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Jonathan Dimond

An experienced composer and multi-instrumentalist, Jonathan Dimond draws upon a broad experience of performance, recording, composition and touring in his teaching at Melbourne Polytechnic.

Performance Experience

Jonathan has well over 25 years experience as a band-leader and side-man for cabaret shows, jazz bands, big bands, orchestras, chamber ensembles, Indian classical groups, theatre ensembles and jazz/rock fusion bands. He has performed on stage with such artists as John Denver, Paul Grabowsky, George Russell, Mike Nock, Roger Dean, Lou Rawls, Bob Moses, Ronnie Corbett, Gulfam Sabri, Frank Sinatra, Arthur Lipner, Darryl Pratt, Roger Frampton and Urbie Green.

He has performed in such venues as Lincoln Center (New York), Jordan Hall (Boston), Queensland Performing Arts Complex (Brisbane), Sydney Opera House, REDCAT Theater (Los Angeles), and in clubs around Australia, Japan, and the USA.


Master of Music (Contemporary Improvisation – with Academic Honors), New England Conservatory, Boston USA, 2006.

Graduate Diploma (Contemporary Improvisation), New England Conservatory, Boston USA, 1995.

Bachelor of Music (Trombone/Composition – with Distinction), Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Australia, 1992.

Teaching Experience

Prior to his appointment at Melbourne Polytechnic in 2011, Jonathan was a full-time music teacher at Box Hill Institute of TAFE for four years.

From 1997 to 2002 Jonathan was Lecturer in Jazz/Contemporary Music, Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University. He headed the Jazz/Contemporary Music until his departure for Los Angeles in 2002.

Jonathan based his private teaching practice during his tenures in Boston, Los Angeles, and in Australia, as an instructor in bass, tabla, trombone, theory, improvisation, ear training and composition.

He has produced workshops on tabla and Indian rhythm, improvisation and electric bass around Australia and overseas.

Jonathan is author of Bass Riyaz – a voluminous instruction book for electric bass guitar, published in 2005.

Jonathan has also authored articles in publications concerning aural development, musicianship and Indian rhythm.

Recording Experience

Jonathan has several CDs released with his Brisbane-based contemporary jazz group Loops.

Numerous commercial studio recording projects for T.V. and radio have also been produced.

Whilst based in Los Angeles Jonathan provided bass and tabla tracks for numerous projects, both creative and commercial.

He also appears as bassist on creative recording projects that have included Artisans WorkshopKafka Pony, and Topology.

Composition Experience

Jonathan Dimond has formed and directed bands which have featured his original compositions and arrangements throughout his career. These have included Contemporary FocusArtisans Workshop, and Loops.

Commissions have been received from ABC Classic-FM Radio, the Australian National Academy of Music, Capital Media (Cable TV U.S.A.), Arts Queensland, "Out of The Box" Festival of Early Childhood, Yoram Levy (trumpeter with the Israeli Philharmonic), Simone DeHaan (trombone), and others.

Job Title

Head of Program/Senior Lecturer, Music - Higher Education


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