Australia – Iridium Jazz http://iridiumjazz.com/ Tue, 08 Nov 2022 14:12:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://iridiumjazz.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/default1-1.png Australia – Iridium Jazz http://iridiumjazz.com/ 32 32 Palm Springs Women’s Jazz Festival returns for its 10th anniversary https://iridiumjazz.com/palm-springs-womens-jazz-festival-returns-for-its-10th-anniversary/ Tue, 08 Nov 2022 14:12:46 +0000 https://iridiumjazz.com/palm-springs-womens-jazz-festival-returns-for-its-10th-anniversary/ The 10th Annual Palm Springs Women’s Jazz Festival will make its triumphant return this weekend after having to switch to an online platform during the COVID-19 pandemic, and an even bigger celebration is planned than in previous years. The festival will take place Friday through Sunday at the Palm Springs Convention Center and will feature […]]]>

The 10th Annual Palm Springs Women’s Jazz Festival will make its triumphant return this weekend after having to switch to an online platform during the COVID-19 pandemic, and an even bigger celebration is planned than in previous years.

The festival will take place Friday through Sunday at the Palm Springs Convention Center and will feature a number of acclaimed female artists, including Grammy Award-winning Ledisi, Grammy-nominated Nnenna Freelon and Cyrille Aimée, and Lea DeLaria. (also known for her work on the Netflix series “Orange is the New Black”).

At each event, people will be required to show their COVID-19 vaccination card. If someone does not have one, they will be required to wear a face mask at events. Masks are optional for those who present a vaccination record.

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Cork Jazz Weekend returns with a bang https://iridiumjazz.com/cork-jazz-weekend-returns-with-a-bang/ Sat, 29 Oct 2022 16:26:00 +0000 https://iridiumjazz.com/cork-jazz-weekend-returns-with-a-bang/ With the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival “back in full swing” for another busy bank holiday weekend, the Metropole Hotel welcomes guests from all over the world. The Echo met some of the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival’s most loyal fans. Susie Fry has been coming to the Metropolis for nearly two decades. The Mayo native travels […]]]>

With the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival “back in full swing” for another busy bank holiday weekend, the Metropole Hotel welcomes guests from all over the world.

The Echo met some of the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival’s most loyal fans.

Susie Fry has been coming to the Metropolis for nearly two decades.

The Mayo native travels from Castlebar every year to experience the special atmosphere created by jazz.

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Gogo Penguin at the Everyman for the opening night of the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival 2022. Photo: John Cronin

“It’s a real tradition for us, we’re looking forward to this weekend.” She said: “We come to Jazz every year. This should be our 19th year ahead but as you know with Covid we missed that year.

This year, the Jazz Festival is back after its covid break.

“I don’t know what we did this Halloween weekend when it wasn’t, but we certainly missed it. We went downhill last year as things slowly came back after the pandemic It just wasn’t as good it felt so stiff compared to how free jazz usually is It just wasn’t quite back to itself but this year it really seems back in motion.

Evandro Herrandes and Jessica Ferrazza at the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival club at the Metropole Hotel last night.  Image;  Eddie O'Hare
Evandro Herrandes and Jessica Ferrazza at the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival club at the Metropole Hotel last night. Image; Eddie O’Hare

“We really like to find a good place and listen to jazz, we’ve found a great one now here,” said Susie as she sat in the cozy tearooms of the Metropole Hotel.

Fry points out that in addition to the music itself, the social aspect of the festival is what makes it so special; “We met a friend from Dublin here several years ago and kept in touch and every year we have a catch up, it’s lovely.”

As the original location of the festival, the Métropole began hosting this special weekend on the calendar 44 years ago in 1978.

Paul, Roz, Katie and Ollie Dyer at the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival club at the Metropole Hotel last night.  Image;  Eddie O'Hare
Paul, Roz, Katie and Ollie Dyer at the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival club at the Metropole Hotel last night. Image; Eddie O’Hare

Eamonn Cassidy, the hotel’s concierge, was keen to share the hotel’s important role in the festival over the decades; “The Metropolis is the homeland of Jazz, that’s where it all started.”

“Originally there was a jazz scene in Cork in the 70s. The extra bank holiday was added to the calendar and they thought why not launch a festival for the Jazz scene. This is how the festival was born, and it has gone from strength to strength ever since.

The Metropole Hotel hosts around 45-50 bands playing throughout the weekend.

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The Hyde Park Brass performing on Harley’s Street next to the Metropole Hotel for the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival. Guinnesscorkjazz.com

Inviting jazz lovers from near and far, the October bank holiday weekend provides a boost to Cork’s local economy.

“Jazz is always a very positive time of year. Basically, it brings around 40-50,000 people to the city from all over the world from Friday to Monday.

“MacCurtain Street in particular is always very busy, there are lots of restaurants, bars and jazz spirited theaters,” Cassidy said.

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The first day of the 44th Guinness Cork Jazz Festival. As well as bands playing in venues, the streets of Cork City host impromptu concerts. Jazz band ‘TBL8 Brass’ from Dublin played outside the Main Post Office on Oliver Plunkett Street. Photo: Andy Gibson.

