Month: May 2015

Gemma Farrell: “I took up the saxophone and it kinda went from there”

Perth born and based Gemma Farrell is one of the most promising figures of the Australian Jazz Scene; as a sax player and band leader, she has found her own voice, creating a sort of post-bop that merges the american and european tradition with lyricism and audacity. Tonight she is playing at the Perth International Jazz …

Melbourne International Jazz Festival’s sax appeal

The reports were true. Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock are among us, walking in the streets of Melbourne, even checking out Bopstretch’s electifying-as-usual performance at the Uptown Jazz Cafe. Their sold-out concerts are, of course, the highlights of this year’s edition of the Melbourne International Jazz Festival, accounting for its labeling as pianocentric. Though it’s true that …

Festival season

Winter is here, but don’t worry, music will keep us warm. Because it is the jazz festival season, officially beginning tonight, with the glorious launch of this year’s astonishing Stonnington Jazz Festival. Ten days of wonderful music and amazing people, the best warm-up for the mighty Melbourne International Jazz Festival, with an absolutely mouth-watering line-up. …

James Mustafa- Renaissance Man

Mustafa’s sound is a coalescence of classical and jazz sounds, two passions which he has cultivated over a number of years. Listening to large orchestral music, particularly Romantic era works, Mustafa loved the way that the parts of the orchestra worked together (and he further explores this in his jazz writing) “It comes back to the fact that I love textures and instrumental colours. I think that is reflective in my playing as well”, he says.