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)

New album feautred on ABC Jazz

Our new Divergence Jazz Orchestra album Fake It Until You Make It has been featured on ABC Jazz this week by presenters Jessica Nicholas and  Mal Stanley ahead of the official launch on Friday October 14. Listen here Order your copy of Fake It Until You Make It here


Album Launch 'Fake it Until You Make It' - October 14

Divergence Jazz Orchestra launch their new CD - Fake it Until You Make ItFriday 14 October, 8:30pm Foundry 616 - 616 Harris St, Ultimo tix $25/$15 concession - tickets on sale now

What remains to be said about Divergence is that it enjoys an obvious advantage over most other contemporary jazz groups: like its very name it diverges from the crowd, it has its own rules and doesn’t follow trends. And so what we have is a group of young, fresh and exuberant composers and musicians who have joined forces to create their own exciting take on the world of jazz. When you hear this album you will be assured that jazz orchestras are alive and well, and as ‘happening’ as ever.     - Samuel Cottell

Album available for purchase now



CONDUCTOR - Jenna Cave/TROMBONES - Paul Weber (Co-Musical Director) Tim Coggins, Rose Foster, Luke Davis (bass)/TRUMPETS and FLUGELHORNS - Paul Murchison, James Power, Will Endicott, Paul Meo, Will Gilbert/SAXOPHONES and WOODWINDS - Loretta Palmeiro (alto, soprano, flute, clarinet), Melissa Mony (alto, flute), Dave Reglar (tenor, alto), Louis Klaassen (tenor), Tim Clarkson (baritone, flute, clarinet)/RHYTHM - Yutaro Okuda (guitar), Andrew Scott (piano), David Groves (bass), James McCaffrey (drums)

The Divergence Jazz Orchestra is made up of nineteen of Sydney’s most accomplished young musicians led by Jenna Cave (conductor/composer) and Paul Weber (trombone). Their sound brings the spirit and tradition of improvised jazz music to the 21st century big band; where captivating grooves, memorable melodies and expressive orchestrations are executed with outstanding musicianship and soul with rhythm as its cornerstone.  Following a highly acclaimed debut album release in 2013, the Orchestra now releases 'Fake It Until You Make It' - a brand new CD, featuring original music composed by Jenna Cave, Brendan Champion, Luke Davis, Paul Murchison and Miroslav Bukovsky - performed by some of Sydney‘s most versatile young jazz musicians.

A jazz orchestra typically consists of four trumpets, four saxophones, four trombones and a rhythm section that includes piano, guitar, bass and drums. It is a cohesive musical group that provides a big, powerful sound. Itis also a framework that allows  the key ingredients of jazz to unfold.  This particular jazz orchestra, Divergence, was formed in 2011 by composer Jenna Cave and trombonist Paul Weber, their goal being to perform newmusic by jazz composers. The orchestra was set up to be a community that provided a space where composers and musicians could come together, explore ideas and make music.

Jenna Cave describes a jazz orchestra as 'a powerful, fun, exciting, emotional and awesome thing'. The evolution of the jazz orchestra has made it a more cohesive orchestral pallet of colours and sound, giving composers of the style much more scope within the framework. 'I think [the jazz orchestra] can be anything today. In the days of the big band/swing era, big bands obviously played mostly in one style, swing, but these days people use a jazz orchestra as an instrumentation rather than a group which must play in pre-prescribed style, ’ Cave says.

Each tune on this album contains that zest, energy and buzz that are at the core of Divergence Jazz Orchestra’s principles and affinity for groove that accentuates the validity and freshness of a jazz orchestra in today’s musical landscape. All of the compositions on this release show originality, and the mix of sound worlds vary from swing to New Orleans to gospel ballads featuring luscious harmonies, exciting writing and all of the features that make for a top-notch jazz album.