Mr Cassidy also said the atmosphere at the Jazz Weekend was magical.

“There is a whole different atmosphere in the city during the Jazz weekend. People really let go and are ready to have fun in another kind of music.

“There’s a bit of magic in there.” “We get a large number of international visitors to the hotel. There are a lot of people from the UK this weekend, a large crowd from Norway in particular. People have even traveled from as far away as Sydney and the He has such a brilliant draw to the hotel from home and away every year.”

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Keyna Wilkins – London Jazz News https://iridiumjazz.com/keyna-wilkins-london-jazz-news/ Mon, 24 Oct 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://iridiumjazz.com/keyna-wilkins-london-jazz-news/ “Mothers In Jazz” is a new series, launched by singer Nicky Schrire. The initiative aims to create an online resource for jazz musicians working with children, those considering parenthood, and jazz industry figures who work with and hire parent musicians. The insight of the musicians interviewed for this series provides valuable emotional, philosophical and logistical […]]]>

Mothers In Jazz” is a new series, launched by singer Nicky Schrire. The initiative aims to create an online resource for jazz musicians working with children, those considering parenthood, and jazz industry figures who work with and hire parent musicians. The insight of the musicians interviewed for this series provides valuable emotional, philosophical and logistical information and support readily available to all. “Mothers In Jazz” highlights the very specific role of being both a mother and a jazz musician.

Keyna Wilkins is a pioneering Australian/British pianist, flautist and composer. A two-time finalist in the Australian Art Music Awards for Individual Excellence, she is an innovative soloist and leader of cutting-edge ensembles. Keyna is an Associate Artist at the Australian Music Center and also composes for film and theatre. His collaborations include the indigenous jazz fusion duo “Yulugi” with leading First Nations didgeridoo player Gumaroy Newman, and “Ephemera Ensemble” which performed at the Sydney International Women’s Jazz Festival 2017 and the Extended Play Festival of New Music in 2018. Keyna presented lectures/workshops at the Australasian Piano Pedagogy Conference and was a guest speaker at the Women’s Club’s “Trailblazers in Music” series in 2021. She lives in Sydney with her 8-year-old twins.

Keyna Wilkins. Photo credit: Tawfik Elgazzar

London Jazz News: What’s the best advice you’ve ever received for balancing/juggling motherhood and career?

Keyna Wilkins: Focus on what you really want to accomplish musically. For example, record an album and don’t do anything that isn’t essential to it – outsource some work if needed (if you don’t have the money, try a barter system). Don’t listen to anyone who tells you it’s too hard. Anything is possible if you think creatively. Since having twins 8 years ago, I’ve recorded 8 albums and played hundreds of gigs and received the best songwriting commissions of my life. And I’m not rich. Yes, everything is possible. To achieve this, it’s good to have responsible adults around you that your children love and who like to spend time with them to help you from time to time.

LJN: What information or advice would you have liked to receive but didn’t (and had to learn by trial and error or on the go)?

kW: There is no “right” way to parent. Every child is different, and every parent is different. It’s very good and healthy for children to see their mothers enjoying their careers and moving forward. Trust your intuition.

LJN: Your top tip(s) for other moms in jazz:

kW: Try to involve your children when you can. For example, sometimes I get my kids on shows, it’s good for them and it’s a great bonding experience and the audience loves it. Never be ashamed to ask for help. In addition, I took about a year and a half completely after having children. There are many women who take many years off and if it suits them, that is what matters.

LJN: New born equipment tips for trips/tours/concerts:

kW: Until now, my parents or my partner took care of my children while I traveled for music.


LJN: Better general travel/gigging/tour-with-child tips:

kW: Try something simple first, like a concert.

LJN: What surprised you about becoming a parent and remaining committed to your professional pursuits and ambitions?

kW: The whole experience of having children has made me much more grounded and in touch with my vision as a musician and songwriter. I was actually so much more inspired after the kids came along. And because I had less time, I just had to keep going, so I was much more productive and time efficient, but the best thing was I stopped caring about the little things.


LJN: What boundaries have you set for yourself as a mom in jazz (could be related to travel/touring, dates, personal settings, custody decisions, etc.)?

kW: If one of my children is really unhappy or sick, I will cancel. The most important thing in my life is always my children, then myself, then my partner.

LINKS: Artist’s website

Youtube channel

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Don’t miss the Jazz Fest weekend at Sydney’s – October 13-16 https://iridiumjazz.com/dont-miss-the-jazz-fest-weekend-at-sydneys-october-13-16/ Fri, 14 Oct 2022 13:22:33 +0000 https://iridiumjazz.com/dont-miss-the-jazz-fest-weekend-at-sydneys-october-13-16/ Don’t miss a great lineup for the Jazz Fest weekend at Sydney’s Wednesday October 12Ladies night – 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.Dance to the music of DJ Chino, Ladies Only 20% off a single entry, $5 on drinks and house wine, and $6 on Tito’s crushes Thursday October 13 – 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.Saxophonist […]]]>

Don’t miss a great lineup for the Jazz Fest weekend at Sydney’s

Wednesday October 12
Ladies night – 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Dance to the music of DJ Chino, Ladies Only 20% off a single entry, $5 on drinks and house wine, and $6 on Tito’s crushes

Thursday October 13 – 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Saxophonist Steve Garrison opens at 6 p.m. for the Michael Spike Bryant Band, which takes the stage at 7:30 p.m.

