The Jazz Kings Band Bios Substitutes
Although the band members sometimes change out of necessity, the direction of the band will always remain the same and that is to create a performance experience that while jazz-oriented, is able to be appreciated and enjoyed by everybody.
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
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 playing bass 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. He joined the Jazz Kings as bass player from the beginning but changed to guitar when Col came on board. He has stepped down pursue other music ventures but will be a reserve "King" if he is required.