MJC NEWS

Editorial 2 November 2019

Editorial 2 November 2019

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.

Editorial 18 October

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.

Editorial 4 October 2019

Editorial 4 October 2019

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).

Editorial 13 September 2019

Editorial 13 September 2019

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+

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 still with...

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 Brandis' cuts to the...

Editorial – July 2019

Editorial – July 2019

Martin Jackson’s MJC news from the scene including APRA AMCOS, The Jazz Bell Awards and John Fordham turns 85

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 strip of...

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 days earlier...

Australian Jazz Bell Awards – nominations open in February

Australian Jazz Bell Awards – nominations open in February

Celebrating its 17th year in 2019, nominations for the 2019 Australian Jazz Bell Awards will open in February via the AJA website, www.australianjazzacademy.org.au. The Jazz Bell Awards are the only jazz-specific awards in Australia to acknowledge excellence in...