“Portuguese music is there not because I put it there intentionally, but because I’m from Portugal; then I have a little of American folk, because my dad used to listen to a lot of Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell; then I went on my own and I started listening to my own music and I started finding other things, getting more into the jazz world, and I mean instrumental jazz. Now I’m a bit far away from jazz, but still all the things that I listen to during my life are there.”
Andrea Keller’s piano is central to her Transients trios, a thing of wonder that binds together these conversations with her fellow musicians.
“With everything that’s going on in the world right now, I want my show to provide a little comfort, to help people feel good. I want to share that southern comfort with the audience.”
“My goal with the Jazz Melbourne Orchestra is to create a world class big band in Melbourne that performs regularly at larger concert hall style venues.”
“I know why the tunes that are really good tunes, that have stuck around, are the good ones, because you can just be on them, night after night, and they are able to withstand that kind of act.”
“We’ve had people come up to us at gigs and tell us they hate Jazz, but they love our music. It’s nice to change people’s perspectives.”
It’s going to be a concert for everyone. We’re going to be playing some music that we perform well at the moment – it’s really hard hitting but also very, very acceptable music that everyone seems to love. It’s family friendly and cutting edge without being egotistical and too intellectual; just music that you can really have fun and listen to.”
74 musicians; 4 hours of non-stop music; 1 stage; $10,000 raised for Wildlife Victoria
“Music is definitely the best tool that we have to bring peace and form bridges among cultures and nations, joining us together as one whole family.”
To say that drummer Kyrie Anderson and bassist Alana Dawes create a firm backbone that allows singer and bandleader Kate Fuller to shine, singing with clarity and confidence, would be an understatement.