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BACK TOGETHER AGAIN! THE STORY OF THE PORT JACKSON JAZZ BAND
by Jack Mitchell
Reviewed by Peter J F Newton
JazzChord, Summer 95/96
These days it would be a truism to say, I think, that the heyday and decline of the Australian traditional jazz revival paralleled that of the British and European revivalist movements. Inspired by recordings by American white musicians seeking to recapture the sounds of the classic black bands, and also by those of rediscovered veterans of the early days in New Orleans, bands formed in Australia’s cities and country towns and, by their spirited performances and with laid- back informal dance sessions, drew receptive audiences…
SERIOUS FUN: THE LIFE AND MUSIC OF MIKE NOCK
by Norman Meehan
Reviewed by Tony Mitchell
Music Trust of Australia website September 3, 2014
Mike Nock has been a stalwart of the Sydney Improvised Music Association and was a star turn at its August celebration of its 30th anniversary. In the general spirit of reminiscence, he offered The Music Trust this biography, published in 2010, for review. It was published around the time of Mike’s 70th birthday celebrations so in the span of a longish life, what’s a few years?
JIM McLEOD'S JAZZTRACK
by Jim McLeod
Reviewed by John Shand
Jazz ‘n’ Blues, Vol 2, No 1, 1995
Jim McLeod’s book, which shares its name with his ever-popular ABC Classic FM radio show, is a collection of 17 interviews with jazz luminaries, half of them Australian. All are presented in transcription format, preceded by a half-page introduction…