“gutsy, soulful vocal.... the rhythm section cooks..” - Jazz Scene Magazine

“top solos.... great bass work.. vocals were expressive and powerful..” - Roger Mitchell

“an adventurous and eclectic musician” - All About Jazz

“Belling is an exceptional talent with a compelling presence and a versatile, powerful voice” - The Herald Sun


Fronted by acclaimed vocalist Fem Belling, the music of Australian based sextet ‘Cannonball’ is infused with jazz, blues & soul, and cemented in a deep, infectious groove.

Inspired by the music of the late, great Julian 'Cannonball' Adderley, the ensemble has gone on to create its own original repertoire and delight audiences around the country.

Members of the ensemble boast an impressive list of performance credits including Ray Charles, Jerry Lewis, Hugh Jackman, Tony Bennett, Michael Buble, Natalie Cole, James Morrison, The Australian Art Orchestra, The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Mike Nock, and Bobby Shew.

The group has performed at the ‘Bell’ Awards (Australian Jazz Awards), Taichung Jazz Festival (Taiwan), Wangaratta Jazz Festival, White Night Festival, Stonnington Jazz and the Devonport Jazz Festival amongst others, and has released an album “Cannonball Live” which was recorded at Bennetts Lane Jazz Club.

Meet The Band

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Taichung Jazz Festival (Taiwan)

Taichung Jazz Festival (Taiwan)

Bennetts Lane Jazz Club (AUSTRALIA)


Meet the band

Fem Belling


South African born vocalist and violinist, Fem Belling, is a rising star on the international jazz scene and has become one of Australia's most formidable and in demand performers. Her African Jazz and theatre roots augment her unique musicality, choices and interpretations. “A breathtaking storyteller through music.”

Tim Wilson


Tim is a much sought after saxophonist and woodwind instrumentalist who has performed throughout the world. He has released 11 critically aclaimed albums and has performed and recorded with the likes of Ray Charles, James Morrison, Natalie Cole, Tony Bennett, Hugh Jackman, & Mike Nock.

Paul Williamson


Paul Williamson has performed throughout the world, and established a reputation for producing distinctive recordings of outstanding ensemble performances. Williamson is the leading artist on nine commercially released CD releases.

Darrin Archer


Darrin studied Composition and Theory at Latrobe University, and Jazz Piano at The Sydney Conservatorium of Music. He has released 3 albums of original music as a bandleader and composer, and recorded with many great Australian artists including Gianni Marinucci, Grace Knight, ATM15, and James Mustafa.

Tom Lee


Tom graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts and has since performed all over the world. His recording credits include the Michelle Nicolle Quartet, Aaron Choulai Trio, Mark Fitzgibbon Quartet and the Nat Bartsch Trio.

Sam Bates


Sam Bates is a highly sought after drummer & composer specialising in jazz and improvised music. Bates has released two albums under his own name which have enjoyed critical praise.


Cannonball Live


chantal mitvalsky - voice
tim wilson - saxophone
paul williamson - trumpet
darrin archer - piano
sam bates - drums
tom lee/frank di sario - bass



‘Cannonball Live’ was recorded live at Bennetts Lane Jazz Club in Melbourne, Australia, and includes a collection of songs from varying sources. Some are rearrangements from the classic albums that Cannonball recorded with Ernie Andrews and Nancy Wilson, whilst others are drawn from the great American songbook.

It is available as a digital download or hard copy from Bandcamp.



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