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Vale Peter Jones, drummer

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The Melbourne jazz scene  joinedalt the broader Melbourne contemporary music in mourning the tragic loss of drummer Peter Jones on Friday, May 18, at the age of 49, after a courageous and long battle with brain cancer. A member of the first intake of the Jazz Course at the V.C.A. in 1982, he formed strong bonds with fellow students Stephen Hadley, Rob Burke and the late Jamie Fielding, who was a particularly strong influence on his musical thinking. They performed together weekly as a jazz trio at The Green Man, which transformed into the originals music of Recent Theft, and later the industrial rock group Transwaste. Peter also performed with Odwala and Sydney saxophonist Mark Simmonds as part of the Melbourne Jazz Co-operative’s inaugural 1983 concert series at the RMIT Glasshouse Theatre. This musical journey is documented on the 3-CD compilation set of Jamie Fielding’s, Notes from the Underground(AIJA Records).                                                                                                                       Peter had evolved into a musician who knew no musical boundaries, and continued to freely cross between jazz, rock and pop throughout his career – committing to the music that he felt was honest and had spirit. His early jazz credentials included stints with the Kate Ceberano Septet, then Vince Jones and later The Jextet and Ruby Carter. In the rock sphere he was a member of Harem Scarem from 1985-1989, and later Deadstar with Caroline Kennedy, Nick Seymour (Crowded House) and Barry Palmer (Hunters and Collectors) for their second album. He played for many years in the long-running Dianna Kiss, and also performed with Ross Hannaford, Rowland S. Howard, Chris Wilson, Charlie Marshall and Lisa Miller. His highest profile ‘gig’ was as the drummer for Crowded House for extended periods (including a U.S. stadium tour, and the ‘Farewell To The World’ concert on the steps of the Sydney Opera House) after Paul Hester had left the band. Peter had been teaching in high schools for several years, and was an incredibly popular teacher and mentor to many students. - Martin Jackson

 

September 18, 2014

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in News Articles National News Posted by Joanne Kee
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September 11, 2014

Interview with Simon Milman on his Wanderlust collaboration

in Interviews Interviews Posted by Joanne Kee
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September 07, 2014

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in News Articles National News Posted by Joanne Kee
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September 01, 2014

Congratulations to Art Music Award winners

in News Articles National News Posted by Joanne Kee
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August 21, 2014

Congratulations to Freedman 2014 winner Aaron Choulai

in News Articles National News Posted by Joanne Kee
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August 20, 2014

Bennetts Lane Jazz Club is closing

in News Articles National News Posted by Joanne Kee
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August 19, 2014

The future of new music is at risk if we continue to undervalue composers

in News Articles National News Posted by Joanne Kee
Whilst jazz commissions are not as common as those for classical music, this report and stagnant or decreasing performance fees points to it being a tough life for many musicians abroad as well as in Australia. "Professional composers are being asked to create new pieces for ‘shockingly low’ fees, Sound and Music report finds • Average fee per commission in 2013 was £1,392 • 15% of those surveyed earned more income v previous year" READ MORE… Read more
August 18, 2014

$15,000 Recording Grants On Offer

in News Articles National News Posted by Joanne Kee
The PPCA (Phonographic Performance Company of Australia) and the Australia Council of the Arts are jointly offering recording grants worth $15,000 to make new music. This is the second year that the PPCA and Australia Council are offering these grants. Last year’s recipients included Courtney Barnett, The Grigoryan Brothers, Lance Ferguson of The Bamboos, Ben Salter and Ainslie Wills. Dan Rosen, PPCA Chief Executive Officer said he was pleased… Read more
August 10, 2014

Liminal Jex Saarelaht Trio

in CD Reviews Victoria Posted by Joanne Kee
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