James McCaffrey - Drummer
I suppose a fascination with the drumming of Ringo Starr, from listening to my Dad's Beatles records as a little kid.
Then seeing my cousin Ben Elliott play when I was 5 years old fuelled my interest even more. I caught the drumming bug pretty early on, but did nothing about it until I was about 16 years old. My sister and I rode motorbikes through our younger years...a much more expensive and dangerous way to torment ones parents!
I always liked the Beatles. I was also really knocked out by Stewart Copeland's playing with The Police.
I fell in love with AC/DC when I was 12 yrs old, and I'm still a tragic fan! Phil Rudd has the most natural groove I have ever heard!
A few years later, with a face full of zits, under a cloud of melancholy cast by Sonic Youth and Nirvana, I bought my first drum set. From there I found The Beastie Boys and DIG (Directions In Groove). This piqued my interest in jazz, and with the help of my first drum teacher Christian McBride, I found my way to listening to Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Cannonball Adderley, Sonny Rollins, Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie.
After studying with Christian, I spent 6 years learning from Milan Troha at Billy Hydes Drumcraft in Surry Hills, Sydney. Milan taught me a lot about the technique of playing the drums. He was also a great mentor to me.
Next stop was a Bmus Jazz Performance at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, where I studied with Andrew Dickeson. Andrew really helped me to get my sound and time feel together, and shared his tremendous knowledge of the drums and the history of jazz music.
These days, I do a couple of jazz gigs around town, some pub rock gigs etc. I'm a rocker at heart. I feel most comfortable listening to, and playing music in the style of Robert Cray, Robben Ford and Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers.
Luke Gallen - Saxophone/Keyboards
Luke completed a Bachelor of Music specializing in Jazz performance and composition from the Australian National University in 2002. For the last 15 years he has toured and lived all over the world performing with Ray Barbee, Bobby Shoe, Diesel, Ed Wilson amongst many others. In 2008 Luke received a Bachelor of Education at Avondale College.
Bachelor of Music specializing in Jazz performance and composition from the Australian National University
Luke Aloysius Gallen is a central coast based multi instrumentalist /producer/sound designer.
Luke studied jazz performance and composition at the Australian National University completing in 2002. Luke has worked with many local and international jazz, rock , blues, hip-hop musicians and DJ’s.
Luke Gallen BMus Jazz, BEdu
Daxton Monaghan - Singer/Guitarist
I was fourteen when I picked up an average, disregarded classical guitar that my sister owned. I previously had no experience with a guitar until I had my first lesson with a Teacher named Rob. I learned mostly covers of 70’s & 80’s punk and alternate music.
I became serious with guitar when I was seventeen, in the late 1980’s, as I took on Jazz guitar with Teacher, Peter Toohey. I was strongly influenced by the music I was listening to at the time, which were, Captain Beef Heart, Frank Zappa, Tom Waits, The Pixies, David Bowie, Sonic Youth, Mud Honey and Australian band, Ups & Downs.
In this time I became quite adventurous with music and played in my first band with friends from Uni. The band was called, Latex Rubber Skin Head and we played mostly parties and entered band Competitions.
For a long time I went solo, as I was getting a lot of work this way with Hotels, Restaurants and RSL Clubs. I was singing with guitar, Harmonica and stomp box, writing and playing my own songs as well as doing some covers by Bob Dylan and Neil Young. I had enough confidence to entertain people and by this time I had enough experience.
I later met Bill Chambers and he mentored and produced me at the McCormack studios on the Central Coast. We had a big album launch at Tamworth Country Music Festival.
At that time I was also singing for The Cult Tribute Band, in Sydney, called “The baby, baby, baby yeah, yeah, yeahs”, with Andy Kent from U Am I, as guitarist, Adam Yee, from the band Smudge, on Bass, Jeff O’Connell from the band, Headache on guitar and Shayne Pennington, on drums.