and major events including the Adelaide and Melbourne Grand Prix (Billy Thorpe, Tommy Emmanuel, Jack Jones), the VAC Federation Australia Day concert, the Sounds of Christmas for the Salvation Army (Thelma Houston), the reopening of the Adelaide Casino, the Myer Melbourne relaunch (Guy Sebastian), VAC New Years Eve and Morning Melodies, Lindsay Fox's 75th birthday (50 piece orchestra), Carlton FC's 15th night (Vicka and Linda, Daryl Braithwaite, Anthony Callea), Anthony Warlow and Faith Prince (Hamer Hall 34 piece orchestra) and was featured at the North Queensland Jazz Festival in Mackay, Jazz in the Vineyards at the Morning Star Estate and the Castlemaine State Festival. The big band has also featured on the soundtracks of several movies such as Bran Nue Dae, Death Defying Acts, The Wogboy, Two Hands, Love and Other Catastrophes and Bootmen.
As the 18 piece Daryl McKenzie Jazz Orchestra, the DMJO have recorded three critically acclaimed CDs and appear monthly at the Apartment Bar and Restaurant performing with singers including Darren Percival, Wilbur Wilde, Rhonda Burchmore, Nina Ferro, Nichaud Fitzgibbon and Matt Hetherington.
For occasions where a smaller band is more suitable, the Daryl McKenzie Jazz Orchestra is available as a 14 piece band (still a big band sound), an 8 or 10 piece (a great function band with a horn section), and a 5 piece band (great for smaller weddings). All the bands feature top class singers.
Both the big and small bands perform a wide range of material to suit all tastes. Their extensive repertoire ranges from the classic songs of the big band era through the 50s, 60s, 70s disco hits and right up to the latest in great current dance music. We can tailor our repertoire to suit a themed function and can provide anything from an instrumental jazz trio to a symphony orchestra.
Client Comments for Daryl McKenzie Jazz Orchestra
- Daryl and his band were extremely gracious to us, given the history behind the booking. They even changed their playlist when they realised the audience were not responding as they should to the music being played. This ensured a great night was had by all.
The Asian Executive 2014 Emirates Melbourne Cup Eve Charity Ball
"Sandra is very friendly and helpful, a great person to work with and a relationship we hope to strengthen in the future. We are so pleased that we selected Saxton to assist us with our event this year, and by the high level of compliments received about Neville Norman, we will definitely be needing Saxton in the future! My sincere thanks to Sandra, she was/is a delight to work with and always happy to help."
Australian Dairy Farmers' Limited
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