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Jan Preston: “: Life is for learning!

Jan Preston: “: Life is for learning!

"I was always interested in boogie and ragtime, but didn’t have a teacher for that style, so I taught myself, with great difficulty, later in life. I regret I didn’t live in Hamburg during the 1970s, when there was the huge explosion of boogie and blues piano players, the best in the world. It would have been clearer and quicker for me if I could have been part of that scene." Read More »

Philip Johnston: “It’s going to be fun, it’s going to be hot, and there’s going to be cider”

Philip Johnston: “It’s going to be fun, it’s going to be hot, and there’s going to be cider”

Sydney and New York should consider themselves lucky to share an artist of the caliber of Philip Johnston. The inventive Jazzman divides his time in both cities, playing with the legendary Microscopic Septet, or his own Greasy Chicken Orchestra. His music is a sardonic take on hot jazz through an avant-grade prism, as will discover anyone going to his gig ... Read More »

Ingrid James: “the Brisbane Vocal Jazz Festival  hopes to celebrate the diversity of the jazz vocal art form”

Ingrid James: “the Brisbane Vocal Jazz Festival hopes to celebrate the diversity of the jazz vocal art form”

" It's our intention to make this yearly event a flagship for Queensland Vocal Jazz by providing significant career opportunities, job creation and promotion of jazz artists. We want to celebrate the diversity of the jazz vocal art form which encompasses everything from original works to original reinterpretations of jazz standards - mainstream and contemporary as well as jazz vocal improvisation." Read More »

Andrea Keller: “Transients foster a collaborative approach to music making”

Andrea Keller: “Transients foster a collaborative approach to music making”

The idea was to foster a collaborative approach to the music making and invite the other musicians to contribute their compositions and favourite tunes as well, rather than me having complete control over the repertoire (as was the case in the Andrea Keller Quartet). By opening things up like this, there’s diversity to the music that otherwise wouldn’t exist to the same degree. Read More »

Brenton Foster: ” I’m drawn by singable melodies and sweet chord progressions with a groove”

Brenton Foster: ” I’m drawn by singable melodies and sweet chord progressions with a groove”

"The internet has made the world really small. 'Two Cities' could really be called 'Three Continents' (maybe doesn’t have the same ring to it), because it was made all over the world. It was written and recorded in Australia and America, mixed in Australia, mastered in England and manufactured in Germany." Read More »

Matthew Sheens: “I get bored easily and rely on things outside my experience to shape my music”

Matthew Sheens: “I get bored easily and rely on things outside my experience to shape my music”

"Half of 'Cloud Appreciation Day' was written before a friend died suddenly and completed after the event, so there is a bipolar quality to it. Almost every track has a distressing background, but it doesn't always make the music depressing. In some cases, the reaction was to write more uplifting sounding music". Read More »

Erica Bramham:  ” I love working with words”

Erica Bramham: ” I love working with words”

"While studying jazz at the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne, this made me feel quite inadequate, but there was a point when I stopped comparing myself to all the great bebop singers and embraced my own way of making and enjoying music". Read More »

Nick Mulder: “I’ve absolutely loved co-leading the Mulder/Pulford nonet”

Nick Mulder: “I’ve absolutely loved co-leading the Mulder/Pulford nonet”

"We decided to record this performance because we felt it was a good time to document the work we've done so far, and also because the musicians are so good. We've been very lucky in Melbourne to have worked with great players; it's a great privilege to have your music played by such fantastic musicians". Read More »