About Us:

The Strayhorns are an unique amalgamation of three generations of musicians coming together to recreate the golden sounds of the 1940s and 1950s jump blues bands, the 1930s Big Band era, and especially, the music of the retro-swing revival bands that emerged during the 1990s and beyond.

They are greatly inspired by the music of the Royal Crown Revue, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Brian Setzer Orchestra, Duke Ellington, The Mighty Blue Kings, Cab Calloway, Louis Prima, Louis Jordan, Etta James and Bill Haley.

​The Strayhorns originally formed in 2006 when guitarist Richard Holt, bassist Mark Langley, Michael Holt on saxophone and drummer David O’Sullivan (all formerly of the Rathdowne Street Big Band) joined up with tenor saxophonist/musical director Terry Noone (Grand Wazoo, Dutch Tilders Blues Band), vocalist and trumpeter Gerry Ballinger and Mark DiMarzio on piano and vocals to play some gigs at the 2006 Inverloch Jazz Festival. Later in 2007 Andrew Deacon joined on baritone saxophone.

By late 2008, the line-up had evolved to feature vocalist Baz Mitchell (Vocomotion), and father and son additions: baritone saxophonist Geoff Earle (Grand Wazoo) and Jack Earle on trumpet.​

With this line-up the band started rehearsing in earnest in early 2009. Then spent the next 2 years rehearsing, writing and recording before making
their official debut in April 2011 at the Murrumbeena Park Bowls Club.

The Strayhorns soon became a favourite on the Melbourne swing dance scene performing at their own self-promoted gigs around Melbourne and at events such as the Mordialloc Fine Food and Wine Festival in 2012.

In 2013 The Strayhorns added Caitlin Noone on vocals and piano bringing the band to an 8-piece. In 2015, well-known entertainer John Davidson joined the band on lead vocals, taking over from Barry Mitchell. Later that year Rob Planck took over from Jack Earle on trumpet.

In 2015 the band released their first full-length independent CD "Swing Like The Devil"  which is available at their gigs and through this website.

Coming up to their 10-year anniversary in 2016, The Strayhorns are still totally committed to keeping this great music alive and adding to the legacy 
with original Strayhorns 
compositions.

Keep on Swinging! 
Strayhorns 2016
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