“The Singh & Blanes duet is more about romanticism and flashbacks to a more romantic time, while my own solo work is about my intricate thoughts and emotions; it’s all about me being by myself, in solitude. It’s a bit more personal and reflects my individual take on the world. Then my jazz project is about my compositional ability and my fluency on the piano”.
Those who saw the Shaolin Afronauts last year shouldn’t expect the sequel to be just a repeat of the original. “We didn’t want to repeat anything that we had used; we wanted this to be a completely new experience for the listener”, says Ross McHenry. “This time, we’ve actually written a lot more new material; we’re working towards a new album so it was a bit of an opportunity to ‘try some new material”.
AJN: Some think that a tribute to Vince Jones is long overdue and that the jazz community should gather and honour your contribution. What are your thoughts on that?
VJ: Give me a few more years to write some more songs before any tributes.
“ATM15 is my vehicle for original material, experimentation and doing whatever the hell I want”
“My first thought when I took over the role was that I want people who think they don’t like jazz to discover it in new ways, in new formats”.
Though the impact that the new social media habits may have in the jazz scene hasn’t been adequately documented yet, there is a rather safe assumption to be made: you know that a gig went well, when the participants are willing to take a backstage selfie. The photo in question appeared on Fem Belling‘s instagram …
“Over an eleven day period, I’d seen a lot of jazz, a lot of great jazz. I missed a lot too, such is the extent of the festival’s program. ” Greg Phillips gives us a considered overview of the textured 2014 Stonnington Jazz Festival
‘It’s going to be great fun.’
At a very special gig this year at Stonnington Jazz (Thursday 22 May, Malvern Town Hall 8:00 pm), James Morrison will be playing with his sons Harry and William, in an ensemble that also features drummer David Jones and the vocals of Hetty Kate. We were able to catch up by email with James, Harry …
Chris McNulty talks about gigs at Perth International Jazz Festival, Stonnington Jazz, her forthcoming recording and book – and how she keeps her voice intact with all that travel…