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Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - April 18, 2017
Laura Mvula

Laura Mvula

Report: Greg Phillips Photos: Jason Rosewarne

After four glorious days of musical excellence, punters may not have had much left in the tank but Bluesfest day 5 delivered again anyway. It was such a pleasure to enter the venue yesterday to be met with the sweet, soulful tones of UK singer-songwriter Laura Mvula. What a delightful performer with an incredible voice. Like most of the artists this weekend, Laura seemed genuinely sad to be leaving the festival. Meanwhile over on the north side of the venue The Wilson Pickers and audience were getting their jig on. Local singer songwriter Glenn Cardier was a sentimental favourite with many who recall his quality songcraft from the 70s. Glenn’s 2014 Bluesfest appearance was the inspiration for further recording and shows and it was great to see him back this year. It was also fantastic to see a procession of Australia’s finest blues guitarists on the Delta stage one after the other. Ray Beadle & the Silver Dollars motored through their set, followed by Lloyd Spiegel with his nimble fingerstylin’ and amiable stage patter. In his first Bluesfest appearance, I’m sure organisers saw enough to know he needs to be a regular from now on. Jeff Lang took to the Delta next and not surprisingly blew everyone away with his lightning guitar licks. On such a lazy Monday afternoon, Tony Joe White’s swamp rock worked a treat. Dynamic local hip hop artist Remi brought something a little different to Bluesfest this year and the crowd lapped up his vibrant beats and rhythms. The Miles Electric Band added a regal element to the day, paying tribute to ‘The Chief’, Miles Davis with a band featuring many musicians who played with Miles back in the day. Rolling Stones bass player Darryl Jones played some sublime bass notes to Funkadelic’s Blackbird McKnight’s intricate fretwork, while Davis’ nephew, Vince Wilburn Jr was stunning on drums. Stay tuned for an Australian Musician interview with Darryl Jones soon.

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Melody Angel

Fresh from our video interview with Melody Angel, the Chicago singer, songwriter and activist rocked the socks off the Juke Joint stage. Angel told us she was having the time of her life and it showed in her on-stage energy. For many, St Paul and The Broken Bones were ‘Best in Show’ band for 2017. Following up on their 2016 Bluesfest shows, the expanded band delivered some wild and passionate performances. Also to be found in the wild and passionate category is Beth Hart, whose incredible lung capacity seems unlimited. The Record Company’s final Bluesfest performance occurred this time on the  more intimate Delta stage. Recognising that the remaining day 5 crowd were the hardcore, true believers, lead singer Chris Vos promised to lay it all down for them, which they did.

Crossroads tent headliner for the final night was the much adored Neil Finn. On a balmy Bluesfest night, with so much global tension happening elsewhere, it was comforting to be part of Finn’s glorious Private Universe. Featuring a set list from all points of his career, Neil is not only a master songwriter but is also an incredibly engaging performer.

Well Bluesfest, you served us well. You delivered bonafide music icons, legends in the making and proved that it’s the music that matters, not the hype nor the accumulation of social media likes. It’s the real-time experience of seeing something thrilling happening before your eyes on stage, being engaged and in the moment … and my god … there were moments!   See you same time next year.

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Glenn Cardier

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Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - April 17, 2017

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Report: Greg Phillips Photos: Jason Rosewarne

On the penultimate day of Bluesfest 2017, things got off to a roaring start with local blues guitar musician and friend to Australian Musician magazine, Lloyd Spiegel. It’s hard to believe that it was Lloyd’s first Bluesfest appearance but judging by the crowd reaction it won’t be his last. Check out his Double Live album too! Blues and soul music is in good hands if young American Max Jury has anything to do with it. The authentic soul passion and conviction injected into his music defies his age.

