The Anton Delecca Quartet have three albums out on Australia’s premiere jazz label Jazzhead, with their most recent album “The Healer” released in November 2013 at Bennetts Lane Jazz Club.
They have recorded for ABC Radio National’s programme “Jazztrack” and have performed at the Melbourne International Jazz Festival and Stonnington Jazz Festivals. They play regularly at established Melbourne clubs such as Bennetts Lane, Uptown Jazz Cafe and The Paris Cat as well as performances for the Melbourne Jazz Co-Op, the Melbourne Improvisers Collective, and art spaces such as Conduit Arts in Fitzroy and the Kew Court House. They have recently performed at the 2016 Wangaratta Festival of Jazz and Blues, with the performance recorded by the Australian national broadcaster the ABC.
“The Healer” was selected as one of 106.7 PBS FM’s top 10 albums of 2013 and won “Best Jazz Album” In The Age Music Victoria Genre Awards 2014.
On May 7th and 8th 2017 they recorded their fourth album at Sing Sing Recording Studios Melbourne. The album features all original compositions and is a further extension of the sound that the band has been developing over the last few years.
ANTON DELECCA - TENOR SAXOPHONE
Anton Delecca grew up listening to a diverse range of music. Early influences include Ravi Shankar and Louis Armstrong from his father's record collection, Led Zeppelin and 70s pop from his brother's collection and the classical cello and piano practice of his sister, all of which have contributed to the sonic texture of his music today.
Australian rock/pop artists he has performed with include: Boy and Bear, Vika Bull, The Cat Empire, Icehouse and singer Tim Rogers (You am I). International artists he has performed and/or recorded with include saxophonists Odean Pope (US) and Arthur Blythe (US), vocalists Joe Bataan (US), Eddie Bo (US), Betty Harris (US), Syl Johnson (US) and Alice Russell (UK) and a recent Australian tour with Brittish indie rock sensations Django Django.
In 2000 he studied in New York with saxophonists Dave Liebman, George Garzone and Chris Potter and is currently undertaking a Masters in Jazz Performance at Queens College in New York studying with Professors Antonio Hart and Tim Armacost.
2017, 'The Meltdown'. The Meltdown, Hope Street Recordings
2015, 'The Rules of Attraction'. Tim Rogers and The Bamboos, Atlantic
2013, 'The Healer'. Anton Delecca Quartet (HEAD192)
2013, 'Fever In The Road'. The Bamboos (PT001CD)
2012, 'Medicine Man'. The Bamboos (TRU251)
2011, 'Daniel Gassin Sextet'. Daniel Gassin Sextet
2010, 'Lost City'. Anton Delecca Quartet (HEAD120)
2010, '4'. The Bamboos (TRU210)
2009, 'Pazit'. Australian Jewish Music Ensemble (HEAD116)
2008, ‘Side-Stepper’. The Bamboos, Tru Thoughts (TRULP178)
2008, ‘The Bamboos Present: Kylie Auldist - Just Say’. Kylie Auldist/The Bamboos, Tru Thoughts (TRUCD159)
2008, ‘Listen! Hear! The Bamboos Live! The Bamboos, Tru Thoughts (TRUCD144)
2007, ‘Decadence – live at the lane’, Frock, self-issued.
2007, ‘Black Feeling’, Various Artists, Freestyle (FSRCD027)
2007, ‘Rawville’, The Bamboos, Tru Thoughts (TRU125)
2006, ‘Step It Up’, The Bamboos, Tru Thoughts (TRUCD092)
2006, ‘The Situationists’, Anton Delecca, Jazzhead (HEAD126) Purchase | For more info/listen, go to releases page.
2002, ‘Talk It Up’, Paul Williamson Quintet, Newmarket Music (NEW 3101/2)
2001, ‘Non Consensual Head Compression’, Paul Williamson Quintet, Newmarket Music (NEW 3086/2)
2001, ‘Flow’, Anton Delecca Quartet, Jazzhead (HEAD082) Purchase | For more info/listen, go to releases page.
