“Living in America is what drew my personality out completely. In the United States, they really celebrate the individual. It was an environment where I found myself unafraid to try things and really develop the music I was hearing in my head.”
“The key difference between my radio program and my work on stage is that my radio show is a jazz program and my live show repertoire is soul and disco influenced”.
“I think the hardest was getting over my insecurity that I was a bit of a fraud, that I was a pop singer masquerading as a jazz singer. Quite some time ago, I just gave up on the labels and decided I was a story teller… I found that quite liberating, it meant I didn’t have to conform to any preconceived notion of what a jazz singer should be.”
Adam Rudegeair: “I was more worried about what the ‘jazz police’ would think of the record than what the Bowie fans would think. Fortunately I’ve had a great response from both camps.”
Jamie Oehlers: “Everything we do is enveloped in the arts, from the music we hear on the radio, the television shows we watch, the community events that draw people together, the phone we put in our hand. Art is all around us and inspires new thought and communication. This is how we create an identity as a national – not through digging up coal.”
Paris Combo is a delight of a band, blending the best of the french chanson with a bubbly version of swing in an uplifting, joyous, jazzy way. Led by the Australian trumpeter and pianist David Lewis and the perky singer and accordeonist Belle DuBerry, the quintet features the fiery guitarist Potzi, drummer François Jeannin and bassist …
Last time Dee Dee Bridgewater was in Melbourne, she had everybody in the audience forming what is now remembered as the most legendary conga line in the history of jazz. OK, that might be an exaggeration, but the truth is that she set the bar pretty high up and her return is having everyone excited, …
Perth born and based Gemma Farrell is one of the most promising figures of the Australian Jazz Scene; as a sax player and band leader, she has found her own voice, creating a sort of post-bop that merges the american and european tradition with lyricism and audacity. Tonight she is playing at the Perth International Jazz …
“My goal is to go onstage not having decided anything. This way I can go out and play a chord that I wasn’t expecting. And if I don’t like it, I drop it. It’s all about being open and being in the moment.”
A year before I moved, I visited NY to get a few lessons and to just soak up the scene. It’s funny, I can’t say I fell in love with the city as such, but I realised that I would never get to play at the level of those guys by living in Australia. So I organised a visa and took my chances!