Wynton Marsalis…part I

This may be the first of many blogs about Wynton Marsalis. These are my personal thoughts on  Wynton, not the thoughts of jazz critics, peers and anyone else who loves to have a crack at him. When I was about 10 or 11 years old it was about 1986/87 when I first saw Wynton’s quintet […] Read more »

keep on moving on…

Its been a while since I’ve last posted. In this time I’ve been busy. Went to New York in September 2013, did 20 xmas gigs in December, recorded an album in a day in January and have now started back the new year teaching, oh and got back into fixed gear cycling (the true bicycle). […] Read more »

legacy

This year 2 of my favourite jazz pianists have passed away, Mulgrew Miller then Cedar Walton. It makes me think with more and more elder statesman of this music passing away is it now more important than ever to continue to play and promote jazz. I think every jazz musician should be a “jazz messenger”. […] Read more »

why not jazz…

I run a venue on Thursday nights and if you’re in Brisbane you should come down to the Turnaround Jazz Club. I get emails weekly from local, interstate and international musicians and managers looking for a gig. As a venue operator I feel it’s important to be open minded about what to present but as […] Read more »

Then and now…

I have a theory. When jazz was being created in the early part of last century it gave the people creating it an opportunity to feel good about themselves, express a feeling of joy and generally have a good time. In these modern times we live in much better circumstances (generally) than what they were back […] Read more »

What’s new…

What’s new…how is the world treating you? On a recent trip to New York City it really got me thinking about “What’s New”, not necessarily the 1939 classic tune but rather “what’s new” musically in jazz. I’m always looking for new music to buy or am checking out new musicians to see what’s happening and […] Read more »