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JAZZCHORD ARTICLES

Between 1993 and 2002, 64 editions of JazzChord were published by the Jazz Co-ordination Association of New South Wales. This folder includes a selection of articles from those editions. Articles published in JazzChord appear on this site also in the JOHN CLARE, JAZZ CO-ORDINATION, BOOK REVIEWS, CONTRIBUTIONS and OBITUARIES folders.

 
Paul Grabowsky (left) & Allan Browne

Paul Grabowsky (left) & Allan Browne

PAUL GRABOWSKY & CONTROVERSY OVER PAB MUSIC COMMITTEE FUNDING DECISIONS

by Eric Myers

JazzChord, May/Jun, 1994

On May 11, 1994, the Sydney Morning Herald ran an article which alleged that members of the Music Committee of the Australia Council's Performing Arts Board (PAB), in its most recent assessments, had been beneficiaries of a substantial amount of the available funds, through the Composer Commissions program. Written by the freelance arts writer Ava Hubble, and headed 'Committee out of tune as members take out grants', the article was based on criticisms made by John Colborne-Veel, President of the Fellowship of Australian Composers. Of a total of $148,811 awarded, $53,000 had gone to committee members…

Paul Grabowsky

Paul Grabowsky

OPEN SEASON ON PAUL GRABOWSKY

by Eric Myers

JazzChord, Apr/May, 1999

On March 17, 1997, the morning after the jazz program As hard to define as love was shown on ABC-TV as part of Access All Areas, Paul Grabowsky, commissioning editor, ABC-TV arts & entertainment, received from me a short note which read: "Congratulations, Paul on last night - a beautiful program on jazz."  I felt compelled to send Paul this fax because the program was a terrific one. I hope he enjoyed this small amount of positive feedback from a minor figure in the jazz world because, soon after, he was to receive some crushingly negative feedback from a couple of pretty heavy media figures…

Paul Grabowsky

Paul Grabowsky

THE AUSTRALIAN ART ORCHESTRA: A HISTORY

by Martin Jackson

JazzChord, Oct/Nov, 2000

Here we have the talents of weird and wonderful violinists from Queensland, German drummers, Scottish clarinettists, South American percussionists, North American percussionists (I understand there is a difference), James Last's lead trumpet player, a third trumpet player who doubles on accordion and acoustic guitar, one of the country's best double bass players who only plays the tuba, etc. Oh, by the way, did I mention that the third trumpeter is also one of the country's best pianists. Oh, and one woman. Imagine taking a bunch like that to India…