The Spirit of Jazz- Guest Post by Miriam Zolin on the SPN blog

Jazz is not what it used to be – as an art form it’s had such a journey that the connection of what we call jazz and improvised music to the roots of the music in American blues and swing is not always obvious. World-renowned improvising trio The Necks, though hard to categorise, fit under the label of ‘jazz and improvised music’ but their relationship to Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis, Wynton Marsalis or Diana Krall is not obvious.

Megan Washington and Paul Grabowsky

At the Adelaide Cabaret Festival in 2009

Megan Washington and Paul Grabowsky(piano) with Steve Magnusson (guitar) Shannon Barnett (trombone) Sam Anning (bass) Niko Schauble (drums) Check out our interviews with Paul Grabowsky & Shannon Barnett in Issue 1 of extempore!

Praise for Crossing Roper Bar

Brian Ormsby was one of the lucky extempore subscribers who won a double pass to hear The Australian Art Orchestra’s Crossing Roper Bar. Here’s what he had to say…

“…I had some reservations as to whether the project of interspersing jazz with traditional Australian music and dance would work. However any such doubts were very quickly dispelled…”