The inaugural recipient of the award is the talented saxophonist Scott McConnachie. It will enable him to record a solo album and trio album for release later this year.
Through unique, international and Australian collaborations, new commissions and masterclasses, Artistic Directors David Theak and Simon Barker have curated a program that sets the Sydney Con International Jazz Festival apart from other Australian jazz festivals.
“I wanted to surround myself with musicians that made me want to play. I would have been happy just to sit back listen to them play together in that setting. Apart from how easy I find it to make music with them, they all have strong personal voices and I wanted them to put their own mark on my tunes, which they did”.
This year’s headliners include Eclectic young Singapore band The Steve McQueens; three musicians from the legendary Buena Vista Social Club orchestra teaming up with popular Perth jazz crooner and musician Adam Hall with the Velvet Playboys; UK-based jazz singer and recording artist Karen Lane with her four-piece band, and festival favourite the vivacious Cathrine Summers.
“Everything I write has an element of jazz in it. It’s a flavour, it’s spice, it’s warmth, it’s colour that no other music can give. Jazz is probably what I’ll still be able to do if I ever lose some of my other faculties.”
“This is a very gentle album were releasing and its a gentle sounding ensemble. I dont believe I would have been writing this kind of music, or certainly an albums worth and more of this kind of music, if it hadnt have been for having kids. Partly it came about from sheer tiredness.”
We all composed three tunes each for the album, having the other members in mind. There are a lot of different moods because we have different compositional styles. Maddie writes a lot of quirky, frantic compositions, still heavily rhythmically driven, with lots of space for free improvisation and Isaac would write more traditional jazz tunes with beautiful melodies. I care so much about rhythm and keeping time and groove, that in my compositions theres usually a lot of business in rhythmic patterns and ideas with very simple melodies.
Their music has a smooth feel, offering a downtempo version of soul jazz, often with a nod to bands like Earth, Wind and Fire. The rhythm section creates an elegant soundscape, a canvas for the playful interaction between the Turcio and Albare, who captured the audiences attention sending them off to a musical path sparked love and passion.
“The fact that I’m interested in his music should come as no surprise, as he is a truly great songwriter, and most jazz musicians love great songs. The only difference between Dylan and say Jerome Kern is the musical and lyrical structure of Dylans work, which tends to narrative and abstraction, often in strophic form. But there are plenty of examples of more lyrical songs as well.” ‘Just Like a Woman’, ‘Lay, Lady Lay’, ‘Forever Young’, ‘Don’t Think Twice’, ‘It’s all over now, baby blue’…the list goes on and on.
Building on a long history of jazz in Bondi, Jazz @ The Pav will be a month long celebration of jazz music featuring a star studded line-up of Sydneys finest musicians including Matt McMahon Trio featuring Virna Sanzone, Sirens Big Band, The catholics and the Greasy Chicken Orchestra.