Recently, Di Bird has partnered up with some of Australia’s finest and most respected musicians to form the Sydney Jazz Legends Quintet. The Sydney Jazz Legends Quintet features:
- Steven Brien – Guitar
- Col Loughnon – Saxophone & Flute
- Ron Lemke – Drums
- Craig Scott – Double Bass
- Di Bird – Vocals
The Quintet have already proven to be a swinging combination. Outstanding recent performances at the Magnetic Island Jazz Festival have now prompted the group to start planning a tour of North Queensland in 2015.
An adept vocalist and experienced band leader, Di’s warm vocal tone and lyrical dexterity provide the perfect vehicle for tightly arranged swinging jazz standards. The Quintet plays a variety of jazz tunes, including classics from Ella Fitzgerald and Thelonious Monk – as well as the band’s own originals.
Other keynote performances include concerts on Lindeman Island, at Jazz à Vienne Sydney, and Bennett’s Lane, Melbourne’s premier jazz club – as well as sets at the ever popular Manly Jazz Festival. They have also wowed audiences at the Noosa Jazz Festival for more than five years – being voted Most Popular Band by enthusiastic punters.
2014 saw Di and her band play successful gigs at the Norfolk Island Jazz Festival, Newcastle Jazz Festival, Magnetic Island Jazz Festival – as well as local and rural concerts across New South Wales.