Kim from The Suffers

Kam from The Suffers

Appearing for the third time, we just had to revisit The Suffers, our new favourite band. Frontwoman Kam Franklin has a commanding stage presence and her fellow band members are so obviously having fun up there every night. The Record Company graduated to the Crossroads stage and delivered another gritty set. Bluesfest faves Jethro Tull were up next and while Ian Anderson’s voice doesn’t soar as it used to, his flute playing and energy levels were top shelf. Buddy Guy was back too and it doesn’t get any bluesier than when this man is dishing’ it out. It was guitar legend overload on day 4 with the great Carlos Santana and band playing to the festival’s biggest crowd. Soul Sacrifice set the tone for a massive set of latin gold.



Zac Brown was back to the festival again this year after impressing many in 2015 with the band’s hardcore alt country rock. A blistering version of Metallica’s Enter Sandman had the Crossroads tent pumping. On a more mellow note Michael Kiwanuka was playing his hypnotic brand of blues under the Mojo bigtop. A particularly moving version of Prince, ’Sometimes It Snows In April’ left the crowd gasping. Madness equals fun, it’s as simple as that. Beginning their set with two of their biggest hits, One Step Beyond and Embarrassment, the crowd had no choice but to dance. Over on the Jambalaya stage Hammond organ legend Booker T presented his Stax Review to a packed tent. It doesn’t get any better. One day to go!

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Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - April 16, 2017

Bluesfest is thrilled to announce that Patti Smith has kindly donated $10,000 AUD to local charity Rise Above The Flood a local organisation working on a ground roots level to help those impacted by the recent flooding. Volunteers from the charity were invited by Bluesfest to collect money at the festival and patrons have also been giving generously as they enter the festival. All the proceeds from ‘Rise above the Flood’ will be donated to these local community groups:
–   Murwillumbah Council – Mayor Appeal Fund for Flooding
–   Helping Hands Lismore – A community run organisation with flood assistance packages
–   Northern Rivers Community Gateway – Direct Flood Assistance.
–   Mullumbimby Neighbourhood Centre – Direct Flood Assistance.

Rise Above The Flood are all volunteers who are working with community groups to make sure that monies raised will go directly to the community and not to administration of a national body.

Bluesfest Director Peter Noble OAM comments on the generous donation:

As you are entering the gates you will see volunteers collecting for those impacted by the recent flooding in our region. Being here at the festival it’s easy to think everything is fine. The truth is, it isn’t. There has been perhaps one billion dollars in damages to homes and property with many people unable to pay expensive insurance premiums. Saddest of all is that people have lost their lives. It’s not hard to give a little, it will mean a lot. 

Patti Smith has graciously donated $10,000 to Rise Above The Flood. Her performances at Bluesfest are among the greatest ever and we can now see what a wonderful human being she is as well. People including our staff have lost their possession, property and friends so we find her generosity extremely touching.

You can find Rise Above The Flood here on facebook: and you can contact their organiser Ilona Harker via 0402 637 739 or

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Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - April 15, 2017

St Paul & The Broken Bones

Report: Greg Phillips Photos: Jason Rosewarne

The weather gods blessed Bluesfest day 3 with even more sunshine and consequently much punter delight. What better way to begin the day than with local guitar powerhouse Jeff Lang. Currently on tour promoting his brilliant new album Alone In Bad Company, Jeff never disappoints. The ukulele is not usually the coolest instrument at a music festival but in the hands of Jake Shimabukuro, it transforms into an exhilarating tool, capable of expressing immense joy and poignancy.



In a world overcome by hype and ‘alternative facts’, it’s always reassuring to experience Billy Bragg in concert. One man, one guitar and real life songs which resonate with everyday people. At the Crossroads stage, late in his set, the crowd were witnessing one of those Bluesfest moments they’ll never forget … Billy Bragg performing a heartfelt version of Levi Stubbs’ Tears. Out from LA for this year’s festival, The Record Company add a little punk grit to their Mississippi influenced blues rock, with spellbinding effects. As the set went on, the crowd grew and so did their reputation. The godfather of neo soul, Roy Ayers had something special going on at the Delta stage. Between his vibraphone playing and the pulsating rhythms he conjures, it was nothin’ short of voodoo we were dancin’ to I’m sure. The Crossroads stage was getting quite the workout with Vintage Trouble putting in yet another supercharged show, followed by intoxicating voice of Bluesfest regular Beth Hart, singing tunes from her new record, Fire On The Floor. As magical as both of those acts were, they haven’t reached the legendary status of the next guy just yet. Buddy Guy personifies Chicago style blues. With that no bullshit Chicago demeanour, Buddy and band had the crowd in the palm of his hands. It doesn’t get any better than tunes such as Hooch Coochie Man or Damn Right I Got The Blues performed live by an authentic blues icon. You could smell the history in the air … well I could smell something potent anyway!

