Acoustic Wonderland Band

AWB came together briefly to record a few tracks in late 2018, the members have crossed musical paths over the past twenty years and now come together to explore possibilities in contemporary World jazz. Sydney Morning Herald Music critic, John Shand, upon listening to Guy Strazz’s Indo-jazz reinterpretation of Miles Davis’s All Blues, described it as “stunningly beautiful”. Awarded composer Guy contributes the bulk of the original works while pianist Matt McMahon and drummer Dave Goodman also add in this area.

The Riddle by Guy Strazz
Taj Mahal by Guy Strazz – classical guitar/piano duet with Matt McMahon
All Blues (Miles Davis) Indo-jazz arrangement by Guy Strazz

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Band Members Bio

Guy Strazz is a master guitarist/composer whose work navigates contemporary World jazz. He is a recipient of several awards including a Jazz APRA and Nominations, an Australian Independent Recording Jazz Nomination, an Indie Acoustic Project nomination Best Global Beat Asia (USA), and an Australia Council for the Arts Music Fellowship (US and Europe). He has appeared at jazz and Art festivals in Australia, India, Indonesia, Italy, Malaysia, Japan, and South Africa, such as Jazz Yatra, Wangaratta and Clusone. Guy has performed with distinguished musicians such as Don Burrows, Roger Frampton, Bernie McGann, Joe Chindamo, Bruce Cale, David Jones, Matt McMahon, Sandy Evans, Vince Jones, Dale Barlow, V. M. Bhatt, Pt. Ashok Roy, Martin Taylor, Slava Grigoryan and Mike Stern. His original works have been released on ABC Jazz, Underscore, Tall Poppies and Rufus Record labels, and his works are published by Universal Music Australia and independently. His current projects include The Acoustic Wonderland Band, and Darkinjung Dreaming – a forthcoming new album with drummer David Jones.  Ex Miles Davis’s guitarist, Mike Stern said: “Guy is an amazing player and a great composer” SBS Radio, Sydney 2000, and jazz guitar legend, Pat Martino said: “We’ll meet again, again, and again” Philadelphia 2001

Matt McMahon is an Australian jazz pianist and composer. Winning the ‘Wangaratta National Jazz Piano Award’ in 1999, and the ‘Freedman Jazz Fellowship’ in 2005 established his place in Australian jazz. In 2010 his trio supported the Wayne Shorter Quartet at Sydney Opera House. Additionally, he has played or recorded with many known jazz artists including Dale Barlow, Greg Osby, Phil Slater, Joseph Tawadros, Katie Noonan. His work with oud player, Joseph Tawadros, won three the Australian Recording Industry Award best New World Music Albums. His own projects include ‘The Matt McMahon Trio’ with Jonathan Brown and Simon Barker, and previously co-led the “Band of Five Names” with Phil Slater and Simon Barker. He is also the musical director for jazz vocalist/trumpeter Vince Jones. He has performed at music festivals in Australia and Asia, including the Wangaratta Festival of Jazz and Jazz Now Festival. In 2014 he teaches in the jazz department at Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

Craig Scott has been one of Australia’s leading bassists for over 30 years. He began his career in Jazz in 1979 with the Keith Stirling Quartet.  Since that time, he has been a member of many other jazz groups led by such well-known jazz identities as: Don Burrows, James Morrison, Julian Lee, Kerrie Biddell, Paul MacNamara, Steve McKenna, Steve Brien, Judy Bailey, Roger Frampton, Gordon Brisker, Cathy Harley, Trevor Griffin, Serge Ermoll, Jim Pennell, and many others.  His own led groups include “Improviso” featuring Graeme Lyall and Warwick Alder and Craig Scott Quintet. Craig has also accompanied a plethora of visiting international jazz artists including: Joe Henderson, Red Rodney, Urbie Green, Eddie Daniels, Bobby Shew, Joachim Kuhn, Clifford Jordan, Lee Konitz, Mickey Tucker, James Williams, Ronnie Scott, Frank Morgan, George Cables, Jim McNeely and U.K. jazz vocalist Claire Martin.

Dave Goodman is a drummer described by renowned Jazz critic John Clare as ‘one of the leading drummers in the country’ and ‘[one of] the most intriguing drummers recording anywhere’. At just eighteen, Dave received an invitation to join the renowned Mike Nock Quartet and, at twenty, came second in the prestigious National Jazz Awards. Today, he is, undoubtedly, one of Australia’s most important jazz drummers.  This is evident in the long list of luminaries – both Australian and international – with whom Dave has worked: Joe Lovano, Paul Bollenback, Bernie McGann, James Morrison, Don Burrows, Vince Jones and Mark Isaacs, to name just a few. At present, he is a key member of several of Australia’s finest ensembles, including Ten Part Invention, Kevin Hunt Trio, and Matt Keegan Trio