Her Place - for solo viola

Listen to the first recording of Jenna's 2014 composition for solo viola, Her Place. The piece is dedicated to Jenna's Mum, who spent a number of years in the 1970s living and playing traditional fiddle music in the Shetland Islands. When Jenna began composing the piece the sounds of Shetland fiddle music which she had grown up hearing her mother play subconsciously worked their way into the music. Sheet music is available for purchase through the  Australian Music Centre 

In this recording Her Place was performed by Dawn Bennett.

Divergence Perform Downstairs @ The Music Place

When: Thursday 9 June 2016, 8:00pm Where: 179 Parramatta Rd, Annandale (entry on Young st)

Tickets: $10 on the door, (BYO drinks)

Fresh from the recording studio, Divergence Jazz Orchestra will perform new material from their upcoming album release. The performance will include the premiere of new pieces by Jenna Cave and Brendan Champion, as well as music by Luke Davis, Miroslav Bukovsky and Paul Murchison.


TROMBONES – Paul Weber (Co-Musical Director, lead), Tim Coggins, Rose Foster, Luke Davis (bass)

TRUMPETS AND FLUGELHORNS- Paul Murchison, Rob Campbell, Will Endicott, Paul Meo, Will Gilbert

SAXOPHONES AND WOODWINDS- Justin Buckingham (lead alto, flute), Loretta Palmeiro (alto, soprano, clarinet, flute), Dave Reglar (tenor,alto), Louis Klaasen (tenor), Tim Clarkson (baritone, clarinet)

RHYTHM- Luke Liang (guitar), Andrew Scott (piano), David Groves (bass), James McCaffrey (drums)


Divergence (Jenna Cave - conductor and composer; Paul Weber - co-musical director, lead trombone; Brendan Champion, Tim Coggins, Luke Davis - (bass) trombones; Rob Campbell, Will Endicott, Will Gilbert, Paul Meo, Paul Murchison - trumpets and flugelhorns; Justin Buckingham - Lead Alto, Soprano, Flute; Loretta Palmiero - alto, clarinet; Evan Harris - tenor, soprano, flute; Louis Klassen - tenor; Tim Clarkson - baritone, clarinet saxophones and woodwinds; Luke Liang - Guitar; Andrew Scott - piano; David Groves - bass; James McCaffrey - drums; Miroslav Bukovsky - trumpet guest soloist) at the 2015 Capital Jazz Project held at the Street Theatre -- Civic, Canberra, ACT

Divergence JO Album 2 - Crowd funding campaign

We are now four years old as a band and It’s been three years since we’ve recorded our first album. A lot has changed in that time and we have developed our sound as an ensemble. Through our work developing and performing new Australian music we’ve accumulated a large collection of music which is yet to be recorded. After the success of our first album The Opening Statement in 2013 we have launched a new crowd funding campaign to raise the funds to record and produce our second album in 2016! This will include some favourite pieces from band members including Jenna Cave (5 pieces), Brendan Champion (2 pieces), Luke Davis, and tunes from other Australian composers such as Miroslav Bukovsky. These tracks will include a wide variety of influences and styles, from contemporary jazz, New Orleans 2nd line, gospel ballads through to pop and groove; pushing the envelope of large ensemble jazz while staying rooted in rhythm. We also want to feature some of our great soloists including Will Gilbert (Trumpet), Tim Coggins (Trombone), David Reglar (Tenor Saxophone), and Andrew Scott (Piano) amongst others!

Our friends can pledge to pre-purchase the new album or be thanked with a range of other rewards.

See more/pledge on our pozible page.


Divergence at Foundry 616 - March 16

8:30pm, Wednesday March 16 2016 Foundry 616, 616 Harris St Ultimo

Book Tickets online or $20/15 at the door

Under Cave’s direction, the DJO brings the spirit and tradition of improvised jazz music to the 21st century big band. Captivating grooves, memorable melodies and expressive orchestrations are executed with outstanding musicianship and soul with rhythm as its cornerstone.

At this performance at Foundry616 Divergence will present a show of toe tapping and evocative music, from New Orleans second-line, contemporary jazz, flamenco, pop epics to gospel ballads.


