The music was alive and active and taking me places. Breathless and totally engrossed, I was in the moment and yet excited about what would follow. When the high point came (for me), it instantly recalled Stephen Magnusson’s playing during the Tim Berne’s Adobe Probe Melbourne gig during the 2009 Melbourne International Jazz Festival.
My favourite live performance experience of the year was ten minutes spent in a small wing of the Art Gallery of NSW. During the October long weekend the gallery played host to an astounding gathering of indigenous artists from around Australia.
It’s something of a well-kept secret just how alive the Canberra jazz scene is at the moment. This is in large part due to the current crop of students, teachers and recent graduates at the ANU School of Music.
till in my ears – and dare I say heart – is Sydney pianist Stu Hunter’s performance of his The Gathering at the recent 2010 Wang Jazz Fest. The concert was simply stunning and the band was on fire.