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.

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 …

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 …

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. …

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 …