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Helpmann Award-winning, Olivier Award-nominated singer, dancer and actress CAROLINE O’CONNOR has just been announced as the newest artist to join the star-studded line-up ready to perform from 24 February to 27 March at Sydney’s newest outdoor music venue, The Barracks, North Head, Manly.

Caroline will perform My Musical Life, a look back through her career as Australia’s leading female triple-threat performer.  The show will take you on a journey through songs from Music Theatre shows in which Caroline has starred in Australia, West End, Paris and on Broadway including Chicago, West Side Story, Anything Goes, and the international hit film Moulin Rouge.

Audiences are already enthusiastically booking for the artistry of Australia’s biggest names in music, theatre, ballet, dance, rock, opera and jazz including Jessica Mauboy, David Campbell, James Morrison, David Hobson, Lucy Durack, John Foreman and the Aussie Pops Orchestra, Tim Campbell and Bonnie Anderson, The Tap Pack, Queensland Ballet, Sydney Dance Company and Australian Rock Collective. Continue reading NIGHT AT THE BARRACKS NORTH HEAD MANLY


John Morrison is a cool cat you can’t help digging.  It’s the type of lingo that John himself would use and having spoken to him at length, I can understand why he is such a well-liked and respected human being, let alone a jazz drummer of the highest quality.

He is James’ big brother, of course, and they both share the gift of eternal happiness. On first meeting you can’t help noticing that John’s eyes twinkle like sparklers on a birthday cake.  Plus, he possesses a grin that threatens to burst into laughter at the drop of a hat and a hat that has become his trademark.  He wears colourful ‘threads’ without being ostentatious and his stance is a mixture of Edward G. Robinson without the cigar and James Gagney with the swagger.  He oozes bon-homme.  When I mention I’d be travelling by train for the interview he volunteers to pick me up at the station.  I decline because it isn’t much of a walk anyway, but after our chat he offers to run me back.  Instead, I opt to accompany him to Luna Park where he rehearses with a school jazz band called Zooo! (they don’t learn to spell like they used to!) whose drummer is unable to attend.  It proves fortuitous because I get to see how John operates as well as stealing a glimpse of Caroline O’Connor rehearsing. Continue reading JOHN MORRISON : LIKE HIS YOUNGER BROTHER A JAZZ LEGEND