Hook Turn Orchestra is an eclectic nine piece ensemble of Melbourne’s most accomplished jazz musicians featuring an exquisite string quartet with members of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra Victoria.
It combines three key ingredients; the beautiful vocals of Musical Theatre star Alinta Chidzey; Violinist/arranger, Roger Young and Dutch-born jazz saxophonist/arranger and multi-instrumentalist, Remco Keijzer.
Roger Young is a versatile musician with experience across a wide range of genres and a member of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. His formative classical instrumental training included periods of study in London and Vienna. Roger has spearheaded many innovative projects over the past decade, both under the auspices of the Melbourne Symphony’s ‘Secret Symphony’ series as well as numerous chamber events and commissions for producing arrangements. In 2009 he was the recipient of a scholarship, which saw him participate in Jazz workshops in the USA with violinists Christian Howes and Mark O’Connor. In recent years, Roger has produced and presented a number of performance events including Bond and Beyond, which celebrated the music featured in the James Bond movies.
Remco Keijzer is a Dutch tenor saxophonist and composer who has bought a wealth of experience and a positive approach to the Melbourne Jazz scene. After graduating at the Manhattan School of Music and the Conservatorium of Amsterdam in 2003, Remco began writing his own compositions and experimenting with different formations performing original material rooted in the jazz tradition. Recently, Remco featured as member of the band for Hugh Jackman’s critically lauded show Broadway to Oz.
Alinta Chidzey is an actress, dancer and vocalist who has enjoyed critical acclaim for numerous lead roles in stage productions. She is a graduate ofVictorian College of the Arts Secondary School and trained at The Howard Fine Academy and 16th Street Actors' Studio. Alinta has a long list of screen credits including appearances in the U.S. Telemovie The Frontier, the ABC series The Dr Blake Mysteries, Neighbours and Winners and Losers. Alinta's stage debut came in 2002 with the Australasian Tour of Mamma Mia!, after which she featured in Leader of the Pack, Dusty: The Original Pop Diva and Cats. Alinta played the role of the sassy Anita in West Side Story, for which she received glowing reviews as well as nominations for a Helpmann Award, Green Room Award, Sydney Theatre Award, two GLUGS Award nominations and won the Australian Dance Award for Most Outstanding Performance. More recently, Alinta has performed leading roles in Chess, Showboat and Mary Poppins and has toured nationally with Hugh Jackman’s show Broadway to Oz.
Ben Hanlon has been a member of the MSO’s Double Bass section since 2011. Growing up in Melbourne, as a student Ben was a member of the Melbourne Youth Orchestra, Australian Youth Orchestra and attended the Australian String Seminar. He was awarded a Victorian Premiers award for his VCE music studies and was a finalist in the 2005 James Morrison ‘Generations in Jazz’ scholarship before going on to complete the Applied Performance Program at the Australian National Academy of Music. His undergraduate studies took him to the Colburn Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles where he completed a Bachelor of Music with David Moore, Paul Ellison, Leigh Mesh and Peter Lloyd. While studying, Ben attended the Sarasota Music Festival in Florida, USA and the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan and gained orchestral experience with groups including Miami’s New World Symphony.
Jason Bunn has been a part of Melbourne's musical fabric for many years. Notably, he works as a tutti violist in Orchestra Victoria, a position he has held since 2002, as well as playing in contemporary ensembles such as Aphids and Elision, collaborative jazz ensembles such as Collider and the Australian Art Orchestra, and with many songwriters and bands including The Brothers Grim, Motor Ace, SubAudible Hum, Roller One, The Miserable Little Bastards, Peter Ewing, Jemma Rowlands, Fee Brown and James Kenyon. He has also worked as a session musician for artists such as John Butler, Renee Geyer and Mick Harvey.
Sam Keevers is a graduate of the QLD Conservatorium of Music, the Victorian College of the Arts and the Australian Film Television and Radio School. He has performed and recorded with many Australian Artists including Scott Tinkler, Ian Chaplin, Mark Simmonds, Bernie McGann, Phil Slater, James Muller, Jamie Oehlers, Kate Ceberano, Stephen Magnusson, Paul Williamson’s Hammond Combo, The Bamboos, Guy Sebastian, Daniel Merriweather, Katie Noonan, Renee Geyer, Vince Jones and many others. He has also performed with international artists Chris Potter, Bobby Previte’s Bitches Brew Project, Joe Bataan, Ricky Lee Jones, Sinead O’connor, John Cale, Meshell Ndegeocello, Mavis Staples, Joss Stone Joe Lovano, Ron Carter, John Scofield and Lewis Nash. Sam is currently a tutor at Monash University, Musical Director for cabaret artist Ali McGregor and leader of several groups including Red Fish Blue, Los Cabrones and the Sam Keevers Trio.
Rohan de Korte has been a member of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Cello section since 2009. Rohan was a student of Henry Wenig and Nelson Cooke before moving to Europe to study with Valter Despalj in Croatia and in Cologne with Claus Kanngiesser. During this time he also took part in chamber music lessons with the Alban Berg Quartet. Rohan returned to Australia In 2000 tofreelance with the Sydney Symphony before becoming Associate Principal Cello of Orchestra Victoria. Rohan’s cello is a beautiful German instrument from 1720
Tim Veldman has been a professional performing musician for over two decades. Following the completion of a degree in music performance under Helfried Fister in Austria, Tim returned to Australia and performed extensively with many of Australia’s symphony orchestras and chamber ensembles, including Melbourne Symphony, Orchestra Victoria, Australian Chamber Orchestra and Tasmanian Symphony. In 2003, Tim took up a permanent first violin position with the North Netherlands Orchestra until his return to Australia in 2008. In addition to his orchestral engagements is an active chamber musician both as a violinist and violist.
Hugh Harvey, Originally from Adelaide, relocated to Melbourne in 2004 and has become firmly entrenched in the Melbourne music scene. A versatile sideman, Hugh is a member of Julien Wilson’s “B for Chicken” quartet, the James Annesley Quartet, Motion, Paper Plane, ATM15, the New Melbourne Jazz Orchestra, the Darrin Archer Trio, and the Carlo Barbaro Quartet, and performs regularly with Flap!, The Pearly Shells, Anton Delecca, Tom Vincent and Peter Combe. Hugh’s career highlight to date was opening for the Branford Marsalis Quartet on their 2010 Oz tour, performing with Leigh Barker and Tom Vincent, and sitting in with Branford at the Sydney Opera House, and later at 505. In 2011, Hugh was a semi-finalist in the Wangaratta Festival of Jazz drum competition. Hugh has toured extensively in Australia as well as Denmark, Norway, Iceland, Scotland and Thailand, and attended the Banff International Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music led by Dave Douglas in 2010.
Tom Lee completed the Bachelor of Music Performance at the VCA in 2002 where he studied under bassists Geoff Kluke, Ben Robertson and Andrew Moon. He has also studied at the School of Improvised Music in New York, under bassist Drew Gress. Tom has recorded with ensembles such as Vada, the Gian Slater Project and Contrabanda. He has performed at numerous festivals including the WOMADELAIDE and the Melbourne and Wangaratta International Jazz Festivals.