Leisa Keen

Leisa Keen

Leisa Keen presented by the Down South Jazz Club on Thursday 19th July from 7.30pm. $15 Jazz Club member, $20 for non Jazz Club Memeber.  For bookings and enquiries phone 6495 9853.  


On Thursday 19th July at Club Sapphire the Down South Jazz Club has pleasure in presenting Canberra band "The Leisa Keen Quartet" featuring John Mackey on reeds, Miroslav Bukovsky on trumpet, Derrick (Noddy) Brassington on drums and led on keyboards and vocals by the lady with the big voice, Leisa Keen.

Leisa has been working in the Australian music industry for over 25 years in both jazz and musical theatre/cabaret. Since 1990, Leisa has musically directed and performed in over 150 shows including "A Chorus Line", "Little Shop of Horrors, "West Side Story", "Jesus Christ Superstar", "Phantom of the Opera", "Cats", and many others. After training in classical piano for 12 years, Leisa went on to study jazz vocals at the Canberra School of. She has many onstage credits, too numerous to. She has shared the stage with many internationally acclaimed jazz vocal artists. In her spare time, Leisa performs around Canberra, Sydney and the Gold Coast, takes her various bands to jazz festivals over Australia and also teaches singing and piano.

John Mackey, aged 49, has accomplished many things. At 12 he won a classical saxophone scholarship and by 14 he was already performing professionally with some of Perth’s most established jazz musicians. He performed on the Perth’s Young Entertainers at age 17. He was invited to become a member of the Young Australian Jazz Ambassadors in 1988 and continued touring and recording with them for several years, as well as television appearances on Hey Hey It’s Saturday and The Sunday program., John has performed with many legendary international musicians including, Ray Charles, B.B. King, Woody Herman, Ronnie Scott etc, and Australian legends such as James Morrison, Vince Jones, Miroslav Bukovsky and many more.

Miroslav Bukovsky is one of Australia's leading jazz trumpeters and composer/arrangers. Miroslav has been on staff at the ANU School of Music since 1999. Born in Czechoslovakia, he grew up listening to jazz on illegal 'Voice of America' late-night broadcasts. Originally classically trained, he joined various big bands whilst still living in Czechoslovakia. When the Soviet army invaded his homeland in 1968, Bukovsky, who was then on tour, decided not to return. He migrated to Australia and soon found a place for himself in the Sydney jazz scene. Despite then having only a basic grasp of English, Bukovsky met a number of musicians and quickly made a name for himself jamming with them. It wasn't long before he was playing in such groups as the Daly-Wilson Big Band and Bob Bertle's Moontrane. He has been teaching at a university level since the mid-seventies. Influenced by a wide variety of musicians including Louis Armstrong,  Dizzy Gillespie, and Miles Davis, Bukovsky incorporates aspects from all jazz styles into his playing. He has performed with many groups including Sydney Conservatorium Orchestra, Renée Geyer, The Daly-Wilson Big Band, and The Australian Art Orchestra.

Noddy Brassington is one of Australia's most versatile drummers and percussionists. After starting his career in the Australian Army Band at RMC Duntroon, Noddy has gone on to play with many musicians and entertainers such as Dame Shirley Bassey, John English, Normie Row, Grace Knight and many others. He has also musically directed the Blamey Street Big Band and played with Leisa and the Keen Kats on many occasions at the Merimbula Jazz Festival and other leading Australian jazz festivals.

Cost is $15 for jazz club members and $20 for visitors with music commencing at 7.30 pm. Bookings can be made with Aileen/Kevin Walsh (64959853), at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or will be available on the night at the door. The Club Sapphire bistro opens at 6.00 pm with its extensive menu; meals can either be eaten in the bistro, or ordered, collected and eaten at leisure while listening to the music.