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Megan Evans: How Allan Browne saved Bennetts Lane

Megan Evans: How Allan Browne saved Bennetts Lane

Bennetts Lane Jazz Club version 1 was born on November 27th 1992. It upgraded to two rooms on the 14th of January 2000. And it closed on June 15th 2015. During its almost 23 years in the service of live jazz performance it helped usher in a new environment for musicians to bring their art to their community. [...] The experience and insight we learned through mistakes, discussion and respectful negotiation have largely been retained in Bennetts Lane version 2. Read More »

Will Vinson: “Australia produces excellent jazz musicians”

Will Vinson: “Australia produces excellent jazz musicians”

"It will be great to reunite with one of my earliest musical collaborators, Steve Newcomb. On that night, the performance will be like two old pals catching up after a few years, each one filling the other in on what they’ve been up to (in this case, musically) in the intervening time." Read More »

A Night in New York with David Ades

A Night in New York with David Ades

"I could see why Dave was welcome here. He was, from an early age, a riveting, passionate and adventurous alto saxophonist. The room, which held about 50-60 people, filled up quickly, and the audience loved the music". Read More »

A Love Supreme: the Gospel according to John Coltrane

A Love Supreme: the Gospel according to John Coltrane

“did you define love john coltrane when you wrote ‘one up, one down’ even years ago when your raw aggression first trauma’d my ears i wondered. or did you define it later with ‘a love supreme’ your perfectly balanced love chant perhaps you got it right at rainy newport, where you spoke of stormy balance i still wonder.” This is ... Read More »

Singing the Baqashot – reflections on Yitzak Yedid’s Visions, Fantasies and Dances

Singing the Baqashot – reflections on Yitzak Yedid’s Visions, Fantasies and Dances

Visions, Fantasies and Dances Music for String Quartet by Yitzhak Yedid A Reflection by Arjun von Caemmerer Yitzhak Yedid remarks that during a synagogue service the congregants may chant and sing in quasi-unison alongside the cantor, thus spontaneously and intuitively generating heterophonic variations from the monophonic melodies of traditional prayers and Piyyutim. My response to hearing Yedid’s compelling new composition, ... Read More »

Chance encounters at LJF & Ronnie Scott’s

Chance encounters at LJF & Ronnie Scott’s

I started getting concerned that popping up unexpectedly but repeatedly at Necks performances in European jazz clubs might have given me the appearance of a stalker. Read More »

The Remarkable Mr Morrison

The Remarkable Mr Morrison

It was a bloody cheek really – I didn’t know James Morrison from a bar of soap except I knew he played trumpet better than your average cleaning agent. Read More »

Mick Paddon visits the Budapest Music Centre

Mick Paddon visits the Budapest Music Centre

by Mick Paddon Over the years, in different places and in a variety of capacities, I have been involved in a number of initiatives aiming to give jazz a more permanent home and visibility. The most expansive and optimistic wish lists for these imaginings would go something like this – a purpose built, contemporary building with a library of written ... Read More »

Kerrie Biddell – the song has ended but…

Kerrie Biddell – the song has ended but…

‘I hope you understand how much you were loved, particularly by musicians perhaps, around this country. Each time a new young hopeful appears on stage, my friends and I nod sagely and say, 'She’s okay, but not in the same class as Kerrie Biddell.' For some of us, no one ever will be! Read More »

Guest post: Jason Bruer on Hammerhead

Guest post: Jason Bruer on Hammerhead

"I was first inspired to learn the saxophone from listening to hard bop, in particular John Coltrane and Wayne Shorter so I guess it was only a matter of time when I would put together a project like this." Read More »