A great review of The Monash Sessions with Vince Jones in The Australian last week:
“A JAZZ singer’s longevity can be like a bottle of fine wine, improving with age. For more than 30 years Vince Jones has toured Australia, issued a string of recordings and watched a parade
of the nation’s best musicians pass through his band as a staging post for their brilliant careers. His voice may be a little raspy thanks to years of nightclub singing, but Jones has still got his zing.
His latest release, the fourth in the Monash Sessions series, is Jones at his best. Recorded at Bennetts Lane Jazz Club in Melbourne last October while he was artist-in-residence at the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music, this Jones performance is enhanced by the fine line-up, including the sensational Sam Keevers on piano. Keevers and Rob Burke co-produced the recording, and the Monash University Vocal Ensemble adds to the lush sound. Pianists Matt McMahon and Paul Grabowsky score thankyou credits, chiefly because of their co-writing, with Jones, of some of his signature tunes that he delivers with that catchy, high minor-note hook capable of making listeners swoon.
Three of his best on this recording — Jettison, Budgie and Rainbow Cake — come from his 1987 album It All Ends Up in Tears, when Jones was probably at his peak, and playing with such jazz luminaries-to-be as Grabowsky, Barney McAll, Doug de Vries and Tony Floyd. Jones lets rip on Wonderworld, adding a Gina Rinehart lyric to give his social commentary extra bite — and to draw a laugh from his audience. 4 stars.”
Richard Divall 1945-2017
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Audition Preparation Short Course, 2017
Jazz, Popular Studies and Creative Music Technology Audition Preparation Short Course 2017 is a two-day course for jazz instrumentalists, jazz voice, popular voice and Creative Music Technology students.
Zavod Classical-Jazz Fusion Award 2017
The Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music at Monash University is pleased to introduce the Zavod Classical-Jazz Fusion Award for outstanding classical-jazz fusion original composition and performance.
Rob Burke and Andrys Onsman Launch New Book: Perspectives on Artistic Research in Music
Coordinator of Jazz and Popular Studies Rob Burke, alongside Andrys Onsman, have launched their new … Continue reading Rob Burke and Andrys Onsman Launch New Book: Perspectives on Artistic Research in Music
New book published on nineteenth-century popular music
Dr Paul Watt (Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music) and Dr Patrick Spedding (LLCL)—with Professor Derek B. Scott (University of Leeds)—are the editors of a new book: Cheap Print and Popular Song in the Nineteenth Century: A Cultural History of the Songster
Professor Cat Hope appointed Head of the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music
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Agency in Jazz and Improvisation Conference
Registrations are now open for the Australasian Jazz and Improvisation Research Network’s conference ‘Agency in Jazz and Improvisation’ hosted in partnership with The Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music at Monash University.
Alumni Hue Blanes: Winner of the PBS Young Elder of Jazz Commission
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Winners announced for the inaugural MSO Pizzicato Effect Prize for Composition
2016 has marked the beginning of a collaboration between the MSO and Monash University with … Continue reading Winners announced for the inaugural MSO Pizzicato Effect Prize for Composition
Monash composers to premiere new works in Germany
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Dr Paul Watt attends musicology conference in Brno, Czech Republic
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Australian (Australasian) Jazz Research Conference
Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music in collaboration with The University of Melbourne present: Australasian Jazz Research Conference.
(Planning the Future). Monday 31st October 2016. Convenors: A/Prof Robert Burke and Dr Rob Vincs