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RIP ROS O’GORMAN – NOISE NETWORK C0-FOUNDER, PHOTOGRAPHER & FRIEND

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - May 31, 2018


The Australian music industry is in mourning this week at the loss of The Noise Network co-founder and wonderful concert photographer Ros O’Gorman. On Tuesday 29 May, surrounded by her family, Ros succumbed to an aggressive form of cancer, which she was only diagnosed with on April 10.

Ros’ husband and partner in The Noise Network Paul Cashmere posted a statement to Noise11.com.au yesterday:

“On 29 May 2018 we lost Ros O’Gorman, a beautiful lady, a perfect wife, mother and grandmother. My wife of 37 years has left the stage. For her, life was first three songs, no flash and then leave. She would like you all to know that this time she hasn’t stayed for the whole show. Ros loved life, she loved the family we created together and she loved you. She was a role-model to so many and a world-class music photographer.

Tim, Haylee and I were so grateful for the life she gave us and for sharing her last moments with us. She had a wonderful farewell with her closest family.

Goodbye Ros, until the next gig.
Rest In Peace Roslyn Frances Cashmere January 22 1960 – May 29 2018
Your loving husband Paul, son Tim and daughter Haylee.”

Ros was one of Australia’s leading live performance photographers and was present at all of the big gigs, from Robbie Williams to Nine Inch Nails and Yes to Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young … Ros O’Gorman was centrestage from the pit or sound desk to capture the moment. She has taken pics around Australia and overseas, including Robin Gibb speaking in Berlin, the last ever Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young gig in southern California and Metallica at a bbq in Austin, Texas.

Ros O’Gorman was a passionate supporter of the Australian music industry, a record collector and firm believer that to experience quality in music it is best through the physical disc.

Ros was a much loved and respected member of the local music community, which has been further affirmed by the nature and sheer volume of tributes being posted on social media this week. Tributes for Ros have been pouring in from a wide range of music industry friends including many artists from both here and abroad such as Leo Sayer, Brian Cadd, Doug Parkinson and Steve Polz to name a few.

Michael Chugg said of her passing ‘Ros O’Gorman was always the big smiling happy face in the photographers pit at all our shows for more years than I can remember, even when I was being grumpy at the photographers.  Since the digital age, it was always a pleasure to run into her & Paul, whom upheld a long loving relationship in an industry, that burns most relationships.  I remember spending a very enjoyable evening with them both at the Americana Honours event in Melbourne last October & recently, with Ros at a very funny record Store Day launch in Sydney in late March.  Ros was a shining light & inspiration to all the women making their mark on our industry.  RIP Ros – gone far too soon.”

Jimmy Barnes paid tribute and said “Paul Cashmere and Ros O’Gorman were married a few months before Jane and I. Like myself, Paul loved music and was deeply involved in the industry through radio, but he found his true love when he met Ros.  They spent a beautiful life working together and raising a family.  I was so said to hear that she had been tragically taken from him.  Although I know she will always be in his heart, it does not make the loss any easier.  My thoughts are with him and his family at this difficult time.”

Ros loved the family she and Paul created and lived life to the fullest – she was adored & highly respected by the music industry and more.  Ros was the most joyous of people and touched so many lives – every person that came in contact with her, all felt her warmth, kindness and vibrancy.  She was a mentor & confidante to so many and made a significant mark as one of our finest live music photographers in the country, as well as a media executive.   Ros was announced as the female music executive ambassador for Record Store Day Australia 2018, but withdrew after she was diagnosed with bowel cancer.

On a personal note, as editor of Australian Musician, I was always able to call on Ros if I required a last minute gig photo for use in the printed magazine or online. Of course her photos were always world class. More than that though, my wife Janet and I will miss Ros O’Gorman the friend, the smiling face and kind and considerate person that greeted us at so many music industry events.

A celebration of Ros’ wonderful life will take place in Melbourne week commencing 11th June – venue and finer details to be advised.

Rest in peace Ros. You’ll be missed but your spirit will never forgotten.

