Ralph Pyl took over the running of the Northside Big Band from John Speight in the late 1980s and renamed it, The Sydney All Star Big Band. Initially it had a revolving personel but when Tom Burlinson put together a show in tribute to Frank Sinatra, the band lineup became much more stable.

The Sydney All Stars have been called upon to back other local artists both live and on record including, Frank Bennett, Grace Knight, Rhonda Burchmore, Anthony Warlow as well as American trumpet giant, Bobby Shew. They were also used as the in-house big band for the Australian Idol Big Band specials.

In 2002 the band had the wonderful opportunity to back the incredible American composer/arranger Maria Schneider at Sydney's Jazz in the Domain concert. Since their debut at the Jazz in the Domain, the Syndey All Star Big Band has become the house orchestra backing Bob Florence (USA), Rob McConnell (CAN) and most recently, Vince Jones, Renee Geyer and James Morrison.

The band has also recorded two highly acclaimed CDs featuring original compositions and arrangements by the members.

Below is picture from Tom Burlinson's popular Tribute to Frank Sinatra, "Frank A Life In Song" from 1998.

Here's a shot taken during rehearsals with Maria Schneider in 2002.

And with the wonderful Bob Florence at Sydney's Jazz in the Domain concert.

Standing left to right : Colin Philpot, Anthony Kable, Bob McIver, Dave Panichi, Bob Florence, (not sure), Graham Jesse, Tim Oram, me, Dave Pudney, Richard Percival, Blaine Whittaker, James Muller and Craig Walters.

Front row left to right: Ralph Pyl, Paul Panichi, Don Rader, John Hoffman and Richie Maigraith.

This shot was taken during the recording of Anthony Warlow's Big Band CD. The music was arranged and conducted by Tommy Tycho.

Standing in the back row from left to right : John Hoffman, Bill Risby, Ralph Pyl, Anthony Warlow, Mark Taylor, Don Rader, Warwick Alder, Colin Philpot and Steve Fitzmaurice.

The middle row from left to right is Jonathon Zwartz, Tommy Tycho, Adrian Cunningham, Craig Walters and myself.

Jim Pennell, Ben Gurton, Bob McIver, Anthony Kable, and Graham Jesse.