The MJC is commencing its 38th. year of Annual Programs, which has been staged throughout every year since January 1983. However, as you can see, while there are some familiar artists in the program, we are continuing to introduce new artists too.
The Melbourne Women’s International Jazz Festival commences this Sunday night, and has managed to offer plenty of worthwhile music, with some ‘new’ younger groups, as well as two Sydney acts.
When I was teaching classroom Music at Kew High School, one of the benefits in recent years was the opportunity to sit in with the Stage Band rehearsal (after school), under the direction of woodwind teacher Martin Corcoran. Not only was Martin an inspiring leader...
While the Wangaratta Festival is in recession this year, two interstate festival events which were timed to coincide with it – the Perth International Jazz Festival and the Sydney Women’s International Jazz Festival – are both offering strong programs, with several international and interstate artists.
It seems very strange to be coming up to the Melbourne Cup weekend, and not preparing to go to Wangaratta for the Festival. In the absence of the Festival, some industry people have taken the initiative and organised a mini-jazz festival over the Cup weekend at Memo Hall in the historic St. Kilda RSL.
Having been a Judge for much of the Awards’ history, I have always been a strong believer in their overall importance. So when their viability for this year was questioned because of staff issues, I volunteered to step in (as MJC representative) to co-produce the Awards on a purely voluntary basis. As such, one innovation that I was able to introduce was the induction of three honorary Hall of Fame awards (all posthumous) to three important figures in Australian jazz: pianist/composer Bryce Rohde; promoter/producer Horst Liepolt; and, keyboardist /composer Allan Zavod (For those not familiar with their contributions, a little research will provide you with some impressive achievements).
Awards season for jazz with the Freedman Fellowship, Jazz Bell Awards and APRA/AMCOS Professional Development Awards, along with upcoming MJC concerts and a link to Adam Simmons Creative State 2020+
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 still with...
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 Brandis' cuts to the...
Martin Jackson’s MJC news from the scene including APRA AMCOS, The Jazz Bell Awards and John Fordham turns 85