Hailing from the small town of Matong in regional New South Wales, Di draws for inspiration on the American jazz legends of yesteryear and her ancestral ties to the Gamilaroi nation of eastern Australia.
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.
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.
Other successful gigs include those at the Norfolk Island Jazz Festival, Newcastle Jazz Festival, Magnetic Island Jazz Festival – as well as local and rural concerts across New South Wales.
Sydney Jazz Legends Quintet
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.
A Tapestry of Fire & Rain
Somewhere between the political/ social message of Dylan and the rock rebellion of the Stones, the 1960s- 70s saw the bloom of two artists destined to leave an indelible imprint on the lives of generations. Carole King and James Taylor between them amassed formidable respective repertoires of original songs from ballad to up tempo, folk blues to gospel, with always the underlying message of hope for a world veering between wars and a burgeoning awareness of civil rights abuse.
A Tapestry of Fire and Rain, is a show that captures the essence of that era and message through the canny selection of repertoire expertly performed by the band and the chemistry between the two vocalists Di Bird and Peter O’Regan. Di and Peter have been doing gigs together for more than 40 years and their combined experience and friendship shows in the delivery of this truly nostalgic musical production.
The sheer amount of hits produced by Taylor and King ensures a program of time tested songs including: “Carolina in my mind,” “Sweet Baby James” “It’s Too Late” “Fire and Rain” and many more. During the sell out shows, the audience is often compelled to sing along and shed a tear for a sentimental memory.
Both Di Bird and Peter O’Regan at times have been favorably compared in style to Taylor and King and their enduring friendship brings more than a hint of authenticity to this celebration of the songs of James Taylor and Carole King.
Bookings can be made here.