When I heard that Billy Childs is coming to Australia, the first thing I did was listen to his latest, Grammy-winning album, Rebirth, hailed as a return to his jazz (hard-bop) roots. So the next thing was to check these roots. I went to my record collection and unearthed The Yokohama Concert, his 1978 debut …
“I like to sing songs that have elements of politics, social condition, environmental issues, generally songs that reflect the human condition.”
“Rhonda Burchmore has the audience in the palm of her hand – it’s truly magical. I often have to pinch myself to come back down to earth when she sings a ballad – it’s one of the most special pleasures to play ballads as a duet with her.”
“There is something musical about the way Gerald Murnane writes about Australian landscape, it’s an interesting place to compose music from,” Peter Knight says.
A cohort of inspired, inspiring women took to the stage, one by one sending out a War Cry, singing songs of Nina Simone and Abbey Lincoln and Sharon Jones – along with their own originals, all songs that describe what it means to struggle, to fight back, to do your bit to create social change, one note at a time, one verse at a time.
“I love sitting in the middle of Darryn and Kim when they talk about musical experiences theyve shared from times before I was born, soaking everything up like a sponge, to the point that it feels like I was there too!”
People say of Bill Frisell that he reinvented the way people think about the electric guitar. That’s possibly an understatement.
Melbourne jazz fans rejoice – on 28 April, in line with the Jazz Day celebrations, the city will become home to the all-new, all-sparkling Jazz Roots Festival.
We have received a letter from Miriam Zolin, Chair of the Board of Directors of the Wangaratta Festival of Jazz & Blues (and this website’s founding editor), addressing all the issues that have came up recently, leading to the decision to cancel the 2019 edition of the festival. It is a very important contribution to …
“Jazz is the way I have to express what I feel, and the way I get to know more about myself.”