Keynote Speakers


Jazz Industry Ambassador – Stonnington Jazz is thrilled to welcome our international guest, Don Lucoff.

Artistic Director of Portland Jazz Festival, USA and President of DL Media, Don has over thirty years international music business experience.

The former National Director of Publicity for MCA Records he worked with artists such as Antonio Carlos Jobim, BB.King, Bill Evans and Mel Torme before establishing his own company DL Media in 1989.

Representing heavyweight jazz labels including Blue Note, Impulse! and Verve, Don has worked with artists including Chick Corea, Christian McBride, Max Roach, Freddie Hubbard, Grover Washington Jr., Abbey Lincoln, Terri Lyne Carrington, Kamasi Washington and more.

Don is involved with festivals around the world including: Jazz Aspen Snowmass (Colorado), Barcelona International Jazz festival (Spain), Panama Jazz Festival (Panama), Detroit Jazz Festival (Michigan), Bell Atlantic Jazz Festivals (NY, Boston, Phila. and Washington D.C.), Jazz UV (Xalapa, Mexico), Vancouver International Jazz Festival (B.C.), Akbank Jazz Festival (Istanbul), Jazz Marciac (France), Tuscia in Jazz (Italy) and Festival d’ Ete’ de Quebec (Canada).

Lucoff has served on the National Advisory Board of The Jazz Foundation of America, as well as the Communications Committee chair on the JAI (Jazz Alliance International) board. Additionally, he is an honorary member of the JJA (Jazz Journalists Association).



10:30am -11:30am Jazz on Record: Recording and Releasing Australian Jazz

Speakers: Tom Ford (Universal/EMI), Brenton Foster (Artist), Sarah Hamilton (Ditto)

Moderator: Bethany Atkinson-Quinton (Express Media)

Bethany Atkinson-Quinton is a broadcaster, producer, educator and DJ based in Naarm (Melbourne). She is co-founder of podcast network Broadwave, a broadcaster on Triple R and the Creative Producer at Express Media. She is the former presenter and producer of The Breakfast Spread on PBS 106.7FM and has created radio documentaries and podcasts for ABC Radio National, All The Best, Audiostage, Footscray Community Arts Centre and Dancehouse. She has spoken about radio and audio storytelling at The Walkley Foundation, The Arts Centre and Melbourne Writers Festival.

Since 2015, Tom Ford has worked at Universal Music Australia in Sydney as the National PR & Media Manager for the Classics and Jazz department. He has worked with Jazz artists Gregory Porter, Madeleine Peyroux, James Morrison, Sarah McKenzie, Jeremy Rose and Diana Krall. Prior to this, he worked at 3MBS Fine Music Melbourne and 5MBS Adelaide.

Winner of Best Jazz Album at the 2017 The Age Music Victoria Awards, Brenton Foster is an Australian composer, vocalist and pianist. Brenton’s compositions draw on influences from contemporary jazz, cinematic, and singer-songwriter aesthetics while maintaining an individual and authentic voice firmly founded in the Australian musical landscape. His acclaimed album, The Nature Of Light (Bold Future Records) was PBS FM Feature Record in May 2017. The album was recently included in The Best Of Bandcamp Jazz 2017 as the sole Australian entry. The Nature Of Light follows Brenton’s 2016 release, Two Cities, recorded between Melbourne and Manhattan. It too was recognised as a nominee for Best Jazz Album at the 2016 The Age Music Victoria Awards.



11:30am – 12:30pm Jazz Market: PR and marketing for the Jazz artist

Speakers: Sarah Guppy (This Much Talent), Jessica Nicholas (ABC Jazz), Catherine Nichols (Warner Music Australia) Don Lucoff (Portland Jazz Festival Executive Director/DL Media President USA)

Moderator: Simon Winkler (RRR 102.7FM)

Sarah Guppy is a publicist, radio plugger and marketing professional. Sarah’s global perspective has gained from years of working both in Australia and the UK. Working in the London office This Much Talent led to setting up and becoming the Director of their base here in Melbourne.



