“I came to better understand Coltrane; he often sounds like a preacher. I aspire to have this effect on people, than just show off my chops”.
“Best travelling music is still Pat Metheny. “The Precious Jewel” from “Beyond the Missouri Sky”, with Charlie Haden. Travelling through the Swiss Italian alps by train for the first time. Laughing and crying at the same time.”
“I’m so grateful to be able to sing, to make jazz my vocation: I dedicated my life to this; It helps me, it sustains me, it supports me, it has allowed me to travel more and make friends. Besides, singing itself is its own reward.”
“My first thought when I took over the role was that I want people who think they don’t like jazz to discover it in new ways, in new formats”.
“I am very grateful for the opportunity each day to create music and I would love to keep on writing because the more I do it, the more I can discover my own musical voice and it will help me evolve and develop as an artist. Change doesn’t happen instantly. It happens gradually and I want to strive to honing my craft each day”.
“Charlotte Mclean is one of the best emerging vocal talents on the Australian jazz scene. A beautiful tone, great expressive range and an adventurous improviser”.
Albert Dadon is very ambitious about Bird’s Basement, expressing the certainty that it will become “one of the best clubs in the world”.
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.”
” 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! “
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 …