Firstly, a big congratulations to Marialy for winning the Montreaux solo piano competition. We've heard that she will be touring in 2013, so do try and catch her live. In the meantime here's a clip - Marialy.
Coming up soon are the Freedman awards. Best wishes to the four finalists Zac Hurren, Christopher Hale, Jeremy Rose and Evan Mannell.
The Wangaratta Jazz Festival program is out next week. Keep an eye out for their launch.
In the meantime, stay warm and if you have a chance, catch some live performances in your town.
For 2014, Jazz Queensland and Brisbane festival continue their partnership with the Jazz On Sunday program. Featuring many of Australia’s most accomplished and multi award winning Jazz artists including, Australia’s leading male jazz vocalist Vince Jones, Elly Hoyt (Australian Jazz Bell Awards in 2011), Kristin Berardi (National Jazz Awards and… Read more
PPCA Calls all Australian Recording Artists and Labels PPCA (Phonographic Performance Company of Australia) is a national, not-for-profit organisation that represents the interests of Australian recording artists and labels. PPCA is authorised by its licensors to issue blanket licences to Australian businesses so that they can play sound… Read more
Rating: Four stars Recorded at The Limerick Arms Hotel, South Melbourne in 1991 this new release, 23 years later, qualifies as a ‘golden oldies’ collection for both content and performers. There are five lengthy tracks, all standards delivered in a mainstream style by a top talent Melbourne quintet of the time. The high level of musicianship is… Read more
Rating: Three stars American singer and actor Robert Davi – Die Hard, Licence to Kill etc. – has been a long term fan since he appeared with his idol Frank Sinatra in the 1977 television drama Contract on Cherry Street. This collection of twelve of Sinatra’s best known songs, features similar arrangements by Nic Tenbroek to those iconic ones by… Read more
Rating: Four stars West Australian-based drummer/composer Daniel Susnjar has recently returned from five years of performing and studying in the USA where he completed a Masters and Doctorate in Musical Arts at the Miami Frost School of Music. For his doctoral thesis Susnjar travelled to Peru to study Afro-Peruvian drumming and later assembled a… Read more
Review by John McBeath Rating: Four stars Over their 20-year existence, this Sydney quartet has attracted a loyal following and this latest recording brings their album total to seven. After the group’s 2010 release Rejavanation which experimented with digital beats, and electro-jazz, this new collection is a return to Java’s more familiar… Read more
Some of Australia's most exciting up and coming musicians will collaborate with members of the Australian Art Orchestra (AAO), during a month-long Hard Core on the Fly residency every Thursday night in August at Bennetts Lane Jazz Club curated by Scott Tinkler. Renowned saxophonist George Garzone (USA) will join the ensemble in Melbourne on 21… Read more
Wangaratta Jazz & Blues Festival program announced ENRICO RAVA (ITALY) - JEFF 'TAIN' WATTS (USA) - LAURA WATTS (USA) - JOE LOUIS WALKER (USA) - SPOKE (USA) - ROGER MANINS (NZ) - LISA PARROT (AUS/USA) - HARPER (AUS/USA) The 2014 lineup for the Wangaratta Jazz & Blues Festival now in its milestone 25th year. Artistic director Adrian Jackson said,… Read more
RIP Charlie Haden Haden viewed jazz as the “music of rebellion,” and felt it was his responsibility and mission to challenge the world through music, and through artistic risks that expressed his own individual artistic vision. Image courtesy of Charlie Haden's website Charlie Haden wikipedia Read more
Let’s be clear: from Spotify to Pandora, streamed music is killing downloads, and that’s bad for artists and music lovers. The opposition between art and commerce has been a defining feature of the history of pop music. The countercultural rebellion of the 1960s, to take perhaps the most poignant illustration, was one fully permeated by romantic… Read more
Warren Burt presents the 16th peggy glanville-hicks address Music today consists of a bewildering variety of kinds of music and music making. We’ve really arrived at the situation predicted by Kenneth Gaburo in 1975 when he wrote (in The Beauty of Irrelevant Music) ‘And what if we replaced every ‘either/or’ statement with an ‘and’ statement?’ In… Read more
Of all the novel names for a band—and, let’s face it, there are plenty of ‘em—Adelaide’s jazz trio, yeahyeahabsolutelynoway!, surely has to top the lot. But that’s not all that’s oval or unusual about the group: it also has a very unconventional makeup, in that it features two guitarists (James Brown and Sam Cagney) and a drummer (Stephen… Read more
Different music encourages different frames of mind Jun 24, 2014 |By Daniel A. Yudkin and Yaacov Trope Hum the first two notes of “The Simpsons” theme song. (If you’re not a Simpsons fan, “Maria” from West Side Story will also do.) The musical interval you’re hearing—the pitch gap between the notes—is known as a “tritone,” and it’s commonly… Read more
The long list of candidates for the prestigious 2014 Freedman Jazz Fellowship have been announced with the candidates having been nominated by a national panel of nine selectors who represent some of the most distinguished figures in Australian jazz. The four finalists will be announced in mid July and will then have the opportunity of performing… Read more
It's that time of the year again when pre release tickets are on sale for Wangarratta Festival of Jazz. This is the 25th Festival and will be held from 31 October to 3 November. More info Here's a quick chat with Adrian Jackson, Artistic Director, talking about programming, though it was actually shot at the end of last year's festival so no sneak… Read more
Congratulations to Sandy Evans who has just been awarded a Churchill Fellowship to research performance, composition and pedagogy in intercultural music between jazz musicians and Indian musicians. Sandy has been studying Indian music with a particular interest in Carnatic (South Indian Classical) music dating back to 1996 when she toured India… Read more
After the Budget: The future landscape for Australian arts and culture There will be immediate impacts from the decisions in the Budget affecting Australia’s arts and culture. Unfortunately the real damage will become apparent several years down the track when the cumulative impact of these various measures is recognised. Compounding effect There… Read more
New Australia Council research shows 95 per cent of Australians have engaged with the arts in the past 12 months. Australia Council Chief Executive Officer Tony Grybowski said The Arts in Daily Life: Australian Participation in the Arts survey released today told a great story about the way Australian’s engage with the arts, and their appreciation… Read more
A $25 million state-of-the-art creative hub featuring dance, theatre, music, film and visual arts facilities will be built in the heart of the city following an agreement between the City of Sydney and property developer Greenland Australia. An Australian first, the hub will span 2,000 square metres over five storeys, and will be located in what… Read more