Eric Myers Jazz

work in progress



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. Graeme 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. Read these lectures also at

Jim McLeod

Jim McLeod


by Jim McLeod

Thirteenth annual Bell Jazz Lecture delivered September 17, 2005 at Waverley Library

I suppose you might think that the most obvious subject for me to choose would be broadcasting - radio and television, since I spent 48 years at the ABC, the larger part of that time broadcasting jazz programs. And nowadays I present jazz segments on cable/satellite TV station Ovation…

Graeme Bell

Graeme Bell


by Graeme Bell

Fourteenth Annual Bell Jazz Lecture delivered September 16, 2006 at Waverley Library

A bandleader can be loved, hated or anything in between. But the greatest reward he can possibly hope for is respect. A diplomatic and democratic approach will, in most cases, earn this respect, and he can then, in such an environment, set about creating the sort of music he is after.

Bill Boldiston

Bill Boldiston


by Bill Boldiston

Sixteenth Annual Bell Jazz Lecture delivered September 29, 2007 at Waverley Library

Here at the beginning of the 21st Century there is a popular impression, amongst those of us who care about such things, that the Sydney traditional jazz scene started in the early 1950s and mainly through the influence of ex-Melbourne musicians. Now there are good and weighty reasons for this impression…