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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 »

Review: Eugene Ball 4tet – Hi(gh) Curious

Review: Eugene Ball 4tet – Hi(gh) Curious

All songs in the album are performed with the same electrifying intensity, from the most high-energy compositions to the contemplative interpretations of standards. Read More »

Jazz Music Institute OPEN DAY

Jazz Music Institute OPEN DAY

JMI has received endorsements from significant jazz figures, including trumpeter Wynton Marsalis who has performed with the likes of Dizzy Gillespie, Herbie Hancock, Sonny Rollins and Sarah Vaughn, and founded one of New York’s finest jazz education facilities Jazz at Lincoln Centre. Marsalis commends JMI for developing “one of the first jazz curriculums that addresses the entire fundamental range of jazz styles… a template that should be followed by schools who are serious about the study and performance of jazz music”. Read More »

Scott Tinkler: “I’ll keep laughing whenever I can”

Scott Tinkler: “I’ll keep laughing whenever I can”

"As far as music goes, I reckon I sound like me, and no one else, that's really what I feel good about. I have a long way to go still, plenty more to explore and learn, but having your own sound and being recognised by it is surely what I feel is most important, other than not sounding like shit. " Read More »

The 2016 Australian Jazz Bell Awards shortlist

The 2016 Australian Jazz Bell Awards shortlist

The shortlist for this year's Australian Jazz "BELL" Awards has been officially announced. This year's crop has been extraordinary, with many great albums submitted in the competition. The amount of talent in this list is overwhelming, and it is bound to make the work of the judges very hard Read More »