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.
PAUL GRABOWSKY: ON AN UPWARD PATH
by Adrian Jackson
APRA Magazine, November, 1991
The last time I interviewed Paul Grabowsky for APRA (December 1988), he was a talent on the way up. He was already being hailed (in the jazz world, at least) as one of Australia's most talented pianists and composers, for work with his own groups in Melbourne; with the quartet, Wizards Of Oz; and with the Australian Jazz Orchestra. And he had begun to establish a reputation as one of our most prolific composers for film and television…
JOHN COLBORNE-VEEL: THE PLIGHT OF THE UNKNOWN AUSTRALIAN COMPOSER
by Bruce Johnson
APRA Magazine, March, 1984
I begin with an observation upon the jazz scene, because I know it best. The Australian Music Centre issued a book called Australian Jazz Compositions, in 1978. At 279 pages and, say, five songs per page, that's a listing of around 1,400 songs. Call it 140 LP records. Call it around ten three-hour concerts (allowing for breaks). A lot of music. But you would be hard put to find many songs in that considerable collection that have been played more than once…
BRUCE CALE, SERIALISM AND THE LYDIAN CONCEPT
by Eric Myers
APRA Magazine, October 1985
When the Australia Music Centre's film on Australian composers Notes On A Landscape came out in 1980, it was apparent that most of the ten composers included, picked themselves: Don Banks, Anne Boyd, Colin Brumby, Barry Conyngham, Keith Humble, Elena Kats, Graeme Koehne, Richard Meale, Peter Sculthorpe. In addition to them, there was one composer who, on the face of it, might not have been regarded as such an automatic choice: Bruce Cale….