The wit and sense of fun in Andrew Dickeson’s arrangements across the album is a joy.
“Natalie Cole was one of my musical influences and after her passing last year, I started working on a tribute to keep her music alive. Through this project, I hope to create a deep appreciation for Natalie’s creativity and artistry.”
“I was literally skipping down a stretch of second avenue in New York for about 30 minutes with George Benson’s ‘Breezin’ on repeat in 2012.”
“Musically, I like the idea of keeping music borderless and open to all kinds of influences. It really excites me when I hear new music that is difficult to categorise into a specific box.”
Hannah James: “All the Sidney Womens Jazz Collective members are actively pursuing individual careers in a tough industry, and it’s awesome that there are enough of us to form a band of this size with zero compromises.”
I hear an anarchic joy on James Macaulay’s ‘Today will be Another Day’
Considering how much of my life I had devoted to listening and learning this music, and believing it was the greatest music in the world, I was truly shocked when I got to high school to realise that throughout my entire high school years there was hardly any mention of Jazz or the great men that contributed to this music.
“Melbourne has been incredibly welcoming as a musical community. There’s a lot of life in the scene here. People go out to see music. Musicians are more open and wanting to see others succeed. It really did blow our minds when we first moved down here!P”
“We’ve made a conscious decision to compose freely in this band, not feeling restricted by genre, just bringing whatever we feel like to the table. You can hear influences of Jazz, 20th Century Classical music, North India Classical music, South American music. With the instrumentation of the music and the mixed influences, you could very much describe it as a contemporary jazz band.”