Nikos Fotakis

I've been a puppet, a pauper, a pirate, a poet, a pawn and a king. Also a father, a husband, a writer, an editor, a coffee addict, a type 1 diabetic and an expat. Born and raised in Athens. Based in Melbourne. Jazz is my country.

I've been a puppet, a pauper, a pirate, a poet, a pawn and a king. Also a father, a husband, a writer, an editor, a coffee addict, a type 1 diabetic and an expat. Born and raised in Athens. Based in Melbourne. Jazz is my country.

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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. …

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 …

A Love Supreme: the Gospel according to John Coltrane

“did you define love john coltrane when you wrote ‘one up, one down’ even years ago when your raw aggression first trauma’d my ears i wondered. or did you define it later with ‘a love supreme’ your perfectly balanced love chant perhaps you got it right at rainy newport, where you spoke of stormy balance …