Blogger: Roger Mitchell
I have been a journalist for most of my working life, but recently completed almost two years as a senior communications adviser at Fair Work Australia.
I write about jazz when I can, on the Ausjazz blog or in Melbourne’s Sunday Herald Sun and Herald Sun in Australia.
I go to a lot of live jazz performances in Melbourne and want to let as many people as possible know about the music that is out there. I am convinced that if more people knew that such hard-working and talented musicians were playing at local venues for such reasonable admission prices, they would turn up and try the music. If they heard it, I believe they would return. But it is important to overcome any resistance to “jazz” and just give people the opportunity to enjoy the diverse music that is out there. There is no need for patrons to pay for expensive recitals in huge venues, when they can be in a jazz club up close and personal with great musicians for a fraction of the cost.
I created this blog in part because opportunities to have jazz articles appear in print these days are often limited by space restrictions (there are other priorities in entertainment writing).
Also, I like to post some photographs and thoughts I am unable to make available in print about live gigs, including such major festivals as Wangaratta Festival of Jazz, Melbourne International Jazz Festival, Melbourne Jazz Fringe Festival and Stonnington Jazz.
I also want to provide an archive of my CD reviews and articles on jazz that have been published in the Sunday Herald Sun and Herald Sun newspapers.
Unless otherwise stated, the images posted here have been taken by Roger Mitchell. If you wish to use any of them please let me know — and a pic credit would be appreciated.