Meet the BJC Team
Operational Roles in the Club
A select few paid positions serve as our investment into quality sound, events and customer service. The show must go on, and these people are instrumental in making that happen.
Mal enjoys the responsibility of securing world-class jazz acts for the club, in which artists paint their live jazz story. He has over 20 years’ experience as a professional musician, band leader and educator. He works to uphold the traditions and integrity passed down from the wonderful jazz musicians and jazz lovers who have established the club as one of the world’s warmest swinging jazz venues.
Every day Mal reviews and responds to applications for performances at the club. Communication with past, present and future jazz artists is essential in achieving a balance between established and emerging jazz styles. Researching and negotiating, he engages live jazz bands from all over the world.
Controlling and producing the sound of the music is an important feature of shows at the club. Mark uses skills from his long-term experience as a musician and sound specialist to produce quality sound. He is well-regarded by musicians, vocalists and patrons alike.
Mark celebrated his 10th year at the club in September 2014. A member of the music & events subcommittee, Mark looks after all the club’s musical, sound and lighting equipment. Mark led the production of the club’s CDs, High Tide I and II. Under his business name, Real Productions, his first-class recordings for artists and bands are always in demand, both at the club and in his own studios.
Lisle first visited the club as a patron in 2014 and loved the atmosphere. He got more involved when he had the opportunity to join the team behind the bar in August 2018. In the years since, he has been coordinating staff and service at the bar.
‘I have seen countless incredible musicians grace the stage and have worked alongside some truly wonderful and passionate people. I feel privileged to have made even a small contribution to the legacy of this Brisbane music scene institution.’
Social Media Coordinator
Naomi first came to the club in late 2015 to sing at the Jazz Singers’ Jam Night (JSJN). She couldn’t believe she’d lived in Brisbane most of her life and never been to this riverside jazz gem. She’s made up for lost time since, as a regular singer (and sometimes host) of the JSJN and as the right-hand woman to organiser Ingrid James, director of the Brisbane Vocal Jazz Festival and club volunteer.
As a former business librarian, Naomi brings a wide range of skills in social media, market research, editing and publications. She uses these in marketing and promotions to help broaden the club’s audience.
Musical Director: Brisbane Big Band
Brad is a Brisbane-based trumpet player, arranger, composer, copyist and educator. His association with the club stretches back to 1986, including involvement in jazz workshops with Rick Price and as president of the erstwhile Brisbane Junior Jazz Club set up under John Morris.
Among other things, he is currently the musical director for both the Brisbane Big Band (involved since 1987) and Herb Armstrong & the Royal Street Krewe. Both groups perform regularly at the club.