I am so lucky, as a musician, to have to extend my listening in the way that doing the research for presenting a radio show does. And I also deeply enjoy the two hours week when I’m actually doing Mixed Marriage, and the Planet at this point, when I can immerse myself in incredible music going out over the airwaves.
“Every day I do some music of some kind because I need to, like I need to eat food. No big deal, I just get on with it. Because of that it becomes over time quite natural to just play and explore your own things.”
2012 Bell Awards announced
Musicians all over the world will celebrate UNESCO’s inaugural International Jazz Day on Monday 30 April 2012. Here are some Australian events you might like to attend…
He was a wonderful composer, arranger and bandleader in his own right as well as being a great teacher.
His new collection, A Sudden Sentence in the Air, contains a poem entitled A Manual of Style, dedicated to stellar Sydney saxophonist Bernie McGann, and selected by Black Inc for its forthcoming Best Australian Poems 2011. It’s easy to see why the 13-line poetic description of McGann’s playing was selected: Page’s savvy observations inform his lines, taking on a kind of riffing of language, echoing and explaining the music.
Jazz Planet has been around since 2002. The site began as a magazine site specialising in information about Australian jazz and improvised music. Then Miriam (who runs this site) started publishing the extempore journal and then moved onto books. The niche extempore imprint publishes writing inspired by jazz and improvised music. We kept the extempore …
The rhythm section, Ben Robertson on bass and Tony Floyd on drums, create every mood you need, from dancesway strollswagger on ‘Walk On By’ to a barely there susurrus on ‘Alfie’ and ‘I just don’t know what to do with myself’.
I returned to Australia totally inspired and two years later when I was given the opportunity to write my Freedman proposal the concept of an international collaborative partnership was the first thing that came to mind.
We asked the Freedman Fellowship finalists to help us out with a little Q&A and this is Ben Vanderwal’s contribution. Ben Vanderwal (Drums, Perth/Melbourne) is one of the most in-demand jazz drummers in Australia. He has participated in several US tours and has also performed with John Scofield, Charlie Haden, Chris Potter and Sam Yahel. …