Honorary members of the JGSWA include some of Australias finest jazz guitarists. Some of the honorary members are George Golla, Bruce Clarke, David Smith, Doug deVries and Tommy Emmanuel.
Ray Walker - JGSWA President
Ray Walker was born Northern Ireland in 1943.
Ray began on violin at age 8 and started playing guitar when his family
moved to England in 1958. In 1960 he emigrated to Perth, Western
Australia where he became interested in jazz. He had a 10 year gig at
the Parmelia Hilton as well as many other gigs around Perth. He has
also appeared with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra and performed
Rodrigo’s “Concierto de Aranjuez”. In 1984 Ray joined the faculty of
the West Australian Conservatorium at Edith Cowan University lecturing
in jazz guitar for 20 years until his retirement in December 2004. He
continues to teach there on a part time basis. In 2000 Ray was invited
to Los Angeles to record a CD with JGSWA Patron John Pisano. The CD
available from Ray is titled “Affinity” on the Jardis label. Ray has
played with many visiting guitarists to Perth including Joe Pass, Emily
Remler, Martin Taylor, Peter Leitch, Gary Potter, Ike Isaacs, John
Pisano, Mimi Fox and many others.
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Doug Devries (left) Ray Walker (right)
Doug de Vries is one of Australia's best and most versatile guitarists and composers, excelling in a variety of musical genres from jazz to new tango to traditional and contemporary Brazilian music.
Musical director for the well-known Australian artist Vince Jones for many years, the legacy of which has influenced a generation of jazz musicians and songwriters.
Released his first self-titled solo venture in 1990 demonstrating his compositions and command of diverse styles and settings. Thereafter received the award for Best Jazz Guitarist from Australian critics.
Doug's latest venture is a solo recording Lantana Lovers featuring Joe Chindamo and Slava Grigoryan. This is a comprehensive document of original music plus rare gems of the choro genre that opens new vistas on Australian contemporary and world music.
David Smith was born in Sydney in 1954.
David started playing guitar as a teenager and at 19 started playing
professionally in rock bands. He got interested in jazz and was
influenced by Tal Farlow, Jimmy Raney and John McLaughlin. He spent
four years in the UK from l975-79 playing in various bands. He returned
to Austalia and played at major jazz venues, In l986 he went to New
York and gigged with Chuck Wayne, Vic Juris and his friend Jack Wilkins
who he made a CD with. He is regarded as one of Australia’s best jazz
guitarists and he teaches at the Australian Institute of Music in
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David Smith (left) Ray Walker (right)
Bruce Clarke was born in Melbourne in 1925. He entered the music scene in 1949 working as a guitarist and arranger for orchestras backing live radio shows. In 1956 television changed popular entertainment culture and Bruce entered into to film and television music production. He established his own production company producing many soundtracks for local and overseas producers until the early 1970s.
During this period Bruce worked on many milestone music projects including touring Europe as guitarist with Felix Werder's "Australia Felix ensemble", working with the Australian Broadcasting Commission and playing second guitar to John Williams in Andre Previn's "Concerto For Guitar and Orchestra". In 1974 He moved away from commercial activities and into teaching. He established the Jazz studies program at the Victorian College of the Arts to provide for students seeking to find a role in non-classical music. You can find out more about Bruce here.
Tommy Emmanuel's professional career spans over forty-five years and continues to intersect with some of the finest musicians throughout the world. A household name in his native Australia, Tommy has garnered tens of thousands of loyal fans on five continents.
In his storied career, Emmanuel has set sales records that have yet to be broken and performed with hundreds of musical legends including Chet Atkins, Eric Clapton, Sir George Martin, Hank Marvin, Joe Walsh, Stevie Wonder, Nokie Edwards (of the Ventures), Les Paul, Keith Urban, the Lexington (Kentucky) Philharmonic, the Dortmund (Germany) Symphony, and the Western Australian Symphony Orchestra.
In 2005, Tommy played for the first time to new audiences in Korea, Poland and Croatia. Additionally, in 2006, he will perform for the first time to audiences in Slovenia and Belgium, along with addtional touring across the USA, Europe and Asia. His dazzling performances, flawless guitar skills and voluminous repertoire never fail to amaze audiences everywhere he goes.
From the wilds of Australia's outback to gleaming metropolises all over the world, Emmanuel's flair and unforgettable showmanship have created an enviable fan base that continues to grow even larger every year.