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Posted 14 Jan 2014 @ 10:48am

Sun Ra was one of jazz’s most creative and enigmatic personalities. Born Herman Blount in 1914 in Birmingham, Alabama, Sun Ra was a precocious musical talent, playing piano in a variety of local and touring outfits. In the late ‘30s Blount claimed to have been teleported to Saturn, where he claimed the local inhabitants advised him to use music to ‘speak’ to the population of Earth to counter...

Posted 22 Oct 2013 @ 2:20pm

Define your genre in five words or less:

Singer/songwriter jazz infused pop. 

 

Bearing the terrible clichéd nature of this question, what do you reckon people will say you sound like?

Well, people have told me I sound like Norah Jones, Fiona Apple and have a jazz twist and approach similar to that of Esperanza...

Posted 27 Aug 2013 @ 4:31pm

Melbourne’s top jazz and contemporary classical names triumphed at the Art Music Awards, held in Sydney last night.

 

Organised by APRA AMCOS and the Australian Music Centre (AMC), they cover contemporary classical, jazz and experimental music.
 
Improvising jazz pianist Marc Hannaford took out the Work of the Year: Jazz category with his highly original composition...

Posted 21 Jan 2013 @ 1:12pm

60 SECONDS WITH ROGER CLARK FROM DIZZY’S JAZZ CLUB

 

Describe what Dizzy’s is about and where you’re located.

Dizzy’s is a unique jazz venue in Melbourne as is offers both fine dining with table service for a great show or one is able to come for show only and use our friendly bar service. Dizzy’s is really about a complete night out where food, wine and service is tops...

Posted 10 Dec 2012 @ 5:16pm

When’s the gig and with who?

The gig is Thursday December 13 at the Paris Cat, Melbourne (underground jazz club). I have the pleasure of playing with some awesome young jazz musicians: Adrian Montagnese, Joshua Kelly, Jessica Carlton, Ben Teniswood plus Jon Chidgey who has been on the jazz scene for a while. They are a really energetic and crazy band (good crazy). I directed and...

Posted 4 Jun 2012 @ 1:41pm

The diversity of Avigail Herman’s career is almost threatening. Despite her daunting resume she is a fast-talking, fast-thinking, and creative inspiration to talk to. Warm and approachable is not the first thing you would imagine from someone whose career has spread its tentacles into so many pursuits. As a performer she has spread herself between musical theatre, session work (that I learned...

Posted 31 May 2012 @ 11:41am

Jose James is a part of the new wave of jazz performers. Jazz began as a pioneering musical pursuit where artists broke the rules and purged away the rigid constructs of classical music. It was as drug-fuelled and hedonistic as the rock of the ‘60s and ‘70s or the nihilism of the ‘90s. Somewhere along the way it got trapped in its own mystique and it is artists like Jose James, who combines...

Posted 31 May 2012 @ 11:29am

“I’m really sorry,” laughs Megg Evans in her sweet, husky voice, “but I was the one who started the door charge. I didn’t even have a tin to put it in, I put it in my pockets. Totally insane.” Evans is referring to her appointment as door person at Bennets Lane Jazz Club in March of 1993, two months after she’d met the owner when she was just 17. Having moved from Perth to Melbourne, the...

Posted 31 May 2012 @ 11:21am

The marriage of music and film is a long and mostly harmonious one. Even back when films had no sound, live musicians provided musical accompaniment for the images. Jazz and 'talkies' came into their own right around the same time, and it's hard to think of the classic Hollywood of the '40s and '50s within your daydream being complemented by a jazz soundtrack. Jazz On Film at ACMI explores the...

Posted 16 May 2012 @ 3:44pm

Like Mr Noir, you may think jazz is just for science teachers and other elbow-patched drips. Do you fear jazz, the lack of rules, the lack of boundaries? Perhaps it’s time to branch out and discover the energy. “That’s what drew me to it, when I was 16,” says Allan Browne, the highly-esteemed patron of Stonnington Jazz.  During his incredible musical career of over 50 years, Browne has worked...

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