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Paris Combo: “l’Australie, c’est loin!

Paris Combo: “l’Australie, c’est loin!

Paris Combo is a delight of a band, blending the best of the french chanson with a bubbly version of swing in an uplifting, joyous, jazzy way. Led by the Australian trumpeter and pianist David Lewis and the perky singer and accordeonist Belle DuBerry, the quintet features the fiery guitarist Potzi,  drummer François Jeannin and bassist Emmanuel Chabbey. Currently on an ... Read More »

Irvin Mayfield: “All jazz is modern”

Irvin Mayfield: “All jazz is modern”

Last time Dee Dee Bridgewater was in Melbourne, she had everybody in the audience forming what is now remembered as the most legendary conga line in the history of jazz. OK, that might be an exaggeration, but the truth is that she set the bar pretty high up and her return is having everyone excited, not least of all because ... Read More »

Wilma Reading’s lush life

Wilma Reading’s lush life

From the Ritz ballroom in Brisbane to the Copacabana in New York (via Singapore) and from the London Palladium to the legendary Johnny Carson show to touring with Duke Ellington, the highlights of Wilma Reading’s career in song are a nostalgic reminiscence of a golden era of showbiz. Of course, she is much more than an ambassador of that period. ... Read More »

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

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 Festival. Just before going onstage, ... Read More »

Melbourne International Jazz Festival’s sax appeal

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 the Festival can boast for ... Read More »

Stefano Bollani: “I want to be surprised”

Stefano Bollani: “I want to be surprised”

"My goal is to go onstage not having decided anything. This way I can go out and play a chord that I wasn't expecting. And if I don't like it, I drop it. It's all about being open and being in the moment." Read More »

What’s on in Stonnington

What’s on in Stonnington

Though the impact that the new social media habits may have in the jazz scene hasn’t been adequately documented yet, there is a rather safe assumption to be made: you know that a gig went well, when the participants are willing to take a backstage selfie. The photo in question appeared on Fem Belling‘s instagram account and it features the ... Read More »

Festival season

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. On the same weekend, in ... Read More »

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 »