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Ewan Mackenzie and Swing Dynamique – self-titled

The familiar jazz melody makes the listener nostalgic for a time they haven’t lived. Evoking false memories of parties driven by music which seems to have a life of its own, weaving a story with plenty of ups, downs and nuances to last the evening. Mostly instrumental, the listener can focus on the differences in […]

THE NAKED CITY: THE REAL SURPLUS – OPEN FOR BUSINESS!

After WWII the Australian Government offloaded a massive amount of military equipment in a giant fire sale – everything from heavy army vehicles to boots and catering equipment. Many of the smaller items ended up in so called ‘war surplus stores’ which proliferated in Australia for decades to come. Whilst the stores continued to stock […]

Whiplash

Whiplash has a similar feel to Shine and Black Swan, but a different setting. Desperate ambition can be a destructive force and Andrew (Miles Teller) is a driven young drummer in the very competitive world of jazz. Andrew falls under the Svengali-like influence of the uncompromising Fletcher (J.K. Simmons) who dresses, talks and acts more […]

Naked City: When hipsters were really hip!

  Every now and then a newly invented word from a half decade ago is revamped in the modern lingo with a twist of reconstructed meaning. Take the word ‘hipster’, which these days seems to apply to anybody with a Ned Kelly beard, a pair of skin-tight jeans, and a penchant for hanging around funky […]

Camelot Lounge

I’d follow singer Christa Hughes - daughter of the legendary Dick Hughes, the first solo jazz pianist to perform at Sydney Opera House – just about anywhere.

Jazz in the Glen 2014

Known for his gravelly voice, his spontaneous scat, and his trumpet virtuosity, Louis Armstrong was a jazz giant. ARIA award-nominee Geoff Power and his band, as well as local musicians, will celebrate the melodies and memory of the legendary great Satchmo at the annual Jazz in the Glen. The festival is famous for its food, […]

BADBADNOTGOOD – III

Aptly titled, the third release by this Canadian trio is their first all-original studio-backed compilation fusing hip-hop and jazz. Triangle is the perfect track to open the album with a combination of catchy hip-hop beats with funky jazz overtones. CS60 is another great example of this with its dark gritty beat laced with jazz guitar. […]

Neneh Cherry – Blank Project

After making a colourful splash during the ’80s and ’90s with her sassy brand of pop, Neneh Cherry took the road less travelled, joining underground bands to explore experimental jazz and world music. Now, she’s back in the spotlight with her first solo album in 18 years. True to form, it’s not pure pop but […]

Takadimi

Takadimi are starting the year off with a bang at Sydney’s hippest jazz music venue, Foundry 616 in Ultimo. The vibrant jazz quintet have been playing together for over seven years and have no plans to stop in the near future. Takadimi’s music reflects an authentic obsession for the possibilities within genres. Their unlimited boundaries […]

AARON MICHAEL – AARON MICHAEL

Aaron Michael is one of the most in-demand session musicians in Australian music today as a master of the tenor saxophone. As well as being co-founder of the Sonic Mayhem Orchestra, Michael’s solid wealth of experience means that expectations from his debut album are high. The self-titled release features a range of Sydney’s finest musicians […]