 

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RIP PHIL EMMANUEL

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - May 25, 2018


One of Australia’s greatest guitar players Phil Emmanuel, brother of Tommy has died. On the night of Thursday May 24th while visiting his brother Darcy in Parkes, NSW, Phil suffered from a massive asthma attack which led to his death. “On behalf of the family, it is with great sadness that I announce the passing of our much loved brother, Philip Ernest Emmanuel,” Darcy informed the press.

Tributes from other Australian musicians have begun to circulate on social media.

“Vale the great Phil Emmanuel … the Wiz .. will be sadly missed by all of us for his great sense of humor and astonishing guitar skills … our love to all the family at this time.” said bass Rob Little, who had played with both Phil and Tommy Emmanuel

“I’m deeply saddened to learn of Phil Emmanuel’s passing. Both Phil and Tommy were always very supportive of me as an up and comer. I jammed with Phil on many occasions, but was never loud enough, we ate pizza together and exchanged jokes. I’ll alway remember Phil as a lovable rogue and a bitchin’ lizard lovin’ guitar player. VALE Phil Emmanuel,” said Jimi Hocking

“To a 14 year old boy, as I was, sitting at the Maton Guitars stand at the Melbourne Guitar Show picking out the chords to “Parisienne Walkways” and to have Phil Emmanuel casually stroll up beside me, pick up a guitar and start playing the melody, meant the absolute world… It made me think, if HE thought I was ok to play with, I might just be ok at this.. Thank You Phil xx Play on” – Shannon Bourne

The most heartbreaking tribute of course was from Phil’s brother Tommy, who posted the following touching message to Facebook:
“I won’t be able to look into those green eyes again or hear that wicked laugh. He taught me so much right from the start,, showed me how to recognize song keys, chords, harmonies, how to get a sound that worked, how to stay out of the way on stage and when to step forward when I had something to say, musically or otherwise. We spent so many years traveling, playing shows, setting up, packing up, sleeping in little cheap motels and pubs, all because we loved to entertain people and have fun. We shared everything, and he taught me about kindness, giving, listening, how to love people as they are.
He was a walking contradiction, and a dreamer, but mostly, a loving kind, concerned brother… to be continued…. xx TE”

In 1996 as part of International Guitar Month activities, Australian Musician presented an Aussie Guitar Greats Honour Roll, written by guitarist Geoff Wright, who has toured internationally and played alongside JJ Cale. In the feature, Geoff wrote this of Phil:

“If brother Tommy plays it sweet, Phil plays it from the street. A Hank B Marvin kind of guy at age ten, Phil’s playing has so much fire and his chops on electric are pretty well as good as you’ll get! The band Goldrush produced some great albums featuring Phil out front (Tommy played drums) and man, did he burn! His shows with Tommy illustrate Phil’s total command of his instrument. Phil is a true character and well travelled gentleman and his playing exemplifies the man himself – humour heart and fire.”

Phil’s musical roots stemmed back to the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s, his influences include guitar great Hank B Marvin and The Shadows, the Ventures and the Beatles. Phil then turned his attention to the music of Al Di Meola, Carlos Santana, Steve Morse and Gary Moore and the much admired Jeff Beck. But It is Hank that Phil attributes the path he chose to take on his musical journey. Phil has said if it wasn’t for “Hank B. Marvin and The Shadows” I wouldn’t be the electric guitar player I am today. “When I first heard Hank play in 1959 I was fascinated and hooked by his sound and use of echo. To this day he is still my favourite guitarist”
Phil’s versatility is well known and acknowledged, by both musicians and fans alike, which becomes obvious from the receptions he would receive at all his shows, along with all the accolades from the musicians he has performed alongside, from Jazz – James Morrison, Don Burrows to Big-Band – Ed Wilson, the Royal Military College Band, to Country – Slim Dusty, Reg Lindsay, Lee Kernaghan, Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson Tammy Wynette, to Rock and Blues Dire Straits, The Shadows, Midnight Oil, Jimmy Barnes, Roy Buchanan, Don Walker, John Farnham and Ian Moss, to name a few.

