Australian jazz postcards

12 unique postcards celebrating Australian jazz and improvised music. Six photographs by Marc Bongers. Six jazz-inspired texts by Allan Browne, Michael Crane, Geoff Goodfellow, Geoff Page, Arjun von Caemmerer and Miriam Zolin …

Jamie Oehlers

image by Marc Bongers Jamie Oehlers playing tenor saxophone - colour photography Australian saxophonist, Jamie Oehlers, was the winner of the 2003 World Saxophone Competition and has been a recipient of 4 Australian Jazz Bell Awards, APRA and Australian Music Centre awards, ABC Limelight Awards and more. He has produced 11 CD’s under his name and has travelled the world performing with the likes of Charlie Haden, Eric Harland, Geri Allen, Robert Hurst, Ronnie Scott, Aaron Goldberg, Ari Honeig, George Garzone, Paul Grabowsky and the Brodsky Quartet. www.jamieoehlers.com

Kristin Berardi

image by Marc Bongers Kristin is one of Australia’s first calls for Jazz concerts and festivals. Her accolades include winning the Montreux Jazz Festival’s International Vocal Competition in 2006, supporting Al Jarreau and George Benson at Montreux Jazz Festival 2007 and touring Europe with James Sherlock, winning the National Freedman Fellowship 2007, the National Australian Bell Award for the Best Jazz Vocal Album for 2010 and also being honoured with the Freedman Fellowship for Jazz in 2010. Most recently she was awarded another Bell Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album of the Year, and she won the National Jazz Award for Jazz Voice at the Wangaratta Jazz Festival 2012. She has released six albums in Australia, and was hand picked by Jon Gordon for his album Evolution, for American Label ArtistShare in 2009. www.kristinberardi.com

Linda Oh

image by Marc Bongers Born in Malaysia and raised in Perth, Western Australia, Linda Oh is an active bassist and composer. Linda has performed and recorded with the likes of Dave Douglas, Joe Lovano, Kenny Barron, Steve Wilson, Fabian Almazan and Cyrus Chestnut. She has received many awards such as an ASCAP Young Jazz Composer’s award in 2008, 2ndplace at the BASS2010 Competition and an honorary mention at the 2009 Thelonious Monk Bass Competition. Linda also received the 2010 Bell Award for Young Australian Artist of the Year and was the 2012 Downbeat Critic’s Poll ‘Rising Star’ on bass. Her next album to be released in 2014 and is a project commissioned by the Jazz Gallery and featuring the Sirius string quartet. Linda has written for large and small ensembles as well as for film, participating in the BMI Film Composers Workshop in 2011. She currently lives in New York City, touring and performing regularly while teaching in the Precollege Division of Manhattan School of Music. lindaohmusic.com

‘A Smooth Number’ by Geoff Goodfellow

Geoff Goodfellow has been publishing poems for thirty years. His most recent book is Waltzing with Jack Dancer, a narrative of his survival from cancer. geoffgoodfellow.com

 

 

 

‘jazz’ by Allan Browne

Allan Browne has been playing drums in jazz combos since 1960 and writing for longer. His first poetry collection Conjuror was published by extempore in 2012. australianjazz.net/tag/allan-browne

 

 

 

‘A Manual of Style’ by Geoff Page

for Bernie McGann Geoff Page has published twenty collections including A Sudden Sentence in the Air: Jazz Poems (extempore) and Bernie McGann: A Life in Jazz (Kardoorair). geoffpagepoet.com.au

 

 

 

Niko Schäuble

image by Marc Bongers Niko’s sound and music is known to many, through his work withSam Rivers, Lee Konitz, Enrico Rava, Trilok Gurtu, Branford Marsalis, Mike Nock, Wynton Marsalis, Dewey Redman, Arthur Blythe, Gunther Schuller, Palle Mikkelborg, Paul Grabowsky, Archie Roach, Ruby Hunter, the Young Wagilaks (Songmen from Arnhem Land), Megan Washington, Katie Noonan, Ed Schuller, Billy Jenkins, Berliner Saxophon Quartett, Vince Jones, Sruthi Laya Ensemble (Madras), Karaikudi R. Mani, Australian Art Orchestra, Tibetan Dixie, Die Elefanten, Tanzfabrik Berlin, Jugend Jazz Band Charlottenburg, ABC-TV / SBS-TV / Channels 7, 9 and 10 / Australian Childrens Television Foundation, HR / WDR / MDR / RIAS / SFB / ORB (in Germany), Hallmark & Paramount TV (in USA), Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, MSO, TSO… He has also worked extensively in film, TV and multimedia. pughousestudios.com/niko

 

‘Poetry & Violins’ by Michael Crane

MICHAEL CRANE has had more than 300 poems and stories published in Australian journals and newspapers, and organised Poetry Idol for the Melbourne Writers Festival. michaelfcrane.wordpress.com

 

 

Mike Nock

image by Marc Bongers New Zealand born pianist/composer Mike Nock is one of the acknowledged masters of jazz in Australasia. His reputation rests partly on his imposing international experience which includes …

  • twenty-five years working in the USA with many of the world’s top jazz musicians such as: Coleman Hawkins, Yusef Lateef, Dionne Warwick, Michael Brecker, etc…
  • a large catalogue of critically acclaimed, internationally released recordings
  • his role as leader of the 1970′s seminal jazz-rock group The Fourth Way a substantial body of original compositions in print and on recordings

“Nock’s ringing iconoclasm pervades all his music, taps a deep well of melody that transcends jazz and informs and ignites his every encounter.” – Fred Bouchard, Down Beat (USA)

www.mikenock.com

‘Body and soul’

played by Allan Browne (drums), Marc Hannaford (piano) and Sam Anning (bass) at Uptown Jazz Cafe  Miriam Zolin is a Melbourne-based writer who enjoys listening to contemporary improvised music. www.miriamzolin.com 

 

 

 

 

Phil Slater

image by Marc Bongers

Phil Slater is a trumpeter and composer based in the Illawarra, NSW, Australia. He is the leader or co-leader of several groups including the Phil Slater Quartet, Band of Five Names, and the Sun Songbook. He has awarded multiple times and has performed and recorded with a diverse range of artists including Nigel Kennedy, Lou Reed, Sandy Evans, James Morrison, Mike Nock, DIG, Martha Wainwright, Missy Higgins, Vince Jones, Bernie McGann, Archie Roach, Joseph Towadros, Sandy Evans, Steve Hunter, Dale Barlow, Don Burrows, Scott Tinkler, Riley Lee, Prop, Synergy Percussion, Pnau, Ensemble Offspring, AustraLysis, David Bridie, Katie Noonan, Daorum, You Am I, Mike Nock, Terumasa Hino, Tim Freedman, Bobby Previte, The Sleepy Jackson, Jim Black and The Australian Art Orchestra. Phil has performed at international arts festivals and is also a featured performer with various ensembles at the Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane, and Wangaratta arts and music festivals. In August 2013 Phil was a featured performer at the David Monette Corporation 30th Anniversary Concert. He was a the featured soloist in the Australian Art Orchestra work Miles Davis: Prince of Darkness. His work The Hollow Air featuring shakuhachi grand master Riley Lee and the Australian Art Orchestra was performed at the Melbourne International Arts Festival in 2011.

www.philslater.com

‘Disorganised Religion’ by Arjun von Caemmerer

(Dr) Arjun von Caemmerer holds hand to pen, foot to yoga mat, stethoscope to chest and ear to music in Hobart, Tasmania. australianjazz.net/tag/arjun-von-caemmerer hobartiyengar.com