12:30pm-1:30pm Money Matters

Speakers: Dean Linguey (Creative Victoria), Steven Richardson (Creative Partnerships), Angela Davis (Musician, and winner of the Brian Boak Bursary), Jenny Branagan (APRA)

Steven brings many years of significant fundraising experience, having been primarily responsible for raising financial investment in all of his previous executive positions.As founder of Black Arm Band, he raised more than $8 million and brokered many significant partnerships.With a background spanning a variety of artistic, producing, and programming roles – including as a director, curator and producer – Steven’s varied experience allows for a holistic view of fundraising. As Artistic Associate for Melbourne Festivals, and founding Artistic Director of Arts House, he raised or assisted in raising significant financial investment.

Steven has served on a number of advisory boards, including five years as Deputy Chair of the Dance Board for the Australia Council for the Arts, Vichealth Arts Advisory and others.

Jenny Branagan possesses a wealth of first-hand experience writing, playing, studying and releasing music. Extensively involved in creative scenes both locally and overseas, she plays, performs and promotes DIY music. Jenny brings a near lifetime of practical knowledge and experience to the Writers’ Services role at APRA AMCOS where she answers the many and varied inquiries and needs of members, provides research and advice on the music industry, performance, copyright education and outreach to songwriters, labels and publishers.

Moderator: Adam Rudegeair (Musician/PBS 106.7FM)



1:30pm-2:30pm Export Ready: Touring and Festivals for the Jazz Artist

Speakers: Sean Foran (artist), Jennifer Kerr (Melbourne International Jazz Festival), Alexie Jell (Executive Artist Manager – James Morrison Enterprises), Don Lucoff

Moderator: Tracee Hutchinson (Collarts/Music Victoria)

Tracee Hutchison is an award-winning broadcaster, journalist, arts/media executive, producer/director, academic and author and brings 30 years’ experience at the highest level in Australian and international broadcast media and arts sectors. A pioneering and highly regarded ABC broadcaster, Tracee launched the national youth network, JJJ, and is known for her work as a specialist arts/music reporter on the 7.30 Report, ABC TV Sunday Arts and as co-host of DIG TV with James Reyne. Her extensive TV production credits include Talent Producer ‘Rockwiz’ and as the producer of the ‘nomad’, which discovered silverchair, one of Australia’s highest selling acts. Tracee is the author of three books including ‘Your Name’s on the Door’, based on her JJJ radio series on Australian music in the 1980’s. Tracee is a former CEO of the Human Rights Arts & Film Festival, Network Executive Producer at ABC International and Program Director & Board Member at 3RRR.FM, Australia’s largest community radio station. Tracee is currently Head of Journalism at the Australian College of Arts (Collarts) and serves on the Board of Music Victoria and as Chair of Music Victoria’s Women’s Advisory Panel. She is Chair of the National Advisory Council for the inaugural Australian Women in Music Awards (AWMA). 

Sean Foran is a pianist/composer/bandleader from Brisbane. Most known for his work with the contemporary jazz trios TRICHOTOMY & BERARDI/FORAN/KARLEN he has received the prestigious Brisbane City Council’s Lord Mayors Emerging Artist Fellowship, AMC/APRA Award for Excellence in Jazz & APRA Professional Development Award for Jazz.  He has collaborated with the QLD Symphony Orchestra, Expressions Dance company, plus a wide variety of contemporary and classical musicians around the world in performance and recording projects including the Tokyo Jazz Festival, Jazzahead Festival and tours to the UK, Japan, China, Canada and many others.



12:30pm -1:30pm Ensemble Workshop with Judy Bailey

Don’t miss one of Australia’s legends of jazz present her radical approach to jazz improvisation. Proving that improvisation is nothing more or less than ‘instant’ composition Judy will give insights and practical tips to bringing your unique style into the jazz context. Bring your instrument and an open mind!


1.30pm-2:30pm Vocal Workshop with Kristin Berardi 

Award winning vocalist and Queensland Conservatorium of Music vocal teacher presents this special workshop. Suitable for beginners to professional vocalists, Kristin will discuss how to find your own unique sound and will present techniques for vocal improvisation.



3:30pm -4:30pm Piano Workshop with Adam Rudegeair

Pianist, composer and radio presenter (Black Wax, PBS 106.7FM), Adam Rudegeair breaks down his musical approach which has been heavily influenced by the New Orleans voodoo,

Minneapolis funk and composers such as Sun Ra, Thelonious Monk and John Medeski. Covering composition and improvisation, this workshop is suitable for all levels and includes practical tips and audience participation.


Register for all workshops here.  Please be aware, that participation in a performance workshop requires the purchase of a Summit ticket. 






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