Paul Day – President
Paul has been a member of the Brisbane Jazz Club for many years and was elected as Treasurer 2014. Paul provided guidance in the negotiations with the Queensland Government and Brisbane City Council for the transition of tenure of the Club to a Community Lease from the council. Paul departed from the committee for a while in 2016 because of business demands but remained a strong supporter of the Club until convinced to rejoin the committee in 2016 and nominate for the vacating role of President. His aim is to see the Club continues to be the iconic provider of live jazz in Brisbane and to improve the amenity that the Club offers to its members, performer and visitors alike.
Alan Western – Vice President
Alan joined the Brisbane Big Band as resident vocalist in 1989 and was appointed manager in 2008, joining the BJC Committee in the same year. Apart from running the BBB and his own band, Alan is very active in Music Events and Promotions for the BJC, and, in 2012 inaugurated the first very successful Brisbane Big Band Festival at the Club. Well-known as a popular entertainer Alan’s long experience is evident in singing, compering, acting and song-writing in cabaret, radio and TV plus, his sales and marketing roles in various other businesses. He is constantly devising musical and promotional activities, encouraging youth in jazz at the Club and was appointed Vice-President in 2014.
Christine Talty – Committee / Treasurer
Having been a Sole Director for many years of a boutique commercial real estate company, Christine brings a wealth of business experience and people skills to the BJC. After a short period of volunteering, Christine was easily persuaded to take on the role of club secretary in 2014.
“The first time I walked into the Brisbane Jazz Club I was warmly greeted by the volunteers, welcomed to the Club and given an overview of this wonderful establishment. The seed was sown to one day becoming a volunteer and helping the Club to provide the fantastic, warm family atmosphere it is known for.
After 5 years as Secretary I am confident I can offer professional help to the Club as Treasurer and be a part of keeping live music alive”.
David Herbert – Committee Member
Known for his luscious grey locks and his enthusiasm for very large dogs, David Herbert has been a strong supporter of the Brisbane Jazz Club for many years, including serving on the Committee for 12 years. He is proud to have been a contributor to the wonderful and unique Club and how it has developed during that time.
David has recently retired after a career mainly in government, where he held professional and management positions. With retirement comes additional time available for hanging around the Brisbane Jazz Club helping out in a range of areas including maintenance and legislative compliance, as well as being a regular duty manager. And attending gigs, generally propping up the bar with a glass of red in hand
Alan Smith – Committee Member
I love being a part of the BJC family; as an active and enthusiastic Committee member; as a regular gig reviewer; and as a patron, enjoying the world-class Jazz and the ambience of our river-side Club.I share all of this with my wife, fellow Committee member, Irene McLeod. Irene and I met at the Brisbane Jazz Club, in 2014. (We also enjoy playing guitar and singing together).
Prior to settling in Brisbane in 1994, I commenced a career in IT in Victoria in the early 70’s; a career which gave me the opportunity to live and work around the world, in New Zealand, Lesotho, Bougainville PNG, Brunei and Oman. In the latter two places, I moonlighted as a radio presenter, with live shows, playing contemporary music.
Among the experiences that inform my membership of the BJC committee are having been President of the Upper Brookfield Recreation Club and Second Officer of the Brookfield Rural Fire Brigade.
Hamilton Westley – Committee / Volunteer Coordinator
Hamilton joined the committee in 2017 after couple of years working as a volunteer at the club. He has been living in Brisbane for over 25 years and has been a passionate supporter of the live jazz scene. Prior to Brisbane he lived in Sydney and frequented jazz clubs such as the Soup Kitchen, Pier One and the Basement. Originally from South Korea and adopted when he was a child, he grew up in Sydney and comes from a background of Banking & Finance. Hamilton’s passion, energy and enthusiasm well supports his current role as a Volunteer Co-Ordinator and Committee Member.
Helen Abrahams – Committee Member
I started volunteering at the Brisbane Jazz Club when I retired. I have a moderate interest in music including jazz but it was the calibre of the people on the management committee and other volunteers that enticed me to become an active member.
I thoroughly enjoyed being a volunteer and so was happy to take the step up to join the management committee when asked. I hope my knowledge of Government and Council’s processes will be useful.
Irene McLeod – Committee Member
Starting as a volunteer in 2008, Irene joined the current BJC committee in 2011. Whatever she lacks in height, she makes up for in enthusiasm for the fabulous people and musical experiences that make up the very heart of the Brisbane Jazz Club. Singing is a passion for her, starting out as a folk singer in her native Scotland. She has performed at the Jazz Club, and is a regular at Open Mics around town. She was Volunteer Co-ordinator for 5 years, and now assists in graphic and marketing tasks. She is passionate about keeping live music happening at the club, and committed to promoting and working with her fellow committee members, to continue to ensure that Brisbane Jazz Club retains its successful, and rightful place, as Brisbane’s No. 1 live jazz venue.
