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SOUND BALANCE IN JAZZ: A VEXED QUESTION
by Eric Myers
The Music Trust’s Loud Mouth e-zine, October, 2019
This article was prompted by a discussion that came about following my review, published in The Australian, of the September 8 concert in The Studio of the Sydney Opera House, when three finalists competed for the $20,000 Music Trust Freedman Jazz Fellowship. They were vocalist Elly Hoyt and pianists Novak Manojlovic and Harry Sutherland, each performing for about half-an-hour with their own small ensembles. There were relatively minor sound problems on the night, which in my view were avoidable…
THE FATHER OF AUSTRALIAN JAZZ: LAZY ADE
by Diana Allen OAM
Australian Jazz & Blues, Volume 1, No 4, 1994
In 1987 I asked Ade Herbert Monsbourgh if I could give him a Club 177 Birthday Bash to celebrate his 70th birthday. He agreed and a birthday party for Ade has begun each Club 177 (and later Jazz Australia), every year ever since. Ade Monsbourgh, born in Melbourne on February 17th, 1917, is unquestionably a legend in his lifetime. Referred to by some as "the father of Australian jazz", he is indisputably one of the founding fathers. The magic of his music has always been distinguishable both by his own unique sound, something that every musician hopes to acquire, and his presence on stage...
WHATEVER HAPPENED TO KEITH HOUNSLOW?
by Ken Simpson-Bull
AJAZZ, February, 2012
If you’ve wondered why you haven't seen or heard of iconic jazz trumpeter Keith Hounslow for the last ten years it's because he's living a pleasant life of retirement. Recently interviewed, Keith explained what led up to his departure from jazz performing and what he's doing now…