THE Queen’s Birthday Honours List released on Monday 10 June 2013 included two jazz musicians in the list of recipients of the Medal of the Order of Australia, recognising their very significant contribution to jazz music.
Our congratulations for this very well-deserved honour to Allan Browne, OAM and Viktor Zappner, OAM
The following biographical notes on Allan and Viktor have been copied from the Office of the Governor General’s website: http://www.gg.gov.au/australian-honours-and-awards/australian-honours-lists
Mr Allan Vincent BROWNE, Malvern Vic 3144
For service to music as a jazz musician, and to the community.
Chairman, Melbourne Jazz Co-op, 1990s-2001 and since 2007.
Chair, National Jazz Writing Competition, 2000 and 2011; Judge, 2005-2007.
Co-Leader, Stonnington Youth Jazz Initiative, since 2005.
Judge, National Jazz Awards, Wangaratta Festival of Jazz and Blues, on 3 occasions including 2011.
Patron, Stonnington Jazz, since 2008.
Member, Music Committee, Australia Council for the Arts, for 3 years.
Chairman, National Jazz Coordination Committee (now defunct), for 5 years; Victorian State Representative.
Artist in Residence, Elder Conservatorium of Music, 2011.
Music Teacher, Geelong Grammar School, 2004-2008.
Current Lecturer, Jazz History and Appreciation, Victorian College of the Arts, and the Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE.
Four Australian ‘Jazz Bell’ Awards.
Five times shortlisted, ARIA Awards.
Don Banks Fellowship, Australia Council for the Arts, 2001.
Dr Viktor ZAPPNER, Burnie Tas 7320
For service to the arts through the introduction and promotion of jazz in north west Tasmania.
Jazz Pianist of note since his arrival in Australia from Czechoslovakia in 1979, where he had
enjoyed a successful career as a professional musician, performing several genres of music in Europe, North America and South America.
Musical Director, Devonport Jazz Festival, since 2002; the Festival won the Cradle Coast Regional Tourism Award, 2012, and 2 awards at the CGU North West Business and Industry Awards, 2010.
Founder and President, North West Jazz Action Society, 1983-2011; Life Member; organised many concerts and jazz events in north west Tasmania; used his connections and overseas friendships to organise visits from top national and international jazz bands and artists; often persuaded visiting artists to hold jazz workshops for local developing musicians.
Tasmanian Representative, National Jazz Development Committee, 1997-2001.
Burnie Arts Council Member, for nearly 20 years, ongoing.
Mentor to other jazz musicians.