Friday, October 14 – 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. – GREGG KARUKAS TICKETS ARE SOLD OUT!
The Vaughn Bratcher Project opens at 6 p.m. for Gregg Karukas, a Grammy-winning keyboardist/composer/producer who crosses the genres of Smooth Jazz, New Age, Brazilian and R&B, who takes the stage at 8 p.m.

Tickets on Eventbrite.com – Click here for the link to Eventbrite

Saturday October 15 – 2 p.m., 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Christy Taylor and Young Artists take the stage at 2 p.m.
Rhythm Tech opens at 6 p.m. for Art Sherrod, Jr., a recording artist and Billboard saxophonist who brings new energy and excitement to the stage with Smooth Jazz and Gospel Jazz, who takes the stage at 8 p.m.

Tickets on Eventbrite.com – Click here for the link to Eventbrite

Sunday October 16
Now open on Sunday!
Jazz Brunch – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
with Windsor “Tito” Petiford

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5 must-see acts at the Sydney International Women’s Jazz Festival 2022 shared by Co-Artistic Director Zoe Hauptmann https://iridiumjazz.com/5-must-see-acts-at-the-sydney-international-womens-jazz-festival-2022-shared-by-co-artistic-director-zoe-hauptmann/ Fri, 07 Oct 2022 06:45:00 +0000 https://iridiumjazz.com/5-must-see-acts-at-the-sydney-international-womens-jazz-festival-2022-shared-by-co-artistic-director-zoe-hauptmann/ The Sydney International Women’s Jazz Festival is back in force in 2022 (October 27 to November 5) for its 11th edition. The first week of the festival will take place at a central hub, the vibrant Seymour Center in Chippendale. The York Theater will host the headliners, with opening performers from 7.30pm, while a late-night […]]]>

The Sydney International Women’s Jazz Festival is back in force in 2022 (October 27 to November 5) for its 11th edition.

The first week of the festival will take place at a central hub, the vibrant Seymour Center in Chippendale. The York Theater will host the headliners, with opening performers from 7.30pm, while a late-night festival club with live music will occupy the foyer.

One of the many headliners for the 2022 festival at the Seymour Center is powerful Chilean saxophonist Melissa Aldana (Blue Note). An organized program of festival events at clubs and venues around the city is also on the schedule.

SIWJF Co-Artistic Director, Zoe Hauptmann offers five must-see SIWJF 2022 performances.

1: Lighthouse

Pharos is a powerhouse. A festival favourite, the ten-piece band has been killing it since 2016. Led by bassist Hannah James, Pharos brings together some of Australia‘s most forward-thinking, award-winning musicians and improvisers.

This unique and electrifying collective merges the best of big band with the flexibility, creativity and genre exploration expected in any modern ensemble. It’s not a jazz festival without an all-star big band. Foundry 616 on November 1.

2: Suomi Suite with Iro Haarla

We are very happy to invite international artists to the festival again in 2022. Iro Haarla is an exceptional Finnish musician, who is equally at home on the concert harp as he is on the piano.

On October 29, at the Seymour Center show, audiences can experience music written by award-winning ARIA bassist Jonathan Zwartz especially for Iro and the band, commissioned by SIMA. It’s a quiet musical journey that’s guaranteed to conjure up vivid images of nature.

3: Marloo’s blues

Marlene Cummins is a proud Guguyelandji and Woppaburra woman, who has lived and breathed the blues all her life. Don’t miss his show on October 28 at the Seymour Centre.

Her story is one of vulnerability, strength and survival. She is an amazing woman and it has been such an honor for me to get to know her over the past year.

This show will be very special, we play a repertoire chosen by Marlene which includes her original compositions. Marlene is one of Australia’s leading Indigenous blues writers and performers, experiencing the blues from an Aboriginal woman’s perspective.

4: Andrea Keller

Andrea Keller, one of Australia’s most beloved jazz composers and pianists, will present a brand new project at a spectacularly beautiful new theater in Walsh Bay, home of the ACO, on 3 November. She will be joined by Miroslav Bukovsky on trumpet, John Mackey on saxophone and a six-string section led by Véronique Serret.

Combining his dedication to creative music and improvisation with an affinity for chamber music, this series of new works features various combinations of the trio and strings.

5: 2022 SIWJF Closing Party

After more than 20 shows in 10 days, we’ll be ready for a party to celebrate the end of SIWJF 2022. This night of future soul, funk will have us all dancing late into the night. Monstress is an all-female quartet that plays groovy, funky soul with irresistible energy.

Sydney soul queen Natalie Slade returns from London to headline Mary’s Underground on November 5. To ensure the music never stops, FBI Radio DJ, Honeypoint will keep the music on between sets.

The Sydney International Women’s Jazz Festival takes place in various venues between October 27 and November 5.