A highlight for Phil came in the year 2000 when he performed to a worldwide audience of 4.5 billion at the Closing Ceremony of the Sydney Olympics with Brother Tommy, INXS, Vanessa Amorosi, Savage Garden and Midnight Oil. It gave Australia’s “forgotten son” a chance to shine and also to receive the recognition that he undeniably deserved.

Phil is survived by his wife Amanda and his children Jessie Maree, Jamie Lee, Georgia Dee and Marshall Travis.

RIP Phil Emmanuel and thank you for the music

 

 

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REVIEW: JASON BONHAM’S LED ZEPPELIN EVENING

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - May 25, 2018


Palais Theatre, Melbourne May 24
Report: Greg Phillips Photos: Mark Moray Wicked Rock Photography

It had been a long time coming. Jason Bonham, son of Bonzo has been playing his Led Zeppelin celebration show for eight years now and had threatened to bring it to Australia on many occasions. Originally scheduled for January this year (during the Australian Open tennis, which Jason enjoys) the show was cancelled and then rebooked for May. On top of that, Led Zeppelin headquarters demanded that JB change the name of his show from Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience to Led Zeppelin ‘Evening’, apparently the Zep guys have plans of their own for the ‘Experience’ moniker in the future. It’s unfortunate that the January tour didn’t go ahead as it would have preceded the tour by Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant. For many in the crowd tonight, the last time they visited the Palais Theatre was to see Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters. While the legend only played half a dozen Zeppelin tunes that night, his performance was incredible. With fresh memories of the authentic voice of Led Zeppelin in mind, tonight’s show was always going to have that monkey on it’s back.

Hitting the crowd with Immigrant Song first up and straight into Good Times, Bad Times was an astute move, presenting a couple of big guns early and announcing that JBLZE were here to rock. Pulling the microphone around to his face, Jason apologised for taking so long to get here and promised to take us Over the Hills and Far Away! Wanton Song and What Is and What Should Never Be proved that these guys had significant chops. Guitarist Jimmy Sakurai, who bears quite a resemblance to Jimmy Page, reconstructed Page’s recorded guitar parts perfectly and while that’s obviously an admirable quality, in a way it was oddly disconcerting. Jimmy would never play tunes live the same way as he did on the albums. Similarly with singer James Dylan, if you were to close your eyes, the vocal was very Plant-like but his stage presence was a little insular. His sunglasses may have given him an air of cool but it wasn’t until he took them off and actually smiled, that he began to make a connection with the audience. I guess at this point I needed to give myself a reality check, make a note to self that this was not Zeppelin, never would be and I needed to get myself into the spirit of the celebration rather than make unrealistic comparisons, as most of the enthusiastic audience had already done from the show’s beginning.

What sets this show apart from the many other Zeppelin tribute shows is the genuine lineage. Zeppelin’s drummer John Bonzo Bonham was Jason’s father and we were blessed to be able to witness childhood footage of Jason and his dad together. The clip of Jason dancing purposely along to Gary Glitter’s Leader of the Gang with his parents watching on was priceless. Also charming was the tale of how Jason’s grandmother forced John to learn big band style jazz drumming and play at a local club, a skill which went a long way to making him the drum legend that he became. He added that the real reason gran wanted to attend the jazz club was to be with the trumpet player John Henry … who she later married. One of the most poignant moments of the night was Jason jamming to footage of his dad on the drum classic Moby Dick. Jason had read an article in which his dad said that his dream was for the two of them to jam together one day at London’s Royal Albert Hall. “Well, we get to do that every night … with technology,” Jason told us in an interview earlier in the year.

Fool in the Rain, a sizzling Since I’ve Been Loving You, No Quarter and Misty Mountain Hop followed as the band began to really kick into gear. Jason then took a moment to recall the Led Zeppelin reunion gig at O2 Arena gig in 2007 while footage of the gig preparation showed behind him. He told us that the moment he actually felt at one with the rest of the band and the music was during the epic song Kashmir. Coincidentally, it was also the moment tonight where I began to feel connected to Jason’s band. Suddenly It all seemed to gell. Alex Howland on keyboards and the sublime Dorian Heartsong on bass helped to create a mountain of sound. Slinging the the double neck Gibson on was enough for Sakurai to declare that Zeppelin’s anthem Stairway To Heaven was imminent. The audience needed no guidance to assist James Dylan with singing the classic lines. The obligatory encore came and no surprises that it rocked with Whole Lotta Love and Rock n Roll. After two and a half hours of pure Zeppelin magic the crowd still wanted more but as Jason suggested during the night while feeling the love, this might need to become a regular celebratory event.

