Editorial 13 September 2019

Editorial 13 September 2019

The combination of the Freedman Fellowship, the Australian Jazz Awards, and the APRA/AMCOS Professional Development Awards all been staged in September this year, this month provides several options for jazz artists to receive an extremely rare financial boost. Both...
Editorial – 3 September 2019

Editorial – 3 September 2019

Like many patrons, I knew that Roscoe Mitchell would ensure some ‘heavy’ music, but I was a little unsure as to how the style and spirit of the Art Ensemble of Chicago would morph into its latest iteration (with only its founder, and its original drummer...
Editorial – 21 August 2019

Editorial – 21 August 2019

The recent announcement by the Australia Council of the results of their process of Expression of Interest for Four Year Funding was a sad indictment of the on-going – and generational – havoc wreaked across the national arts scene by Senator...
Editorial – July 2019

Editorial – July 2019

Having recently finished ranking APRA/AMCOS Professional Development Awards applications (as the Jazz Partner organisation) and listened to virtually every Bell Award nominated album, I can concur with Julien Wilson’s Facebook post on the health of our local...
Editorial – May 2019

Editorial – May 2019

I visited Sydney over the last weekend and was shocked to learn of the closure of Lawson’s Records store, a Sydney institution since 1964, on April 27. Located in Pitt Street near the Chinatown (or, more precisely, K-Town) end, it was the last survivor of a...
Editorial – February 2019

Editorial – February 2019

The national jazz scene was shocked and dismayed by the unexpected news last Friday of the “postponement” of the Wangaratta Festival of Jazz and Blues in 2019. This followed the announcement of Adam Simmons’ resignation as co-Artistic Director a few...