2022 Sydney International Women’s Jazz Festival Program

October 27 – Melissa Aldana Quartet & Jo Lawry + Dan Tepfer @ Seymour Center York Theater
October 27 – Jodie Michaels Trio @ Seymour Center Foyer
October 28 – Marloo’s Blues with Marlene Cummins + SHAMIN @ Seymour Center York Theater
October 28 – Tilly Street Trio @ Seymour Center Foyer
October 29 – Suite Suomi feat. Iro Haarla + Claire Edwardes @ Seymour Center York Theater
October 29 – Bernice Tesara Trio @ Seymour Center Foyer
October 30 – Jodie Michael & Ben Lerner Quartet @ Jangling Jacks (free entry)
October 30 – Belinda Holland @ Lazybones
October 30 – Magdalena Mira @ Butchers Brew
October 31 – Jiem & Hilary Geddes Quartet @ Church St Studios
October 31 – Monday Night Jam Ft. Joy Yates @ Lazybones
November 1 – Lisa Oduor-Noah @ Phoenix Central Park
November 1 – Jetsets (three female special guests) @ Brand X
November 1 – Tuesday Night Jazz Orchestra @ Lazybones
November 1 – Pharos @ Foundry616
November 2 – Abby Constable, Wilbur Whitta, Jack Stoneham @ The Dock (free admission)
November 2 – Hinterlandt + Keyna Wilkins @ Lazybones
November 3 – Andrea Keller Trio with String Sextet @ Pier 2/3 – ACO
November 3 – Zela Margossian Quintet @ Foundry616
November 3 – 343 Brass Band @ Johnson St Jazz
November 4 – Jo Fabro @ Butchers Brew
November 4 – Major Zulu @Foundry616
November 5 – Festival Closing Party – Monstress, Natalie Slade, Honey Point @ Mary’s Underground

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Q&A with Coffs Coast Jazz Festival Musician Chris Frater https://iridiumjazz.com/qa-with-coffs-coast-jazz-festival-musician-chris-frater/ Thu, 06 Oct 2022 15:45:57 +0000 https://iridiumjazz.com/qa-with-coffs-coast-jazz-festival-musician-chris-frater/ Chris will perform as part of two bands at the Coffs Coast Jazz Festival. CHRIS PRATER will take the stage at the inaugural Coffs Coast Jazz Festival from November 11-13 at Coffs Harbor Regional Conservatorium. Q: What can festival-goers expect at the Coffs Coast Jazz Festival in November? What is your role in the Festival? […]]]>
Chris will perform as part of two bands at the Coffs Coast Jazz Festival.

CHRIS PRATER will take the stage at the inaugural Coffs Coast Jazz Festival from November 11-13 at Coffs Harbor Regional Conservatorium.

Q: What can festival-goers expect at the Coffs Coast Jazz Festival in November? What is your role in the Festival?

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A: They will be able to discover a wide variety of styles and compositions. The Festival offers classical and original compositions. Musician development workshops. Funky, contemporary grooves and tunes.

It’s an opportunity for people to experience “live” jazz that’s so different from the recorded medium.

Jazz has a “here, now” aspect in which performers create new interpretations and improvisations every time.

It is the interactions between the musicians that add to the whole Festival experience.

My role will mainly be to play the saxophone on the front line as well as to share my passion and my understanding of improvisation.

Q: Tell us a bit about your musical journey – what are some of the highlights of your career and how did you establish yourself in the Coffs Harbor music scene?

A: I started in high school playing with ‘The Young Northside Big Band’.

We had been together for many years recording two albums.

It was a great thrill to support and meet Count Basie, which led to us performing at the Monterrey Jazz Festival in 1979.

The Young Northside Big Band was the first Australian Big Band to perform there.

We continued to play many festivals across Sydney and NSW as well as supporting the Duke Ellington Orchestra.

I moved to the area in 1987 and started teaching and playing with the funky/soul touring/recording band “Invisible Inc”.

In 1990, I participated in the creation of the Bellingen Jazz Festival.

Since then I have been part of the music scene playing in all kinds of bands, shows and ensembles.

Q: As well as being an accomplished professional musician, you are also an inspiring teacher and educator – teaching at the Coffs Harbor Conservatorium of Music for over 30 years!

What do you like most about teaching and how has it changed over the years?

A: Meeting young people as they begin to learn music, creating their own sound and expression through their instrument.

Hear the development and joy that each student achieves.

Over the years, access to a wider range of music via the web has given greater exposure to music from around the world.

Q: I heard that you will be playing in two bands at the festival: How About That and Triptych.

Can you tell us about these ensembles, how you formed and what kind of music you will play?

A: Yes, I’m looking forward to both performances – Friday night I’m playing sax with ‘How About That’ – a quartet playing a selection from our guitarist Glen Hodges and my original compositions.

The rhythm section includes Emiliano Beltzer on double bass and Ivan Pliaskin on drums which complete a very strong and creative group.

We will be joined by Sara Battery who will sing classic jazz tunes.

Then on Sunday afternoon, I play alongside great musician friends Bruce Stephen on double bass and drummer Phil Stitt to create a unique approach to jazz grooves and style and original compositions that only ‘Triptych’ can produce.

Q: How and when did you start leading the Coffs Con Stage Band?

What role will the Stage Band play in the Festival?

A: I have been leading the Stage Band for almost five years now.

This is the last of many ensembles I have led over the years.

