Jubilation is an incredible collection of individuals, bound with their passion for singing and ability to spread joy and love. Performances are rich in repertoire from jazz, gospel, ethnic, contemporary to commissioned original works and fresh arrangements of classic standards. High energy permeates every performance.
Creative and musical nurturing from the founder, artistic vocal director, Joy Yates, and musical director/arranger Dave MacRae and the integration of the Dave MacRae Beat with Gary Holgate on bass and Russell Dunlop on drums, provides the foundation of the unique sound of Jubilation. The skilled leadership and musical talent of Jade MacRae and Joy Yates along with key soloists: Carrie Lakin, Amanda Thomas, Asli Ozdogan, Amie Brownrigg and Jess Harris to name a few, provides vocal quality and harmony that delights and captivates a wide audience.
Highlights of Jubilation's 8 year career-
Darling Harbour Jazz Festival Youth in Jazz Quest (winners of the Ensemble section)
Kiama Jazz Festival
Sydney Harbour Jazz Festival
CD release February 2000
Manly Jazz Festival
Newport Jazz Festival
The International I.B.M Convention
Manly Food & Wine Festival
Bellingen Jazz Festival, 1998 & 2002
Harbourside Brasserie Sydney
A Cappella Association Festival "A Taste of New Orleans" at the Rocks
Warringah Lifestyle Festival
Australia Day Celebrations at the Darling Harbour Aquashell
Olympic Games Celebrations, LIVE stage at Martin Place
Paralympics Games, Homebush Stadium
"Jazz at the Indi", Independent Theatre, North Sydney
Mission Australia Launch
Nkosi Johnson Foundation Concert
Royal Motor Yacht Club Carols
Dubbo Jazz Festival
Silks Night Club, City Tattersalls
Carols in the Domain, December 2002
Recording of second CD near completion, featuring many original compositions
A highly acclaimed jazz singer and performance teacher: born in New Zealand of Maori/European origin, she has been singing all her life. Her career spans three decades and several continents, with broad international credentials in concert, television, recording and jazz vocal performance education. A gifted artist, her recent compelling performance as Lady Day at Sydney's Ensemble Theatre, vividly evokes the Billie Holiday persona. Having shared time, stage and studio space with great artists such as Neil Sedaka, Van Morrison, Cat Stevens, Cliff Richard, Cleo Laine, John Dankworth, Andrew Lloyd Weber, Monty Python, The Goodies, Orsen Wells, Elvin Jones, Art Blakey, Clark Terry, Ronnie Scott and many more, and with several albums to her credit, Joy is now channeling this rich life experience back into the nurturing of vocal performers in the Sing for Joy School and the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Artistic Direction of the Newport Jazz Festival, Global Vocal Focal and JUBILATION. A deep love of harmony, vocal and human, prompted Joy to establish for JUBILATION, the environment to work towards its goal of achieving international recognition. Impressive both as an artiste and a teacher, Joy is an inspiration to many.
A brilliant informed musician, producer, composer, arranger and an emotive performer with outstanding jazz credentials. From early beginnings with Bernie McGann, John Pochee, Graeme Lyall, Don Burrows, John Sangster, Bob Barnard to touring the United States, Britain and Europe with the great Buddy Rich Band. MacRae continued working with a wealth of artists: Ronnie Scott, Clifford Jordan, Chet Baker, Annie Ross, Jon Hendricks, Clarke Terry, Cliff Richard, Scott Walker and as musical director to The Goodies TV Series. Also to his credit are recordings with Joy Yates & Pacific Eardrum, the indefinable Matching Mole, jazz fusion pioneers, "Nucleus", the Mike Gibbs Orchestra and the Mike Westbroke Band and several scores. "Southern Roots" recorded in 1990, with Lloyd Swanton on bass and Alan Turnbull on drums presents some of MacRae's original compositions. Currently Musical Director to: The Sing for Joy School, The Global Vocal Focal Workshops, Mistyville Music, the Newport Jazz Festival, Jazz piano tutor at the Australian Institute of Music and, sharing with Joy Yates, the musical direction and production of JUBILATION.
Born in London in 1979, she began piano and ballet lessons at three. In 1985, her family took up residence in Sydney where she was soon to start violin lessons and also join the newly formed Sydney Children's Choir. At the Sydney Conservatorium of Music High School she was elected House Captain and Leader of the Orchestra. Other achievements include the Inaugural Head Chorister Scholarship with the Sydney Children's Choir, Winner of the Northside Jazz Club Competition, and a Big Brother Scholarship. This enabled her to travel to London in 1998 to study with Norma Winstone, to gain early recording experience and to do a guest spot at Ronnie Scotts then travel to Los Angeles to study with Sue Rainey. Another highlight of 1998 was a very successful solo debut at the Manly International Jazz Festival. Her recent work with groups, Eon, Prop, Pnau, Jubilation, Jackie Orsczaski, and with her own band, in which she performs many original compositions, further establishes her artistic integrity and quality performance skill. She is about to record her first solo CD and is destined for international success.