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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 »

Sam Anning: “Excellence is being successful whilst being yourself”

Sam Anning: “Excellence is being successful whilst being yourself”

"I think the best kind of award is the one you can't give. It's the one that you get from being intimate with music. The award comes when you listen and the hair on the back of your neck stands up, your skin shivers with ecstasy, you cry because there can't be anything more beautiful than this right now. Anyone who can hear is capable of winning that award, all they have to do is listen." Read More »

Sarah McKenzie: “Never stop learning!”

Sarah McKenzie: “Never stop learning!”

"Living in America is what drew my personality out completely. In the United States, they really celebrate the individual. It was an environment where I found myself unafraid to try things and really develop the music I was hearing in my head." Read More »

Australian Jazz Bell Awards 2015: the Winners

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 a member of the federal ... Read More »

2015 Australian Jazz Bell Awards: and the nominees are…

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 career- will be announced on ... Read More »

2015 Australian Jazz Bell Awards: final call for nominations

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 get submissions in as soon ... Read More »

Michael Anderson | NJA Finalist Q&A

Michael Anderson | NJA Finalist Q&A

"My first guitar teacher, Vince Hopkins, was really instrumental in unlocking the sounds I was hearing on the guitar. Vince is a really fantastic player and one of the most musical people on the planet." Mike Anderson Read More »

Jeremy Thomson | NJA Finalist Q&A

Jeremy Thomson | NJA Finalist Q&A

"I freaked out the first time I heard Peter Bernstein! The thing that I attracted me to his playing at first was the larger intervals he used, which I hadn't really thought about or done before that." - Jeremy Thomson Read More »

Hugh Stuckey | NJA Finalist Q&A

Hugh Stuckey | NJA Finalist Q&A

"Tommy Emmanuel was my childhood hero and although I’ve moved on from that musical aesthetic I still think he can play the hell out a guitar with an incredible time feel and melodic sensibility. " Read More »