In early 2010, people walking around Fitzroy could hear something...
Not knowing where the sound was coming from, they began searching the street corners trying to find its origin. They eventually found five musicians playing music on the front porch of a terrace along George Street. This was the humble beginnings of Bopstretch, a band dedicated to a style music that changed the face of Jazz in the 1940's Bebop.
BopStretch are ensemble formed of abundant enthusiasm. Australia's premier jazz musicians playing the repertoire that originally got them hooked on music. Including compositions by compositions by Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis and Cannonball Adderly.
Eamon McNelis - Winner of the 2010 National Jazz Awards, Wangaratta Festival of Jazz.
Phil Noy - 2nd place winner of the 2009 NJA, Wangaratta Festival of Jazz.
Ben Hauptmann - Winner of the 2010 Freedman Fellowship. 2nd place winner of the 2007 NJA, Wangaratta Festival of Jazz.
Mark Elton - The Hoodangers, Flap & C.W. Stoneking among many others.
Sam Bates - Master Bates of the Drums and leader of the Sam Bates Trio