It became an extension of the saxophone band to allow more instrumental students to get involved – learning to play in a larger ensemble and working with a rhythm section exploring a range of music.

Q: In addition to performing at the Coffs Coast Jazz Festival, you will be presenting a ‘harmony in improvisation’ workshop.

Is anyone welcome to this workshop?

Where do I start to improve my improvisation skills?

Why is it important to learn harmonization?

A: Everyone is welcome at the workshop even if you don’t play an instrument.

This will be an overview of what makes jazz work.

Participants will have the opportunity to express themselves on their instrument.

Everyone will be able to improve your skills and knowledge.

The workshop will cover the important fundamentals of harmony in a chord progression as well as more advanced improvisational information.

Q: What do you think the future of jazz music looks like in Australia, particularly in the North Coast region? How can we collectively support arts and culture in Coffs Harbour?

A: I think the future is bright with a lot of young people wanting to experience what jazz has to offer.

This region has the potential to develop awareness of jazz improvisation and expression due to the natural environment and beauty that will influence openness and creativity.

Please continue to come out and see music, especially jazz, as this is live and exciting music for attendees and audiences alike.

Q: Thanks Chris for your time – it’s been wonderful getting to know you and your music.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

In one sentence, what advice would you give to your younger self?

A: I would suggest doing more aural training, more transcription and listening to soul groove jazz.

For more information and ticket availability, visit the website at https://www.coffscon.org.au/event/coffs-coast-jazz-festival-2022/

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Sydney International Women’s Jazz Festival announces 2022 club program https://iridiumjazz.com/sydney-international-womens-jazz-festival-announces-2022-club-program/ Wed, 28 Sep 2022 03:46:23 +0000 https://iridiumjazz.com/sydney-international-womens-jazz-festival-announces-2022-club-program/ From October 27 to November 5, the Sydney International Women’s Jazz Festival will showcase a diverse and exciting range of Australian and international talent, established and emerging. Now in its 11th year, the annual festival, presented by The Sydney Improvised Music Association (SIMA) has announced its club programme, featuring 20 shows across nine venues. This […]]]>

From October 27 to November 5, the Sydney International Women’s Jazz Festival will showcase a diverse and exciting range of Australian and international talent, established and emerging. Now in its 11th year, the annual festival, presented by The Sydney Improvised Music Association (SIMA) has announced its club programme, featuring 20 shows across nine venues. This program is in addition to the festival’s previously announced Headliner events.

Jenna Lewis from Monsterstress. Photo provided.

Some of Sydney’s best-loved jazz venues – Lazybones Lounge, Foundry616 and Johnston Street Jazz – will host a lineup of female jazz musicians, with a program that includes “jazz jams, artist-led initiatives, intimate speakeasies and a modern, future-soul closing party”.

Featured artists include Jiem, an emerging contemporary quintet led by Tessie Overmyer, a Sydney-based saxophonist who performed at the Newport Jazz Festival aged 17, and the Hilary Geddes Quartet. Consisting of pianist Matt Harris, bassist Max Alduca and drummer Alexander Inman-Hislop, the Quartet’s frontman is guitarist Hilary Geddes, who won the highly regarded Freedman Jazz Fellowship in 2021 and is also guitarist for established Sydney contemporary band, The Buoys.

Geddes also contributes to the program as a member of Pharos, a 10-piece ensemble led by bassist Hannah James. In an effort to champion Australian, female-led jazz composition, they are performing on November 1 at Foundry616. Pharos drummer Jodie Michael also plays in the Clubs program with the Ben Lerner Quartet at Jangling Jacks and with her own trio.

The club’s schedule also sees the return of several artists from the Sydney International Women’s Jazz Festival 2021 lineup, such as 343 Brass Band and Zambian-born singer Major Zulu, who performed a sold-out headlining act l ‘last year.

Sydney’s rich jazz tradition of a Monday night jam is also incorporated into the club schedule, with a feature film by jazz singer Joy Yates.

ARIA-nominated Zela Margossian Quintet, recently signed to US label Ropeadope Records, lights up Foundry616 with her Armenian jazz, while Chilean singer Magdalena Mira brings her unique Latin jazz to Butchers Brew in Dulwich Hill.

Sydney’s landmark Phoenix Central Park also joins us, offering a unique flagship event with a ballot to see Lisa Oduor-Noah, Kenyan singer and Berklee College of Music alumnus with his trio of musicians based in Nairobi.

Lisa Orduor-Noah

Lisa Orduo-Noah. Photo provided

The club program ends with a bang on November 5 at Mary’s Underground, with performances by the rising star of the jazz quartet Monstress, led by Sarah Homeh and Natalie Slade, with FBI Radio’s Honey Point to DJ between sets.

The Festival’s four headliners were announced in August, coloring their first week with “some of the most talented, inspiring and creative musicians” presented at the York Theater at the Seymour Centre.

Internationally acclaimed Chilean tenor saxophonist Melissa Aldana brings her quartet to Sydney to open the 2022 Festival. Aldana was the first woman to win the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition and will make her debut 12 stars album after critically acclaimed musicians, singer and Sting collaborator Jo Lawry and pianist Dan Tepfer unite as a duo to open the Festival.

