The roster does real justice to the ‘international’ part of its title, as it features musicians from four continents: Europe, Africa, Asia and, of course, our own little corner of the world.
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.
Over the 10 day duration of the festival I’d encountered orthodox jazz rhythms, experimental jazz and music that you could argue was not jazz at all. Had I selected a different schedule of artists, I may have had a totally different festival experience altogether, such was the variety of shows on offer.
Barney McAll is in the middle of a tour that takes in Auckland (a trio gig), Wellington (solo piano) Brisbane (solo piano and Julien Wilson Quartet), Melbourne and Sydney (Julien Wilson Quartet). He’ll also be involved in a number of recording projects while in Australia. Now based in New York, Barney maintains strong links with …
The most dynamic hub of the festival was to be found at the The Jazz Quarter in Brookfield Place. Three stages set amidst a thriving small bar scene encompassing several styles from some of our favourite locals.
2014 Australian Jazz Bell Awards – Winners Announced www.bellawards.org From the media release The cream of the Australian jazz community gathered in Melbourne’s elegant Plaza Ballroom tonight to recognise outstanding achievements by Australian jazz musicians – based on albums and performances from 2013 – at the annual Australian Jazz Bell Awards. The awards ceremony was …
Swailing is as free as This is Always is restricted; it is as open as the quartet recording is closed. Swailing is the magpie, picking from electric Miles, Massenet and Fats; This is Always is the osprey, its eye fixed on the one prize.
And both are deliriously beautiful for all of these qualities and more.
‘… a mood of striking conviviality.’
“Even at their softest, smokiest, most meditational or sensual this band keeps the form strong.”
Katz has come up with an appealing, thoughtful and lyrical take on jazz-rock, ‘Mistral’ and ‘Working Title’ being especially strong.