 

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MAKE MUSIC DAY AT VIC ARTS CENTRE (JUNE 21)

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - May 24, 2018


As part of Make Music Day activities on June 21st, the Melbourne public are invited to come into the Foyer areas of Arts Centre Melbourne  – in both the Theatres Building ( the one with the white spire on top) and Hamer Hall ( right next to the Yarra river )  – on Make Music Day –  and play the pianos provided . One piano is in Hamer Hall and there are two pianos in the Theatres Building

For those that ‘make music’ on  the pianos and for all the other music fans that come along to listen,  you can also drop in to the amazing Australian Music Vault free Exhibition  at Arts Centre Melbourne that celebrates the achievements and stories of our Australian Music Industry.

PLAY ME, I’M YOURS!
Access to the Theatres Building foyer is from 8am until 11pm
Access to the Hamer Hall foyer is from 10 am until 6 pm

Register your Make Music Day event here

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ERIC BOGLE ANNOUNCES ALIVE & PICKIN’ TOUR

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - May 24, 2018

Eric Bogle is probably best known for his song ‘The Band Played Waltzing Matilda’, which confirmed its iconic status by appearing as a question in the Australian version of Trivial Pursuit! But he is far from being a one-hit wonder. Some of his other songs: ‘No Man’s Land (The Green Fields of France)’, ‘Leaving Nancy’, ‘Now I’m Easy’, ‘Shelter’, ‘My Youngest Son Came Home Toady’ and ‘If Wishes were Fishes’ are now beginning to rival “Matilda” in the icon stakes.

After taking a break from touring, Eric has decided that the lure of getting out into theatre’s and clubs has been too strong so he is heading out in May/June for a run of- shows, kicking off in Tamworth on 30th May and winding up in Warrnambool 16th June.

Joining Eric and the band is the wonderful Ami Williamson, described by the Sydney Morning Herald as “Forceful, funny, powerful and poetic, Ami Williamson is an Alt- Folk Singer/Songwriter like no other! I cried, I laughed- then both at the same time – one woman show at its best”

With 17 studio albums and eight live collections to his credit and appearances at almost all of the major folk & country music festivals across Australia and overseas, Eric is rightly regarded as one of the folk music world’s greatest living singersongwriters. A recipient of an Order of Australia medal for services to the entertainment industry Eric was also awarded a United Nations Peace Medal for his efforts, through music, to promote peace and racial harmony. His songs have been recorded by artists as varied as Joan Baez, Mary Black, Donovan, Slim Dusty, John Williamson, The Dubliners, Peter Paul & Mary, Billy Bragg, The Pogues and The Dropkick Murphy’s just to name a few.

ERIC BOGLE – Alive & Pickin’ Tour
May
Wed 30th Capitol Theatre Tamworth
ph: 02 6766 2028
www.capitoltheatretamworth.com.au

Thu 31st Maclean Services Club
ph: 02 6645 2946
www.mlcsc.com.au

June
Fri 1st Casino RSM Club
ph: 02 6662 1666
https://casinorsm.com.au

Sat 2nd Music by the Sea – Sandgate Town Hall
www.musicbythesea.com.au

Sun 3rd Byron Theatre Centre Byron Bay
ph: 02 6685 6807
www.byroncentre.com.au

Thu 7th Camelot Lounge Marrickville
http://camelotlounge.com

Fri 8th Southern Cross Club Canberra
ph: 02 6283 7200
www.cscc.com.au

Sun 10th Lizottes Newcastle
ph: 02 4956 2066
www.lizottes.com.au

Wed 13th Westside PAC Shepparton
ph: 03 5832 9511
http://riverlinksvenues.com.au

Thu 14th Wellington Entertainment Centre Sale
ph: 03 5143 3200
www.ebbwec.com.au

Fri 15th Thornbury Theatre
ph: 03 9484 9831
www.thethornburytheatre.com

Sat 16th Lighthouse Theatre Warnnambool
ph: 03 5559 4999
www.lighthousetheatre.com.au/