With a career spanning five decades and with album sales over 4o million, The Doobie Brothers never rest on their laurels. In fact so keen was the band to play at Bluesfest that they hit the stage early. Announcing  that Bluesfest is the best music festival in the world didn’t harm their audience acceptance either. Featuring the legendary Billy Payne (Little Feat, James Taylor) on keyboards, the band’s sound somehow seems to get better with age rather than diminish. With The Doobies, you always gets exactly what’s stated on the packaging, perfect vocal harmonies, an extraordinary level of musicianship and hit after hit after hit. Those attempting to leave the venue via the south gate may have been enticed to stay a little longer and witness the punchy, punk-reggae rhythms of Slightly Stoopid on the Jambalaya stage. The beauty of Bluesfest of course is that if you miss an act one day, chances are there will be one or two more opportunities to catch that band on another stage on another day. Bless this Bluesfest!













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Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - April 15, 2017
Mary J Blige

Mary J Blige

Report: Greg Phillips Photos: Jason Rosewarne

Before Bluesfest day 2 stage proceedings took place, festival head honcho Peter Noble held court at a press conference, taking questions and talking up the weekend. Not holding back, Noble expressed disappointment at cancelled headliner Neil Young’s lack of respect in not informing him of an excuse for pulling out of his festival appearance. However, rather than dwell on who wasn’t here, Noble was more intent on showcasing those who were and brought along a couple of festival artists for a short acoustic spot, a taste of what’s in store for the rest of the weekend. Lucy Gallant sat with guitar and demonstrated why she’s become such an in demand artist worldwide and one not to miss at Bluesfest. African born, Grammy award-winning flautist Wouter Kellerman also impressed the gathered media with a mesmerising performance on flute.

Lucy Gallant's press conference performance

Lucy Gallant’s press conference performance

Back on the stage proper, Nikki Hill was powering through her second performance of the festival and adding more punters to her ever-increasing fanbase. Chicago-based guitarist, vocalist Melody Angel delivered thumping’ rock versions of classic rock tunes amid her energetic originals from her debut album In The Fire. Joan Osborne used her second Bluesfest spot to perform acoustic versions of Bob Dylan songs from her soon to be released Dylan covers album. The Strumbellas brand of folk rock is infectious and the large crowd at the Delta stage warmed to their amiable personalities and good vibes. Wouter Kellerman presented an eclectic set featuring vibrant African rhythms blended with ambient world music themes. Backstage was a flutter with appearances at the Gibson tent by Game Of Thrones hunk Jason Momoa and word was getting round that Matt Damon and Chris Hemsworth were also in the house. Patti Smith and band were back, this time in acoustic mode featuring a soaring version of Beneath The Southern Cross. Jimmy Buffet drew an enormous crowd to the Crossroads stage for his laconic brand of cocktail rock. I’ve never seen so many Hawaiin shirts at a concert before. He didn’t disappoint with his tight, powerful band, delivering Buffet classics mixed with covers such as Brown Eyed Girl and Weather With You. Bonnie Raitt eased into a magical set. The multi-award winning rock blues legend seems to get better with age. Mary J Blige offered a slicker form of RnB with a highly polished set, leaving The Lumineers and Mountain Goats to end the day with their contagious rhythms. Two days down and three to go!


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Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - April 14, 2017


Day one report: Greg Phillips. Photos: Jason Rosewarne

Another Easter, yet another Bluesfest, the music festival which runs like clockwork and presents one of the most eclectic lineups you’ll see anywhere in the world. Despite rain the night prior and overcast conditions in the morning, gumboots, the traditional Bluesfest footwear was not required.

