John Pochée (OAM)


Drums/Leader

Born Sydney.  Began 1956 at the Mocambo and legendary El Rocco Jazz Cellar. A unique stylist, he has influenced Australian contemporary jazz by leading and playing in some of Australia’s most important groups. Played with the Judy Bailey Quartet from ‘74 – ‘79.  Formed The Last Straw ‘74 – ’99. Toured Russia with The Engine Room 1989. With The Last Straw toured New Zealand in ‘88, Canada ’89 and Russia in 1990, winning the Award for Best Band at the Leningrad Jazz Festival.

With the Bernie McGann Trio performed at Ronnie Scott’s in London and played concerts in Poland, Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, India and Malaysia in ’88, Canada in ’93 and ’96, Europe in ’96 and The Chicago Jazz Festival in ’97. With the McGann Quartet: Europe and UK 2004.  With Bernie McGann won 5 ARIA Awards and two 'Mo Awards between 1990 and 2000.

Won the Australian Jazz Critics Award for drums in 1990 and ’92. Awarded the “Graeme Bell Hall of Fame Career Achievement Award” at the Australian Jazz Awards in 2006.

Described as "Overseas Ambassador and Jazz Pioneer" he was nominated for a Classical Music Award in 2007 for "Long Term Contribution to the Advancement of Australian Music".

On Australia Day 2014 he was awarded the Medal Of The Order of Australia.

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