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MIRABEL FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES 20TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - May 24, 2018


MIRABEL FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES THEIR 20TH BIRTHDAY
FUNDRAISING CELEBRATIONS, FRIDAY 6TH JULY @ PRINCE OF WALES IN ST KILDA
FEATURING PAUL KELLY, DEBORAH CONWAY, MARK SEYMOUR & CAMERON McKENZIE, ROSS WILSON, VIKA & LINDA BULL, CLARE BOWDITCH, DAVE LARKIN, DAVEY LANE, BENNY WALKER and ROCKWIZ band members Pete Luscombe and Clio Renner with Bill McDonald and Dan Kelly plus more to be announced and hosted by BRIAN NANKERVIS

Twenty years ago, the Mirabel Foundation was established to take care of children (0-17years) orphaned or abandoned due to parental drug use. With enormous support from the music industry, Mirabel was launched in 1998 at The Prince of Wales Hotel and featured a star studded line up including Paul Kelly, Jimmy Barnes and Cold Chisel, Archie Roach, Augie March, Chris Bailey, Spencer P Jones, Rowland S Howard, Renee Geyer, The Avalanches, Molar, Deborah Conway and Rebecca Barnard.

Twenty years on, Mirabel remains the only organisation in Australia working specifically with this group of vulnerable children, many of whom have experienced extreme grief and trauma. Mirabel works at restoring a child’s sense of love, self-worth, belonging and hope – all critical factors for them to reach their full potential as young adults. Mirabel believes that ‘every child deserves a childhood’ and is currently supporting 1600 children and young people with 8 new children a week referred to our programs. The generosity of the community not only ensures that we never turn a child away but also gives these children a voice, assuring them that they are not forgotten.

To mark the 20th birthday, Mirabel are hosting a fundraiser at The Prince in St Kilda – where it all began – with a star studded line up of who’s who from the Melbourne music scene all donating their time and giving it up for the Mirabel kids!

Where else could you see the likes of Paul Kelly, Mark Seymour, Deborah Conway, Vika & Linda Bull and Ross Wilson alongside Dave Larkin, Davey Lane, Benny Walker and Clare Bowditch with support from members of the legendary RockWiz band, Pete Luscombe and Clio Renner with Bill McDonald and Dan Kelly and the night hosted by Brian Nankervis – this is a special 20th birthday celebration not to be missed!

Tickets are ON SALE NOW for $70 + BF on sale at The Prince of Wales, St Kilda
http://princebandroom.oztix.com.au/?Event=88122

For more info on Mirabel please see the below link:
www.mirabelfoundation.org.au

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KENNY WAYNE SHEPHERD BAND TOUR ANNOUNCED

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - May 22, 2018

Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band has today announced an East Coast tour of Australia in October 2018, his first visit in more than six years. Blues fans are in for a rare treat with Ash Grunwald supporting this legendary guitarist/singer/songwriter.

The tour commences at Sydney’s Enmore Theatre on October 4, travels to Brisbane on October 5 at Eatons Hill Hotel, and concludes in Melbourne at the Forum on October 6, showcasing Kenny’s array of rock and blues hits from an impressive career that spans over 20 years.

Tickets for the Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band’s East Coast Tour are on sale Wednesday, May 23rd at Midday. For ticketing information, head to www.teglive.com.au, www.ticketek.com.au or www.ticketmaster.com.au.

2017 was a huge year for Kenny Wayne Shepherd, his latest studio album Lay It On Down dropping in August. The album featured all new material written by Kenny and several of his musician friends.  Debuting at #1 on the Billboard Blues Chart, #1 on the Rock Chart, #1 on the Internet Chart and #5 on the Billboard Top 200 (US all-genre album chart). Recorded at his home studio in Shreveport and co-produced by Marshall Altman, Lay It On Down also spent eight weeks at the top of the Blues chart.