Former Carolina Chocolate Drops band leader Rhiannon Giddens was one of the early festival starters, following up on a stunning 2016 Bluesfest performance. Armed with a banjo and an incredible voice, Giddens powerful message, delivered with humility and love touched many. Soon after on the Jambalaya stage, festival regular Mavis Staples played to her ‘Byron Bay family’ garnering the respect she deserved from an adoring crowd. A particularly funky version of Talking Heads’ Slippery People had the masses moving. Another artist making their Bluesfest return was soul diva Nikki Hill, who turned in an energetic set, accompanied by a killer band.

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Rhiannon Giddens

Over on the Crossroads stage, jazz rock ensemble Snarky Puppy treated themselves to a short soundcheck to eliminate a few last minute glitches before launching into a dynamic electric set. Borrowing from the past and pasting that DNA into their mix, Snarky Puppy deliver an exciting, futuristic form of music which is difficult to categorise.  Snarky play another set tonight.

The find of the festival so far for this reviewer was a band making their Bluesfest debut. The Suffers, led by enigmatic front woman Kam Franklin were bold, brassy and one of the most soulful acts I’ve seen for a long time. Franklin told the Juke Joint stage crowd that only 6 years ago, all of the band members were still in their day jobs but finally made the fateful decision to quit and follow their dreams. Those in attendance tonight were glad they did, as they were treated to an A-grade lesson in Gulf Coast Soul. The Suffers return today, Sunday and Monday and shouldn’t be missed.

Eric Gales is a highly rated American singer guitarist who has overcome hurdles to achieve his goals and relishes in every opportunity to bring his music to the world. Playing music from his fabulous new album Middle Of The Road, Eric delivered a classy set of  blues mixed with the fiery rock licks he’s famous for.


Eric Gales

Playing to a packed house in the Mojo tent, Courtney Barnett has transitioned from a shy local troubadour playing small Melbourne clubs to a world class arena act with a huge rock sound. Despite appearing on all the cool American TV shows and playing to audiences globally, Barnett has lost none of her innocence and suburban insight, as she brings a little bit of Northcote to us all.

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue surely has the phattest sound in music. The multi-brass instrumental assault makes it near impossible not to dance. The band is back again on the Mojo stage to night to fill your soul with joy.

Trombone Shorty

Trombone Shorty

For many, Patti Smith and band’s final Australian performance of one of the most influential albums in rock … her 1975 debut Horses, was the reason for their Bluesfest ticket purchase alone. Patti didn’t disappoint. Although recovering from laryngitis, Smith powered into the album opener Gloria. The Bluesfest faithful road every note and lyric from every track of the album, singing along to the soundtrack which has been so important to so many. Mourning the loss of Hendrix, Morrison, Joplin, Lou Reed, art photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, Fred Sonic Smith, Bowie and Prince, the song Elegie  took on even greater meaning, given the loss of so many legendary artists in the last eighteen months. With Horses completed, Smith was free to mine her catalogue and deliver iconic songs such as Dancing Barefoot and Because The Night. Receiving one of the most heartfelt ovations, I’ve ever witnessed, Smith was not only being thanked for an unforgettable performance tonight but for such an inspiring career and life, one which made a difference. And that was only day one of Bluesfest.

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Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - April 3, 2017


Roland founder and electronic music products pioneer Ikutaro Kakehashi has died at the age of 87. Mr Kakehashi was an engineer, an entrepreneur, and the founder of Ace Tone, Roland Corporation and ATV, Japanese manufacturers of electronic musical instruments. He was known for his role in the development of Ace Tone and Roland drum machines.

Under his leadership, Roland introduced many of the most iconic gear in electronic music, including: The System 700 modular synthesizer; TB-303 bassline synthesizer; TR-808 and TR-909 drum machines; and Jupiter-8 & D-50 synthesizers.

Kakehashi, along with Dave Smith, was presented with a Technical GRAMMY in 2013 for contributions to the development of MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) technology. Dave Smith – Kakehashi’s co-winner – told the BBC he “was just an amazing man, a good friend, a very good competitor of course and just innovative continually all that time”.

