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Patti AustinMelbourne International Jazz Festival announces its lineup for 2012. 

The largest and most diverse festival of its kind in Australia, it starts in June with a program of 300 performers and 100 events (including 30 free events, 11 world premieres, 13 Australian premieres, eight Festival exclusives and eight Australian/international collaborations).

This year Artistic Director Michael Tortoni has drawn on the rich legacy of jazz as inspiration for its future in crafting the 2012 Festival – from living legends like McCoy Tyner (USA), Dr Lonnie Smith (USA), Patti Austin (USA) and The Fringe (USA), to shapers of the contemporary scene like Terence Blanchard (USA), Chris Potter (USA) and Renaud Garcia-Fons (France), to the next wave in jazz powerhouses like Hiromi (Japan), Robert Glasper (USA), Eli Degibri (Israel) and Samuel Yirga (Ethiopia).  

Melbourne International Jazz Festival
 

October 24, 2014

Pat Metheny Unity Group - spellbinding

in Gig Reviews Victoria Posted by Joanne Kee
To say this concert by legendary guitarist and innovator Pat Metheny’s Unity Group played non-stop for nearly three hours, and received a standing ovation for three encores hardly begins to convey their sheer musical genius in a spellbinding evening. Metheny, winner of three gold album awards and multiple Grammies, turned 60 this year, but could pass for 15 years younger. Opening solo on his famous double-necked guitar – one of many different… Read more
October 17, 2014

Tim Firth's SCOREDATURA

in News Articles National News Posted by Joanne Kee
Tim Firth is hitting out with his own band and sound. Boosted along by his National Jazz award, lucky Sydney audiences have a chance to catch his band next month, and hopefully a CD release in the not too distant future. JK: What were your biggest influences in deciding on your own band and musical style for it? TF: The biggest influences on the musical style for my band are the old school and modern heavy metal and progressive metal bands. My… Read more
October 15, 2014

Sounds Australia on its way to jazzahead!

in News Articles National News Posted by Joanne Kee
If you were thinking of attending jazzahead! or putting in an application for a showcase, for the first time in 2015, national export initiative SOUNDS AUSTRALIA will be coordinating an Australian presence at jazzahead! by investing in an Australian stand at the trade show. jazzahead! is the most important international jazz trade show, including its integrated showcase festival. For the past eight years, the trade fair has been steadily growing… Read more
October 14, 2014

2014 ARIA award winner

Congratulations to the Paul Grabowsky Sextet, winner of the ARIA awards Best Jazz Album for The Bitter Suite (ABC Jazz/UMA) Other nominees were Andrea Keller Quartet with Strings - Wave Rider (Jazzhead/MGM) Emma Pask - Season Of My Heart (Mercury Records Australia/Universal Music Australia) Graeme Lyall, John Hoffman, Tony Gould, Ben Robertson, Tony Floyd - The Hunters & Pointers (Which Way Music/Fuse Group) Vince Jones - The Monash Sessions… Read more
October 14, 2014

2014 National Jazz awards finalists

in News Articles National News Posted by Joanne Kee
Congratulations to the ten finalists of the 2014 National Jazz Awards, have been announced. For 2014 the focus is on guitar. “The finals of the Awards always give audiences the chance to hear talented young musicians from around Australia, and this year including one who has been based in New York for a few years. In some cases, they have the chance to confirm an already- positive reputation. In the case of others who aren’t yet well-known, it’s… Read more
October 14, 2014

Benny Lackner touring down under

in Interviews Interviews Posted by Joanne Kee
Interview with Benny Lackner and Caroline Mannins by Andrew Lorien Benny was born in Berlin, moved to California at age 13. He studied under Charlie Haden, Brad Mehldau, and a dozen other geniuses. They've all called him a genius. He spreads his time between New York, Berlin, and wherever he's touring at the moment, which could be anywere. This tour is 17 dates in Indonesia, Malaysia, Australia, and NZ : I became interested in how the tour came… Read more
October 13, 2014

Jeremy Rose and Callum G’Froerer participate in Ensemble Offspring’s first Hatched Academy

in News Articles National News Posted by Joanne Kee
In 2014 Ensemble Offspring launched a new education program, The Hatched Academy, to mentor emerging performers and composers passionate about building a career in new music. The inaugural participants both come from backgrounds in the jazz world – Sydney-based composer (and saxophonist) Jeremy Rose and trumpeter Callum G’Froerer, who hails from Perth and is currently based in Melbourne. Rose’s many projects include groups The Vampires, The… Read more
October 12, 2014

Do True, Robert Burke with Kenny Werner

in CD Reviews South Australia Posted by Joanne Kee
Rating: four stars Well-established Melbourne saxophonist Robert Burke has appeared on over 200 CDs ranging from pop/rock acts to contemporary jazz, he’s toured extensively throughout Asia, Europe, the US and Australia, and he’s been Coordinator of Jazz and Popular Studies at Monash University’s School of Music for over ten years. This latest album was recorded in New York with Burke fronting a trio of US musicians led by pianist Kenny Werner.… Read more
October 10, 2014

Visions by Kavita Shah

in CD Reviews New South Wales Posted by Joanne Kee
Inner Circle Music Rating: Four stars In this New York recording vocalist Kavita Shah has no fewer than 14 musicians supporting and the music reflects her background in Mumbai and Brazil. There are several Ragas, a tabla interlude and songs in Portuguese. Co-produced by Shah and guitarist Lionel Louecke the songs range across Shah’s arrangements of numbers by well-known composers together with several of her own compositions. The title track… Read more

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