The Louisiana born axeman and songsmith has sold millions of albums, shining a light on the rich blues of the past and forging ahead with his own modern twist on a classic sound he has embodied since his teens.

At 16 years old, he signed his first record deal and burst onto the scene with the release of his 1995 debut album Ledbetter Heights. His relentless touring and success on US rock radio helped to drive the album to Platinum sales status in the USA. His 1998 sophomore effort Trouble Is… also went Platinum in the US followed by 1999’s Live On.

2004’s The Place You’re In was a blistering rock record and was followed up by 2007’s ambitious 10 Days Out: Blues from the Backroads; A certified Platinum selling dvd documentary and soundtrack for which Shepherd received two Grammy nominations, a Blues Music Award, The Keeping The Blues Alive Award and was the #1 selling Blues album of the year.  The film followed Shepherd and his band while they travelled throughout the American South and Midwest to record with such vintage blues greats as B.B. King, Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown, Hubert Sumlin, Pinetop Perkins and David “Honeyboy” Edwards on their home turf.

2010 saw the release of Shepherd’s long-awaited first live album, Live! In Chicago, recorded at Chicago’s House of Blues during the all-star Legends Tour, which was in support of the 10 Days Out release.  Shepherd received another Grammy nod for Live! In Chicago which featured special guests such as blues legends,Hubert Sumlin, Willie “Big Eyes” Smith, Pinetop Perkins and Bryan Lee. The live disc debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Blues chart, as did 2011’s How I Go.

2014 delivered the release Goin’ Home, Shepherd’s seventh #1 debut on the Billboard Blues charts.
Kenny Wayne Shepherd is thrilled to welcome Ash Grunwald as special guest on this tour.  For 12 incredible years Ash has sustained a level of success in the Australian music scene that is the true testament to the well of his talent; nominated for six ARIA awards and three APRA awards, winning two of the latter. Global tours, remarkable collaborations with musicians both old and new, a fanbase that is not defined by age along with critical acclaim as the bastion of traditional blues whilst being at the forefront of innovation.

KENNY WAYNE SHEPHERD BAND EAST COAST TOUR
WITH SPECIAL GUEST ASH GRUNWALD
Tickets on sale Wednesday May 23rd at Midday
Thursday 4 October          Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Friday 5 October               Eatons Hill Hotel, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 6 October          Forum, Melbourne, VIC

TICKETING INFORMATION:
 www.ticketek.com.au or www.ticketmaster.com.au

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THE HUMMINGBIRD MORPHS INTO THE FYREFLY

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - May 15, 2018

www.aplphotography.com.au

Less than two weeks after opening, new Melbourne entertainment and dinner club The Hummingbird has been forced to change its name due to a legal threat from another Melbourne club, Bird’s Basement, based on the fact that the venue’s name also features the word ‘Bird’. From henceforth, The Hummingbird, located at 34 Inkerman Street, St.Kilda, downstairs at the Newmarket Hotel will now be known as The Fyrefly

The club had already endured a set back when two days into operation a small fire led to the rescheduling of shows. Now with the name change, the venue’s signage and all of the other art elements involved need to be reprinted to represent the new name.

A defiant co-founder Heather Para has brushed aside the problematic fortnight to assure Melbourne music fans that The Fyrefly will become an important and welcoming live music venue for many years to come.

Upcoming Fyrefly events include
May 17: Phileas Fogg trio
May 18: Sammy J
May 19: Grand Wazoo – Kings of Soul
May 24: Jackie Bornstein
May 25: Soul Cupcake
May 26: Alma Zygier & Emilia Schnall
May 31: Monique Di Mattina with Shannon Bourne
June 1: Renee Geyer
June 15: Sarah Maclaine
June 21-22: Paul McDermott & Steven Gates
June 23: Jack Howard
July 13: Ross Wilson & the Peaceniks
Aug 16: Deborah Conway & Willie Zygier

Phone (03) 9810 0087 for information or click here

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BARNEY MCALL DOMINATES JAZZ BELL AWARDS

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - May 15, 2018

Barney McAll

Report: Greg Phillips. Photos: Jason Rosewarne

Members of the Australian jazz community convened last night in Melbourne to celebrate the presentation of the 16th annual Australian Jazz Bell Awards, held at Bird’s Basement. Named after the late Australian jazz pioneer, Graeme Bell, AO, “The Bells” were established in 2003 to acknowledge excellence in the performance, creativity, recording and presentation of Jazz in Australia.

