15/8/2017Natalie Dietz jazz vocalist O-1 Artist Visa Indiegogo campaign
Dietz is a Sydney jazz vocalist and award-winning composer whose in need of support
to raise funds for an O-1 Artist Visa in order to remain in New York City, where
she is currently developing a career. In 2016 she won the ASCAP (American Society
of Composers, Authors and Publishers) Herb Alpert National Young Jazz Composer's
Award which was presented at New York's Lincoln Center. As an emerging artist she
is reaching out for support to help cover the basic legal costs of applying for
the O-1 Artist Visa. Any support offered will greatly assist her to remain in the
United States to continue reaching her potential as an artist and composer.
06/07/2017 All that Glitters
turns to Brass
jazz community is tuning up for big rewards as entries open today for the country‟s
most prestigious Jazz competition – the National Jazz Awards.
Designed to provide
encouragement and exposure to young musicians (up to 35 years of age), the National
Jazz Awards have been a central feature of the Wangaratta Festival of Jazz &
Blues since the festival‟s inception in 1990. A different instrument is featured
every year, and this year the spotlight turns to brass.
Ten finalists will
be chosen to perform at the Wangaratta Festival of Jazz & Blues on November
3-5 and will vie for $12,000 in prize money and valuable opportunities to gain industry
experience and boost their career.
In a National Jazz
Awards first, the winner will be invited to perform at the Sena International Jazz
Laureate Program, and will receive flights, accommodation and a small artist‟s
fee as part of the Rabobank Amersfoort Jazz Festival in May 2018.
Adam Simmons, Co-Artistic
Director for the Wangaratta Festival of Jazz &Blues said that the benefits of
succeeding in the National Jazz Awards are far reaching.
“The National Jazz
Awards have a seriously strong calibre of alumni that include the likes of Barney
McAll, James Muller, Phil Slater, Scott Tinkler, Michelle Nicolle and Stephen Magnusson”,
Mr Simmons said.
“We are calling on
brass instrumentalists to take this opportunity polish up their trumpets and trombones
and submit three recorded pieces, with at least one original composition and one
with a band including a piano/keyboard, bass and drums to demonstrate to the judges
the mastery of their craft”, he added.
In another National
Jazz Awards first, all entrants will receive complimentary access to the online
resource at Australian Jazz Real Book (AJRB) until November 5, where a list of Australian
composers and compositions for possible use can be found.
for inspiration for Australian jazz repertoire will be able to access the AJRB online
from today up until November 5. Entrants can email email@example.com
for further information and log
in details”, Mr Simmons said.
“The AJRB is a phenomenal
resource that makes Australian jazz available to the next generation of jazz musicians
and as Graeme Bell so aptly put it „prevents it from sinking into the waters of
invisibility‟”, he added.
The winner, runner
up and second runner up in this year‟s Awards will also have the opportunity
to have their compositions featured on the AJRB website. Recording sessions from
ABC Jazz and Pughouse Studios are also on offer.
“None of this would
be possible without the support of our sponsors and in the case of the National
Jazz Awards we have been privileged to have the support of the Anthony and Sharon
Lee Foundation”, concluded Mr Simmons.
The Wangaratta Festival
of Jazz & Blues will be held over the „unofficial‟ Melbourne Cup Day long
weekend from 3-5 November. With the 2017 line-up set to be announced early this
month, Festival Chair Paul Squires said festival goers are in for a real treat this
“For the last 28
years the Wangaratta Festival of Jazz & Blues has presented a program where
Australian and international Jazz and Blues artists can engage and inspire each
other and our audience through the international language of music”, Mr Squires
“2017 will be no
“Without giving too
much away, our 2017 international headliners are without doubt some of the strongest
in the recent history of the Festival.
and Blues artists performing at the Festival are also set to excite – and there
is a particularly talented trio that are sure to set the hearts of any lover of
jazz on fire,” concluded Mr Squires.
for the National Jazz Awards can be found online at http://wangarattajazz.com/
. Entries can be submitted online
or by post and close on 31 July 2017.
Finalists will be
announced at the end of September. The winner will be announced at The Wangaratta
Festival of Jazz & Blues on November 5.
up to $55) pre-sale tickets for the Wangaratta Festival of Jazz & Blues 2017
are now available at www.wangarattajazz.com/tickets
06/072017 Global Rhythms 2017 Music Festival
celebrates 5 years
September with another line up of unique and diverse artists from all over the country!
Returning to its beautiful waterfront home in Glebe
, this music festival promises
to deliver an afternoon of exciting music, beautiful food from around the world,
environmental workshops and kids activities, all between a backdrop of both bridges.
Proudly presented by Eastside Radio
with support from the City of Sydney
Global Rhythms will again be one of the main events of the 2017 Sydney Fringe
sounds like a gutsy Delta blues
queen whose spirited performances and clever writing have earned her recognition
and support with artists like Beth Hart and Allen Stone. Festival larrikins King
are arguably the best uptown/jamdown/rocksteady reggae/got soul combo in
the land. These ARIA nominees and OZ Music Award winners invite you to come along
and argue the point! There seems to be a common thread between The Crooked Fiddle
twisting rhythms and frenetic accompaniment of gypsy, klezmer, Balkan
folk and cinematic post rock. While a love of Jazz, Soul, Hip Hop and World music
unique sound and approach to songwriting as she shares
her wondering’s about the state of the world, the cosmos and a woman’s place in
Join us for a unique
and environmentally sustainable celebration of diversity and great music at this
family-friendly event in the beautiful waterfront of Bicentennial Park, Glebe
Complete with amazing views and ample grass areas to sit and enjoy. Earlybird
tickets are only $30!
Who else can guarantee a kaleidoscope of sound, food and
art for that amount?
06/07/2017 Australian Jazz
Real Book and NJA Team Up
The Australian Jazz Real Book is proud to partner with Wangaratta Jazz in
supporting applicants for the National Jazz Awards. All registered applicants will
receive complimentary access to the online resources at Australian Jazz Real Book
until Nov 5, 2017, where a list of Australian composers and compositions for possible
use may be found. Each of the prizewinners will have the opportunity for their compositions
to be featured by the Australian Jazz Real Book and will receive a year’s subscription
Designed to provide encouragement and exposure to young musicians (up to
35 years of age), Australia’s most prestigious jazz competition, the National Jazz
Awards, has been a highlight each year since the Festival began in 1990. Each year
ten finalists are chosen to perform, for the chance to win up to $12,000, and valuable
opportunities to gain industry recognition and boost their careers. With past winners
including now prominent artists such as Barney McAll, James Muller, Phil Slater,
Scott Tinkler, Michelle Nicolle and Stephen Magnusson, the benefits of succeeding
in the National Jazz Awards are far reaching. To enter into the National Jazz Awards,
contestants must apply online