Accomplished musician, painter, actress and radio host Aunty Marlene Cummins is the Festival’s second headliner with her work Marloo’s blues, an evocative journey through struggle and strength. Brisbane-based experimental jazz duo SHAMIN, contribute a special performance to introduce Cummins.

Marlene Cummins

Marlene Cummins. Photo © Shane Rozario.

Finnish pianist, harpist and composer Iro Haarla makes her Australian debut as the Festival’s third headliner. She received the 2006 Georgia Award in Finland, the country’s most prestigious award for jazz musicians. Written by Australian composer Jonathan Zwartz, she will perform the new Suomi Suite, a piece that finds its union in the contrast and beauty of the Australian and Finnish landscapes.

Opening for Haarla, Claire Edwardes will perform her solo work, Rhythms of changefor which she commissioned seven female Australian composers to write works for solo percussion to address the lack of female representation in the classical solo music repertoire.

The last flagship show takes place at Pier ⅔, with the Andrea Keller Trio. Led by Andrea Keller, acclaimed Australian pianist and composer and recipient of the 2021 Music Victoria Award for Best Jazz Band, the trio will be joined by a string section for the night in their showcase of new, free-flowing chamber works.


See the full Sydney International Women’s Jazz Festival program here.

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Student Musicians Kick Off 65th Monterey Jazz Festival https://iridiumjazz.com/student-musicians-kick-off-65th-monterey-jazz-festival/ Sat, 24 Sep 2022 07:28:50 +0000 https://iridiumjazz.com/student-musicians-kick-off-65th-monterey-jazz-festival/ HOUR. AT LEAST FOUR PEOPLE KILLED BY THE STORM… ### NEW AT 11 PM TONIGHT… THE 65TH MONTEREY JAZZ FESTIVAL HAS ARRIVED… CONCERTS AT MONTEREY COUNTY FAIR PARK BEGIN TOMORROW AND UNTIL SUNDAY. TODAY… THE JAZZ FESTIVAL HOSTED A STUDENT SHOWCASE AT CAL STATE MONTEREY BAY. ACTION NEWS 8 REPORTER CHRISTIAN BALDERAS HAS AN INSIDE […]]]>

HOUR. AT LEAST FOUR PEOPLE KILLED BY THE STORM… ### NEW AT 11 PM TONIGHT… THE 65TH MONTEREY JAZZ FESTIVAL HAS ARRIVED… CONCERTS AT MONTEREY COUNTY FAIR PARK BEGIN TOMORROW AND UNTIL SUNDAY. TODAY… THE JAZZ FESTIVAL HOSTED A STUDENT SHOWCASE AT CAL STATE MONTEREY BAY. ACTION NEWS 8 REPORTER CHRISTIAN BALDERAS HAS AN INSIDE LOOK AT THE PERFORMANCE. ..### THE MONTEREY JAZZ FESTIVAL IS BACK FOR ITS 65TH YEAR, BUT THIS YEAR – FOR THE FIRST TIME – STUDENTS ARE STARTING THE SHOW. < LE JAZZ POUR MOI C'EST LA VIE. LE JAZZ EST LA FAÇON DONT NOUS MARCHONS DANS LA RUE. LE JAZZ, C'EST COMMENT NOUS VIVONS NOTRE VIE, COMMENT NOUS MANGEONS. ET AINSI LA MUSIQUE EST JUSTE CE QUE NOUS SOMMES. ET POUR NOUS POUR NOUS CONNECTER LES UNS AVEC LES AUTRES... NOUS POUVONS CERTAINEMENT... OUAIS.> IN LIEU OF THE REGULAR BLACK TIE THURSDAY GALA, FOUR GROUPS OF STUDENTS WERE GIVEN THE HONOR – INCLUDING MORGAN STATE MUSICIANS FROM THE HBCU AND UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN TEXAS WHO RECEIVED A TRIP ALL FEES PAID BY ALASKA AIRLINES FOR THE JAZZ FESTIVAL. BUT DON’T LET THEM BE STUDENTS FOOL YOU… GRAMMY NOMINATED COMPOSER GERALD CLAYTON HAS CONDUCTED THE NEXT GENERATION JAZZ ORCHESTRA, A HAND-SELECTED GROUP OF 20 OF THE MOST ACCOMPLISHED HIGH SCHOOL MUSICIANS ACROSS THE COUNTRY. ALSO PART OF THE LINE…THE MORGAN STATE UNIVERSITY GOSPEL CHOIR THAT HAS CHANGED FOR FORMER FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA – AND SUPPORTING ARETHA FRANKLIN FOR CERTAIN STUDENTS THE MONTEREY JAZZ FESTIVAL IS THE BIGGEST, IF NOT THE ONLY, JAZZ FESTIVAL THEY CAME TO. < JE PENSE QUE LA MUSIQUE A VRAIMENT ÉTÉ AU CENTRE DE MA VIE. SANS ELLE, JE N'AURAIS PAS PASSÉ LA PANDÉMIE. ÇA A ÉTÉ UNE PÉRIODE TELLEMENT DIFFICILE...> BUT NOW… AFTER THE PANDEMIC, MANY HAVE THEIR VIEW ON THE FUTURE. AND STUDENT PERFORMANCE DON’T STOP HERE. THEY WILL ALSO BE B