1992, ‘Ya-It-Ma-Thang’, Niko Schäuble's Tibetan Dixie with Arthur Blythe, Timeless Records (SJP 412)
LUKE HOWARD - PIANO
Luke is a composer and pianist from Melbourne, Australia. A finalist in the 2001 and 2004 Montreux Jazz Festival Solo Piano competitions, over the past few years he has divided his time between Europe and Australia. He won the 2012 Bell Award for Jazz Composition of the Year, and has worked with many musicians including Ben Frost, Paul Grabowsky, the Grigoryan Brothers, and Lior.
Luke divides his time between Europe and Australia, where he currently leads the Luke Howard Trio, as well as the ambient group Magnolia.
Luke’s music has been described as “cinematic in its approach” (The Age, October 2009), “a welcome balm for weary souls” (The Age, February 2009), “pastoral, almost semi-classical” (The Australian, January 2011).
JONATHAN ZION - ACOUSTIC BASS
Graduating from VCA in 1992 on electric and double bass Jonathan has performed both nationally and internationally including numerous tours to New Zealand the United States, Canada, Russia, Japan and Europe.
Jonathan has been a regular member and contributing composer of Melbourne based, original jazz / improvising ensembles: “kadoonka”, “The Situationists”, “Facelifter”, Anton Delecca Quartet and the Luke Howard Trio, performing at the Melbourne International Jazz Festival, Wangaratta Jazz Festival and the Half Bent Festival.
In 2005 Jonathan began working with Pete Murray and The Stonemasons and tours with them extensively as well as being a member of the Ian Moss Trio. In 2007 he toured nationally with Deborah Conway’s “Broad” and worked on the Adelaide festival preview of Eddie Perfect’s musical “Shane Warne”. Jonathan plays a 1920’s Czech Acoustic Bass and Fender Electric Basses.
DANIEL FARRUGIA - DRUMS
Daniel Farrugia graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts in 2005, completing a Bachelor of Music Performance in Improvisation. During his first year at the the VCA, Daniel was honoured by academic staff with the 'Gwen Nisbet Encouragement Award', an award provided to students for commitment to musical activities at the School and in the community, and high level of attainment in performance and related academic studies.
Daniel has performed with artists and bands including Julia Stone, The Bamboos, Thomas Bartlett, Eddie Floyd, Eddie Bo, Syl Johnston, The Cat Empire, Renee Geyer, Doug Parkinson, Joe Chindamo Trio, Gregory Porter, Mia Dyson, Alice Russell and The Quantic Soul Orchestra.
He is currently performing/touring with Tinpan Orange, Luke Howard Trio, Magnolia, Roscoe James Irwin, Nat Bartsch Trio, Anton Delecca Quartet and Murphy's Law.
FORMER BAND MEMBERS:
WILL POSKITT - PIANO
Will Poskitt played in the quartet for most of 2008 until his tragic death on November 8th 2008. Will is sadly missed by all who knew him. Visit 'Will Poskitt's Legacy' page on Facebook.
MARC HANNAFORD - PIANO
Marc completed his Bachelor of Music (Jazz) and his Graduate Diploma in Performance (Jazz) at the Australian National University with the assistance of the Michael Foster Scholarship. Marc’s teachers have included renowned Sydney pianists Paul McNamara and Matt McMahon, Canberra pianists John Luxton and Colin Forbes and Melbourne pianist/composer Andrea Keller. He has also received lessons from New York pianists Jason Moran and Andy Milne and New York saxophonist Greg Osby.
He has performed both as a sideman with such well-known musicians as saxophonists Dale Barlow, Jamie Oehlers and Julien Wilson, trumpeters Miroslav Bukovsky, Scott Tinkler and Eugene Ball, and drummers Ken Edie, Ronny Ferella and Alan Browne. He has also appeared in such ensembles as the Scott Tinkler Quartet, the Bennett’s Lane Big Band, Jamie Oehlers/Marc Hannaford Monk Project, Eugene Ball’s Messiean Ensemble, The David Rex Quartet and the multi-media ensemble The Maximalists.
MARK FITZGIBBON - PIANO
“Mark Fitzgibbon is one of the most underrated talents in the country. Always musically tasteful, a consistently sympathetic accompanist, a repository of a vast repertoire and an impeccable touch, he can produce blistering solos and lift the music to another level” - Adrian Jackson the AGE
Photography by Amy Walker.