Martin Zakharov - Musical Director. Saxophone, clarinet, flute

Martin has been playing professionally for 40 years in Australia, Europe and North America. He has worked in television, theatre and recording projects in funk, jazz, rock and world music ensembles. He has played with numerous musicians over the years including: Powderfinger, the Four Tops, The Temptations, Harry Belafonte, Russell Morris, Vika & Linda Bull, Konstanz Stadttheater and Relax with Max. You can see Martin performing with various groups around Melbourne including afro-beat band Alariiya, Club 54 Band, soul singer Eamonn Conor and Hofbrauhaus restaurant house band.  

Jim McGuffie - Trumpet

Hailing from the country town of Shepparton, Jim graduated from Monash University in 2011 with a Bachelor degree in music performance. He teaches at high schools around Melbourne and plays regularly at venues across the country. Jim has played festivals from Castlemaine to Devonport and played Falls Festival with Melbourne outfit The Low Down Big Band.

Ros Jones - Trombone

Ros' performance career has seen international and local touring, many recordings, community projects and collaborations over two decades. Some ensembles she has contributed to are: The Bombay Royale, Tek Tek Ensemble, Yana Alana and tha Piranas, Hoodoo Mayhem Brass Band , CW Stoneking, Thundergrass (winner of recording prize for the WMIJF 2019) Youkali Quartet, Vulgargrad, The Wikimen and more. As well as performing as a musician and band leader, Ros teaches brass and  conducts jazz ensembles at secondary schools. Ros has a passion for community projects and creating sounds

Rod Wilson - Keyboards 

Rod is a versatile and accomplished pianist and keyboard player who plays in a number of bands in and around Melbourne. He is also well known for his solo performances and his style includes jazz, blues, grooves and classical. He has recently released a solo piano album featuring jazz interpretations of standards and newer tunes.  Rod regularly performs at Melbourne’s Windsor Hotel and has held residencies at the Sofitel and Hyatt.

Iliya Zakharov - Drums & Percussion

At just 17 years of age, Iliya is our youngest and newest band member. He's been drumming for 11 years, played in a number of youth bands and is a regular busker. Iliya has performed at numerous festivals including: Yarraville festival, Moonee Valley festival, Newport folk festival and Seddon festival.