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Reader Spotlight: Jono Burgess

Jono BurgessWe’ve featured a couple of videos by Jono Burgess and his duo, Bravo Victor. Now we get to learn more about him.

Jono is a third generation bassist in his family, so he said: “it was bound to happen eventually.” He’s this week’s reader in the spotlight. Here’s his story…


I grew up in the small town of Maitland about thirty minutes west of Newcastle in a house full of music with everyone being musical in some capacity. Through high school, I dabbled with other instruments like piano and guitar but just before graduating I made the decision to really focus on bass. Straight out of school I went to study at Newcastle Conservatorium, it was through these studies my love for jazz and improvised music grew. Since graduating I have gone on to study at Sydney Conservatorium while focusing on my musical projects like my bass and voice duo Bravo Victor.


Newcastle, NSW, Australia

Day gig:

My days are filled being a full-time student, teaching, and practicing.

Years experience:

Ten years.

Bands & Gigs:

I work in many covers band around the area but have been focusing on my own original jazz project and my bass and voice duo Bravo Victor.


  • Ken Smith Black Tiger 5
  • Fodera Monarch Deluxe 4
  • Fender Am Deluxe P
  • Aguilar TH500
  • Aguilar SL112 x 2
  • Origin Cali76 TX
  • Boss OC-2
  • Chase Bliss Tonal Recall
  • Eventide H9

Why I play the bass:

Both my Mum and her Dad played bass so it was bound to happen eventually.

My influences

Tim Lefebvre, Janek Gwizdala, Pino Palladino, Thundercat, Matt Garrison

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