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Jun 23, 2014

Review - Michelle Nicolle at The Brisbane Jazz Club 07/06/2014

by Laura Lesèvre - mycityLife
As soon as she starts singing, you immediately understand why Michelle Nicolle is considered Melbourne’s First Lady of Jazz with her performance at The Brisbane Jazz Club a major highlight of theBrisbane International Jazz Festival. Apart from her striking vocal stylings, what also makes Michelle one of Australia's most gifted jazz singer is her inventiveness and risk-taking approach. No proven formulae at all for her, there is no one model for her approach to the music - other than an… Read More
Jun 10, 2014

Review - Mal Wood at The Bowery 04/06/2014

by Laura Lesèvre - mycityLife
Plymouth Gin, Cointreau, Lillet Blanc, absinthe and lemon juice all mixed up in a delicious cocktail for your thirsty throat and amazing live music for your ears. Yes, you are at The Bowery, one of the best cocktail bars in the city. If you love good music and good cocktails, this is the place to be. But in the week of Brisbane International Jazz Festival week, the award winning best bar in Australia is even more worthy to step in - when Australia's leading but most understated Jazz artists… Read More
Jun 08, 2014

Review - Rafael Karlen, Steve Newcomb & Rosenberg String Quartet CD launch

by Lady Lex - mycityLife
From the Queensland Multicultural Centre and as part of the 2014 Brisbane International Jazz Festival, improvisational composer and jazz l'enfant terrible of the saxophone Rafael Karlen launched his latest CD The Sweetness of Things Half-Remembered. Featuring his works for String Quartet, improvising pianist and saxophonist, this performance drew upon elements of improvisational aesthetics and jazz flavours highlighting lush strings offset by the sharp honeyed tones of the tenor sax. … Read More
Jun 07, 2014

Brisbane International Jazz Festival Opening Night

by Marc Grimwade - Bmag
Jazz aficionadas were out in force as the Brisbane International Jazz Festival opened with QLD Week Jazz Composers World Premieres and Bmag have published photos of festivall patrons and artists. Photo Andrew Garton & Joshua Hatcher. View all the photos on Bmag website. What: QLD Week Jazz Composers World Premieres, opening of Brisbane International Jazz Festival. Where: Queensland Multicultural Centre When: Wednesday 4 June   Read More
Jun 06, 2014

Review - Jukka Perko Avara Trio

by Pam Swepson - Scenstr
Last night (June 5) at Queensland Multicultural Centre provided a glimpse into the musical soul of Finland.  As part of the Brisbane International Jazz Festival, saxophonist Jukka Perko with acoustic guitarist Teemu Viinikainen and electronic guitarist Jarmo Saari come together as Avara to explore the 'wide open spaces' of Finnish jazz to find their own sound in traditional Finnish hymns and folk tunes.  These highly regarded European musicians and long-time collaborators took us on a… Read More
Jun 04, 2014


by Carley Hall - The Music
Despite the infinite limits of its sound and today’s easy proliferation of music, modern jazz is not always ‘accessible’ to new ears. But acclaimed jazz saxophonist Joshua Redman tells Carley Hall the genre’s in great shape. As a young Harvard graduate back in 1991 with a social studies degree and an Ivy League academic pathway towards law before him, Joshua Redman appeared to have a firm hand on the rudder of his own destiny. But being the son of renowned jazz saxophonist Dewey Redman is… Read More
Jun 03, 2014

Local talent Rafael Karlen is in tune with international acts

by Rachel Quilligan - Bmag
On opening night of the Brisbane International Jazz Festival, Rafael Karlen will be one of four Queensland composers welcoming in the week-long event. “I know a few others are writing one or two pieces, but I’m writing a 20 minute suite,” he says. “I like to explore one theme in detail.” His new album, The Sweetness of Things Half-Remembered, will be launched during the festival as part of a double bill. Karlen says he feels very lucky to be rubbing shoulders with international greats such… Read More
Jun 01, 2014

