About Us

The "Escapees" are a contemporary jazz group that are based in Brisbane, Queensland,  Australia. The group's nucleus consists of David Galea on electric and acoustic bass, as well as Trent Bryson Dean on Drums. Both David and Trent have been working together in different groups for the past 15 years. The Escapees is a definite departure from some of the other groups that they have performed in over the years.
All the compositions that the "Escapees" perform are original and have been composed with the idea in mind that the composition is the initial point of departure for improvisation, with the original theme being restated in some form at the end, thus creating a sound that is very textural and active to the listener.

In 2012 the Escapees will be recording a new album that will be recorded live in one room, this process will hopefully capture a feel that is very much like the sound of a recording from a live concert or performance. The instrumentation for the album will be a combination of Piano, saxophone, vibes and maybe guitar depending on what each tune dictates.

The "Escapees" made their debut as a group at the Brisbane Jazz Club on the 4th February 2012 to a packed to the rafter’s crowd. Joining them for the evening on the bandstand was Chris Poulsen on the Piano, James Whiting on the vibes and Josh Hatcher on the Alto Saxophone.
Look out for the "Escapees" in the future, as this is just the beginning of what could be a very musically rewarding experience, both for the listener and those performing in the group.


The vibrant heart of Brisbane Jazz – the Brisbane Jazz Club – played host to an exciting new band - “the ESCAPEES” - on Saturday 4th February.
While this lineup of talented musicians may be new – this is their first public performance – the musicians are individually well known to the South East Queensland jazz fraternity.
Led by Bass Player – David Galea the band features:
Drums – Trent Bryson-Dean
Piano – Chris Poulsen
Vibes – James Whiting
Alto Sax – Josh Hatcher
These musicians have performed together under various guises for many years but it is the ESCAPEES that showcases their enormous improvisational talent.
With one exception all of their music is original compositions by band members. The one exception being a Wayne Shorter composition “JuJu”
Original contemporary, New York style improvised jazz - the styles ranged from up tempo funky style jazz through to a lovely waltz “The Tippy Toe Waltz” that David composed for his daughter. The performance ended on a high with David’s own composition, “Paralytic Poultry”.
The inclusion of vibes to what is a relatively standard jazz lineup gave another dimension to an already excellent sound and James Whiting is a master of his instrument and blended beautifully with the other musicians.
It was fitting that this band played to a packed house as the riverfront location and intimate ambience of the Brisbane Jazz Club is a perfect vehicle for a jazz performance of this high standard.
I hope “The ESCAPEES” continue to perform their excellent contemporary jazz throughout S E Queensland showing jazz lovers that Qld can produce jazz that is world class
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