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GET ADRIAN JACKSON TO SHOUT

Adrian Jackson in characteristic pose at the mic, introducing a band.

Adrian Jackson in characteristic pose at the mic, introducing a band.

PREVIEW

Give Adrian a Shout:
Adrian Jackson’s Jazz benefit, The Jazzlab, November 19, 2017

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BREAKING NEWS

SILENT AUCTION for AJ’S JAZZ BENEFIT

Item 1
Stonnington Jazz has contributed two season passes for Stonnington Jazz 2018:
2x season passes to Stonnington Jazz 2018 (all shows and workshops) including 2x tickets to the exclusive Jazz Gala. Approx. value $1,350

Item 2
Melbourne International Jazz Festival has contributed three double passes for the concerts of the recipient’s choice (for MIJF-presented events only). Approx. value $600+

Item 3
Niko Schauble has contributed a Day of Recording at his Pughouse Studio, Northcote
Approx. value $450

Item 4
Andrew Walker of the Jazzhead label has contributed a package of five recent Australian jazz albums. Approx. value $125

Item 5
Claypots Restaurants have donated a gift voucher, valued at $120, for ‘A seafood degustation for two’ at Claypots, St. Kilda. Value $120

Item 6
Claypots Restaurants have donated a gift voucher, valued at $120, for ‘A seafood degustation for two‘ at Claypots Barbarossa Salon, Hardware Lane, CBD. Value $120

Item 7
Basement Discs in 24 Block Place, CBD, have donated a $100 Gift voucher. Value $100

Item 8
6 CDs from Lionsharecords (This Is Always, Swailing, This Narrow Isthmus, A Life in a Day & Post Matinee) + a copy of Trio-Live. Total value – priceless.

BIDDING ON ITEMS can be made via:

  • Email to martinjackson01@optusnet.com.au
  • SMS to 0401 637 203 by 10 pm on November 19, 2017
  • Envelopes provided at the venue by 10 pm on November 19, 2017

Please indicate Item number and the $ amount that you wish to bid, and contact details (if submitting an envelope). Winners will be decided around 10.30 pm on November 19, 2017, and only winning bids will be notified.

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UPDATE: Line-up announced for this gig is as follows, according to Martin Jackson:

Bob Sedergreen
Transients with Wilson/Anning/Keller
Stoneflower trio (Jacq Gawler, Stephen Magnusson & Tamara Murphy)
Tony Gould
Illaria Corciani Trio (with Mirko Guerrini & Tony Gould)
Doug DeVries & Jex Saarelaht
Chris McNulty
Torrio! (Guerrini, Grabowsky & Schauble)
Julien Wilson Trio (Stephen Magnusson & Stephen Grant)
Nichaud Fitzgibbon (feat. David Rex)
Scott Tinkler & Sam Keevers
Michelle Nicole (feat. Ronny Ferella)
MJC Collective!

Some things may change – it would not be jazz with some improvisation).
Doors open at 7 pm at The Jazzlab, 27 Leslie Street, Brunswick; music starts as soon as possible.

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Adrian Jackson was whispering when I spoke to him at Wangaratta Festival of Jazz and Blues recently. We are all hoping that before long he’ll be back to his usual volume and fully capable of giving us a shout — in all senses of the word.

On Sunday at 7pm at The Jazzlab, Melbourne Jazz Co-operative will stage a jazz benefit for Adrian, well known for his key roles as, for 27 years, founding artistic director at Wangaratta’s jazz and blues festival (as well as those at Melbourne and Stonnington).

Many will be aware that Adrian is at present unemployed, and has needed surgery so that he can talk above a whisper and get back to work. But some of us were unaware of the extent of the difficulties he has had to face in the past two years.

Readers of Martin Jackson’s MJC newsletter will have seen Adrian’s account of his situation, but with his permission I reproduce it here for any who missed seeing it:

“It is in some ways embarrassing to be seeking financial assistance as a 60-year-old. Although my situation, in part, reflects the downside of a career in arts administration, and jazz administration in particular. You don’t get paid holidays or sick leave, long-service leave or employer super contributions, unless you pay for them yourself.

“The past two years have been very difficult for me. Divorce after 31 years of marriage. The innings was declared when I was on 27 at Wangaratta Jazz. A perfect storm of ambitious investment strategy, inadequate support from the company I was investing through, and well-intentioned but disastrous advice to my wife that share trades should cease while we discussed divorce terms – just when the options we had bought/sold moved into a brief window of profitability – saw my life savings and super fund decimated.

