Brendan Clarke: Stretching Out

The carefully-crafted originals on the album are a summary of the writing Clarke has done over the past twenty years, ‘Three Wishes’ dating back to 1993. ‘Busline’ was written for an unreleased ABC recording after he won the 2001 National Jazz Award at the Wangaratta Jazz Festival, while the medium-up ‘Billycart’ was written specially for the album.

Bernie McGann celebrations and benefits

If there’s one player in the history of Australian jazz who has inspired aspiring musicians to search for their own sound, it’s Bernie McGann. In response to the news of his hospitalisation last week following a major heart attack, the jazz community will host benefits at Venue 505 in Sydney this Sunday, August 25 and at Bennetts Lane in Melbourne on Sunday 1 September.