Monica Trapaga

Monica Trapaga’s television credits include regular performances on the Midday Show, Roy and HG’s Club Buggery, all the various 'late night' shows, Good Morning Australia, a six-year stint on Better Homes and Gardens. She was involved in children’s television for over 20 years with Play School, Playhouse Disney and more recently starring in the Sydney Opera House’s production of the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party and The Boy who was Born With a Moustache. Her true love however is jazz. From her 1985 debut with Ignatius Jones in ’Pardon Me Boys’, to her own very successful award-winning band ‘Monica and the Moochers’. She has performed and recorded with her own Cuban bands, big bands, and various jazz quartets. Her first national tour was with James Morrison, Don Burrows and Bob Bernard and launched her career in the jazz world where she is in her element. Since 2018, Monica has written and hosted The Dinner Set, which airs every Friday night on ABC Jazz. In January 2020, Monica and her band The Guardians of Groove were guests at the Havana International Jazz Festival. Monica has also written and collaged two cookbooks, She’s Leaving Home and A Bite of the Big Apple. These days she is enjoying her role as a Grandma and Jazz Elder, still singing with her favourite musicians ‘The Pocket Trio’, writing, painting, sculpting and gorilla gardening.