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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 01, 2014

Congratulations to Art Music Award winners

in News Articles National News Posted by Joanne Kee
Winners were announced across 11 national and seven State categories at this year’s Art Music Awards held for the first time in Melbourne at the Plaza Ballroom on Tuesday 26th August. Hosted by APRA AMCOS and the Australian Music Centre, the Art Music Awards celebrate the achievement and creative success of composers, performers and educators in the genres of contemporary art music, jazz and experimental music. This year’s diverse list of… Read more
August 21, 2014

Congratulations to Freedman 2014 winner Aaron Choulai

in News Articles National News Posted by Joanne Kee
After a night of amazing music, the winner of the Freedman Fellowships was selected. Congratulations Aaron Choulai. At the age of 21 his first CD Place, was described by Paul Grabowsky as "A milestone in Australian jazz". Tokyo-based pianist Aaron Choulai received the Japanese Ministry of Education ‘mombushou’ Scholarship to study at the Tokyo College of the Arts (2009 – 2013). Aaron will use his Fellowship prize to invest in quality equipment… Read more
August 20, 2014

Bennetts Lane Jazz Club is closing

in News Articles National News Posted by Joanne Kee
BENNETTS LANE JAZZ CLUB, Melbourne's iconic live jazz venue will be closing mid June 2015. The Bennetts Lane Jazz Club site has been sold. Over the past 22 years has hosted a plethora of national and international artists. Rumours of the closure of the Bennetts Lane Jazz Club have now been officially confirmed. The venue is reported as being sold because of the extraordinary offer made (reportedly an eight-figure sum), rather than a failing… Read more
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
Rating: Four stars Formed over twenty years ago by pianist Jex Saarelaht this trio, one of the most respected Melbourne small groups, has now released a follow-up to their 1999 double album, Fiveways which included saxophonist Julien Wilson. With long term associates bassist Philip Rex and drummer Niko Schauble, Saarelaht’s trio has added these six originals to his considerable repertoire. The opening track – conversely entitled Closing – is a… Read more
August 10, 2014

Pat Metheny headliner at the Melbourne Festival

in News Articles National News Posted by Joanne Kee
Pat Metheny 20-time Grammy Award–winning guitarist is returning to Australia with his Unity Band for the first time in two decades. Known for his dizzyingly complex and dynamic musicianship, he is very much a legend amongst the pantheon of prog jazz gods. The Pat Metheny Unity Group may be his most accomplished and ambitious project yet, a combination of his human collaborators – Chris Potter, Antonio Sánchez, Ben Williams and Giulio Carmassi –… Read more
August 09, 2014

Aspirations by Tom Barton

in CD Reviews New South Wales Posted by Joanne Kee
Rating: Four and a half stars This Melbourne release is a breakthrough in leading edge jazz vocals utilising original material, live effects processing, six top musicians, and the gifted approach of 28 year-old vocalist Tom Barton. A graduate from the Victorian College of the Arts, Barton studied for a Masters in Jazz Voice at New York’s Manhattan School of Music. The results on this debut album introduce the creative possibilities of 21st… Read more
August 03, 2014

2014 Art Music Awards Nominations for jazz

in News Articles National News Posted by Joanne Kee
Congratulations to the following artists and organisations nominated for the Art Music awards:- Work of the Year: Jazz Alister Spence and Myra Melford: Everything Here Is Possible, performed by Alister Spence and Myra Melford Quentin Angus: Happy, performed by Quentin Angus, Alon Tayar, Bambam Rodriguez and Ari Hoenig Tilman Robinson: Network of Lines, performed by Tilman Robinson, Peter Knight, Callum G'Froerer, Erkki Veltheim, Judith Hamann,… Read more

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