When I heard that Billy Childs is coming to Australia, the first thing I did was listen to his latest, Grammy-winning album, Rebirth, hailed as a return to his jazz (hard-bop) roots. So the next thing was to check these roots. I went to my record collection and unearthed The Yokohama Concert, his 1978 debut …
“Rhonda Burchmore has the audience in the palm of her hand – it’s truly magical. I often have to pinch myself to come back down to earth when she sings a ballad – it’s one of the most special pleasures to play ballads as a duet with her.”
“There is something musical about the way Gerald Murnane writes about Australian landscape, it’s an interesting place to compose music from,” Peter Knight says.
A cohort of inspired, inspiring women took to the stage, one by one sending out a War Cry, singing songs of Nina Simone and Abbey Lincoln and Sharon Jones – along with their own originals, all songs that describe what it means to struggle, to fight back, to do your bit to create social change, one note at a time, one verse at a time.
“I love sitting in the middle of Darryn and Kim when they talk about musical experiences theyve shared from times before I was born, soaking everything up like a sponge, to the point that it feels like I was there too!”
Dan Tepfer: “Well, when we really commit to improvisation (the word literally means ‘unforeseen’), we commit to listening hard, with a certain kind of humility. We leave ourselves open to the spirit of discovery, to epiphanies that are specific to that moment in time.”
Following thousands of jazz events taking place in 195 countries around the world, International Jazz Day 2019 came to a thrilling closein Melbourne, Australia with an extraordinary All-Star Global Concert at Melbourne Arts Centre’s renowned Hamer Hall.
“In her tunes, Kate is the band leader; in mine, I’m the leader. We have our own musical personalities; she’s as much a musical leader as I am.”
“SUM is me, who I am as an artist and human being; it has my flaws and strength,” says drummer and composer Steve Belvilus, talking about the signature soul-jazz-RnB sound he has created.
Melbourne jazz fans rejoice – on 28 April, in line with the Jazz Day celebrations, the city will become home to the all-new, all-sparkling Jazz Roots Festival.