“We decided to record this performance because we felt it was a good time to document the work we’ve done so far, and also because the musicians are so good. We’ve been very lucky in Melbourne to have worked with great players; it’s a great privilege to have your music played by such fantastic musicians”.
extempore and the Wangaratta Festival of Jazz and Blues have collaborated with National Jazz Award winners from every year of the festival since it began. The result is this eclectic set of souvenir postcards from some of our most creative musicians.
“…Sydney’s a small town and I was just wanting to make something nice.”
These quite young musicians are students of this music. They love it. They do take it seriously, but authenticity is attained by appearing not to take it seriously.
Barker sees the New Sheiks as sitting in ‘a bit of a niche’, somewhere in the middle of a spectrum of jazz and blues that extends from nostalgic old style jazz tributes to the most modern styles.
When did you start playing jazz and why? For example, was there a ‘moment’ when it came to you as a calling or vocation? Growing up in Collingwood, emulating Michael Jordan and playing Mortal Kombat were the main pastimes of my schoolmates. I couldn’t shoot a basket, I couldn’t perform the key combination for even …