David Theak’s childhood included much opportunity to learn and create music and jazz was an early discovery. He developed as a performer, primarily on saxophone, composer, bandleader then as a leading faculty member at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, founder and leader of the Jazzgroove Association and its Mothership Orchestra, founder of the National Jazz Orchestra and various other initiatives to advance the status of and support to jazz.
Saxophonist, educator, bandleader, festival director, composer, and jazz protagonist, David Theak has enjoyed an exciting and dynamic career at the core of the Australian jazz scene since the 1990’s. As artistic director of the Jazzgroove Mothership Orchestra, David collaborated with a who’s who of international jazz musicians while touring ensemble nationally several times. David is currently a Senior Lecturer in Jazz at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Artistic Director of the Australian National Jazz Orchestra, an advisory panel member of the Western Australian Youth Jazz Orchestra, President of the Sydney Improvised Music Association and Artistic Director of the Sydney Con Jazz Festival.
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