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Mama Alto at Melbourne Fringe

Mama Alto at Melbourne Fringe

With influences including American icons such as Billie Holiday and Sarah Vaughan, alongside less known but no less luminous talents such as Carmen McRae, Roberta Flack, former Supreme turned balladeer Mary Wilson, and New Zealand expat Bridgette Allen, Mama Alto’s sound remains idiosyncratic and unique, partly due to her luscious and gender transcendent voice which has drawn critical acclaim and audience admiration. Read More »

Henry Kovacevic: “as B# keeps Big Band Swing alive and live, people from ‘Gen Y to Gen Wartime’ smile, embrace and dance to re-feel their aliveness”

Henry Kovacevic: “as B# keeps Big Band Swing alive and live, people from ‘Gen Y to Gen Wartime’ smile, embrace and dance to re-feel their aliveness”

Big Band Swing evolved during 1930s and '40s wartime - a time of great oppression. It served to lift the spirits of those at that time, troops and civilians alike. Today too, Big Band Swing shouts an anthem call to all who are weary; Weary of war, worry and woe. So, as B# keeps Big Band Swing alive and live, people from ‘Gen Y to Gen Wartime’ smile, embrace and dance to re-feel their aliveness. And in the depths of their being, the 'boom, boom, boom' of today’s ‘modern bombs’ are again drowned by the joy of swing, the joy of life. Read More »

Jan Preston: “: Life is for learning!

Jan Preston: “: Life is for learning!

"I was always interested in boogie and ragtime, but didn’t have a teacher for that style, so I taught myself, with great difficulty, later in life. I regret I didn’t live in Hamburg during the 1970s, when there was the huge explosion of boogie and blues piano players, the best in the world. It would have been clearer and quicker for me if I could have been part of that scene." Read More »

Philip Johnston: “It’s going to be fun, it’s going to be hot, and there’s going to be cider”

Philip Johnston: “It’s going to be fun, it’s going to be hot, and there’s going to be cider”

Sydney and New York should consider themselves lucky to share an artist of the caliber of Philip Johnston. The inventive Jazzman divides his time in both cities, playing with the legendary Microscopic Septet, or his own Greasy Chicken Orchestra. His music is a sardonic take on hot jazz through an avant-grade prism, as will discover anyone going to his gig ... Read More »

Review: B# Big Band live @ the Copa Cabana

Review: B# Big Band live @ the Copa Cabana

Led by the energetic Henry K, the 17-piece orchestra (featuring brass, string and percussion instruments in a perfect homophony) was augmented by the presence of three amazing singers, alternating on the bandstand: Tamara Kuldin, Julie O’Hara and Frank Benedetto Read More »

Essentially Ellington Workshops @ JMI

Essentially Ellington Workshops @ JMI

Utilizing listening, demonstration, discussion and practical application, attendees gain insight into transferring relevant techniques to their band room. In Essentially Ellington’s rich 19-year history, JALC has distributed more than 120,000 charts to more than 4,200 schools, reaching over 504,000 students. Read More »

REVIEW – Bungarribee, 28 July 2016, Django Bar, Sydney

REVIEW – Bungarribee, 28 July 2016, Django Bar, Sydney

The music is located somewhere to the north-east of jazz but definitely south-south-west of European art music. The quartet grew out of Daley’s larger ‘Sanctuary’ project, yet retains that ensemble’s unique breadth of vision, and intricate interweaving of composed and improv elements. Read More »

Ingrid James: “the Brisbane Vocal Jazz Festival  hopes to celebrate the diversity of the jazz vocal art form”

Ingrid James: “the Brisbane Vocal Jazz Festival hopes to celebrate the diversity of the jazz vocal art form”

" It's our intention to make this yearly event a flagship for Queensland Vocal Jazz by providing significant career opportunities, job creation and promotion of jazz artists. We want to celebrate the diversity of the jazz vocal art form which encompasses everything from original works to original reinterpretations of jazz standards - mainstream and contemporary as well as jazz vocal improvisation." Read More »