This section is dedicated to the work of John Clare, widely regarded as the doyen of Australian jazz writers. Helen Garner, in her preface to Clare's book Take Me Higher, describes his writing as "superbly literate and articulate, deeply informed, yet completely ordinary in tone, even at their most elated". This section collects some of John Clare's articles published previously, and some original contributions.
KEITH HOUNSLOW: MY JAZZ LIFE
John Clare surveys an autobiography on six CDs
JazzChord, Jun/Jul, 1999
The subtitle of Keith Hounslow’s My Jazz Life is 50 Years Of Playing Jazz in Australia, but if you are looking for opinions and academic themes, go browse, perchance to drowse, in the texts of journalists and professors. Keith Hounslow has given us a clear, uncomplicated view of a most fascinating current in Australia’s cultural life...
by John Clare
Let us move into a parallel idiom in order to make a point. When the painter Matisse was very old he kept painting through medical problems and sorrows, though everyone including his family assured him that he was saying nothing new…
LADIES AND GENTLEMEN... MR BERNIE McGANN
John Clare reviews Bruce Hart's photographic exhibition
JazzChord, Jun/Jul, 2000
The title is rather Las Vegas (I have never heard Bernie introduced as Mr Bernie McGann), but it is the only mis-pitch (no pun intended of course) in this very important exhibition and record...