PMJB is to the best of our knowledge Queensland's longest running jazz band and was founded in February 1974.
Original members of the band were:
Jan Aleman – Guitar
Larry Thomson – Trombone
Paul Waters – Clarinet
Ivan Hauri – Clarinet
Luke Portier – Bass
Bob Hebden – Drums
Les Nicholson – Trumpet
In 1975 not long after starting John Ruffle and Nev Minon joined the band and Bob Passmore and Red Huxley joined around 1985.
In 1978 PMJB recorded the first ever locally recorded and produced vinyl album engineered by Eric Ball. PMJB has recorded on ABC radio with Gospel singer Shereen Malamoo and in 1982 had its own three-
PMJB has appeared at Festivals all over Queensland and appeared at the Australian Jazz Festival in
The band's music style supports its name and the music ranges from early Trad, to mainstream, to swing with a hint of modern.
The band’s motto is take the music seriously but not yourself.
John, Nev, Red, Bob (Passmore) and Les are still in the band which plays on the 4th Sunday of each month as the house band for the Townsville Jazz Club.
PMJB 2013 (L-
Bob Hebden drums, Bob Passmore sax, Les Nicholson trumpet, John Ruffle piano
John Ruffle piano
Red Huxley bass
Larry Thomson guitar
Neville Minon trombone
Bob Hebden (obscured) drums
Les Nicholson trumpet
Bob Passmore saxophone
PMJB 1978 -
Jan Aleman guitar, Ivan Hauri clarinet,
Les Nicholson trumpet, Larry Thomson trombone
Luke Portier – bass
The new Pacific Mainstream Jazz Band 2014
PMJB 2002 (L-
Mike Faragher soprano sax, Bob Passmore tenor sax