TROMBONES – Paul Weber (Co-Musical Director, lead), Brendan Champion, Tim Coggins, Luke Davis (bass)

TRUMPETS AND FLUGELHORNS- Paul Murchison, Rob Campbell, Will Endicot, Paul Meo, Will Gilbert

SAXOPHONES AND WOODWINDS- Justin Buckingham (lead alto, soprano, flute), Loretta Palmiero (alto, soprano, clarinet), Dave Reglar (tenor,alto), Louis Klassen (tenor), Tim Clarkson (baritone, clarinet) RHYTHM- Luke Liang (guitar), Andrew Scott (piano), David Groves (bass), James McCaffrey (drums

Sydney International Women's Jazz Festival

Sydney International Women's Jazz Festival

Sunday 8th Nov, 7:30pm. Foundry616, Ultimo

With Jenna Cave at the helm, Divergence Jazz Orchestra are performing at the 4th annual Sydney International Women's Jazz Festival, an outstanding showcase of Australian and International female jazz talent. In the final instalment in our 2015 collaboration with Miroslav Bukovsky (trumpet), we will feature him as a guest soloist on a set of his music arranged by the band. Other works by Jenna Cave, Jessica Wells and Brendan Champion. Tickets are selling fast, book now to avoid disappointment.


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Conductor and composer – Jenna Cave

Guest soloist and composer : Miroslav Bukovsky (trumpet) Trombones – Paul Weber (Co-Musical Director, lead), Ellie Shearer, Tim Coggins, Luke Davis (bass). Trumpets and flugelhorns – Rob Campbell, Paul Murchison, Will Endicott, Will Gilbert, Paul Meo Saxophones and Woodwinds – Justin Buckingham (lead alto, flute), Mel Mony (alto, soprano, clarinet), Dave Reglar (tenor), Louis Klassen (tenor), Phillippa Murphy-Haste (baritone) Rhythm – Yutaro Okuda (guitar), Nick Southcott (piano), Hannah James (bass), James McCaffrey (drums)



Divergence play at Kinetic Jazz

4:oopm, Sunday 27 September At this performance Divergence will be joined by Australian jazz legend Miroslav Bukovsky (trumpet) as guest soloist. We will be presenting our own arrangements of some of Bukovsky’s classic 10-part invention tunes alongside Divergence originals including a brand new piece by Jenna Cave. Other charts by: Luke Davis, Brendan Champion, Paul Murchison and Justin Buckingham.

Following Divergence three other bands will be performing. Tickets are valid for the whole evening.

5.30 pm - AustraLYSIS Electroband




Kinetic Jazz

Venue: St Luke’s Hall, 11 Stanmore Road Enmore (opposite 7/11)

Tickets: $30/ $25/ $20

Inquiries: 9665 6489, or email


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Recent press and international radio play

Leading up to our gig at Canberra's Capital Jazz Project in June Jenna was interviewed about our performance there with Miroslav Bukovsky as our guest in an article in The Canberra Weekly. See a copy here. Our performance at the Capital Jazz Project was reviewed on local blog

We've had some international radio play recently. In April our debut album  The Opening Statement  was featured on Flagler College Radio, in St. Augustine, Florida, alongside a recording of Jenna's String Quartet no. 1. In June we received an email informing us that our album was featured on Chicago's jazz Radio


Divergence @ Capital Jazz Project Canberra

Divergence Jazz Orchestra are thrilled to announce that we will be performing at this year's Capital Jazz Project in Canberra. The Capital Jazz Project features a diverse range of international, national and ACT-based artists. The 2015 line-up includes: virtuoso piano-bandolim duo of Stefano and Hamilton (Italy/Brazil), jazz-rock icons The Bad Plus (USA), Grammy-award winning saxophonist Joe Lovano with Paul Grabowsky (USA/AUS), sublime vocals of Katie Noonan and Elixer (AUS), hard bop combo Hammerhead (AUS), master drummer Eric Harland (USA) and big band Divergence Jazz Orchestra(AUS) (that's us!).

