Books

Spread Christmas Cheer with Ella Fitzgerald

Ella Fitzgerald visited Australia four times – in 1954, in 1960, in 1970 and in 1978 – and Dr Ian D. Clark sheds light to each of these tours, offering valuable insight on the impact, the press coverage, the audience reception, everything. Apart from info of specific Australian interest which are hard to find anyplace else, the book contains photos and press clippings, which makes it a must-have for every Australian jazz fan.

Interview: David James, author of The World’s Best Jazz Club

The World’s Best Jazz Club (Major Street Publishing) by David James Released June 2014 Book launch at Melbourne International Jazz Festival Three aspects of the writing of The World’s Best Jazz Club were a surprise to its author David James. First, when publisher Lesley Williams from Major Street approached him with the idea, he thought …

No dividing lines in music: Sandy Evans and Testimony

‘Several ideas guided my creative process in this project: to interpret Yusef Komunyakaa’s poetry, to pay tribute to Charlie Parker, and to do this in my own way in the context of the vibrant Sydney jazz scene of the 1990s.’ Evans says. ‘I’m very proud of this work and thrilled that, in some small way, it is a vehicle for the voices of some very fine Australian musicians, and their embodiment of Parker’s influence, to be heard internationally.’

Testimony | Book and CD review by Phil Sandford

Testimony: A Tribute to Charlie Parker

Evans’ bold vision has allowed her to remain faithful to Komunyakaa’s poems and to Parker’s spirit, while doing so firmly with her own voice. Her finely-crafted composition has given the vocalists and soloists excellent vehicles within which they can pay their individual tributes to Parker, perhaps best summed up in the memorable ‘Testimony Coda’, with Bernie McGann’s last notes floating gently in the air.