Divergence with Chelsea McBride at Sydney International Women's Jazz Festival


Direct from the Perth International Jazz Festival, saxophonist Chelsea McBride brings her harmonically layered, infectiously energetic work to a big band setting under the auspices of Jenna Cave’s Divergence Jazz Orchestra. The native Canadian won theToronto Arts Foundation’s Emerging Jazz Artist Award, and toured her work across Canada and North America. Her debut release as Chelsea McBride’s Socialist Night School took a modernist, orchestral approach to jazz, charting the journey of a daydreaming commuter - a bustling, polyrhythmic jostle of interlocking instrumentation, alive with the energy and distraction of city life.

For This Moment + Tangents (Duo) Double BILL

When: Thursday 18th July, 8:30pm
Where: Foundry616, 616 Harris St Ultimo NSW


For This Moment is a collaboration between two Sydney creative musicians and composers, Jenna Cave (voice, alto sax, loop pedal) and Keyna Wilkins (flute, piano). Limited only by their chosen instruments and their imaginations, the duo explores the ways in which they can meet in free improvisation to create a meaningful and cohesive musical whole. Nothing is off limits, expect to hear sublime and hypnotic sounds with broad influences from minimalism to jazz and groove, impressionistic melodies to 20th century classical music.



Tangents is a Sydney-based quintet that melds electronic production, experimental rock and free improvisation. In recent years they have laid out a unique body of work across 3 studio albums, including the critically acclaimed New Bodies in 2018. They are known for their firey and hypnotic live performances that are often fully improvised. For July 18 at Foundry 616 Tangents will be in duo mode of Evan Dorrian (drums) and Adrian Lim Klumpes (piano) stretching out the acoustic improvised side of Tangents.


For This Moment // FOLX at Lamps presented by Bohemian Grove

When: 7:30pm, Tuesday 25 June
Where: Hibernian House,
342 Elizabeth Street Surry Hills NSW
entry by donation, $10 suggested

Jenna Cave- voice, alto sax, loop pedal
Keyna Wilkins- flute, piano

Sublime and hypnotic improvised sounds. Broad influences from minimalism, jazz and groove, impressionistic melodies and 20th century classical music.

Will Gilbert- trumpet
Mary Rapp - bass
Dom Robinson - drums

Often one starts with a simple idea, or what looks like one, and finds it to be surrounded by complexities.... Faults, feelings, fears.... all are part of the music, part of life, part of lives.

FOR THIS MOMENT.  Photo by Frank Crews

FOR THIS MOMENT. Photo by Frank Crews

The Truth Seekers Return

Thursday 30th May, 8pm
Johnston St Jazz, Annandale Creative Arts Centre
81 Johnston St, Annadale
$10/$20 door tickets

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The Truth Seekers was formed by Jenna Cave just over a year ago as a new vehicle for performance and composition; and the addition of her voice into the sonic landscape. She's spent most of that year baking and raising a baby, and now she's ready to perform again. New original Sydney jazz, from soulful songs to melodic contemporary jazz sounds.

Jenna Cave (compositions, voice, alto sax)
Will Gilbert (trumpet)
Andrew Scott (piano)
Hannah James (bass)
Mike Quigley (drums)

"Cave has established herself as a top-level composer, arranger and conductor in contemporary Australian jazz"
– John McBeath, The Australian

Divergence is back! Residency @ Foundry 616

Where: Foundry 616, 616 Harris St Ultimo

When: Monday March 11, 8pm (book now)
Monday April 1, 8pm
Monday May 6, 8pm

$20 general/ $10 concession on the door

Poster - Tiny Tasks, Photography- Frank Crews and Cyberhalides Jazz

Poster - Tiny Tasks, Photography- Frank Crews and Cyberhalides Jazz

After releasing two albums of original music, the 19-member Divergence Jazz Orchestra have established a unique and inspired artistic voice. Now, after some time away, Divergence returns to Australia’s premier jazz venue, Foundry 616, to deliver their own brand of Australian jazz music with a monthly Monday night residency beginning on 11 March. Directed by Jenna Cave (composer/conductor) and Paul Weber (trombone), Divergence boast a powerful and beautifully balanced orchestral sound anchored in groove, exhibiting immense sensitivity and subtly and breaking from the big band tradition of old.  

Join Divergence as they perform works by leading Australian jazz composers Jenna Cave, Bernie McGann, Miroslav Bukovsky, Andrew Murray, Cam McAllister, Andrew Scott and many more. Each of their tunes featured contain that zest, energy and buzz that are at the core of Divergence Jazz Orchestra’s principles, with an affinity for groove that accentuates the validity and freshness of a jazz orchestra in today’s musical landscape.

