In 2009, extempore journal spoke to five Australian jazz musicians, asking them all the same set of questions… Kristin Berardi, Vince Jones and Katie Noonan were in the group we interviewed and this year all three of these outstanding Australian musicians are opening the Melbourne International Jazz Festival with a gala concert called ‘The Way …
Month: May 2012
‘That’s the exciting thing about this music – like any human relationships, the variables are so intricate and so intertwined that the result is never predictable.’
‘One thing we always try to explore is the full dynamic range of the orchestra. Lots of people of surprised at how quiet (and loud) a big band can play, but it is going to be exciting either way. The band is dying to play with Chris.’
Pianist Sam Keevers and tenor saxophonist Jamie Oehlers play a movingly delicate rendition of Sam Keever’s tune ‘Simple Pleasures’
George Garzone is appearing at the Melbourne International Jazz Festival with The Fringe in June 2012. Jamie Oehlers is also appearing at the festival with his trio. See the Links page for appearances by Jamie and George at MIJF > George Garzone is known world-wide as one of the tenor saxophone’s finest educators and players. …
‘Rehearsing as we did in Belgium prior to the recording was a lot more interesting and unusual than doing so in Melbourne, but the opposite may be true for Janos. Maybe we were fresher approaching our instruments, because there was no opportunity to practise immediately before the recording.’
Tim Stevens was the recipient last year of a Professional Development Award from the Australasian Performing Right Association, and an element in the prize was a day’s recording at Studios 301. Tim used this day for the present album, in a session engineered by Simon Todkill.
Scott Tinkler Quartet at Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, Melbourne on April Fools Day, 2005
‘I guess maybe I can’t decide what I like, I just like it all, and although that is hard to ‘market’ to the world, it’s true to me, so I’m a mongrel.’
Musician Gian Slater receieved an early career fellowship in the first round of creative fellowships under the new Federal Government’s Creative Australia Artist Grants initiative.