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Jazz by the Bay goes global in 2017

Jazz by the Bay goes global in 2017

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. Read More »

Paul Grabowsky: “Bob Dylan is a prophet”

Paul Grabowsky: “Bob Dylan is a prophet”

"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. Read More »

Tamara Kuldin: “I love being a storyteller!”

Tamara Kuldin: “I love being a storyteller!”

" I think my stage persona is just a more magnified version of myself. It's important for me that the audience feel connected and involved. I don't just want to sing 'at' them. I like having a bit of a chat...and yes, sometimes the chatter does get a little cheeky, but I don't think the audience mind! If the audience are at ease, relaxed and happy...then so am I! It's also about the songs. Each song has a story...I love being the storyteller." Read More »

Roxy Coss: “The lack of female representation in Jazz is hurting us all”

Roxy Coss: “The lack of female representation in Jazz is hurting us all”

"My role, my job, is to make the best music I can possibly make. Be the best me, create the art I am supposed to put out into the world. I hope this will serve as a positive example for younger female musicians, because right now they don't have very many examples to follow. I also hope this serves as an example to my male counterparts and younger male musicians of what a successful female musician can look like." Read More »

REVIEW: Twentieth Century Dog – Bone

REVIEW: Twentieth Century Dog – Bone

The Twentieth Century Dog is big on rhythm too – with two drummers and a percussionist, as well as having a bass-player as leader, it is inevitable that there will be grooves of all flavours, and rhythm games running through the music like pulsing veins. Funk, Afro-beat, jazz: all booty-shaking but mind-bending at the same time. Read More »

James Mustafa: “The Melbourne Big Band Festival will celebrate the diverse, inspiring and kickass large ensemble scene of Australian music”

James Mustafa: “The Melbourne Big Band Festival will celebrate the diverse, inspiring and kickass large ensemble scene of Australian music”

"The big band orchestration is genius. The instrumentation of five saxes/woodwind, four trombones, 4-5 trumpets and a four - piece rhythm section results in literally countless and millions of different compositional formulas that will never be exhausted, even if every composer in the world was to write for the next thousand years." Read More »

AUDITIONS OPEN: Jazz Music Institute, Brisbane

AUDITIONS OPEN: Jazz Music Institute, Brisbane

"Due to [JMI’s] small size, every student is known by each and every faculty member and receives continuous personal mentorship - which is not possible at a large institution. The JMI classroom and performance space ‘incubator’ reminds me of my days on Woody Herman’s band, traveling every day on the bus, surrounded by great, more experienced musicians, seriously listening, discussing and playing music night and day. JMI is that kind of growth environment and it shows in the competency of your graduates" - John Riley, Internationally acclaimed drummer, publisher, educator, lecturer at Manhattan School of Music (NY). Read More »