Director/resident composer and arranger: Jenna Cave

Trombones: Paul Weber (Co-Musical Director, lead), Jacob Parks/Alex Silver, Rose Foster, Luke Davis (bass);

Trumpets and flugelhorns: Matt Collins and James Power (lead), Paul Murchison, Will Endicott, Will Gilbert,

Saxes: Justin Buckingham (lead alto, flute), Loretta Palmeiro (alto, soprano, flute, clarinet), Scott Kelly (tenor, alto), Louis Klaassen (tenor), Bec Scolnik (baritone, bass clarinet).

Rhythm: Yutaro Okuda (guitar), Andrew Scott/Luke Sweeting (piano), Hannah James/Sarah Evans (bass), Mike Quigley/ Alex Hirlian (drums)

Launch of new ensemble

THE TRUTH SEEKERS (debut performance)
Supported by FOR THIS MOMENT

Friday March 16, 7:30
Lamps, Hibernian House

342 Elizabeth St, Surry Hills NSW
($15 cash donation at the door, BYO, Doors from 7pm)

Jenna Cave (compositions, voice, alto sax), Will Gilbert (trumpet), Andrew Scott (piano), Hannah James (bass), Mike Quigley (drums)

The Truth Seekers is a brand-new ensemble led by composer, alto saxophonist and (budding) vocalist Jenna Cave. Performing a new collection of music, from soulful songs to melodic contemporary jazz sounds, this ensemble showcases Cave’s recent compositional explorations for a smaller ensemble, brought to life and shaped by some of her favorite musicians, improvisers and people in Sydney.

“This [Cave’s music] is virtuoso horn writing– as much about texture as it is about melody and narrative” – John Hardaker, Australian Jazz.net

“Cave writes with depth and maturity well beyond her years” – Jack Bowers, All About Jazz

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Supported by FOR THIS MOMENT

Jenna Cave (alto sax, voice, loop pedal), Keyna Wilkins (flute)

For This Moment is improvisation duo comprising of two creative musicians and composers Keyna Wilkins and Jenna Cave. An exploration in what is possible in free improvisation with their available instruments, expect anything from hypnotic textural drones to improvised woodwind duets and strange and contagious grooves. Nothing is off limits as they reference a plethora of musical worlds from free and contemporary jazz, contemporary classical music, to the blues.

WAYJO concerts celebrating female jazz greats

WA Youth Jazz Orchestra have two concerts coming up in Perth 2nd and 3rd of March 2018 celebrating the great female jazz composers such as Carla Bley, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Maria Schneider and Satoko Fuji. They will also include in the program which four of my pieces (two which they commissioned in 2011). Thrilled to be included amongst such company!

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February Shows


Friday 9th February 2018, 8:30PM
Foundry 616

616 Harris St Ultimo

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This concert will feature the music of co-bandleader and conductor Jenna Cave, with a varied selection of compositions written between 2006 and 2018. With a distinctive compositional voice which is both joyful and sophisticated, Jenna Cave’s music has been performed, broadcast and warmly reviewed around Australia and internationally. 

While co-leading Divergence, she is involved in other projects as a leader, composer, saxophonist and vocalist; and works with jazz orchestras and ensembles around Australia as a guest musical director and featured composer. Cave has been commissioned as a composer by leading Australian jazz festivals and ensembles and for the screen.

Jenna Cave (conductor/compositions)
Paul Weber (Co-Musical Director, lead), Ellie Shearer, Rose Foster, Luke Davis (bass)
James Power, Cam McAllister, Tom Avgenicos, Paul Meo, Will Gilbert
Justin Buckingham (lead alto, flute), Loretta Palmiero (alto, soprano, flute, clarinet), Scott Kelly (tenor, alto), Louis Klaassen (tenor), Bec Scolnik (baritone, clarinet).
Yutaro Okuda (guitar), Andrew Scott (piano), Hannah James (bass), Mike Quigley (drums)


Saturday 10th of February 2018, 8pm
Sound Lounge, Seymour Centre
Chippendale NSW

 For This Moment (Jenna Cave & Keyna Wilkins) will play a support set at SIMA Summer Jazz before the Steve Barry Quartet launch their new album, Blueprints & Vignettes.


Upcoming Gigs

the Melbourne Composer's Big Band
feat. Jenna Cave (Melbourne)

Sunday 17th September, 5pm
Cross Street, 16-22 Cross St, Melbourne VIC


I'll be a featured guest composer with the Melbourne Composer's Jazz Orchestra, headed by James Mustafa. We'll do two sets of my compositions!

Divergence Jazz Orchestra's 5th birthday gig (Sydney)

Saturday 23rd September, 8:30pm
Foundry 616
616 Harris St, Ultimo NSW

Join us at Foundry 616 to celebrate 5 years of music making as an orchestra. We'll play a selection of music from our early days to recent material.

