Linda May Han Oh may be considered one of the best jazz bassists of her generation, but the idea that she has ‘made it’ in New York, is not something that she espouses easily. “I haven’t been thinking about it in these terms,” she says. “I’m always growing. I’m always setting the bar higher and higher.”
“Well, I do want to keep Refraction as a concept going, even if that means we don’t get to perform together. It may mean I find a new trio over here in the US, or it may mean that we do something conceptually very different, for example creating some sort of recording separately – me in Nashville, Jordan in Melbourne and Brenton in Adelaide. It could work, although the music would likely be very different. It’s something that I would be keen to give a shot.”
Beeche/Magnusson’s seventeen (yes, seventeen) tracks work through the spectrum of possibilities of the alto/guitar combination from the Hot Club joie-swing of ‘The Gift’ and ‘Wings’ through to impressionistic ballads like Beeche’s lovely ‘Golden Blue’ and all points between.
Each year, the Australian Jazz Museum receives hundreds of hours of music left behind by the switch to online – recordings by giants of Australian jazz not to be found on iTunes or YouTube, locked away in gradually decaying vinyl and plastic
Indigenous jazz vocalist Lois Olney plays an intimate and very special show at The JazzLab with Fem Belling and the Belling band.
The wit and sense of fun in Andrew Dickeson’s arrangements across the album is a joy.
“Natalie Cole was one of my musical influences and after her passing last year, I started working on a tribute to keep her music alive. Through this project, I hope to create a deep appreciation for Natalie’s creativity and artistry.”
“I was literally skipping down a stretch of second avenue in New York for about 30 minutes with George Benson’s ‘Breezin’ on repeat in 2012.”
“Musically, I like the idea of keeping music borderless and open to all kinds of influences. It really excites me when I hear new music that is difficult to categorise into a specific box.”
Hannah James: “All the Sidney Womens Jazz Collective members are actively pursuing individual careers in a tough industry, and it’s awesome that there are enough of us to form a band of this size with zero compromises.”