Cam McAllister Biography
Trumpet player and composer Cam McAllister has been a regular fixture on the Melbourne jazz scene since 1997, both as a leader of his own bands and also as a sideman in some of Melbourne's premier jazz ensembles. It was during his study at the Victorian College Of The Arts that he developed a deep love for jazz and the trumpet and also when he first started to write his own music which he has continued to develop and strengthen over the years. Cam has performed with, among many others: Gordon Brisker Quintet (Sydney), Jeff Usher's Jazz Unit (Brisbane), Jamie Oehlers, Ian Chaplin, Mark Fitzgibbon Quintet, Musikkii Oy, Joe Camillerri and the Jazzheads, the Bamboo's, Melbourne Jazz Orchestra, Bennett's Lane Big Band, Rumberos, Los Cabrones, as well as many rock and pop stars including: Alice Cooper, Roger Daltrey, Hugh Jackman, Natalie Imbruglia, Jimmy Barnes and Peter Frampton. Cam also worked regularly on cruise ships between 2001-2005, traveling the world and backing entertainers including: John Cleese, Petula Clark, Ronnie Corbett, Glenn Shorrock, Ugly Dave Gray and Maria Venuti.
Additionally, Cam has performed at two of Australia's premier jazz festivals: “Wangarratta Festival Of Jazz & Blues” and the “Melbourne International Jazz Festival” where the “Cam McAllister Quintet” supported the headline act, American tenor saxophonist Ricky Ford in 2000.
Cam formed his band, the “Cam McAllister Quintet” in 1998 which included Danny Fischer, Matt Clohesy, Colin Hopkins and Tim Wilson and they recorded an unreleased album at the ABC studios in Melbourne. The band has gone through some personnel changes in the last 10 years but has settled, for many years, on the formidable line-up of Cam, Dave Rex, Mark Fitzgibbon, Tamara Murphy and Ben VanderWal. In August 2007 they independently released their debut album entitled “Libran Balance”, again recorded at the ABC by Mal Stanley for 'Jazztracks' and it features nine original compositions of Cam's as well as a guest appearance by Jordon Murray on trombone. Cam's music is melodically very strong and it also displays a deep respect for form.
Since the start of 2005 Cam joined the Melbourne detachment of the Royal Australian Navy Band, using the many hours of provided practice time to hone his skills as a trumpet player, writer and arranger.
In May, 2008 Cam was one of 50 applicants worldwide selected to attend the Banff International Workshops in Jazz & Creative Music hosted by acclaimed trumpet player Dave Douglas.