New digital project puts St Kilda’s jazz heritage on the map

From the ’20s to the ’60s, St Kilda venues ranged from grand ballrooms and dance halls to cabarets, coffee lounges and clubs. Some of the buildings were stunning examples of architecture, reflecting periods of Melbourne’s social and cultural wealth. They hosted major international artists of the era, as well as providing a hub to showcase local musicians and foster the emergence of new jazz styles.

Reprint: Vince Jones

For the band to work the chemistry needs to have, first of all, the purest form of democracy, then empathy then of course enjoying each others’ playing or singing. Mix it all together with one last ingredient—LOVE—then you get stoichiometry.

Miles, from the Amazon

“If South America allows jazz to swim beside it, other continents emphasise its clash. Trekking in Laos, Miles’ Sketches of Spain playing on my DISCMAN (charged by AA batteries), was a cause of mirth to fellow trekkers outfitted with iPods and GPS navigation.”