“I have had a series of health issues to deal with. And just as I let my car insurance lapse shortly before an accident where I was the at-fault driver, and was unable to renew it before the car was stolen and written off recently … so it was that I couldn’t afford to maintain my private medical cover after 35-odd years, just a few months before learning that I need expensive surgery to remove polyps on my vocal cords, if I want to speak above a raspy whisper.

“Now, I’m not here to say ‘poor me’. OK, I am. But I’m not saying my problems are all down to bad luck. I’ve done my share of dumb things of late, too.

“On the whole, I consider myself fortunate to have enjoyed a career in the music industry, presenting or promoting music that I love, mainly jazz and blues. And I hope that chapter isn’t finished yet, that there will be more to come, post-operation. (Albert Dadon has offered some welcome encouragement with regard to that).

“I shudder to think how I might have survived the last two years without the support of my siblings. But they can only do so much.

“So when Martin told me he had discussed the idea of a benefit gig with a few musicians, and asked if this would make me feel embarrassed, I replied, “Only if nobody turns up.”

“So I would like to thank my family for their support. To thank Michael Tortoni for providing the Jazzlab for the event, at no cost. To thank all the musicians who have offered to perform, as well as those who would have if they could have, and a few who I suspect will be added to the roster between now and November 19.

“And the same goes for a blues-based benefit (Sunday, November 26, 3pm-11pm with MBAS at Flemington-Kensington Bowling Club) that is being organised shortly after the Jazzlab gig. The support, generosity and friendship of so many is deeply appreciated.

“For anyone in two minds about attending, I can say two things. (a) check out the great array of talent on the bill, and (b) I won’t be in any condition to make a speech.”

 — Adrian Jackson

Martin Jackson confirms that the jazz community is coming together to return some of the support that Adrian has given it over a period of almost 40 years. Michael Tortoni, of The Jazzlab, is contributing the rental fee for his venue, while Niko Schauble has donated a day of Recording work at Pughouse Studio for the Silent Auction. An online donation facility has been set up.

Many of Melbourne’s leading jazz artists will perform at the jazz benefit, including the sublime Julien Wilson Trio (with Stephen Magnusson & Stephen Grant), Andrea Keller, Michelle Nicole, Tony Gould, Doug DeVries, Nichaud Fitzgibbon, Bob Sedergreen, Sam Keevers, Scott Tinkler, Ronny Ferella, Tamara Murphy, Eugene Ball, Jacq Gawler, Sam Anning, Mirko Guerrini and Ilaria Crociani.

One special combination to look forward to will be guitarist Doug DeVries and pianist ‘Jex’ Saarelaht, two incredible musicians who go back decades to Williamstown High School days, when they were largely self-taught through transcribing solos by the likes of Bill Evans, Wes Montgomery and Bud Powell.

Benefit tickets cost $25 & $20 concession. There will be a silent auction and among valuable items offered are two $100 gift vouchers from Basement Discs, a package of great Australian jazz albums from Jazzhead, two season passes from Stonnington Jazz and three double passes to a concert of choice presented by the Melbourne International Jazz Festival.

Roger Mitchell

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WANGARATTA 2017: JAM-PACKED JAZZ

Jen Shyu

Sure to be a highlight: Jen Shyu                                       Image: Steven Schreiber

PREVIEW
Wangaratta Festival of Jazz & Blues, November 3 – 5, 2017

The 28th Wangaratta Festival of Jazz & Blues will be the first without Adrian Jackson at the helm as artistic director. Instead, the programming team consists of Adam Simmons and Zoe Hauptmann for jazz, and Scott Solimo and Frank Davidson for blues.

This change led to some understandable concern on the part of regular patrons over the direction that this renowned festival may take, many worrying about whether efforts to overcome budget challenges by widening audience appeal would dilute the core elements in programming of jazz and blues. The result no doubt will be closely scrutinised. It will also, I’m convinced, be thoroughly enjoyed.

Adam Simmons

Adam Simmons introduces the Pugsley Buzzard Trio in Readings book shop at the Melbourne launch of Wangaratta Festival of Jazz & Blues 2017.

A detailed dig into this year’s jazz (leaving the blues gigs to others) reveals plenty to get excited about — so much, in fact, that it will be hard to fit in breaks for meals or even coffee breaks in a jam-packed program. Don’t forget to download the festival app so you can plan ahead.

Has the festival taken a new direction? Will hard-core jazz fans be satisfied? Is there enough straight-ahead jazz? Are there sufficient “out there” gigs? Is the gender balance improving? Are there enough vocalists? Will the punters turn up? Judgments will be made on these and myriad other questions once the music begins, but unquestionably there is heaps of it on offer.

