We were sad to hear that Bernie McGann passed away last night in hospital. Farewell to an original voice in Australian music. In a review of McGann’s 2012 CD Wending, John Clare recently said: One day Paul Grabowsky told me, ‘You know I’ve thought about this quite a bit and I’ve come to the conclusion …
If there’s one player in the history of Australian jazz who has inspired aspiring musicians to search for their own sound, it’s Bernie McGann. In response to the news of his hospitalisation last week following a major heart attack, the jazz community will host benefits at Venue 505 in Sydney this Sunday, August 25 and at Bennetts Lane in Melbourne on Sunday 1 September.
Reproduced from the media release This February, Clocked Out presents The Trilling Wire – Australia’s most innovative contemporary music groups brought to your doorstep. The Trilling Wire mini-festival is now in its third year and features two free performances combining percussion, electro-acoustic, free jazz, break-beats, piano, woodwind and brass. Four groups are featured at the …
Our friends over at Jazz.org.au have posted a news item that provides details of rallies today to protest the demise of the Darling Harbour Jazz Festival. Read the article here>
The Age 30 January 2013 Experimental jazz artist’s legacy in listening MELBOURNE’S jazz community is mourning the death of virtuoso saxophonist, composer and educator Brian Brown, who died at home on Sunday. He was 79. Read the full article >
…if you haven’t heard them before, come along and find out why The New York Times described them as ‘one of the greatest bands in the world’…
Don Jordan | Keep going, don’t look down, keep going, don’t look back, keep going – until it is too late and we are swallowed up in the inferno.
Oehlers’ original compositions call to mind late night smoky jazz sounds, with focus on sultry ballads, forthright melody and Coltrane-esque moments.
‘the jazz and classical stylistic elements have been something to consider carefully. We’ve written music that is by no means easy – particularly the rhythmical aspects, so it needs players with both great reading chops and a solid understanding of feel’
The Freedman Jazz Fellowships provide Sydney audiences with a mini-festival each year that features music by artists hoping to bring their exciting projects to life. We talked to the 2012 finalists about their projects and what the Freedman means to them and to the broader jazz scene in Australia.