The Jazz Kings Band Bios
King of Trumpet - Peter Uppman’s multi award-winning style is instantly recognisable, receiving
receiving accolade after accolade for his work as a world-class trumpeter, singer, songwriter and entertainer. A professional performer of more than 30 years, Peter has a massive repertoire encompassing all styles of jazz, rock, pop, country and Latin. He also possesses the unique ability to communicate with his audiences, utilising humour combined with superb musicianship. Having worked with dozens of internationally renowned artists, Peter has also been featured many times on national television, radio and media publications, with several of his albums selling via major outlets worldwide. He has also written and recorded many originals.
King of Guitar - Gordon Matheson - arrived in Australia from Glasgow at the age of 10 and started strumming the guitar at 12. He began formal study at 14 with Trinity College London (based in Melbourne) and then continued with Pearl Rawlings where after 5 years he was offered a teaching position. He also studied with jazz guitarist Bruce Clarke (from Fascinating Rhythm – on TV) and took over his Berklee Ensemble Reading Classes for Guitarist. Gordon’s reputation as a gifted and talented guitarist launched a career which has spanned over 50 years performing with world class acts such as The Seekers, Liza Minnelli, Peter Allen, John Farnham, Tina Arena, Winifred Atwell and many others.
Gordon is still teaching at 53a Nerang St (Above Gold Coast Music) and has done so for over 40 years. He also regularly plays as a soloist for The Marriott (Surfers) and many weddings and social events as well as the guitarist for the Gold Coast Big Band.
King of Bass and vocals - Col Atkinson - Col brings that subtle depth with his Bass playing and his Latin Jazz Standard vocals and makes any band complete. Col has backed the likes of Norman Wisdom, the Karl Denver Trio, Bert Weeden, Arthur Worsley and Lynn Perry, (Coronation Street).
Col has also played in lots of theatre productions such as South Pacific, My Fair Lady and Jesus Christ Super Star to name a few. He has also cruised the world on passenger liners working for the shipping companies, the likes of the Shaw Saville Line, Union Castle Line and P & O. He extensively worked the Sydney club circuit and backed stars such as Kamal, Kerry Anne Kennelly and many many times with his best friend Willy Qua and other band members of Galapagos Duck. Locally, he was the bass player in both the Michael Buble tribute Show and the Robbie Williams tribute show. Cols is also the secretary and entertainments' director of the Gold Coast City Jazz Club (GCCJC) and is also the principal bass player in the Gold Coast Big Band.
King of Guitar (and bass) - John Conley was born in Melbourne, and moved to Canberra where he studied classical guitar and played the double bass in the Canberra Youth Orchestra. In the early 70’s studied at the NSW Conservatorium of Music in the newly established Jazz Studies program with Don Burrows and George Golla. John has played and recorded with many bands during this period including Winnifred Atwell, The Four Kinsmen, Errol Buddle and Col Nolan.
In 1981 John became a member of the well-known Jazz Band Galapagos Duck and toured and recorded extensively with this band and is still a member. His extensive writing for the band includes the ballet ‘Austorizon’ for the Australian Dance Theatre and four songs nominated in the Jazz category of the APRA awards. In 2000 John returned to the Conservatorium to study and received an honours degree in composition in 2004.
King of Drums - Richard Goldner began playing drums professionally by the age of 15, studying music from an early age initially including piano and saxophone as well as the drums. He has studied with New York drummer Mel Lewis and with Sydney based drummer Laurie Bennett at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Career Credits, Shows, tours and artists have included
Jacki Love / Chelsea Brown / Comedian / Col Elliot / Simon Gallaher / Judith Durham
American 60’s Rock & Roll group “The Diamonds” / Wickety Wak Show / Barry Crocker
Normie Rowe / Colleen Hewitt / The Ed Wilson Band / Australian Jazz
Vocalist Trudy Kerr and American R&B singer/songwriter Paul B Allen III (The Platters)
Richard has a Diploma of Music Industry – Technical Production and doubles as our sound engineer when required