‘Three bands on the same street?’ he says excitedly of the string of gigs stirring along the road as we speak. ‘It’s like 42nd Street or something. It’s fantastic.’
Month: June 2012
Nichaud Fitzgibbon’s debut television performance in 1983, in which she sings Cole Porter’s ‘Love For Sale’ with a group of young blokes who would soon become Australian Jazz luminaries.
A great deal of art is description, or at least representation. Describing or representing love, hate, the universe. None is the right description. Nor the wrong one. This is art after all.
The Jann Rutherford Memorial Award was founded in 2005 to assist in the professional development of an outstanding young female jazz musician. The Award is named in honour of the late jazz pianist Jann Rutherford, and is funded by private donations.
An improvisation by Simon Barker on drums and Carl Dewhurst on guitar
The night of my 75th birthday party I had a corporate gig and then rushed across town to the 505 club. The place was packed and when I walked in they all started singing Happy Birthday – it was absolutely beautiful. Lots of my friends were there and Jex Saarelaht came up from Melbourne, which I thought was wonderful.
“Al got up from the drum kit and began reading from a book of poetry which he then set fire to. He kept reading until it had to be extinguished… I was struck by the poetry as well as the flames…”
In 2012, the Australian musician(s) selected to participate at Tokyo Jazz will be decided through an open call. Deadline: Sunday 17 June!
With both Bernie McGann and Andrea Keller playing tonight at separate gigs, as part of the Melbourne International Jazz Festival, this seemed like a good video to share on a Friday!