“There is undeniably an underrepresentation of women across all aspects of the music industry. You can’t be what you can’t see.”
There were over 70 performances to choose from, so even without the big international names in the line-up, it was outstanding value for pass holders. The tightly packed schedule meant catching complete sets was the biggest challenge.
“I grew up looking up to musicians like Andrea Keller and Sandy Evans, because I could see that they had their own bands, were writing their own music and were totally accepted and respected by the jazz community. I saw that it was possible to have a career in music.”
“I feel lucky to have wandered into the position of doing a job that I enjoy and find rewarding, and to do it for so many years. The highlight has probably been having the chance to work with so many musicians who I hold in such high regard ; to propose or develop projects with them ; and then to see it all come together onstage, to be met with such generous approval by the audience.”
John Clare lost his wallet on the way to Wangaratta this year, but he says “to hear Rava with Steve Magnusson was worth losing my money and cards for”
This story was commissioned for – and appeared in – the Wangaratta Festival of Jazz & Blues 25th anniversary program. Photo of Enrico Rava provided by the festival Allan Turnbull anecdote was not printed in the program. — He’s a familiar sight around Melbourne jazz venues – and beyond. In fact Adrian Jackson is hard …
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