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Albert Dadon: a jazzman for all seasons

Albert Dadon: a jazzman for all seasons

Albert Dadon is very ambitious about Bird’s Basement, expressing the certainty that it will become “one of the best clubs in the world”. Read More »

Angela Davis: “New  York forces you to be completely honest with yourself”

Angela Davis: “New York forces you to be completely honest with yourself”

Angela Davis: "It has always been a dream of mine to record with strings - some of my favourite albums are ventures in jazz with strings; Art Pepper’s Winter Moon, Lee Konitz Strings for Holiday and Paul Desmond’s Desmond Blue. To me there’s something profoundly beautiful about the timbre of the alto saxophone blending with a string section." Read More »

Sam Anning: “Excellence is being successful whilst being yourself”

Sam Anning: “Excellence is being successful whilst being yourself”

"I think the best kind of award is the one you can't give. It's the one that you get from being intimate with music. The award comes when you listen and the hair on the back of your neck stands up, your skin shivers with ecstasy, you cry because there can't be anything more beautiful than this right now. Anyone who can hear is capable of winning that award, all they have to do is listen." Read More »

Kelsey James: Hair dye and whiskey

Kelsey James: Hair dye and whiskey

" I think it's important to know that you're good enough as you are, exactly how you're feeling, on and off stage, and to be honest about that. It certainly makes things more interesting! " Read More »

Wilma Reading’s lush life

Wilma Reading’s lush life

From the Ritz ballroom in Brisbane to the Copacabana in New York (via Singapore) and from the London Palladium to the legendary Johnny Carson show to touring with Duke Ellington, the highlights of Wilma Reading’s career in song are a nostalgic reminiscence of a golden era of showbiz. Of course, she is much more than an ambassador of that period. ... Read More »

James Mustafa- Renaissance Man

James Mustafa- Renaissance Man

Mustafa’s sound is a coalescence of classical and jazz sounds, two passions which he has cultivated over a number of years. Listening to large orchestral music, particularly Romantic era works, Mustafa loved the way that the parts of the orchestra worked together (and he further explores this in his jazz writing) “It comes back to the fact that I love textures and instrumental colours. I think that is reflective in my playing as well”, he says. Read More »

The Voyage of Matt McMahon

The Voyage of Matt McMahon

'If you're going to do anything in life you just have to say, "Well, I've just got to make my little patch of garden over here", and if I'm improvising, try and be faithful from one moment to the next. That's all I can try and do, otherwise you go crazy.' Read More »

Simon Barker – Never Running Out of Steam

Simon Barker – Never Running Out of Steam

"There's a focus with jazz drummers that when they're experimenting with new ideas it has to be able to work in a standard song-form context. That's something I've thought about a lot and felt that I was willing to let go, and see if it can just be music for itself." Read More »

Adrian Jackson – 25 years of Wangaratta

Adrian Jackson – 25 years of Wangaratta

This story was commissioned for – and appeared in – the Wangaratta Festival of Jazz & Blues 25th anniversary program. Photo of Enrico Rava provided by the festival Allan Turnbull anecdote was not printed in the program. — He’s a familiar sight around Melbourne jazz venues – and beyond. In fact Adrian Jackson is hard to miss. He’s quite tall ... Read More »