This performance will feature music by Jenna Cave, who grew up in Canberra, with a guest appearance by her former composition teacher, Canberra-based Australian Jazz legend Miroslav Bukovsky.

When: Monday 08 June 2015 4pm
Where: The Street Theatre, 15 Childers Street, Canberra
Tickets: $25  book here



TROMBONES Paul Weber (Co-Musical Director, lead) Brendan Champion Tim Coggins Luke Davis(bass)


Paul Murchison Rob Campbell Paul Meo Will Gilbert Will Endicott Miroslav Bukovsky (guest soloist)

SAXOPHONES AND WOODWINDS Justin Buckingham (lead alto, soprano, flute) Loretta Palmiero(alto, clarinet) Evan Harris (tenor, soprano, flute) Louis Klassen (tenor) Tim Clarkson (baritone/clarinet)

RHYTHM Luke Liang (guitar) Andrew Scott (piano) David Groves (bass) James McCaffrey (drums)


Divergence album reviewed on 'All About Jazz'

Jack Bowers, resident big band expert who contributes to international jazz blog 'All About Jazz' had some nice things to say when he reviewed our 2013 album  'The Opening Statement' on the site this month. Thanks Jack. Read his thoughts here.

"Divergence Jazz Orchestra is remarkably strong and consistently pleasing... Cave writes with depth and maturity well beyond her years, a virtue not lost on the DJO, which carries out her wishes to the letter."

Boho present Divergence @ Lamps April 15

Bohemian Grove will present Divergence Jazz Orchestra in the intimate artist-run space Lamps at 401 Hibernian House on April 15. This show will include original compositions incorporating grooves from New Orleans, Mali, R & B and pop records with a throw back to your favorite old Westerns added to the mix.  Enjoy hump day with the sweet tunes of a live big band at your feet while you relax and sip on BYO beverages. When: 7:30pm, Wednesday April 15 2015

Where: Lamps is at 401 Hibernian House, 342 Elizabeth St Surry Hills

Entry by $10 donation on the door

CONDUCTOR AND COMPOSER – Jenna Cave; TROMBONES – Paul Weber (Co-Musical Director, lead), Brendan Champion, Tim Coggins, Luke Davis(bass); TRUMPETS AND FLUGELHORNS- Dane Laboyrie (lead), Paul Murchison, Luke Stephens, Paul Meo, Will Gilbert; SAXOPHONES AND WOODWINDS- Justin Buckingham (lead alto, soprano, flute), Sam Gill (alto, clarinet), Evan Harris (tenor, soprano, flute), Louis Klassen (tenor), Tim Clarkson (baritone/clarinet); RHYTHM- Luke Liang (guitar), Wilbur Whitta (piano), David Groves (bass), James McCaffrey (drums);


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Divergence @ Foundry 616, Feb 4

Where: Foundry 616, 616 Harris St Ultimo When: 8:30pm Wednesday February 4th 2015

Wash away the back to school blues by joining Divergence Jazz Orchestra with a fun night of original Australian big band music at Foundry616 on Wednesday February 4 2015. Hear some home-grown music in a variety of styles spanning from swing, bebop, fusion, flamenco, west African and contemporary jazz, performed by 19 of Sydney’s most sought after creative musicians with Jenna Cave and Paul Weber at the helm. This performance will feature music by Jenna Cave, Bill Motzing, Rafael Karlen, Jessica Wells, Cam McAllister and Justin Buckingham.

Conductor/resident composer: Jenna Cave;

Trombones:Paul Weber (lead/band leader), Brendan Champion, Ellie Shearer, Luke Davis (bass)

Trumpets: Dane Laboyrie (lead), Matt Collins, Luke Stephens,Paul Meo, Will Gilbert

Saxes: Justin Buckingham, Josh Willard, Evan Harris, Louis Klaasen, Tim Clarkson

Rhythm: Luke Liang (guitar), Andrew Scott (piano), Dave Groves (bass), James McCaffrey (drums)


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