In these short interviews I ask musicians and composers, from various backgrounds, the same 3 simple questions about music. 1. Why do you have music in your life? 2. How do you make music? 3. What excites you musically right now?
The club may be closed, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, but the JMI LIVE gigs are still going ahead online
Now more than ever, we need the healing power of music; we need the community building experience of live music performance to cope with the new normal we are trying to adapt to. Self – isolation, quarantine, lockdown, physical distancing – you name it, it will affect our lives for longer than it actually lasts.
We are happy to present guitarist Leigh Collins’ just released video, ‘Sketches’ – a tune of his debut album, ‘Here’s Why’.
The time is approaching, but in case you forgot, here’sKamasi Washington to remind you of your date.
Built on an elusive melody by Lisa Young, ‘Thru the Still Trees’ is flowing, going to every direction possible – or impossible. An open-ended song, it is the perfect vehicle for Market Lane to manifest their improvisational skills and interact with their idol, their voices intertwined to the point that, by the end of the song, what you hear is the sonic equivalent of a congregation of clouds against a multi-colour sky.
Here’s a perfect example of this connection between the trumpet player and his guests. The interaction between Chris Bottiand the amazing Miss Jill Scott will make your day. It certainly made ours.
If you want to understand where Kamasi Washington comes from, as an artist, you only need to take a look at his music collection.
There are certain elements that are always associated with a Chris Botti performance: lush orchestrations, elegant presentation, luxury, coolness. But in the end it is all about musicianship.
Kamasi Washington, a bona fide jazz superstar, is coming back to Australia. Part of his appeal and impact comes from the way that he combines two african-american traditions, jazz and hip hop. This is not just a musical game.