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REVIEW: Andrea Keller Quartet – Greatest Hits

REVIEW: Andrea Keller Quartet – Greatest Hits

"Keller’s harmonic sense throughout seems to have its own logic, following its path to places, once arrived at, are just where we want to be. Like all valid jazz writing, her compositional language seems to suit the soloists just fine, too". Read More »

John Clare reviews Jazzgroove Summer Fiesta

John Clare reviews Jazzgroove Summer Fiesta

Sydney’s Jazzgroove association fifth Summer Fiesta was spread over three venues in Ultimo: Foundry616, Lord Wolseley (I was judged too declassé to admit here) and APRA (I can’t understand it, but I failed the audition, or am I thinking of NIDA?) from Jan 16 to 18. In fact the cross section of bands that was most useful for review purposes ... Read More »

Album Review: Still Still (Gian Slater) by Leon Gettler

Album Review: Still Still (Gian Slater) by Leon Gettler

Still Still (Which Way Music) Gian Slater Recorded at Headgap studios June 27-28 2011 Review by Leon Gettler Gian Slater is every vocalist’s dream. Her voice has a pristine, almost child-like, purity. She approaches the voice like an instrument, a vehicle for conveying lyrics. She started out emulating instrumentalists, horn players when she studied at the VCA where she got ... Read More »

AAO 20th Anniversary Concert Series 5-7 November 2014

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. Read More »

2014 Freedman Fellow Announced: Aaron Choulai

2014 Freedman Fellow Announced: Aaron Choulai

The judges, Chris Cody, Andrew Gander and 2003 Freedman Fellow Phil Slater, deliberated late into the night. In a group statement, they said of their decision 'We had four very strong musical identities and it was a most difficult choice. In the end, we chose Aaron Choulai, a very exciting young musician, a risk-taker, a very clear musical personality. Aaron already has a great deal to offer and we are sure there is much more to come. We congratulate all the candidates. They make Australia a very strong country for jazz' Read More »

Freedman Jazz Fellowships finalists announced

Freedman Jazz Fellowships finalists announced

From the media release The Freedman Jazz concert will be held on Wednesday 20 of August at the Sydney Opera House Studio at 7:30pm. Tickets: $35/$30 Bookings: www.sydneyoperahouse.com The Music Trust today announced the four finalists for the 2014 Freedman Jazz Fellowship, Australia’s premier award for excellence in jazz. 2014’s contenders for the annual scholarship are trombonist Shannon Barnett, vocalist ... Read More »

Unlocking the secrets of no fixed pitch

Unlocking the secrets of no fixed pitch

U.nlock is interesting instrumentally because of the absence of chordal instruments. 'We also realised at some point that neither of the melodic instruments are of a fixed pitch...' Read More »

Nat Bartsch Trio | John Clare reviews two releases

Nat Bartsch Trio | John Clare reviews two releases

Before we run out of space it must be emphasised that this is unusually beautiful music. But even in the most euphoric music you can, in a certain mood, feel a touch of melancholy. Surely it is just the realisation that no golden age lasts forever, nor any life... Read More »