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Everyday is mother’s day. Ask your therapist.

Everyday is mother’s day. Ask your therapist.

After the “Mother’s day” overload, it feels a little strange, not being bombarded with ‘mother’s day gift ideas’ every single time you turn the tv on, or you walk into a supermarket; but I guess we’ll manage. I’ve been trying to avoid the subject but then, out of coincidence – if there is such thing as coincedence – I run into ... Read More »

Australian Jazz Bell Awards 2015: the Winners

Australian Jazz Bell Awards 2015: the Winners

It was a bright and starry night, one of mirth and celebration and camaraderie. It was the night that artists and supporters, musicians and afficionados, jazz elders and rising stars gathered to celebrate the accomplishments and creativity and everything that makes the Australian Jazz scene what it is. There was a ravishing MC, Helen Kapalos, and a member of the federal ... Read More »

Happy International Jazz Day!

Happy International Jazz Day!

“Henri Matisse once defined Jazz as “rhythm and meaning”. Jazz means music at its most creative, its most free. Jazz means diversity at its most varied – from free jazz, swing and Afro-Cuban jazz to Latin jazz, Indo jazz, acid jazz and jazz rap… each style reflects a rich blend of local, national and regional influences. Jazz means dialogue, reaching ... Read More »

REVIEW: Elly Hoyt – Oranges & Sunshine

REVIEW: Elly Hoyt – Oranges & Sunshine

Elly Hoyt never shies away from letting her talents - and her amazing vocal range - unfold: one minute she sings the blues with a visceral quality, her voice rooted to the ground; the next, the same voice ascends to the sky. Read More »

2015 Australian Jazz Bell Awards: and the nominees are…

2015 Australian Jazz Bell Awards: and the nominees are…

The agony and speculation is over. The nominees for this year’s Australian Jazz Bell Awards have been announced. Among them appear, naturally, some of the best and brightest talents of the country’s flourishing jazz community. The winners – as well as the recipient of the Graeme Bell Hall of Fame, in recognition of an outstanding career- will be announced on ... Read More »

Nostalgia in Fed Square – the Record Store Day edition

Nostalgia in Fed Square – the Record Store Day edition

‘So, what’s new with Australian Jazz .net?’ I can almost hear you ask. A lot and not much, at the same time. Setting up an online hub for the broader jazz community, for one thing. Trying to keep things going, after the departure of Miriam Zolin, the site’s founder, editor, inspired and inspiring leader. Not posting much, unfortunately, but that ... Read More »

Andrea Keller presents Postcards From Prague

Andrea Keller presents Postcards From Prague

Inspired and inspiring, sensitive, daring and insightful, Andrea Keller is one of the brightest stars of the Australian jazz and improvised music community. A restless creative spirit, the composer and pianist blends her influences in an exemplary tasteful and seamless manner and it comes as not much of a surprise that she is now joining forces with the Song Company, the ... Read More »

Cleon’s Three on tour

Cleon’s Three on tour

From the media release Composer and pianist Cleon Barraclough joins with Osmar ‘Chiky’ Salazar on electric bass and Sacha K on drums to present their debut album ‘Techni-colour Rain’. Inspired by salsa, timba, funk and contemporary jazz, the album features the group’s original compositions. ‘Techni-colour Rain’ will be released in early February in conjunction with jazz club performances around Australia. Cleon, Chiky and Sacha bring ... Read More »

Nic Vardanega releases Inverno

Nic Vardanega releases Inverno

From the media release “Inverno is a collection of tunes I have written over the past few years that hold a common aesthetic. I’ve always liked the idea of a concept album and this album is a culmination of a deep interest in my Italian heritage and the colours and moods that winter brings to mind. This theme became especially ... Read More »

2015 Australian Jazz Bell Awards: final call for nominations

2015 Australian Jazz Bell Awards: final call for nominations

From the media release Celebrating its 13th year in 2015, the Jazz Bell Awards, the only jazz-specific awards in Australia to acknowledge excellence in performance, creativity and presentation, are on their way. With only three months until the ceremony and just two weeks to go for nominations to be submitted, anyone interested should not delay and get submissions in as soon ... Read More »