Declared by The New York Times as “the standout male vocalist of our time”, Kurt Elling – a master of vocalese – is widely accepted as the natural heir to jazz pioneers Eddie Jefferson, King Pleasure and Jon Hendricks, modernizing the jazz vocal tradition and breathing new life into old favorites for today’s audiences.
“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”.
“Crowd funding is a really great way to get things happening yourself when you just feel the need to fulfill an artistic goal but there is a large cost involved.”
“I think whilst duo performance is, exposing, it’s also very liberating, as you have a lot more space to play and work with.”
The jazz community is an ecosystem of musical, academic and industry people with the common goal of promoting and developing jazz across Australia. The Emerging Jazz Festival program includes workshops and masterclasses, performances and jams, panel discussions and research presentations, in a hope to bring a sense of discovery to audiences, support to musicians, and a little enlightenment to the sector.
Albert Dadon is very ambitious about Bird’s Basement, expressing the certainty that it will become “one of the best clubs in the world”.
“When we’re working on a piece I’ve written, I usually bring it in to the band and at that point I let go of it, and sit back and watch them tear it apart in often very unexpected ways. “
” This year’s Festival program was put together smartly by Jazzgroove to get all the flavours of jazz rubbing up against each other and to pleasantly jolt by contrast.”
Christian Windfeld: “[our music] is real-time composing and the free-flow of ideas and emotions – an extremely democratic and very accessible music that will calibrate your ears and tune you into the sounds that constantly surround you”.
” These guys didn’t live to play music. They lived because they played music. Music literally kept them alive.”