“The idea of ‘first chapters’ – short little narrative gestures that leave you hanging for more – ties in nicely with my recent resolution to write shorter pieces. With this in mind I was able to create ten short unrelated pieces corresponding to each of what I call the ‘narrative chapters’.”
Musicians all over the world will celebrate UNESCO’s inaugural International Jazz Day on Monday 30 April 2012. Here are some Australian events you might like to attend…
Pianist Barney McAll in a record development session with Kurt Rosenwinkel on guitar, Drew Gress on bass and Obed Calvaire on drums at 58 Northsix Media Labs in Brooklyn.
Willow’s latest release Lightbulb Life has been in my headphones for the last few days. It’s a sound window into an exotic location, an insight into a city and its people through Willow’s ears.
He was a wonderful composer, arranger and bandleader in his own right as well as being a great teacher.
In this great ‘home video’ from the collection of drummer Barry Woods, Joe ‘BeBop’ Lane lets rip with his inimitable raw and wild vocal improvisations on ‘Body and Soul’ . Playing with him are Alan Turnbull on drums, Evan Lonhing on the keyboard, Rolf Stuube on bass, Freddie Hill on trumpet, Ken James on tenor sax and Freddy Wilson on baritone sax.
I snuck this CD on one night when friends were sitting in the backyard. No fanfare, no announcement. I was curious to see what effect, if any, the music might have on the listeners, a couple of friends with great ears and a love of fine music.
Gest8 perform Tony Gorman’s piece ‘The Emperor’s Old Clothes’, at the SIMA Sound Lounge in Sydney in 2008. Featuring Sandy Evans on soprano saxophone, Phil Slater on trumpet, Carl Dewhurst on guitar, Steve Elphick on bass, Paul Cutlan on bass clarinet, Satsuki Odamura on koto, and Greg White on computers and electronics.
Entries are now open for Australia’s most prestigious jazz instrumental competition – the National Jazz Awards, to be judged by Mike Nock, Vince Jones and Michelle Nicolle (1998 winner)
“Australia is very far away from the parts of the world most noticed by the jazz press. And yet in the hothouse of the southern hemisphere, a group of extraordinary musicians and ensembles have developed who could hold their own against any in the world.”