Matt McMahon is a composer/pianist/improviser who has performed and recorded with many artists including The Phil Slater Quartet, Vince Jones, Greg Osby, Bobby Previte, Dale […]
The music was alive and active and taking me places. Breathless and totally engrossed, I was in the moment and yet excited about what would follow. When the high point came (for me), it instantly recalled Stephen Magnusson’s playing during the Tim Berne’s Adobe Probe Melbourne gig during the 2009 Melbourne International Jazz Festival.
My favourite live performance experience of the year was ten minutes spent in a small wing of the Art Gallery of NSW. During the October long weekend the gallery played host to an astounding gathering of indigenous artists from around Australia.
It’s something of a well-kept secret just how alive the Canberra jazz scene is at the moment. This is in large part due to the current crop of students, teachers and recent graduates at the ANU School of Music.
Keith Penhallow was a prizewinner in the 2007 National Jazz Writing Competition. Here are his musical highlights for 2010: 1. Sitting in the front row, […]
It’s been a busy year for me with a large number of personal musical highlights, but I’ll try to whittle them down to five. – […]
Mark Isaacs generously took the time to share his five 2010 highlights with us, despite being in the midst of a busy time after the […]
till in my ears – and dare I say heart – is Sydney pianist Stu Hunter’s performance of his The Gathering at the recent 2010 Wang Jazz Fest. The concert was simply stunning and the band was on fire.
When did you start playing jazz and why? For example, was there a ‘moment’ when it came to you as a calling or vocation? I […]
In an era of short attention spans, when musicians seem to coalesce into new ensembles every other week, The Java Quartet, with more than fifteen years under its belt, seems something of an exception…