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.”
Monash Theatre and Performance Centre receives $1 million donation for Artists in Residence Program
Melbourne philanthropist Dr Jeanne Pratt AC has donated $1,000,000 to Monash University’s Centre for Theatre and Performance, significantly boosting student opportunities in musical theatre.
Professor Margaret Kartomi receives the Koizumi Fumio prize
Last week Professor Margaret Kartomi received the Koizumi Fumio Prize, an international award for achievements in ethnomusicology, in a ceremony in Tokyo.
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Dr Paul Watt Awarded Book Contract for a Biography of Ernest Newman
Dr Paul Watt, a senior lecturer in musicology in the Sir Zelman Cowen School of … Continue reading Dr Paul Watt Awarded Book Contract for a Biography of Ernest Newman
Jazz, Popular Studies & Creative Music Technology Audition Preparation Course, 2016
This course will include performance and ensemble processes that will assist in the building of skills that focus on attaining the standards of the audition requirements and an understanding of what is expectations for the Jazz and Popular course.
School of Music hosts the inaugural chair in Indian Studies at Monash University
The Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music has been honoured with hosting the inaugural chair … Continue reading School of Music hosts the inaugural chair in Indian Studies at Monash University
Music and Psychoanalysis: Monash University Composition students in Germany
Composition students from Monash’s Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music recently travelled to Germany to … Continue reading Music and Psychoanalysis: Monash University Composition students in Germany
Margaret Kartomi Wins Prestigious Heinze Memorial Award
In a ceremony held during the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra’s concert at Hamer Hall on 12 … Continue reading Margaret Kartomi Wins Prestigious Heinze Memorial Award
Introducing our newest member of staff, Mr Johannes Luebbers
We are very excited to introduce our newest member of staff, Mr Johannes Luebbers, who … Continue reading Introducing our newest member of staff, Mr Johannes Luebbers
PhD student Joe O’Connor wins PBS Young Elder of Jazz award
The Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music are pleased to announce that Ph.D. student, pianist … Continue reading PhD student Joe O’Connor wins PBS Young Elder of Jazz award
Thérèse Radic at 80: A Celebration
The Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music and the Victorian Chapter of the Musicological Society … Continue reading Thérèse Radic at 80: A Celebration
Thomas Reiner publishes a new music textbook
Associate Professor Thomas Reiner has published a music text book for beginning musicians to learn and … Continue reading Thomas Reiner publishes a new music textbook