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THE INAUDIBLE MUSIC: JAZZ, GENDER AND AUSTRALIAN MODERNITY
by Bruce Johnson
Reviewed by Eric Myers
JazzChord, Feb/Mar, 2000
This is a fascinating, ground-breaking book… Johnson's argument, the way I read it, is a convincing explanation of why jazz has been marginalised in Australian cultural politics for most of the Twentieth Century…
BLISTERED HEELS: JAZZ AND HOT DANCE MUSIC IN AUSTRALIA IN THE TWENTIES
by Jack Mitchell
Reviewed by Nick Dellow
Vintage Jazz Mart, No 176, Autumn 2016
Within two years of the Original Dixieland Jazz Band’s first record being issued, jazz had driven its syncopated beat into every corner in every continent of the world. It swept across the globe in pandemic fashion...
THE REMARKABLE MR MORRISON: THE VIRTUOSITY AND VERSATILITY OF AUSTRALIA'S MASTER MUSICIAN
by Mervyn E Collins
Reviewed by John Cleary
James Morrison has a problem. Very few deny that Australia’s foremost jazz multi-instrumentalist is a prodigious talent; that he tore up the rulebook for mastering brass; that his freakish embouchure allows him to move from piccolo trumpet to tuba and that he is just as comfortable on reeds, bass and piano. But there’s a proportion of the jazz population which refuses to treat the man as a bona fide exponent of the art...