In more recent years, Kakehashi remained active, founding a new company, ATV Corporation, dedicated to creating expressive electronic instruments, including the aFrame electronic percussion instrument.

In 2002 to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the Roland Corporation, a heartfelt memoir of Ikutaro Kakehashi’s life was published titled, I Believe In Music.

The electronic music world has begun paying tribute to the great Ikutaro Kakehashi.




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Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - March 30, 2017


To celebrate the recent No.1 ARIA Chart debut of her 11th Studio album “Dragonfly”, Kasey Chambers announces the first dates of her 2017 “Dragonfly Tour’”. “Dragonfly” is Kasey’s 5th number 1 album and proves, that one of Australia’s most loved and accomplished performers’ is unquestionably at the top of her game.

The Dragonfly double album is out now and features guests including Paul Kelly, Ed Sheeran, Grizzlee Train, Harry Hookey, Vika and Linda Bull, Keith Urban and Foy Vance.  The first disc of Dragonfly was produced by ARIA Hall of Famer Paul Kelly (“The Sing Sing Sessions”), while the second was produced by Kasey’s brother Nash Chambers (“The Foggy Mountain Sessions”).

The latest single from Dragonfly is ‘Satellite’

The “Dragonfly Tour“ will kick off around the country in April and see Kasey (and band) take in capital cities and regional towns stretching from Tasmania across to Western Australia and Victoria, with more dates to be announced throughout the year.  As well as all your classic Kasey Chambers hits, don’t miss the chance to see live, what Rolling Stone has described as ”Australia’s foremost progenitor of, and innovator in, the country-roots fold. Dragonfly is the masterwork of a heart laid bare in song”.


Tickets on sale Friday, February 24 at 9.00am (EST)
See for full ticket details
Saturday 29 April – ASTOR THEATRE, PERTH, W.A

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Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - March 24, 2017
MIJF 2017 Bill Frisell

Bill Frisell

This year the Melbourne International Jazz Festival (MIJF) will celebrate 20 years of extraordinary jazz in all its forms. The 10-day program (2 – 11 June 2017) offers something for everyone, from jazz masters in world-class venues to intimate club performances; gigs in cafes in Melbourne’s west to cross-artform collaborations; and free community events that will have audiences dancing to New Orleans brass band sounds along the Yarra River.

MIJF 2017 will feature nearly 500 Australian, international and emerging artists who will perform in over 120 events in 27 bars, clubs and venues across Melbourne.

Michael Tortoni, Melbourne International Jazz Festival Artistic Director, explains it has been extraordinary to watch the festival grow over the past two decades. “Over the past twenty years the Melbourne International Jazz Festival has developed into a centrepiece of Australia’s cultural scene that continually delivers a world class event which attracts amazing jazz artists. This year is no exception, with a program that pays homage to the past while also showcasing new directions, both from the international scene and our own thriving Australian jazz community.”

This year MIJF continues to program some of the world’s best jazz artists from a dozen countries, including Dianne Reeves (USA), Tigran Hamasyan (Armenia), Satoko Fujii (Japan), Kenny Barron (USA), Vince Jones (Australia), Andrea Keller (Australia), The Steve McQueens (Singapore), Myele Manzanza (New Zealand), Pascal Schumacher (Luxembourg), Yotam Silberstein Quartet (Israel), NAK Trio (Poland) and MaxMantis (Switzerland).

Some of the other outstanding jazz artists featured in the MIJF 2017 program include jazz luminary Carla Bley (USA) and her long-standing trio who will make their Australian debut; one of the world’s most legendary jazz guitarists, Bill Frisell (USA); The Donny McCaslin Group (USA) make their festival debut after leaping to worldwide prominence for their extraordinary contribution to David Bowie’s final Grammy Award-winning album, Blackstar; and the legendary improvising trio The Necks (Australia) will perform an exclusive four-night residency at Melbourne’s brand-new jazz club The Jazzlab in Brunswick.

