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.
A NIGHT IN NEW YORK WITH DAVID ADES
by Eric Myers
David Ades’ posthumous CD A Life In a Day was reviewed by John McBeath in The Weekend Australian on November 21, 2015. John was obviously impressed with the CD. “This may well qualify as the jazz album of the year”, he writes...
JAZZ AND THE CULTURAL POLITICS OF AUSTRALIAN MUSIC
by Bruce Johnson
Context Journal of Music Research No 10 Summer 1995
I wish to address an issue which is central to current debates relating to Australian culture and the arts. Multi-culturalism, sexual politics, deconstructionist aesthetics and political correctness are some of the issues besieging notions of aesthetic worth and calling into question the idea of 'excellence' as formally inherent rather than politically attributed...
THE KALEIDOSCOPIC MUSICAL MIND OF BRUCE CALE
by John Shand
Just the saxophonists that Bruce Cale has worked with tell you much about his career: Phil Woods, Ernie Watts, Zoot Sims, Anthony Braxton, Trevor Watts, John Klemmer, John Handy, Tubby Hayes, Prince Lasha and many more. Other collaborators include Bobby Hackett, Billy Eckstine, Kenny Wheeler, Larry Adler, Rick Laird, Dudley Moore and Shelly Manne, to barely scratch the surface. Add the phalanx of eminent Australian players and the host of his classical compositions to have won prestigious prizes or been performed by our major orchestras and the scale of Cale’s career materializes...