“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!
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 …
Nikos Fotakis has been helping us out at AustralianJazz.net and is taking over responsibility for the site. We subjected him to one of our famous Q&As!
The Jack Earle Big Band Debut Album – Jack Earle is using Indiegogo to crowdfund his first big band release, which features his own compositions played by the 18 piece Jack Earle Big Band
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
A familiar face at jazz festivals, concerts and teeny, tiny gigs, one thing is clear about Gerry: he really digs jazz.
Alister: “I think the only words we had beforehand were to decide that it would be best to record improvisations together. Apart from that we really discussed very little about the approach that this recording would take.”
Black Brown & Beige features member of the Monash University Big Band and also incorporates some of the orchestral players. The line-up will include a couple of our jazz students in the trumpet section, two jazz students in the trombone section and a jazz rhythm section.