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Paul Grabowsky: “Bob Dylan is a prophet”

Paul Grabowsky: “Bob Dylan is a prophet”

"The fact that I'm interested in his music should come as no surprise, as he is a truly great songwriter, and most jazz musicians love great songs. The only difference between Dylan and say Jerome Kern is the musical and lyrical structure of Dylans work, which tends to narrative and abstraction, often in strophic form. But there are plenty of examples of more lyrical songs as well." 'Just Like a Woman', 'Lay, Lady Lay', 'Forever Young', 'Don't Think Twice', 'It's all over now, baby blue'...the list goes on and on. Read More »

The 2016 Australian Jazz Bell Awards shortlist

The 2016 Australian Jazz Bell Awards shortlist

The shortlist for this year's Australian Jazz "BELL" Awards has been officially announced. This year's crop has been extraordinary, with many great albums submitted in the competition. The amount of talent in this list is overwhelming, and it is bound to make the work of the judges very hard Read More »

Twilight Jazz at the Peninsula Summer Music Festival

Twilight Jazz at the Peninsula Summer Music Festival

The festival, a "cornucopia of music from across centuries and continents", taking place at the churches, wineries and intimate spaces of Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula, opens on New Year's Day. Read More »

Paul Grabowsky in the court of Catharine the Great

Paul Grabowsky in the court of Catharine the Great

Given that the current exhibition is "the Masterpieces from the Hermitage: The Legacy of Catherine the Great", drawing from the personal collection of the legendary empress of all the Russias, it's fitting that the series would start with an artist of Paul Grabowsky's caliber. Read More »

Jamie Oehlers: Walking the tightrope

Jamie Oehlers: Walking the tightrope

Jamie Oehlers: "Everything we do is enveloped in the arts, from the music we hear on the radio, the television shows we watch, the community events that draw people together, the phone we put in our hand. Art is all around us and inspires new thought and communication. This is how we create an identity as a national - not through digging up coal." Read More »

2015 Australian Jazz Bell Awards: and the nominees are…

2015 Australian Jazz Bell Awards: and the nominees are…

The agony and speculation is over. The nominees for this year’s Australian Jazz Bell Awards have been announced. Among them appear, naturally, some of the best and brightest talents of the country’s flourishing jazz community. The winners – as well as the recipient of the Graeme Bell Hall of Fame, in recognition of an outstanding career- will be announced on ... Read More »

MIJF – Summer Sessions

MIJF – Summer Sessions

Melbourne International Jazz Festival present a series of Summer Sessions, bringing a range of exciting local and visiting musicians to Bennetts Lane Jazz Club in January 2015. 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 »

Album review: Tales To Tell (Alex Pertout and Nilusha Dassenaike) by Leon Gettler

Album review: Tales To Tell (Alex Pertout and Nilusha Dassenaike) by Leon Gettler

An exceptional album. Their previous album Moments In Time had a folkish feel to it. This one is different; it tells a story, a tale of collaboration between different cultures, South American and Asian, Middle Eastern and European, a blend of jazz, world music, pop and a bit of R&B. The result: a multi-layered cultural mix that can only be Australian Read More »