The website www.jazzandbeyond.com.au had its beginnings in 2002. Jazz radio broadcaster Frank Presley (Peter Wockner) was on air announcing his regular weekly Sydney jazz gig guide at Northside Radio FM99.3
Following the near ten minute segment, he received a telephone call from Vlad Gilbourd, an avid jazz and blues fan driving in his car (hands free of course) but frustrated that he could not write down the numerous gigs that were being announced. A meeting was arranged and it was agreed to publish a weekly jazz and blues gig guide on Vlad's business website. Encouraged by positive feedback from the public and musicians, in a few months the gig guide was expanded into the website/e-zine known today as JazzAndBeyond. Mike Nock and Sandy Evans agreed to contribute the first High Fives in a column that provides the reader with special insights into the live music which has influenced the artist through the years. That column has developed into a fascinating monthly contribution from leading Australian artists to younger artists deserving wider recognition. The Gig Guide is updated weekly and the Future Events and Festivals page is the most comprehensive list of Australian Jazz events of its kind. For radio listeners there is a complete Jazz Radio Guide. Regular contributors to the Reviews page include: broadcaster, writer Peter Wockner, Fine Music's Barry O'Sullivan and Vlad Gilbourd.
as an amateur bass player, singer and drummer, a friend introduced Peter to community radio. He became interested in broadcasting, having been raised listening and being influenced by the programs of Eric Child and Jim McLeod on ABC. In 1991 he commenced presenting what is now one of the longest continuously running jazz programs in Australia ‘Frank Presley’s Now’s the Time’. In 2006 Peter won the National Jazz Writing Competition awarded at the Wangaratta Jazz Festival and shortly after began a five year tenure contributing monthly to the ABC's Limelight Magazine. He has also contributed to Extempore Journal, The Bulletin, other publications and CD liner notes.
|Peter Wockner (founder, editor)
was raised in Goombungee, Queensland listening to his father’s extensive jazz record collection. Some of the many artists in the collection included John Sangster, Serge Ermoll, Bob Barnard, Art Pepper and Buddy Rich. There were many instruments in the house and after years of dabbling
shares his time between a day job and tragic attempts to improve his saxophone sound in the evenings. Lots of reading, participation in several socially responsible projects, music (mainly jazz and blues), gigs and discussions with Peter about how to move jazzandbeyond forward :-)
|Vlad Gilbourd (founder, contributor, webmaster)
Born in the USSR and grew up listening to rock on Western radio stations (forbidden in the USSR). Now lives in Sydney and