To see the two men working together, obviously digging each other’s playing was a thrill that pointed to this being one of the jazz gigs of the year for me. Griffin was overjoyed to be locking horns, literally, with the great Dale; Barlow, for his part, equally seemed to enjoy having the younger player’s sparkling alto nipping at his heels, pushing him into some hair-raising tenor work.
I have come late to the amazing playing of Sydney’s Michael Griffin. Walking into an Andrew Dickerson Quintet gig off the street I was floored by this pale young man utterly flying on that most nimble of the jazz horns–the alto. It seems I am just one in a long line of admirers, many notable, …
Inspired and inspiring, sensitive, daring and insightful, Andrea Keller is one of the brightest stars of the Australian jazz and improvised music community. A restless creative spirit, the composer and pianist blends her influences in an exemplary tasteful and seamless manner and it comes as not much of a surprise that she is now joining forces …
Pioneers of jazz – Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock – will open the 2015 Melbourne International Jazz Festival with an historic opening night performance.
From the media release Composer and pianist Cleon Barraclough joins with Osmar ‘Chiky’ Salazar on electric bass and Sacha K on drums to present their debut album ‘Techni-colour Rain’. Inspired by salsa, timba, funk and contemporary jazz, the album features the group’s original compositions. ‘Techni-colour Rain’ will be released in early February in conjunction with jazz club performances around Australia. …
Nikos Fotakis talks to Jef Neve for AustralianJazz.net, in the lead up to Neve’s solo concert as part of the MIJF Summer Sessions 2015
Melbourne International Jazz Festival present a series of Summer Sessions, bringing a range of exciting local and visiting musicians to Bennetts Lane Jazz Club in January 2015.
The best of jazz of all kinds will descend on Ultimo in January for the sixth annual Jazzgroove Summer Fiesta 2015, presenting performances by nine leading Australian jazz ensembles across two venues.
Songs of Friends allows Josh Kyle to re-imagine works by some of Australia’s leading jazz instrumentalists with the addition of new original lyrics, weaving vocals into an otherwise instrumental context.
20Up sees the AAO return to the place of its first concert: the Malthouse Theatre in Melbourne. A total of twenty-five musicians will perform a range of works from Ringing the Bell Backwards, the first work written for the AAO by Founding AD Paul Grabowsky which premiered at Malthouse in 1994; Passion, which is the AAO’s take on Bach’s St Matthew Passion; Testimony, Sandy Evans’ extraordinary tribute to Charlie Parker; Struttin’, Eugene Ball’s impressionistic take on Louis Armstrong, and a brand new commission from young composer, Austin Buckett called Virtuoso Pause.