VCA Jazz Ensemble Short Course

Jazz Ensembles Studio short course takes students inside the small ensemble and improvisation process, develops creativity and provides performance practice to elevate ability and confidence. This course is perfect for young musicians who are interested in developing their improvisation and ensemble experience. Guided by industry professionals, you will gain essential advice to enhance your musical knowledge and understanding alongside ensemble, improvisation and performance skills.

Designed for 15-20 year olds, Jazz Ensemble Studio is the perfect place to reveal your hidden talent, learn new skills and take your passion for jazz and improvisation to the next level!

For bookings and more information – http://mcm.unimelb.edu.au/study/short-courses/youth-jazz-ensembles-studio

Melbourne International Jazz Festival

The MIJF has announced some parts of their 2017 program, their 20th year. The opening event will see the return of U.S. vocalist Patti Austin, who is joining forces with James Morrison and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra to pay tribute to a musical partnership between two giants of jazz, Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong. They appear on Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd June at 8pm at Hamer Hall.
Armenian pianist, vocalist and songwriter Tigran Hamasyan is one of the most stunning talents to emerge on the international jazz scene in years, with seven critically acclaimed albums and a host of awards to his name, including the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition, which he won at just 19 years old.

He brings his virtuosic blend of jazz, rock, electronica, poetry and Armenian folk tradition to Australia for the first time, performing works from his new solo album. He will perform at the new Bennetts Lane Jazz Club on Tuesday, June 6th and Wednesday, 7th at 9.30pm

PBS Jazz Elder

Congratulations to pianist/composer Hue Blanes, winner of the sixth PBS Young Elder of Jazz Commission.

Blanes will create a new work – Things That Have Been Said – an instrumental work that uses famous (and infamous) quotes from history as the source material for a suite of new works.

The work will be performed by a quartet that brings together musicians with backgrounds in both jazz and classical music, and will premiere at the 2017 Festival.

The PBS Young Elder of Jazz is supported through the generosity of Mark Newman.

Jazztrack Celebrating 40 Years

The ABC Music label has released a 3 CD set, curated by Mal Stanley, featuring previously unreleased Australian recordings made by the ABC since 1976 to celebrate Jazztrack’s 40th Anniversary. There are both studio and live recordings of a veritable ‘who’s who’ of Australian jazz (such as McGann, Grabowsky, Nock). As such, it is an essential collection. Available from ABC stores for $29.99 r.r.p.