My intention for this short essay film was to create a pacey montage of archive footage, photographs, memorabilia and interviews with musicians and key personalities to reveal the unsung story of St Kilda’s significant contribution to Australia’s jazz history.
Highlights included Morrison and Elling matching each other note for note on trumpet and vocalese on ‘Did You Call Her Today’, a stunning sax solo from Roberts on ‘September In The Rain’, and a superb rendition of ‘Nature Boy’ from the entire ensemble.
The Melbourne Jazz Roots Festival marks a welcome addition to the annual jazz festival calendar
Horst Liepolt’s motivation to support Australian jazz was never fiscal. “I did it because I had a good time doing it,” he says. “I loved doing it, I loved Australia, and I loved my buddies.”
It was sheer joy watching her and the entire ensemble throughout the night clearly having so much fun on stage.
It was fascinating to watch such a powerful voice emanate from Kristin Berardi’s delicate frame.
From the ’20s to the ’60s, St Kilda venues ranged from grand ballrooms and dance halls to cabarets, coffee lounges and clubs. Some of the buildings were stunning examples of architecture, reflecting periods of Melbourne’s social and cultural wealth. They hosted major international artists of the era, as well as providing a hub to showcase local musicians and foster the emergence of new jazz styles.
There were over 70 performances to choose from, so even without the big international names in the line-up, it was outstanding value for pass holders. The tightly packed schedule meant catching complete sets was the biggest challenge.