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2018 Melbourne International Jazz Festival: the Modern Masters step in

Terri Lyne Carrington, Christian McBride and Branford Marsalis share some common traits. They are all adept at both ‘straight jazz’ styles and the urban r’n’b-infused sub-genres, easily stepping in and out of these worlds, blending elements, mixing things, creating new music. By doing so, they all helped redefine jazz and keep it relevant.

James Mustafa: “an evening promoting the Australian Songbook, what more could you want!”

“I would like to think that it is exactly that – a statement for Australian Jazz music. It is so important that we as a country and culture embrace, promote and encourage original Australian music – whether in the classical, contemporary, improvised or commercial scenes of music.”

AAO 20th Anniversary Concert Series 5-7 November 2014

20Up sees the AAO return to the place of its first concert: the Malthouse Theatre in Melbourne. A total of twenty-five musicians will perform a range of works from Ringing the Bell Backwards, the first work written for the AAO by Founding AD Paul Grabowsky which premiered at Malthouse in 1994; Passion, which is the AAO’s take on Bach’s St Matthew Passion; Testimony, Sandy Evans’ extraordinary tribute to Charlie Parker; Struttin’, Eugene Ball’s impressionistic take on Louis Armstrong, and a brand new commission from young composer, Austin Buckett called Virtuoso Pause.

Hard Core on the Fly 2014

From the media release Featuring young up and coming musicians alongside members of the Australian Art Orchestra. With special guest for two concerts only US saxophonist George Garzone. Some of Australia’s most exciting up and coming musicians will collaborate with members of Australia’s premier large ensemble for improvising, the Australian Art Orchestra (AAO), during a month-long Hard Core on the Fly residency every Thursday …

Australian Art Music Awards finalists

From the media release The Australian Art Music Awards finalists have been announced. Among them (of course) are a number of Australian jazz musicians and organisations … Award for Excellence in Jazz Alister Spence and Myra Melford for Everything Here Is Possible Andrea Keller for the creation, release and presentation of three contemporary jazz projects …

Melbourne Improvisers Collective – 29 April

From their newsletter (sign up here… melbimprov.com) Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/597635853653649/?context=create&source=49 Venue: Uptown Jazz Café, Brunswick St, Fitzroy 8pm doors open uptownjazzcafe.com 8.30pm – 11pm music $10 cover charge Tuesday 29th April 8.30pm – Pete Evans Group (Perth/Melb) Julien Wilson – Saxophone Hugh Stuckey – Guitar Joe O’Connor – Piano Phil Rex – Bass Peter Evans – Drums and …

The Trilling Wire 2013 | 7 & 8 February

Reproduced from the media release This February, Clocked Out presents The Trilling Wire – Australia’s most innovative contemporary music groups brought to your doorstep. The Trilling Wire mini-festival is now in its third year and features two free performances combining percussion, electro-acoustic, free jazz, break-beats, piano, woodwind and brass. Four groups are featured at the …