Jan Lennard – Committee / Secretary
Jan emigrated from the UK over 30 years ago, lured by the sunshine, mangoes & prawns. Settling in Brisbane she began singing and performing professionally over 25 years ago. Her association with the club has grown and has involved her moving up the ranks. She began as a volunteer over 10 years ago before being voted onto the committee, a role she happily fulfilled for two years with specific job delegation of the ‘shop lady’. This year she was surprised and humbled to be offered the position of Secretary and has gratefully received support from the committee members and previous club secretary, Christine Talty, to help her assimilate into this new role. Jan continues to embrace her connection with the club, wishing to remain ‘Hands On’, following through with her dedication and passion for all aspects of the club.
Ian Lock – Committee Member
Upon stepping away from the demands of full-time employment he started volunteering at the Brisbane Jazz Club. This introduced him to the wonderful family that is the BJC Committee made up of musicians, fans and the BJC team.
After a short period of volunteering he has stepped up and joined the Committee in September 2020, with an aim of supporting and promoting live music in Brisbane generally, and more specifically, contributing to keeping the Brisbane Jazz Club as a premier live music venue.
With over 20 years as a professional musician, bandleader and educator, Mal enjoys the responsibility for securing world class jazz acts for one of the world’s warmest swinging jazz venues, upholding the traditions and integrity passed down from wonderfully clever jazz musicians and jazz-lovers who have established the BJC as such a special place in which artists can paint their live jazz story. Every day he reviews and responds to applications for performances at the BJC – researching, negotiating and engaging live jazz bands from all over the world. Daily communication with past, present and future jazz artists is essential in achieving a balance between established and emerging jazz styles.
Naomi first came to the BJC in late 2015 to sing at the Jazz Singers Jam Night and couldn’t believe she’d lived in Brisbane most of her life and never been to this riverside jazz gem. She’s made up for lost time since as a regular singer (and sometimes host) of the JSJN and right-hand woman to organiser Ingrid James, member of the Brisbane Vocal Jazz Festival committee and BJC volunteer.
As a former business librarian, Naomi’s wide range of skills include social media, market research, editing and publications, which she hopes to utilise to assist in marketing and promotions, and help broaden the club’s audience.
Kirsten White – Coordinator – Administration & Front of House
Her younger days in the Sydney and Melbourne music industry saw Kirsten working as a manager, booking agent and promoter, but she gave it all away to start a family and later returned to Brisbane. Kirsten began Front of House work at the BJC where her love of jazz and the Club lifestyle soon lead her into working as the Administration and Front of House manager. She is immensely proud of the Club, as a very unique place, and loves that it appeals to a wide variety of ages and tastes. She truly gets a kick from seeing people’s reactions when they visit the place for the first time and very quickly become regulars – their enthusiasm is contagious.
Brad Esbensen – Musical Director: Brisbane Big Band
Brad Esbensen is a Brisbane based trumpet player, arranger, composer, copyist and educator. His association with the BJC stretches back to 1986 with involvement in jazz workshops with Rick Price and as President of the erstwhile Brisbane Junior Jazz Club set up under John Morris. Among other things, he is currently the Musical Director with the Brisbane Big Band, an association which stretches back to 1987, and Herb Armstrong and the Royal Street Krewe; both groups appear regularly at the BJC.
Lisle Kelly – Bar Co-ordinator
In the two years since, I have been given the opportunity to coordinate the bar. I have seen countless incredible musicians grace the stage and worked alongside some truly wonderful and passionate people. I feel privileged to have made even a small contribution to the legacy of this Brisbane music scene institution.
Mark Smith – Sound Engineer
Controlling and producing the sound of the music is an important feature of shows at the BJC. Mark uses his skills from long experience as a musician and sound specialist in producing great sound – well regarded by musicians, vocalists and patrons alike and celebrated his 10th year at the BJC in September 2014. A member of the Music & Events sub-Committee, Mark looks after all the Club’s musical, sound and lighting equipment. Mark has lead the production of BJC ‘High Tide I and II’ CDs and, under his business name Real Productions, his first-class recordings for artistes and bands, both at the Club and in his own studios, are always in demand.
Yale Knudson – Committee Member
Yale started as a volunteer in 2021 and joined the committee in the same year. Noting music as one of his many passions, Yale has a keen interest in live performance and a desire to see Brisbane Jazz Club’s potential as the “go to” live music venue realised.
With a long history in corporate business, Yale has over two decades working in several business areas such as general management, marketing, projects and economics. An experienced negotiator, Yale’s desire is to make a contribution to the further development of Brisbane Jazz Club’s as one of Brisbane’s most significant music establishments.