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A QUEEN’S BIRTHDAY BRITISH MUSIC REMINISCE

It’s the beginning of the Queen’s Birthday long weekend and I’m reminded of my incredible life in London in the 90s, when “Cool Britannia” was the catch-cry and I was in the thick of what was, arguably, the coolest city in the world, in a pre-terrorism era...

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Stu Hunter Claims Two of Five Nominations at 2017 Bell Awards

Recipients of the Australian Jazz Bell Awards 2017 were announced at a ceremony hosted by Birds Basement in Melbourne on Monday night. Guests were treated to Birds’ impeccable service, a lavish three-course meal and live performances from award recipients past and...

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St Kilda & All That Jazz – a new work-in-progress

There have been no music reviews or posts lately because I'm currently working on a couple of large projects relating to St Kilda's significant contribution to the history of jazz in Australia. One is a St Kilda jazz heritage tour featuring a digital map highlighting...

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Painting for the People: Allan Baker

Note: the following is a rationale that was written to explore the inspiration behind my short student film Reflecting Humanity - The Paintings of Allan Baker. It was written in 2001. The film can be seen here. “I have too much faith in the existence of the human soul...

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Wangaratta Jazz Festival 2016

As a first-timer to Wangaratta Jazz Festival, this writer had no benchmarks with which to compare its 26 previous events. Which isn’t a bad thing, really. If I hadn’t known the recent heavy rains had threatened this year’s festival, I’d have been none-the-wiser....

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Lance Ferguson presents: Black Feeling, Stonnington Jazz 2016

By Kaye Blum Guitarist and frontman of The Bamboos, recording artist, songwriter, DJ, producer, broadcaster – Lance Ferguson wears quite a few hats these days. And he’s about to hit the stage with a superb line-up of musicians to perform selected tracks from his...

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Stonnington Jazz 2016 Gets Its Groove On

By Kaye Blum If you think jazz isn’t your thing, this year’s Stonnington Jazz festival could have you wondering why you didn’t come to the party sooner. It’s the first time the festival, now in its 11th year, has engaged a performer (and a woman) as Artistic Director,...

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International Jazz Day has a Purple Haze

Today is International Jazz Day – a day to celebrate the genre in all its diversity, and the legends who brought it to life. Tragically one such legendary life came to an end recently. The premature passing of Prince has been mourned around the world. But his...

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Review: New Orleans Street Party

It’s great to see the growing popularity of trad jazz in Melbourne duly acknowledged during Melbourne Music Week – the New Orleans Street Party provided a showcase for some of the best acts in town. While it’s a gamble to hold an outdoor gig during Melbourne’s fickle...

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Face The Music conference

In its eighth year, Face The Music (FTM) conference has matured into an important platform to discuss national issues and explore future directions, as well as providing development opportunities for emerging musicians. As Conference Director Peter Chellew noted in...

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Review: St Germain: St Germain

If you were one of over three million people worldwide who bought St Germain’s last album Tourist back in 2000, you might be wondering what Ludovic Navarre, the French producer behind St Germain, has been up to since creating that luscious melange of jazz, blues and...

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The clickbait debate gets interesting

Yesterday I read an article by Mamamia Network’s Kate Spies, claiming the clickbait headline is dead. Interestingly, she claims online journalists and their audiences have been responsible for the rise of clickbait. As a writer who learned the hard way, I beg to...

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Meredith Music Festival 2014

Meredith Music Festival in Victoria has developed a reputation that is envied (and even emulated) by many of the countless festivals around the country. For its 24th year, the friendly festival that lets you BYO couches and booze drew over 12,000 peeps from far and...

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New music industry conference in Sweden

I was lucky enough to attend Way Out West music festival in Gothenburg, Sweden,  last week. This year they've added a music industry conference to the huge line-up of acts, and I managed to attend several panel sessions. My review of the music festival itself can be...

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Gone global again – postcard from a digital nomad

It has been a long time since the last post. That's because earlier this year I closed down the home base, drove almost 2000km to put what's left in storage, then flew several thousand more kilometres to resume life (and work) on the global trail. I'm currently in...

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A QUEEN’S BIRTHDAY BRITISH MUSIC REMINISCE

It’s the beginning of the Queen’s Birthday long weekend and I’m reminded of my incredible life in London in the 90s, when “Cool Britannia” was the catch-cry and I was in the thick of what was, arguably, the coolest city in the world, in a pre-terrorism era...

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