Jenna Cave (composer/conductor), Paul Weber (co-leader), Alex Silver, Rose Foster, Luke Davis (bones);  James Power, Will Endicot, Tom Avgenicos, Will Gilbert, Paul Meo, (trumpets); Justin Buckingham, Abi McCunn, David Reglar, Louis Klaassen, Phillipa Murphy-Haste (saxes/woodwinds); Yutaro Okuda, Andrew Scott, Hannah James, Mike Quigley (rhythm)

For This Moment House Concert in Ashbury (Sydney)

Saturday 30th September, 4pm
Fifth St, Ashbury NSW (please email for house number)

 $10 donation

Jenna Cave - alto sax/voice/loop pedal
Keyna Wilkins - flute

Our improvised duo will perform and afternoon concert at this intimate venue. Afternoon tea will be provided.

For This Moment at Greenaway Studio (Canberra)

Sunday 15th October, 3:00pm
Chapman ACT, $20 (bookings essential)

Jenna Cave - alto sax/voice/loop pedal
Keyna Wilkins - flute

Keyna Wilkins will be doing a short solo piano set before the improvised duo performance. Tickets must be purchased online before the event, and the venue asks patrons please refrain from wearing high heeled shoes on their soft floor boards.

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For This Moment at Gasoline Pony (Sydney)

Thursday 2 November, 8pm
115 Marrickville Rd, Marrickville NSW

Entry by donation

Jenna Cave - alto sax/voice/loop pedal
Keyna Wilkins - flute

Folk band The Giffen will play before our improvised duo at 7pm.  This relaxed music bar in Marrickville have great food and drinks, so come down for an after-work chill. 

Recent Gigs

For This Moment//Some of Two Parts presented by Bohemian Grove at Hibernian House (Sydney)

Tuesday 5th September, 7:30pm
Surry Hills NSW (email for address)

$10 donation

Excited to play at this intimate and nurturing underground space at Hibernian House. Bohemian Grove is a long-time presenter and supporter of experimental music and contemporary jazz in Sydney. Sum of Two Parts (Loretta Palmeiro and Mark Isaacs) will play after us at 8:30pm. 

For This Moment at Gasoline Pony (Sydney)

Thursday 31 August, 8pm
115 Marrickville Rd, Marrickville NSW

Entry by donation

New duo: For This Moment

Keyna Wilkins - flute
Jenna Cave - alto sax and voice

For This Moment is a new collaboration between two Sydney composers and creative musicians, Jenna Cave and Keyna Wilkins. Limited only by their chosen instruments and their imaginations, this music explores the ways in which two independent melodic lines can meet in free improvisation to create a meaningful and cohesive compositional whole.

On Thursday August 6th 2017, 8:15pm they have their debut performance, at an underground performance space in Sydney's Inner West. They will be supporting other groups Metanoia and The Coconut Kids. Email for venue details.

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Divergence Jazz Orchestra with Michael Griffin

In this exciting new collaboration Divergence Jazz Orchestra welcomes Michael Griffin (alto saxophone) as featured soloist. They will premiere Griffin originals newly arranged by Jenna Cave, Paul Murchison and Dave Lisik; compositions from the band, plus music from Bernie McGann (arr. Cam McAllister), Bill Motzing and Miroslav Bukovsky. Expect a night that takes you from be-bop to funk, hard-bop to ballads to contemporary jazz sounds.

Hailing from Sydney, Michael Griffin is a sensational young alto saxophonist who has been making waves in Australia and the US. Drawing on the linage of the great bebop alto saxophonists, Griffin’s improvised solos are executed with flawless time and artistry, his playing praised by jazz greats Jimmy Heath and Vincent Herring.

 “[Griffin] Flaunts an assertive tone, with an advanced harmonic sensibility and technical fluency that confirm his reverence to Bird and Cannonball Adderley” - Bob Doerschuk (Downbeat Magazine)

“Four stars…The ensemble [Divergence] proves that faking isn’t a part of its lexicon. In other words, the DJO is for real” – Jack Bowers (All About Jazz)


 Saturday March 25 2017, 8pm
 Foundry 616
 616 Harris St Ultimo, Sydney NSW



MICHAEL GRIFFIN – alto saxophone featured soloist JENNA CAVE conductor and composer; PAUL WEBER trombone, co-musical director; TIM COGGINS, ROSE FOSTER, LUKE DAVIS trombones; PAUL MURCHISON, WILL ENDICOTT, DANNY CARMICHAEL, PAUL MEO, WILL GILBERT trumpets, flugelhorns; JUSTIN BUCKINGHAM lead alto saxophone, flute ABI MCCUNN alto, sop, clarinet DAVE REGLAR tenor, clarinet LOUIS KLAASSEN tenor saxophone TIM CLARKSON baritone saxophone, bass clarinet LUKE LIANG guitar ADRIAN KEEVILL piano HANNAH JAMES bass JAMES MCCAFFREY drums

Divergence Jazz Orchestra & Bukovsky SIMA Summer Jazz performance

Divergence Jazz Orchestra are thrilled to announce that we will continue our collaborations with acclaimed trumpeter and composer Miroslav Bukovsky in 2017 with a performance in the upcoming SIMA SUMMER JAZZ concert series. We are honoured to be included in a program of such luminaries on the cutting edge of contemporary jazz and improvised music in Australia.