Student musicians kick off the 65th Monterey Jazz Festival

For the first time, the Monterey Jazz Festival kicked off the weekend celebration with a student showcase. “Jazz, to me, is life. Jazz is the way we walk down the street. Jazz is the way we live our lives… the way we eat. And so music is exactly who we are and allows us to connect with each other,” Tarik McKeython, musician and student at Morgan State University, said. Traditionally, on the Thursday before the festival, the MJF organizes a black tie gala. But this year, to expand its educational initiatives, four student music groups were invited to showcase their talent on the campus of California State University, Monterey Bay. “We’ve been really focused on education from the very beginning. We were established as 5013c, a non-profit organization, in 1958, and we’ve been providing educational programs for 65 years,” Colleen Bailey, executive director of the festival, said. Thursday night’s lineup included an array of talented student musicians, including Morgan State ensembles from HBCU and Texas Southern University, who were flown in on an all-expenses-paid trip from Alaska Airlines. “I think music has really been central to my life. Without it, I wouldn’t have survived the pandemic because it was such a difficult time,” said Sydney Daniel, singer and student at Texas Southern University. . “The big dream is to reach the top.” Many performers are versatile and have been playing music for several years. “I started in school playing the saxophone. I now play bass guitar, piano and flute. I produce, I’m an artist, I write, compose, engineer. I have a house records. I’ve been making music pretty much my whole life,” McKeython said. “I can pretty much anything and play it. Also on stage was the Morgan State University Choir, a group of internationally traveling singers who have performed for former President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama and Aretha Franklin. Grammy-nominated composer Gerald Clayton conducted MJF’s Next Generation Jazz Orchestra, a group of 20 accomplished musicians from across the country. a very, very bright future.” Bailey says MJF plans to continue the Thursday student showcase next year.

For the first time, the Monterey Jazz Festival kicked off the weekend celebration with a student showcase.

“Jazz, to me, is life. Jazz is the way we walk down the street. Jazz is the way we live our lives…the way we eat. And so music is exactly who we are and allows us to connect with each other,” Tarik McKeython, musician and student at Morgan State University, said.

Traditionally, on the Thursday before the festival, the MJF organizes a black tie gala. But this year, to expand its educational initiatives, four student music groups were invited to showcase their talent on the campus of California State University, Monterey Bay.

“We’ve been really focused on education from the very beginning. We were established as 5013c, a non-profit organization, in 1958, and we’ve been providing educational programs for 65 years,” Colleen Bailey, executive director of the festival, said.

Thursday night’s lineup included an array of talented student musicians, including Morgan State ensembles from HBCU and Texas Southern University, who were flown in on an all-expenses-paid trip from Alaska Airlines.

“I think music has really been central to my life. Without it, I wouldn’t have survived the pandemic because it was such a difficult time,” said Sydney Daniel, singer and student at Texas Southern University. . “The big dream is to reach the top.”

Many performers are versatile and have been playing music for several years.

“I started in school playing the saxophone. I now play bass guitar, piano and flute. I produce, I’m an artist, I write, compose, engineer. I have a house of records. I’ve been making music pretty much my whole life,” McKeython said. “I can pretty much pick up anything and play it.

Also on stage was the Morgan State University Choir, a world-traveling group of singers who performed for former President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama and supported Aretha Franklin.

Grammy-nominated composer Gerald Clayton conducted MJF’s Next Generation Jazz Orchestra, a group of 20 accomplished musicians from across the country.

“I just count the tunes, wave my hands and really let them go,” Clayton said. “They have a very, very bright future.”

Bailey says the MJF plans to continue the Thursday student showcase next year.

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Springfield Jazz Orchestra Opens to Salute Local Ohio Jazz Legends https://iridiumjazz.com/springfield-jazz-orchestra-opens-to-salute-local-ohio-jazz-legends/ Tue, 20 Sep 2022 15:42:42 +0000 https://iridiumjazz.com/springfield-jazz-orchestra-opens-to-salute-local-ohio-jazz-legends/ Stoll, who works in the education program at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York, met and inspired Grammy-winning producer and music historian Phil Schaap, talking about little-known artists like Earle Warren, a leading alto saxophonist who grew up rose and died in Springfield. ExploreCensus: Ohio revenue lags, but insurance improves “He teased me and […]]]>

Stoll, who works in the education program at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York, met and inspired Grammy-winning producer and music historian Phil Schaap, talking about little-known artists like Earle Warren, a leading alto saxophonist who grew up rose and died in Springfield.

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“He teased me and I researched the musicians of Springfield and the first 70 years or so of jazz is filled with a lot of characters,” Stoll said.

Lytle, who recently obtained a mural dedicated to him from Mother Stewart’s Brewing Company and invited several members of his family for a tribute concert, will be well represented.

The group secured a grant for band member George Delancey to do new arrangements of Lytle tracks, including “Done It Again”, “Bag a Bones”, “Sleepy Dozer”, and “Happy Preacher”. Stoll describes Lytle’s tunes as being on the happy side of jazz that can’t help but bring a smile, and also a chance to introduce Lytle to a new audience.

