This section includes essays on various jazz subjects, written by a number of writers. Contributions are welcome. Writers interested in contributing are welcome to contact the editor by filling out the form in the CONTACT tab. Photographs to illustrate those essays are welcome. Readers can click on the INDEX button for a list of articles in this folder.
THE SYDNEY JAZZ CLUB: 30 YEARS ON
by Bruce Johnson
Jazz Magazine, July/August and Spring, 1983
The Australian Jazz Conventions have been crucial in the development of our traditional jazz. It is amply documented that they provided both a musical forum and an inspirational sense of community for the early Melbourne, Adelaide, and Hobart musicians. The proposition also holds good, a little later, for Sydney. For many formative years, the nucleus of traditional jazz in that city was the Sydney Jazz Club...
CHUCK YATES AT 75: A GIANT OF AUSTRALIAN JAZZ
Interview with Phil Sandford
Australianjazz.net, June 12, 2012
Chuck Yates is a jazz pianist, accompanist and teacher whose career spans over 50 years. He has played at every major jazz venue in Australia, including a 14-year residency at the Bald Faced Stag Hotel in Sydney. His numerous live performances across Australia have bought him wide respect by musicians and fans. Solidly rooted in the bop tradition, his playing is muscular and direct, with logical melodic lines and an impeccable rhythmic feel…
IMPROVISATIONS: JAZZ PIANIST ANDREA KELLER
by Anna Goldsworthy
The Monthly, March, 2008
To get to Melbourne's Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, you have to drive down Little Lonsdale Street and park by the church. It is dark down there, and the laneway across the road is even darker - surely that can't be the one? But the map says it is, so you lock your car and venture gamely into the darkness…