Overseas artists in the mix include Kari Ikonen Trio (Finland), Jon Cleary (US), Christian Scott and his sextet (US), Jen Shyu (US), James Shipp (US), Pascal Rollando and Philippe Guidat (France), and Aron Ottingnon Band (France), plus expatriate Australian Nadje Noordhuis on a visit from New York. There are many intriguing and alluring combinations, such as Jen Shyu with Simon Barker, Spiderbait’s Kram with James Morrison and Paul Grabowsky, Origami with Wang Zheng Ting, Digital Seed, and a gathering of old and new friends in Guidat/Rollando/Noordhuis/Shipp/Simmons/Hale.

The National Jazz Awards performances this year, featuring brass, will be held in WPAC Hall rather than St Patrick’s Hall before the finals in WPAC Theatre. The 10 semi-finalists are:

  • Thomas Avgenicos trumpet, NSW
  • Josh Bennier trombone, Victoria
  • Niran Dasika trumpet, Victoria
  • Simon Ferenci trumpet, NSW
  • James Macaulay trombone, Victoria
  • Ricki Malet trumpet, WA
  • Eamon McNelis trumpet, Victoria
  • Joe O’Connor trombone, Victoria
  • Alex Taylor trombone, SA
  • Patrick Thiele trumpet, Victoria

How great is it that pianist O’Connor has made it as a semi-finalist on ‘bone?

Friday

Friday night’s line-up will give hard-core patrons a chance to flex their concert-going muscles for the succeeding onslaughts on the next two days. Ease your way in at 6pm in WPAC Hall by joining Tony Gould, Mike Nock, Paul Williamson (on trumpet) and university students for the Monash Sessions. Then, at 7.30pm in WPAC Theatre there’ll be a welcome infusion of Scandinavian improvisation from Finland’s Kari Ikonen on piano, Olli Rantala on double bass, and Markku Ounaskari on drums. Expect many hues, innovative harmonies, strong melodies and striking rhythms, all played with lots of joy and passion.

New Orleans makes its presence felt in two concerts on Friday evening. At 8pm Jon Cleary will bring blues into the WPAC Theatre as he demonstrates his prowess at the piano emulating the likes of Tuts Washington, James Booker and Professor Longhair — the greats he found in his adopted home of New Orleans after migrating from Kent in 1980. At 10pm in that venue the strong New Orleans musical pedigree of Christian Scott will shine through as he demonstrates his trademark “whisper technique”, using warm air, which he perfected by emulating his mother’s singing voice.

In WPAC Hall earlier, at 9.30pm, My Name Is Nobody will feature Lucky Oceans, Ben Vanderwal and Tom O’Halloran in a set offering lush, cinematic and ambient sounds along with “a sonic break from a complicated, noisy world”. Bring it on.

Paul Williamson’s Hammond Combo will be at the Pinsent Hotel until midnight.

Saturday

Saturday, of course, will be another kettle of fish, with music beginning at 10.30am (National Jazz Awards, WPAC Hall) and running through until 1.30am Sunday (Jam session with Virus, Pinsent Hotel).

Be prepared for some full-on, head-to-head clashes — these are not merely overlapping concerts, so you’ll have some hard choices. Kari Ikonen Trio begins at 11am in WPAC Theatre for those who missed it or loved it on Friday. But at noon Nick Haywood Trio (St Pat’s Hall) is up against Mike Nock’s solo e-coustic set (Holy Trinity Cathedral).

Barney McAll’s much-loved ASIO are sure to be in Hi-Vis at 1pm in WPAC Theatre. Expect much talent and humour.

Then comes a seriously upsetting clash at 2pm. Experimental vocalist, dancer and multi-instrumentalist Jen Shyu will join the intense and brilliant Simon Barker at Holy Trinity — this has to be a highlight — while guitarist Robbie Melville’s five-piece, two-saxy ensemble plus visuals delivers inviting, eclectic contrasts in WPAC Hall as Cleverhorse. As if that choice isn’t tough enough, St Pat’s Hall features sextet Slipper, with Gemma Horbury on trumpet and Belinda Woods on flute, playing bassist Alastair Watts compositions. It’s all on from 2pm to 3pm.

There’s no clash at 3pm when Nadje Noordhuis reunites with James Shipp (vibes), Gian Slater (vocals) and Chris Hale (bass), joined by young guitarist Theo Carbo (not to be missed) in a WPAC Theatre concert backed by Martin Jackson’s Melbourne Jazz Co-operative.