A wonderful house band consisting of Phil Turcio on piano, Kim May on bass, and Darren Farrugia on drums provided a top shelf backdrop to the clattering of cutlery and pre-award chatter before the night’s MC, 3PBS Program Manager Owen McKern took to the stage to announce the first award. Acclaimed pianist composer Barney McAll received the first nod of the evening, winning Best Australian Jazz Ensemble. In accepting the award, Barney spoke about the “deep, dark work” all musicians have to do to keep making music. Best Australian Jazz Vocal Album went to Andrea Keller, taking her career Bell Award tally to six. Jazz vocalist Kayleigh Pincott, who was nominated for two awards for her album Solace performed a tune prior to the announcement of Young Australian Jazz Artist of the year, which was won by New York-based Evan Harris.

In a night dominated by Barney McAll, he returned the stage to accept two more awards, Best Australian Instrumental Jazz Album and Best Produced Album for his record Hearing the Blood. Expanding upon the ‘deep, dark work’ he spoke of earlier, McAll told of how he had seven vials of blood extracted from himself for use in the design of his album cover. Now there’s dedication to his art!

Mat Jodrell (trumpet) and Carl Mackey (Sax) of respected quintet Speedball accepted their award for Best Australian Jazz Song (Judgement Day), then joined the house band for an inspiring performance. Noted businessman and political power broker Michael Kroger had the honour of introducing this year’s Australian Jazz Bell Awards Hall of Fame inductee, the much loved Bob Sedergreen. The amiable Sedergreen told the audience that “Charts were for Captain Cook and scales are to weigh yourself”, suggesting that more than the music, the highlight of his career in Australian jazz has been the long standing friendships he has developed over the years. Bob also paid tribute to his wife of 50 years, Rae and their three children Mal, Steve and Tammy. Wrapping up his heartfelt speech Bob quoted an old blue song to describe what he does, “I’m not sure what jazz is but I’m willing to learn… and that’s sums me up to a tee. I am still willing to learn.”

The 2018 winners are:
Best Australian Jazz Ensemble of the year, presented by Monash University – Barney McAll
Best Australian Jazz Vocal Album, presented by TarraWarra Winery Estate – Andrea Keller ‘Still Night: Music in Poetry’
Young Australian Jazz Artist of the year, presented by Fender Katsalidis Architects – Evan Harris
Best Australian Instrumental Jazz Album, presented by Brand Partners Commercial Lawyers – Barney McAll, ‘Hearing the blood’
Best Australian Jazz Song of the year, presented by APRA/AMCOS – Speedball ‘ Judgement Day’
Best Produced Album, presented by ALFi records – Barney McAll ‘ Hearing the blood’
Pianist Bob Sedergreen was inducted into Graeme Bell Hall of Fame this year.

Carl Mackey- Speedball

Barney McAll

Speedball

Speedball

Owen McKern 3PBS

Bob Sedergreen with Michael Kroger

Bob Sedergreen

Bob Sedergreen

 

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SYDNEY SYMPHONY LEADS FIRST MAKE MUSIC DAY AUSTRALIA

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - May 15, 2018


The Sydney Symphony Orchestra leads Australia’s first international Make Music Day event with global livestream of Verdi’s Requiem concert

In celebration of international Make Music Day, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra will share a global broadcast of its performance of Verdi’s Requiem on 21 June live from the Sydney Opera House.  With the support of Create NSW, ABC Classics, Sydney Opera House Creative Learning, Music Australia and the Australian Music Association, the livestream will be the flagship event in Australia’s first participation in the worldwide music festivities.
In an unprecedented event for Make Music Day, the global Sydney Symphony Orchestra livestream will be accessible free of charge at sydneysymphony.com and will be available for 24 hours from 6.30pm, Thursday 21 June AEST.

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