H.E. Mr. Jean-Luc Bodson, Ambassador of Belgium, and Mrs. Stephanie Mbombo look forward to welcoming you to a fundraising Jazz concert with all proceeds going to Adopt A School in Fiji following Tropical Cyclone Winston, the most powerful storm ever recorded in the southern hemispheres.
The fundraising concert will be followed by a performance of the Telopea Park School Jazz Band during which time refreshments will be offered.
Remark: This is an outdoor event on the lawns of the Embassy without allocated seating. You are very welcome to bring a blanket or camping chair.
The band will be composed of John Mackey on saxophone, Mark Sutton on drums and Gregg Stott on guitar, joined by Ambassador Jean-Luc Bodson on double bass.
Below is a series of biographies of the artists performing at this fundraising concert.
John Mackey has been performing professionally since the age of 14, with most of Australia’s top musicians as well as international artists. He has appeared on many national television shows including ‘Hey Hey Its Saturday’ as well as James Valentine’s “Afternoon Show’ and the ‘Sunday’ program.
John resided in Sweden for three years 1991 - 1994 and used this as a base to travel and perform extensively throughout Scandinavia, Europe and the U.S.A. John conducted several master-classes in Sweden and Houston, Texas. John has performed with many Jazz legends including BB King, Ray Charles, Johnny Griffin, Lee Konitz, Jim McNeely, Kenny Werner, Al Cohn, Mike Nock, Nat Adderley, Roy Hargrove, Bob Mintzer, Mark Levine, Lew Tabackin, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Phil Wilson, Ronnie Scott, George Shearing and many more.
Mark Sutton has played with the ‘who’s who’ of the Australian Jazz scene including Mike Nock, Bernie McGann, Dale Barlow, Sean Wayland, James Muller, Matt McMahon, Idea of North, National Jazz Award winners Brendan Clarke, Alana Stone and Eamon McNelis, Freedman fellowship recipients, Andrew Robson and Ben Hauptmann, Julian Lee, George Golla, Craig Scott, the late Jan Rutherford and Jackie Orcszasky, Fiona Burnett, Jonathan Schwartz, Vince Jones, Grace Knight and Adrian Cunningham, just to name some…
He has also had the good fortune of playing with many visiting international artists including Wynton Marsalis, Bob Mintzer, Peter O’Mara, and 4 performances with the legendary bassist of the Dave Brubeck quartet, “Senator” Eugene Wright.
Greg Stott has been a featured performer at numerous events including the 2010 New Zealand International Jazz & Blues Festival, the Sydney Olympics Festival, the Adelaide Cabaret Festival, the National Folk festival and a number of international sporting events. He has also played for Australian Prime Ministers and foreign dignitaries and performed original compositions for ABC FM, broadcast nationally. He is currently Musical Director and composer for an independent Australian film, The Competition, which is expected to be completed in 2012-13.
In addition to performing with The Greg Stott Band and the Utopia Collective, Greg has performed or recorded with a range of jazz, classical and pop artists including: James Morrison, Miroslav Bukovsky, Wayne Kelly, Mike Price, Hayley Jensen (Australian Idol), Adam Sofo (The Voice, Silverchair, Guy Sebastian), Robbie Zootster, Steve Allen, The RMC Duntroon Big Band, and the Canberra Symphony Pops Orchestra. Greg has also supported acts as diverse as Shirley Maclaine, Dionne Warwick, The Whitlams, Killing Heidi, Mental as Anything, and Daryl Braithwaite.
What are my parking options around the event?
There is no parking available at the Embassy of Belgium. We ask our guests to park in designated parking spots around the Embassy precinct.
What can I bring to the event?
You are encouraged to bring your own camping chair or blanket to make yourself comfortable on the lawn in front of the stage.
How can I contact the organiser with any questions?
Please contact Gwen Suys at the Embassy of Belgium via email (email@example.com) or telephone 02 6273 2501 ext 203.
What's the refund policy?
Because this is a fundraising event, we are not able to refund any tickets.
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
We ask all guets to bring a printed ticket to the event to facilitate entry to the premises.