Joshua Redman’s Broad Song Book

by Scenstr - RK
Being a distinguished musician is one thing, but being a charismatic gentleman with a world-view is another.  Being both? Possibly a masterstroke. Yet it’s all in a day’s work for the modern day American jazz great Joshua Redman. And likewise, in hindsight, his path into music seems inevitable, despite what appears to have been an early misstep. “My personality went to academics before music and I thought I would end up doing something else.  “I went to college thinking I’d be a doctor and… Read More
May 28, 2014


by Tyler McLoughlan - The Music
With Brisbane International Jazz Festival imminent, Tyler McLoughlan discovers what makes a quintessentially Queensland composition according to Louise Denson. Brisbane International Jazz Festival, in its second year since morphing from Valley Jazz, opens with the world premiere of four specially commissioned pieces from local composers Sean Foran, Rafael Karlen, Andrew Butt and Louise Denson. “Our brief was to write between 15-20 minutes of music for an ensemble of our choice, and for it… Read More
May 23, 2014

Top Five Australian Jazz Albums With Sean Foran

by Scenstr magazine
The Brisbane International Jazz Festival opens with award winning Queensland jazz composers Rafael Karlen, Andrew Butt, Louise Denson and Sean Foran presenting World Premieres. A graduate from the Queensland Conservatorium, Sean shares his five favourite jazz albums. “This is no easy task. In fact, this top five may change next week, so let’s just say it’s my top five listening this week!" 1. The Necks - ‘Drive By’. An amazing piece of work that transports you to another world. 2. Vince… Read More
May 23, 2014

EMO: Curb Your Enthusiasm

by Lexi McKee - Scene Magazine
The Enthusiastic Musicians Orchestra (EMO) have reason to be enthusiastic — they've finished recording their third album, and they've got an upcoming gig with acclaimed saxophonist Julian Arguelles.  “It’s been exciting. We kind of had this live recording idea,” explains composer Andrew Garton. “We figured we'd just do two gigs, two nights in a row, and play the same music and hopefully get two takes of everything. On the first night the band just crapped themselves and played terribly. The… Read More
May 23, 2014

Michelle Nicolle: (Jazz) Award Winner

by Darcy Love - Scenstr
From playing shows all over the world to winning awards such as the National Jazz Award and the Mo Award, jazz singer Michelle Nicolle has seen a lot. The Melbourne performer will add the Brisbane International Jazz Festival to her resume when she heads north next month. How are you feeling about performing at the Brisbane International Jazz Festival? It must be great to have another event like this on the jazz calendar in Australia? Yes, any opportunity to play to a new audience is a great… Read More
May 23, 2014

Getting Spacious With The Jukka Perko Avara Trio

by Daniel Conaghan - Scenstr
Finnish saxophonist Jukka Perko is a major figure in the Scandinavian jazz scene and is rightly acknowledged as one of Europe’s premier jazz artists.  A teenage wunderkind recruited into Dizzy Gillespie’s Big Band in the late ‘80s, Jukka’s 25 year, award-winning career has brought deserved fame which has allowed him the freedom to create and perform in an array of ensembles, large and small, around the world. How healthy is the jazz scene in Finland? I would say it’s healthy but a bit… Read More
May 23, 2014

Brisbane International Jazz Festival gets the band back together

by Troy Nankervis - Arts Hub
Troy Nankervis cites a 'sense of community' is driving the energy behind the upcoming Brisbane International Jazz Festival after interviewing Mike Nock and Julien Wilson. Musicians from across the globe are gathering in Brisbane for the second annual Brisbane International Jazz Festival, a four day celebration of all things jazz. Melbourne based Saxophonist Julien Wilson, who last week celebrated three stellar wins at the Bell Jazz Awards, including Best Australian Jazz Song of the Year is… Read More
May 22, 2014

Brisbane Jazz Young Guns

by Rhythms Magazine
The upcoming Brisbane International Jazz Festival will showcase four young composers in the Queensland Week Jazz Composers World Premiere: Rafael Karlen, Andrew Butt, Sean Foran, and Louise Denson. Rhythms quizzed them about jazz in Australia. In your opinion, are there enough opportunities to develop your craft and make a living as up-and-coming jazz musicians in Australia? Andrew Butt: When I first began to play music professionally in my 20s, I found there was a lot of opportunities to… Read More