But at 4pm the clashes are back. Choose Robbie Melville with reedsmen Gideon Brazil and Monty Mackenzie for “chamber jazz and contemporary classical” as Antelodic at Holy Trinity, or the muscular DRUB (Scott Tinkler, Simon Barker, Philip Rex, Carl Dewhurst). That’s a real tough one. Blues and boogie woogie pianist Bridie King is the third option at this time slot, in St Pat’s Hall.

There’s time for a quick bite now — must keep the energy levels up — before bassist Nick Tsiavos and his Liminal ensemble bring us brilliant discordance as the ancient becomes modern in a hypnotic synthesis of new minimalism (6pm, Holy Trinity). Many may stay at this, but others will be lured away to WPAC Theatre by 6.30pm, intrigued by the spectacle of Spiderbait’s Kram joining James Morrison and Paul Grabowsky. Anything could happen.

If you love Hammond organ — and who doesn’t if Tim Neal is at the keyboards — Jim Kelly’s Thrillseekers will perform at St Pat’s Hall at 7.15pm. And in WPAC Hall at 8pm Digital Seed includes last year’s National Jazz Awards winner Mike Rivett in a sextet that includes Matilda Abraham on vocals and utilises electronics and synthesisers.

New Zealand-born pianist Aron Ottignon, now a Parisian, has a fantasy in which each of his fingertips is a drumstick. He joins Samuel Dubois on steel pan and Kuba Gudz on drums in WPAC Theatre at 8.30pm, producing music that “combines the ambition of jazz with pop melodies, echoes of world music and electronic effects”. This trio will also close the festival — jam session aside — so this is a chance to decide whether it’s your cup of tea.

Virus will draw some patrons off to the Pinsent at 9pm. But at 9.15pm in St Pat’s Hall Philippe Guidat (guitar) and Nadje Noordhuis (trumpet), who met at an upstate New York Music Omi Artist Residency when Adam Simmons (woodwinds) was guest mentor, will join Pascal Rollando (percussion), James Shipp (vibes/percussion) and Chris Hale (bass). I reckon this could go in a few directions, all of them with great promise and possibly a little humour.

This festival has many not-so-hidden gems. One is DRUB (already mentioned) and another is the 10pm WPAC Hall encounter between Gian Slater, Barney McAll and Simon Barker.

But many will be drawn away to WPAC Theatre at 10pm to hear more of Christian Scott, along with extraordinary flautist Elena Pinderhughes, Shea Pierre on piano and Rhodes, Kris Funn on bass, Corey Fonville on drums and Logan Richardson on sax.

Pinsent Hotel jam session anyone? As mentioned, there is a lot of music on offer at this festival. And Sunday is another day.

Sunday

Day 3 will separate the sheep from the goats, the climate change deniers from the realists. This is when serious patrons awake, stretch, inhale deeply and head for double shots of coffee before another full day, and night, of live music. Keep in mind that it’s the musicians who are doing the heavy lifting here.

If you’re extra keen be at Holy Trinity at 10am for Bridie King & Gospel Belles. Brass fans will be in WPAC Hall for the National Jazz Awards playoffs from 10.30am, picking their three finalists before the judges get a say.

There are seriously great musicians at work in Wangaratta on Sunday, many of them home-grown artists.

After ensuring my hair is suitably coiffed I’ll be in WPAC Theatre with bells on at 11am to hear the Phil Slater Quintet play new compositions (how could anyone pass up Simon Barker, Matt McMahon, Matt Keegan, Brett Hirst?) and in St Pat’s Hall at noon for the Angela Davis Quartet. The talent just keeps coming at 1pm in WPAC Theatre when bassist Jonathan Swartz is joined by Barney McAll piano, Hamish Stuart drums, Julien Wilson sax, Phil Slater trumpet, James Greening trombone, Fabian Hevia percussion and Steve Magnusson guitar. And at 1.30pm multi-instrumentalist Adrian Sheriff may be weaving his magic at Holy Trinity, but there are no details on the festival website.

At 2pm don’t miss a chance to look into the future in St Pat’s Hall when bassist Isaac Gunnoo, drummer Maddison Carter and siblings Flora (saxophone) and Theo Carbo (guitar) demonstrate the talent on the scene from younger jazz musicians. And for a hit of vocals — there are not so many singers this year — Matilda Abraham will bring vulnerability and warmth to WPAC Hall at 2.30pm.

It’s relentless — wall to wall music with overlaps. At 3pm composer and bassist extraordinaire Sam Anning brings a feast of musicians to the WPAC Theatre stage: Andrea Keller piano, Mat Jodrell trumpet, Carl Mackey sax, Julien Wilson sax and Danny Fischer drums. In Holy Trinity Cathedral from 3.30pm James Shipp on vibes and Nadje Noordhuis on trumpet will celebrate the release of their Indigo album with help from Theo Carbo, Chris Hale and Gian Slater. And at 4pm in St Pat’s Hall, Belinda Woods on flutes will present compositional elements ranging from free improvisation to highly intricate structural forms in a sextet.

