Bios

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 and Konstanz Stadttheater. You can see Martin performing with various groups around Melbourne including renowned R&B soul band Relax with Max, reggae outfit T-Rhythm and Alariiya a new Afro Beat lineup.

Roby Corelli - Drums & Percussion

Widely respected as a performer, recording artist, teacher and author, Roby has many years of experience in Australia's music scene.  He is the author of two popular percussion teaching books and is an ambassador for Yamaha Drums in Japan.  He has developed his skills in a broad range of styles performing with artists such as The Drifters, Guy Sebastian, The Gaia Band, Normie Rowe, John Forman and Kelly Auty.

Damien Maughan - Trumpet

Damien graduated from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts in 1996 with a bachelor degree in music performance. Since that time he has performed at many Australian and international music festivals including Wangaratta Jazz Festival, Manly Jazz Festival, Wigan Jazz Festival, Glasgow International Jazz Festival and the Jazz Yatra. Damien has recorded with some of Australia's best jazz ensembles, including Bennetts Lane Big Band, Blowfish, Pearly Shells Orchestra, and the Moovin and Groovin Orchestra. He was a finalist in the 2010 National Jazz Awards for Brass.

Andrew Hammon - Trombone

Andrew has been playing trombone professionally in Australia 15 years. He studied in the improvisation stream at the Victorian College of the Arts under Adrian Sheriff after initially studying classical trombone with Ian Perry at the University of Melbourne. Andrew has had a wide range of musical experience, having played in brass bands, musical theatre, symphony orchestras and small and large jazz ensembles. He is also in demand as a session musician having recorded with such artists as Powderfinger, The Bamboos and Labjacd. Andrew is currently a full time musician in the RAAF Airforce Band as well as being a freelance trombonist and composer/arranger.

 

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.