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. 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 www.waverley.nsw.gov.au/services/library/reference_library/doubly_gifted_annual_bell_jazz_lectures
BUDDY BOLDEN & ME: THE TRUE STORY
by Daniel Hardie
Nineteenth annual Bell Jazz Lecture delivered September 17, 2011 at Waverley Library
I wonder how many of you can remember your first encounter with jazz music. When I was still at high school I began building radios - starting with the inevitable crystal set and moving on to build one and two valve receivers. Before long I had a radio I could listen to, using a pair of earphones purchased at an Army Disposal Store. On occasions I listened to US Army short wave radio stations broadcasting popular music for their troops stationed around the world…
HOW MANY OF YOU ARE THERE IN THE JAZZ TRIO?
by Clare Hansson
Twentieth annual Bell Jazz Lecture delivered September 22, 2009 at Waverley Library
Given Graeme Bell’s delight in getting out and about to numerous jazz events, I had a vision of his being in the audience... But the hand of fate decreed otherwise. A giant among jazzmen, there is a communal sense of sadness and loss at his recent passing. Since I first met both Graeme and Roger Bell at the Geelong Jazz Convention, I have been influenced by their generous encouragement. Over the years Graeme and I became musical soul mates sharing a love of J S Bach and exchanging compositions and recordings…
DOUBLY GIFTED: WHAT IS IT ALL ABOUT?
by Bob Baird
Twenty-first Annual Bell Jazz Lecture delivered September 28, 2013 at Waverley Library
As a preamble to the lecture, I wish to remind some of you here today and those who may not be aware, of the origin of the title given to the art exhibition and jazz concert - Doubly Gifted. The name Doubly Gifted is in itself a creative bit of wording. This became the title, given by Harry Stein, for the exhibition back in the early nineties…