Life after Jupiter


Ron Mazurkiweicz

Ron started his musical career at 14 playing in his brother Georges band “Flipside”. This band soon found itself supporting some major Australian acts such as Billy Thorpe & the Aztecs. He then auditioned to join ELMTREE as the keyboard player. He played all around Sydney and recorded a single “Rainbow” which had moderate success. Later ELMTREE were Ted Mulrys backup band and eventually the singer John changed his name to John Paul Young.

By the mid 70’s ELMTREE were to split and this is when he met Dieter Kleeman and discussions took place to form a new band. We called in drummer Philip Edwards and Jupiter was born.

Around  1977 CBS asked the band to promote their instruments, Rogers drums, Yamaha Amps and the Mini Moog.

Ron was one of the first keyboard players in Australia to be playing Mini Moog in a band.

Jupiter were playing at Barry Farrells music store promoting the goods, so when the American rep for Moog saw him playing his Mini Moog he instantly asked him to be  the Australian clinician for Moog synthesisers.

During the Jupiter days, he was asked to be a special guest by old friend JPY to join the All Stars Band for a tour of South Africa and play several major concerts, including Live to Air in Johannesburg and on the steps of the Opera House for a fantastic New years Eve spectacular broadcast live to the world.

Being in the JPY Band gave Ron the opportunity to play with some of his favourite legendary Australian musicians including; Pig Morgan, Johnny Dick, Ronnie Peel & Ian Miller.

After this he joined the band “World Tour” until 1983, when  he was asked by Doug Parkinson to join his band undertaking a national tour to promote the “Heartbeat to Heartbeat” album and perform a live to air concert for 2 DAY FM at the Regent Theatre.

Ron also played with the Joe Casey Band in 1984.

These days you can find him noodling around recording in his home studio or at Atlantic Studios jamming with old friends and still experimenting with his music.