“People will pass by Johnny Lytle Avenue but may not know the man behind the name,” he said.

Most of the SSJO performers will return with Sydney McSweeney on vocals, while Maria Marmarou will debut on drums. Stoll said he’ll also be watching vibraphonist Joshua Strange, a Fairmont High School graduate who knows his Lytle music and works with rap and hip hop artists, showing his musical versatility or having a foot in both camps, Stoll said.

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The orchestra has been building a following in recent years, and the success of the recent Springfield Jazz and Blues Festival has Stoll hoping for more new fans.

“We want people to not see us as a museum piece, but jazz belongs to all of us,” he said.

The orchestra will also perform a Christmas concert at Mother Stewart’s on a date to be announced in December and will end its season with a performance on March 18 at the John Legend Theatre.


HOW TO GET THERE

What: Springfield Symphony Jazz Orchestra – Hometown Heroes

Where: John Legend Theater at the Dome, 700 S. Limestone St., Springfield

When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, September 24

Admission: $30

More info: springfieldsym.org/springfield-symphony-jazz-orchestra/

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Women Playing Jazz – City Hub Sydney https://iridiumjazz.com/women-playing-jazz-city-hub-sydney/ Sat, 10 Sep 2022 06:58:14 +0000 https://iridiumjazz.com/women-playing-jazz-city-hub-sydney/ Melissa Aldana. Photo: Eduardo Pávez Goye For the eleventh year, SIMA will bring together the best musicians and singers from around the world to celebrate the Sydney International Women’s Jazz Festival. This year’s stellar lineup includes Chilean saxophonist Melissa Aldana, Finnish pianist/harpist Iro Haarla, Guguyelandji and Woppaburra wife Marlene Cummins, and world-renowned Melbourne/Naarm pianist […]]]>


Melissa Aldana. Photo: Eduardo Pávez Goye

For the eleventh year, SIMA will bring together the best musicians and singers from around the world to celebrate the Sydney International Women’s Jazz Festival.

This year’s stellar lineup includes Chilean saxophonist Melissa Aldana, Finnish pianist/harpist Iro Haarla, Guguyelandji and Woppaburra wife Marlene Cummins, and world-renowned Melbourne/Naarm pianist Andrea Keller.

Venues around Sydney will host a variety of artists, with the headliners all performing centrally at the festival at the Seymour Centre. The Seymour’s foyer will be transformed into a late-night jazz club with live music and lots of atmosphere. Meanwhile, headliners will perform in the spacious York Theatre.

Marlene Cummins. Photo: Shane Rozario, Ku-ring-gai Art Society

Chilean virtuoso, Melissa Aldana, started playing the saxophone at the age of 6 under the tutelage of her father, a professional saxophonist. She showed promise early on, and as a teenager was performing in jazz clubs in Santiago. After being invited to perform at the Panama Jazz Festival, she entered the prestigious Berklee College of Music in the United States, graduated, and then moved to the New York Jazz Center.

From there, his career exploded with appearances at the world’s biggest jazz festivals, popular recordings and prestigious awards. In 2012 she formed Melissa Aldana and Crash Trio, winning awards and accolades.

The Melissa Aldana Quartet formed in 2017. They signed a deal with Blue Note Records in 2019, releasing the album, 12 stars. Described as pensive and emotional, the music of 12 stars will be performed by the quartet in their York Theater show.

Andrea Keller. Photo: Jamil Nawaz

Marlene Cummins is a jazz blues musician, composer, singer, artist, activist, entertainer, dancer and very proud Guguyelandji and Woppaburra woman. She hosts Marloo’s blues on Koori Radio, where she shares her incredible knowledge of jazz and blues music and Indigenous culture.

Born in Queensland into a politically active family, Cummins joined the Aboriginal Tent Embassy in her mid-teens and was a central figure in Aboriginal activism for several decades. His music and creative practice reflect this.

Iro Harla. Picture: provided

The show she will debut at this festival, Marloo’s blueswill tell the musical story of Australian First Nations jazz and blues artists of the 1950s and 60s.

Classically trained Finnish pianist and harpist, Iro Haarla, converted to jazz after meeting jazz drummer, Edward Vesala, who became her husband. Her instinctive talent for arranging and composing was channeled entirely into her husband’s career until his death in 1999. She then emerged as if emerging from a cocoon, earning wide acclaim for her own music and its performance.

Claire Edwards. Picture: provided

For her show, Haarla will play Suomi Suitea specially commissioned work from Australian composer Johnathan Zwartz.

Internationally renowned percussionist Claire Edwardes will open the evening with her solo performance,Rhythms of change.

Australian pianist and composer Andrea Keller will bring together her trio (including saxophonist John Mackey and trumpeter Miroslav Bukovsky) with a string sextet to present a selection of new compositions.

Keller is an imaginative composer and much-loved musician whose music is evocative, moving and exciting.

This is just a sampling of the 2022 Sydney International Women’s Jazz Festival offering. Visit the website for the full programme.

October 27 – November 5

Festival Centre: Seymour Centre, Cnr City Rd and Cleveland St, Chippendale

as well as various other places.

sima.org.au

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