Dianne Reeves_credit Jerris Madison

Dianne Reeves (credit Jerris Madison)

In a Festival-exclusive special event, MIJF celebrates the centenary of Ella Fitzgerald’s birth with a spectacular performance from Patti Austin (USA) and Australia’s own James Morrison, who will honour Ella and her musical partner Louis Armstrong with the timeless hits from the Great American Songbook that will be unforgettably realised in collaboration with the lush textures of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.

Ensuring that jazz remains as accessible and relevant today as it was at its birth in the early 20th century, MIJF continues its long-term commitment to free community events and to supporting the next generation of artists and audiences.

This year the Festival will bring jazz outside and celebrate with a Second Line Street Party featuring Melbourne’s own Horns of Leroy and Swing Patrol.

The Second Line Street Party is a free New Orleans-inspired joyous musical march that welcomes all Melburnians and jazz enthusiasts to dance their way through Southbank along the banks of the Yarra River to Federation Square, where there will be a free outdoor concert.

On the final Saturday of the Festival, the Melbourne Town Hall will be packed to the rafters for Play School’s Big Jazz Adventure and Swing City – one of the most heart-thumping and adrenaline-pumping events on the swing dance calendar.

From its original base in Footscray, the hugely popular Jazz Out West series has grown to include Moonee Valley and Yarraville, with a program of free and low-cost events featuring Au Dré, Shio, Senegambian Jazz Band, Maria Moles and Adam Halliwell, Music Yared, Gospel Sundays and Julie O’Hara performing La Grande Soirée at Clocktower Centre.

Free events during the festival include the Juilliard Free Lunchtime Jazz series, Close Encounters conversation sessions, Sound Walks and Sound Portraits where a personalised jazz tune is composed live at various locations.

Several free discussion panels will address the impact of English as the dominant language in singing, what it means to be a musician in Melbourne’s inner west and increasing the representation of women in jazz on and off stage.

The 20th MIJF offers a stunning and immersive program of unmissable headliners, intimate club gigs, late-night jams, close encounters, workshops, family events and free concerts.

Melbourne International Jazz Festival
2 – 11 June 2017

Modern Masters
Bill Frisell: When You Wish Upon A Star (USA)
Kenny Barron Trio (USA)
Bill Frisell Trio (USA)
Carla Bley Trio (USA / UK)
Jobim’s Masterpieces featuring Vince Jones and the Orquestra do Brasil (Australia)
Dianne Reeves (USA)

Explorations in Jazz
Donny McCaslin Group (USA)
Brenton Foster 6tet (Australia)
The Steve McQueens (Singapore)
Tigran Hamasyan: An Ancient Observer (Armenia)
The Necks (Australia)
Monash University Jazz Futures featuring Ari Hoenig Trio (Australia / USA)
Appearing Nightly featuring the Carla Bley Trio and the Monash Art Ensemble (USA  / Australia)
Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles (USA)
Kira Kira (Australia / Japan)
Luke Howard Trio (Australia)
Hue Blanes: Things that have been said (Australia)

Special Events
A Celebration of Ella and Louis featuring Patti Austin, James Morrison and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (USA / Australia)
Second Line Street Party (Australia)
Play School’s Big Jazz Adventure (Australia)
Swing City (Australia)
KAGE: Out of Earshot (Australia / New Zealand)

Club Sessions – The Toff in Town
Ari Hoenig Trio (USA)
Jim Black Quartet (USA / Australia)
BFK + Pascal Schumacher (Australia / Luxembourg)
Now. Here. This. (Australia)

Club Sessions – The Jazzlab
Tal Cohen Quintet (Australia / USA)
Yotam Silberstein Quartet (Israel)
NAK Trio (Poland)
MaxMantis (Switzerland)
Moons of Jupiter (Australia)
Still Night: Music in Poetry (Australia)
Speedball (Australia)
Late Night Jams (Australia)

