BELL JAZZ LECTURES
The Doubly Gifted Committee and Waverley Library named this lecture series on jazz the Bell Jazz Lectures, in honour of Graeme Bell's outstanding contribution to jazz in Australia and abroad over the previous 50 years. He was an outstanding pianist, excellent band leader, and composer of note, who died on June 13, 2012. Bell was also a talented artist who exhibited in the Doubly Gifted exhibitions of visual art works by jazz musicians, as well as contributing to other exhibitions. The series began in 1993 and concluded in 2014. Readers can click on the INDEX button for a list of lectures in this folder. Read these lectures also at www.waverley.nsw.gov.au/services/library/reference_library/doubly_gifted_annual_bell_jazz_lectures.
JAZZ & SOCIETY: SOUND, ART, MUSIC - LIVING
by Bruce Johnson
First annual Bell Jazz Lecture delivered October 9, 1993 at Waverley Library
It's a little intimidating having to set the tone for what promises to be a major annual event, and because the subject is jazz, the range of levels which might seem to be available is very broad. Jazz itself bas been categorised as everything from high art to popular entertainment. It's a very personal and localised music, but also the most influential development in twentieth century music on an international scale...
JAZZ POSSIBILITIES REALISED & DENIED
by Gail Brennan/John Clare
Second Annual Bell Jazz Lecture delivered October 8, 1994 at Waverley Library
Was there a time when we were not looking back on some other time - some Golden Age - of which the present is a pale reflection? It seems that many cultures have a dreamtime, a golden age, a time when things existed in their purest essence, when legends were made, when the gods walked the earth...
JAZZ AND THE PRESS AND RELATED AIRS AND THEMES
by Dick Hughes
Third Annual Bell Jazz Lecture delivered September 23, 1995 at Waverley Library
I sang then of Buddy Bolden, the first known jazzman, a New Orleans cornet player of the turn of the century about whom there exists legend, fantasy and myth rather than fact and authentic history. But at least we know who he was. And after that introduction by Tom Uren, I know who I am ... I think. I'm a journalist-jazzrnan...