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REVIEW: Divergence Jazz Orchestra – Fake It Until You Make It

REVIEW: Divergence Jazz Orchestra – Fake It Until You Make It

I am happy to say the new Divergence Jazz Orchestra album ­– cheekily and tartly titled Fake It Until You Make It ­­– is here. And I want to shout about it. As assured and fully-formed as The Opening Statement was, the three years between it and the new one has added an even greater depth and daring to Jenna Cave’s writing and the band’s entirely apt and sympathetic reading (in all senses) of her charts. Read More »

Adrian Jackson: “We continue to take risks at Wangaratta”

Adrian Jackson: “We continue to take risks at Wangaratta”

"I feel lucky to have wandered into the position of doing a job that I enjoy and find rewarding, and to do it for so many years. The highlight has probably been having the chance to work with so many musicians who I hold in such high regard ; to propose or develop projects with them ; and then to see it all come together onstage, to be met with such generous approval by the audience." Read More »

Megan Evans: How Allan Browne saved Bennetts Lane

Megan Evans: How Allan Browne saved Bennetts Lane

Bennetts Lane Jazz Club version 1 was born on November 27th 1992. It upgraded to two rooms on the 14th of January 2000. And it closed on June 15th 2015. During its almost 23 years in the service of live jazz performance it helped usher in a new environment for musicians to bring their art to their community. [...] The experience and insight we learned through mistakes, discussion and respectful negotiation have largely been retained in Bennetts Lane version 2. Read More »

Remembering Allan Browne

Remembering Allan Browne

The line up includes Paul Grabowsky, Barney McAll, Bob Sedergreen, Andrea Keller, Julien Wilson, Sam Anning, Eugene Ball, Tamara Murphy, Phil Noy, Geoff Kluke, Maddison Carter and Margie Lou Dyer. Read More »

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 »