With Bukovsky as a our guest soloist, we will perform some exciting new material co-written by Bukovsky and Jenna Cave, new works by Andrew Scott and Paul Cutlan, and a selection of Bukovsky classics re-imagined for an orchestra of 19 musicians. This will be proceeded by a support set featuring Loretta Palmeiro (sax) and Andrew Scott (piano) performing in a rare duo format. 

8pm, Saturday 18 February 2017
The Sound Lounge
Corner of City Rd and Cleveland St, Chippendale
Sydney, NSW

Divergence with Miroslav Bukovsky/ Loretta Palmeiro

Divergence with Miroslav Bukovsky/ Loretta Palmeiro

MIROSLAV BUKOVSKY trumpet, flugelhorn, JENNA CAVE conductor and composer, PAUL WEBER trombone, co-musical director TIM COGGINS, ROSE FOSTER, LUKE DAVIS trombones; PAUL MURCHISON, ROB CAMPBELL, WILL ENDICOTT, PAUL MEO, WILL GILBERT trumpets, flugelhorns; JUSTIN BUCKINGHAM lead alto saxophone, flute LORETTA PALMEIRO alto, soprano saxophone, flute, clarinet DAVE REGLAR tenor, alto saxophone MICHAEL AVGENICOS tenor saxophone TIM CLARKSON baritone saxophone, flute, bass clarinet; RICHARD ASHBY guitar ANDREW SCOTT piano HANNAH JAMES bass JAMES MCCAFFREY drums 

4-star album review on All About Jazz

The new Divergence Jazz Orchestra album FAKE IT UNTIL YOU MAKE IT has been reviewed with 4 stars by Jack Bowers on international jazz blog All About Jazz

The ensemble proves, as it does throughout, that faking isn’t a part of its lexicon. In other words, the DJO is for real..That second manifesto is now here, and the verdict is that it is in many ways even more impressive than the first.
— Jack Bowers, All About Jazz

St Petersburg and NYC performances of Cave string works

In 2010 Jenna composed her String Quartet No. 1, a substantial work in three movements. Written in the composer's own musical voice, the work would best be described as a contemporary piece with an emphasis on rhythmic interplay between instruments and shifting modal harmonies, drawing influence from the sound worlds of post 1960s jazz and composers such as Bela Bartok and Maurice Ravel. This month will see the world premiere performances of two versions of this work.

Trilogy for Strings (2010 & 2016) sees the original quartet rewritten for a string orchestra of 12 players. St Petersburg orchestra WARM & PEACE, directed by rising conducting star Hoshimi Sakai, will premiere the work in concert alongside other new and classic repertoire:

7pm, Monday 21 November 2016
St Petersburg Conservatory Concert Hall




New York bassist Ron Wasserman leads various innovative projects and ensembles moving between the worlds of classical music, dance, jazz orchestras and trad jazz.  In December he is curating a bar recital of jazz influenced works for string quartet and string quartet with bass, performing with the Yeats String Quartet. The recital will include the world premiere performance of Cave's original String Quartet No. 1 (2010).  

7pm, Sunday December 18 2016
Bar Thalia, 2537 Broadway, New York


Fake It Until You Make It - Eastside FM Album of the Week

The new Divergence Jazz Orchestra album Fake It Until You Make It was reviewed and featured as "Album of the Week" on Sydney arts radio station Eastside FM.

Read what the folks at Eastside FM had to say about it.


Performance of commissioned works at Sydney International Women’s Jazz Festival

In August of this year Jenna was commissioned by the Sydney Improvised Music Association, with the assistance of The Australia Council for the Arts, to write two new works to be premiered by the new 10-piece ensemble ‘Sydney Women’s Jazz Collective’ at the 2016 Sydney International Jazz Festival.

The ensemble will perform the new compositions Chasing Sound  and Long-lost Frenemy on November 4 and 7.

More info here

Ellen Kirkwood (trumpet) Hannah James  (double bass) Sandy Evans (saxophones) Melissa Mony(saxophones) Anna Leckie (baritone saxophone) Louise Horwood (trumpet) Alex Silver(trombone) Sorcha Albuquerque (guitar) Emma Stephenson (piano) Ali Foster( drums)