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15/8/2017Natalie Dietz jazz vocalist O-1 Artist Visa Indiegogo campaign

Natalie 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

Australia’s vibrant 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.
“Entrants looking for inspiration for Australian jazz repertoire will be able to access the AJRB online from today up until November 5. Entrants can email artists@wangarattajazz.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 year.
“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 said.
“2017 will be no exception.
“Without giving too much away, our 2017 international headliners are without doubt some of the strongest in the recent history of the Festival.
“Australian Jazz 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.
Entry guidelines 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.
Discounted (save 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 Line-Up Announcement


Global Rhythms celebrates 5 years this 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 Festival .
Alice Terry 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 Tide 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 Band’s 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 underlies Alphamama’s 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 it.
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 to AJRB.
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
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