Tension is mounting at this point as the NJA finalists prepare to do battle at 5pm in WPAC Theatre, but If you have not yet caught a glimpse of Adam Simmons as performer rather than program team member, here’s your chance. From 4.30pm in WPAC Hall, Origami will present “Wu-Xing – The Five Elements” a new work by Adam inspired by the Ancient Chinese elements Wood (木 mù), Fire (火 huǒ), Earth (土 tǔ), Metal (金 jīn), and Water (水 shuǐ). This will feature Simmons on alto sax and bass clarinet, Howard Cairns on bass, Hugh Harvey on drums and Wang Zheng-Ting on sheng (Chinese mouth organ). It is a great pity this overlaps with the the NJA finals. Let’s hope it is performed elsewhere soon.

Around about 6pm there will be a NJA winner, so it’s time for a shot or three of coffee before Virus begins in St Pat’s Hall, followed at 7pm in WPAC Hall by Philippe Guidat on guitar and Pascal Rollando on percussion, who will draw on flamenco, Andalusian and Arabic music, Indian music in an acoustic set.

Then, at 8pm in WPAC Theatre, prepare to be mesmerised as multilingual vocalist, composer, producer, multi-instrumentalist and dancer Jen Shyu (US) opens her performance of Jade Tongue with Mother Cow’s Companion, one of three traditional folk songs in this work. She will be accompanied by Simon Barker drums, James Shipp vibraphone and Veronique Serret six-string violin for this outing, which is certain to be arresting.

In St Pat’s Hall Zac Hurren will be firing on all keys in a trio format from 8.30pm if you need an energy boost. At 9pm in WPAC Hall Lucky Oceans will head a quintet with Paul Williamson sax, Nick Haywood bass, Claire Anne Taylor voice and Konrad Park drums.

The final WPAC Theatre gig at 10pm will be the Aron Ottingon Trio, but if you are still firing on all cylinders and brim full of the buzz, the annual jam session at the Pinsent Hotel will be the place to put this Wang festival to bed. You can relax and savour the memories — all that hard listening has paid off.

ROGER MITCHELL

LIVE A LITTLE WITH LIVE MUSIC

Ben Winkelman Trio

Ben Winkelman Trio: Eric Doob, Ben and Sam Anning.        Image: Robert Carlo

PREVIEWS

Ben Winkelman Trio, The Salon, MRC, Melbourne, 11 March 2016 at 7pm

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It began in Perth, jumped to Portland and tonight the Ben Winkelman Trio National Tour 2016 arrives at Melbourne Recital Centre for a Melbourne Jazz Co-operative gig at 7pm.

The tour, which takes in eight other cities after tonight, will launch the pianist / composer’s fourth album, The Knife, released in Australia this month on Jazzhead. Ben Vanderwal will be at the drum kit for the tour, replacing Eric Doob. Sam Anning, recently returned from a long stint in New York, is on acoustic bass.

The album’s 13 Winkelman originals, recorded at Sear Sound in New York, were inspired by the highs and lows of adjusting to life in that city and reflect the composer’s interests in Cuban, Brazilian and gospel music, “odd meter claves and through-composed miniatures”.

A Melburnian who has been living in New York since 2010, Winkelman has an impressive discography — Odysseys was a 2010 AIR Award nominee for Best Independent Jazz Release, The Spanish Tinge won the 2007 AIR Award in that category and Stomps, Pieces & Variations was nominated in the 2006 Australian Jazz bell Awards.

Click here to book $30 & $25 concessions.

Moreland City Band

Scott Tinkler at the helm of Moreland City Band.

Fleming Park Festival, 11am – 6pm on Sunday 13 March 2016, corner Albert and Cross streets, East Brunswick

Fleming Park is the place to be on Sunday as the Moreland City Band presents a day of live music, plus an African drumming workshop with Ray Pereira and the chance to try out in lacrosse sessions with Moreland Lacrosse Club.

The music on offer includes The Immortal Horns, Andrew Murray’s ATM15, Big Band Frequency, Moreland City Bands, JC Little Big Band, Beyond the Bathroom Choir.

There will be food stalls, a barbecue, a licensed bar, cakes and activities for kids.

This is a free community event supported by Moreland City Council, Moreland Lacrosse Club and Andra Jackson.

ROGER MITCHELL