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Nick McCusker: “freedom is the big thing Mingus’ music conveys to my life”

Nick McCusker: “freedom is the big thing Mingus’ music conveys to my life”

" I just kept looking into Mingus' music and found that every time I listened to a new album, his music always had this way of blowing my mind like I was listening to Mingus for the first time ever. I was just totally hooked by the end of high school and still am now!" Read More »

James Mustafa: “an evening promoting the Australian Songbook, what more could you want!”

James Mustafa: “an evening promoting the Australian Songbook, what more could you want!”

"I would like to think that it is exactly that – a statement for Australian Jazz music. It is so important that we as a country and culture embrace, promote and encourage original Australian music – whether in the classical, contemporary, improvised or commercial scenes of music." Read More »

Penny King: “Jazz singing to me is complete freedom”

Penny King: “Jazz singing to me is complete freedom”

"I feel happiest and most 'myself' when I'm singing. An audience member once told me I looked 'zen' on stage and that's pretty much how I feel! I love the fact that it is such an expressive avenue through which to communicate and tell stories". Read More »

Sean Foran: it’s time for some Trichotomy music

Sean Foran: it’s time for some Trichotomy music

" I suppose as we’re all quite aware, there has been SO much incredible trio music, so the challenge [for Trichotomy] is adding something to this already rich repertoire of music; hopefully we’re doing that!" Read More »

Frances Madden: “I am very grateful for every day”

Frances Madden: “I am very grateful for every day”

"There are times when the magic flows, when the musos are all in the right place together and when you get that wonderful 'virtuous cycle' going with the crowd, who are loving being there, loving what you are doing and that just takes you to another level. It doesn't always happen like that, but when it does, you feel like you are absolutely doing what you were born to do." Read More »

Chris McNulty: “I’m still driven to create and express”

Chris McNulty: “I’m still driven to create and express”

" We make music because we’re driven to express, create. Human beings rise above all kinds of stuff. Sometimes as artists we get to show people a way. Sometimes we get to sit back and be shown. This is my way. " 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 »