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.”
Javanese Shadow Puppets at Monash University
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John Griffiths on Renaissance Singer-songwriters
Renaissance art is scattered with paintings of singers accompanying themselves on the lute. The practice … Continue reading John Griffiths on Renaissance Singer-songwriters
Oxford University Press Book Contract to Monash Musicologist
Dr Paul Watt, a senior lecturer in musicology in the Sir Zelman Cowen School of … Continue reading Oxford University Press Book Contract to Monash Musicologist
Anthony Barnhill Wins Margaret Sutherland Bursary
Playing works by Ernesto Lecuona, Margaret Sutherland, John Adams, Sergei Prokofiev and a work of … Continue reading Anthony Barnhill Wins Margaret Sutherland Bursary
What’s on at the School of Music
From July to November 2015, the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music is celebrating its … Continue reading What’s on at the School of Music
50th Anniversary Celebrations Launched!
On Friday 24th July, the School of Music officially launched its 50th anniversary celebrations. The event … Continue reading 50th Anniversary Celebrations Launched!
Dr Paul Watt awarded prestigious European Union Research Fellowship
Dr Paul Watt, a senior lecturer in musicology in the Sir Zelman Cowen School of … Continue reading Dr Paul Watt awarded prestigious European Union Research Fellowship
Paul Grabowsky, Julien Wilson and Peter Knight finalists in 2015 APRA AMCOS Art Music Awards
Finalists for the 2015 Art Music Awards have just been named, and we are pleased to … Continue reading Paul Grabowsky, Julien Wilson and Peter Knight finalists in 2015 APRA AMCOS Art Music Awards
Dr James Mitchell awarded a Balzan Prize visitorship
Dr James Mitchell, an Adjunct Research Fellow of the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music, … Continue reading Dr James Mitchell awarded a Balzan Prize visitorship
Blog: New York, New York!
Each year the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music, in collaboration with New York University, … Continue reading Blog: New York, New York!
Clarinet Mega Day returns in 2015!
Monash University School of Music invites all clarinet players to the Clarinet Mega Day III. Come along for a day of all of things clarinet. Featuring masterclasses with leading professionals, orchestral excerpt class, a warm up session, vendor exhibits, panel discussions and VCE masterclasses. Also, why not join in and perform with the Monash Clarinet Mega Day Clarinet Choir?!
Audition short Course – Jazz and Popular Studies 2015
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.