Club Sessions – Uptown Jazz Café
Stephen Magnusson Trio (Australia)
Scott Tinkler Standards Quartet (Australia)
Jamie Oehlers Quartet (Australia)
Sam Keevers Quartet (Australia)
Andrea Keller Trio (Australia)
Bopstretch (Australia)
Carl Morgan Quartet (Australia)
Dale Barlow Quartet (Australia)
Dale Barlow Quintet (Australia)
Hetty Kate Quintet (Australia)
Julien Wilson Trio(Australia)

Club Sessions – Dizzy’s Jazz Club
Roger Clark Quintet with Sarah Maclaine (Australia)
Tribute to Blue Note (Australia)
Craig Schneider Trio (Australia)
Dizzy’s Big Band (Australia)
Warren Willis (Australia)
Unspoken Rule (Australia)

Club Sessions – Lido Jazz Room
Bob Sedergreen and Friends (Australia)
James Sherlock Quartet (Australia)
Emma Gilmartin Quartet (Australia)
Peter Baylor’s “Ultrafox” (Australia)
Margie Lou Dyer Quintet (Australia)
Jackie Bornstein Quartet (Australia)
Ruth Rogers-Wright Quartet (Australia)
Wilbur Wilde Quartet (Australia)

Jazz Out West
Au Dré
Senegambian Jazz Band
Maria Moles & Adam Halliwell
Old Grooves for New Streets
Music Yared
Game Changers: Lost in Translation
La Grande Soirée
Gospel Sundays

Other special events
Jazz on Film
Bridging the Divide: Addressing the underrepresentation of women in jazz
Conference: Agency in Jazz and Improvisation

Free Events
Juilliard Free Lunchtime Jazz
Artist Workshops – Monash University
Artist Workshops – Melbourne Recital Centre
Close Encounters
Sound Walks
Sound Portraits

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Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - March 23, 2017

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Australian metal community comes together to assist Kai Goddard

One of the finest attributes of the Australian spirit is Mateship. Helping your mates without question and without expectation. The Australian heavy metal scene is no exception with mateship deeply entrenched within. It’s this mateship and support that has lead to many of the country’s leading heavy bands to rally around young Kai Goddard, the son of Sydney rock photographer Mick Goddard.

Kai was born on May 27, 2008 with the odds stacked against him. It was discovered during a difficult pregnancy that he had ‘tetralogy of fallot’ essentially, a hole in his heart. His liver was also outside of his body. Kai’s condition was so high risk that his parents Mick and Lisa were advised to terminate him. He had a 1 in 4 chance of making it.

Immediately after Kai was born, several surgeries were performed to put his liver back and repair his heart. Complications were inevitable and Kai suffered a collapsed lung, his liver dislodged and moved into his chest cavity, and the doctors found his appendix in his scrotum. Kai had 4 surgeries in his first 4 months of life and spent his first 80 days in the hospital.

During operation number 5, Kai suffered a major heart attack which required him to go on an ECMO machine which pumped his blood for him.  He stayed on it for 11 days. Usually after 2 days, you don’t come off it alive and the Doctors told Mick and Lisa to be prepared to say goodbye. Ultimately Kai’s spirit and will to survive got him (and his parents) through one of the toughest ordeals possible.

For a very in depth article of Kai’s earliest days on this planet please read Mick’s story at
Miracle Babies

While surviving his first year with more battle scars than most people collect over a lifetime, Kai still requires constant medical care and attention. As he approaches his 9th birthday, Kai continues to undergo operations and suffers from myriad health problems.

This is where the metal community steps in. Mick along with one of the nation’s greatest ever guitar players, Stu Marshall (ex Dungeon, Death Dealer, Empires Of Eden)  have assembled a fundraiser CD to assist in covering the immense medical costs facing Kai and his family. All tracks have been graciously donated by the bands and the artwork & layout has been donated by All Things Rotten

page 1 front coverThe CD is called Kingdom Of Kai and features top Australian metal acts including
Vanishing Point
Silent Knight
and many more

A devoted metal fan and keen drummer, Kai is an ambassador for Aussie metal and his Dad takes a mean gig photo too!

Kingdom Of Kai is $15 plus postage and ALL profits will go straight to the Goddard family.
You can pick up a copy from

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