Introducing the Blast from the Past Jazz Quintet

Frank Holdforth

Frankʼs career began in Oxford England playing in the local jazz club and for weekend dances in surrounding villages.
Returning to Australia mid 1967, Frank established himself in the club scene and later joined ʻMoʼ award winning band ʻThe Federation Orchestraʼ as bass player and arranger where he stayed for 8 years.
After a brief few months playing in the theatre, Frank gained entry into the Sydney Conservatorium to further his interest in arranging and orchestration. This led to writing assignments for The Mid Day Show, Mike Walsh Show and David Atkins stage show ʻDancinʼ Manʼ. A chance meeting with English great, arranger/conductor Arthur Greenslade, led Frank to playing with ʻThe Arthur Greenslade Orchestraʼ until Arthurʼs untimely passing. Frank has played for many local and International artists and toured with Kamahl, The Four Kinsmen and for two years exclusively with Country rock band ʻThe Woverinesʼ
Frank resides on The Central Coast and divides his time between writing Guitar Ensemble arrangements, published by Thorp Music, playing and teaching.

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Allan Nash

Allan Nash – Drums

Born in Dagenham Essex on the eastern fringe of London. Notable natives of Dagenham include Dudley Moore (at the same school as me Dagenham County High a couple of years ahead of me) John Farnham, Sandie Shore,  England international footballer and World Cup-winning manager Alf Ramsey and many others.

Started playing the drums at about age 13 left school at 15 to pursue a music career and was gigging around London in pubs and clubs etc became full time professional at 16 years old. Worked with several big bands on summer seasons in Butlins Camps etc then did three years on PO ships travelling to all parts of the globe.

Immigrated to New Zealand in 1962 worked extensively in the Auckland jazz scene plus TV and radio and recording with local artists and several tours around New Zealand supporting overseas artists.

Moved to Sydney in 1970 worked with many fine musicians including Geoff Harvey, Doug Foskett, Paul McNamara, Darcy Wright, Chuck Yates, Erroll Buddle, Col Nolan, Ed Gaston plus many more too many to list.

Opened a second hand music store in Newtown in 1984 called ‘Beaten Tracks’ and retired from playing in the late 80’s. The shop went well until 1997 when I closed it and moved into mortgage broking for a few years finally retiring in 2011 and moved to the Central Coast.

As I had time on my hands I picked up the sticks to see how I went and shore enough I was terrible having not played for over 20 years but I knew what to do and got stuck into practising 2 or 3 hours a day and felt ok after a few weeks and made contact with local musicians and found myself playing again with the Ubouddi Big Band and Big Band Obsession plus Macs Jazz Band which has a gig every Wednesday morning at Macmasters Beach. Also have done a couple of shows at the Laycock Theatre and for the Wyong Music Society at the Arts Theatre notably ‘Sweet Charity’ which was very enjoyable. Recently met Alfredo Zotti and he has been kind enough to invite me to play in his group on various gigs and this recording.

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Alfredo Zotti

Alfredo is the son of the famous Italian orchestra conductor, composer and songwriter Luciano Zotti who wrote songs for Kathy Kirby and collaborated with Sarah Vaughan and many other important and famous musicians of the 60s and 70s.

Alfredo begun to play the piano at 4 years of age. Alfredo and his family moved to Australia where Alfredo became a good pianist and played with many important people such as Ricky May, Paul Hester of Crowded House and had the pleasure to jam with James Morrison at the Paradise Room. Alfredo played in many nightclubs around Kings Cross in Sydney including the Mandarin Club, Paradise Room, The Persian Room, The Bourbon and Beef-stake, The Taboo, The Manzil Room, the Texas Tavern and many other clubs and night clubs.

Alfredo lived in Elizabeth Bay, in Sydney, and was David Bowie’s neighbor for many years and spoke to David a number of times as they discussed Australian Aboriginal people and music in general.

Today Alfredo is retired and only works as a musician to raise funds for disabled people with mental health problems. Currently he raises funds for the Kidman Centre and Gosford Hospital..

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Mark Bunyan

Mark plays jazz, blues and pop and rock music styles on both tenor and alto saxophones. His musical education includes theory courses from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and many jazz and saxophone workshops conducted in the USA. Mark has played with numerous bands in both Sydney and the Central Coast as well as being part of jazz and blues festivals on the east coast that include the Manly, Goulurne, Merimbula and Central Coast jazz and blues festivals. His passion is for jazz orchestras, small combos and soul bands with dynamic horn sections.

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Retired Mechanical Engineer originally from Switzerland.

I love  jazz. Ever since I was a teenager I played  guitar  in many jazz bands in Switzerland as well as in Australia. I migrated to Australia in the 60s.  I also play bass guitar. I have played  professionally in Clubs in the seventies, eighties and nineties. I feel at ease playing both guitar and bass. I also love classical music, especially Chamber Music. I have been going to the Townsville International Chamber Music Festival for the past  10 Years.


Mario’s tune an original tune composed by Alfredo Zotti and performed by the Blast from the Past Jazz Quintet.