Pianist from far south coast NSW currently based in Melbourne.
Press release following the release of the album "Sierra" in 2011:
"Kade's latest album 'Sierra' features his current piano trio with Steve Clark on bass and Ken
Vatcher on drums, both highly experienced professional musicians who have played and
recorded with some of Australia's top artists.
'Sierra' comprises a number of original compositions and also standards ranging from Miles
Davis to Lennon and McCartney.
This is modern jazz piano in the tradition of Herbie Hancock, Bill Evans, and Keith Jarrett, and
immersed in the zeitgeist of players such as Brad Melhdau and Robert Glasper.
Kade is widely recognised by senior musicians as a highly talented young musician with
exceptional ability and a significant future.
Ironically, he has developed as a jazz musician on a bush property inland from the remote
south coast beaches of NSW far away from the natural habitat of jazz in the clubs and pubs of
However, it's a region noted for a fertile music community producing indie artists such as
Lucie Thorne, Heath Cullen, Daniel Champagne, and Kim Churchill; home of the Candelo
Village Festival and the art, classical and world music of the Four Winds Festival; two jazz
festivals, two folk festivals, and two blues festivals.
The extended musical community of the remote region share the values of rural life and space
for creativity, and its teachers, recording studios, venues, festivals and audiences have
provided a fertile environment to produce a young jazz musician of note.
Kade's first album, at 15 years of age, was funded by a youth talent competition at the
Cobargo Folk Festival, and his next album will be funded as a prize for winning the young
talent competition at this year's Merimbula Jazz Festival.
This latest release, 'Sierra' was funded by the trio and produced and recorded locally at
Turingal Studios by Pol O'Shea, who has created a finely crafted recording capturing the
freshness and range of this emerging pianist with the classy foundation of a top rhythm
section, and delivering a tantalising introduction of what is to come."
- Miles Davis - Kind of Blue