14/10/2021 Melbourne International
Jazz Festivals Deferred to December 2021
With stay-at-home orders continuing across
the original October dates, and with the safety of all staff, artists and audience
members front of mind, Melbourne International Jazz Festival has today announced
that while it won’t be proceeding as scheduled, there’s light on the horizon for
Victorian jazz fans in 2021.
As the city once again opens up this year’s
festival will go ahead with a full program of live events across new dates from
Thursday 2 – Sunday 5 December.
Over a jam-packed four-day long weekend,
the festival will reactivate the city with more than 70 performances and events,
celebrating the best of Melbourne’s world-renowned jazz scene.
Melbourne International Jazz Festival
Artistic Director Michael Tortoni said
“The live experience is just so important
to this artform and we want to give our audience the chance to see the artists they
love – live and on stage. We toyed with the idea of an all-online festival for October,
and there will of course be an online component during the new dates as the times
demand, but we know how much audiences are itching to get out, back into venues
and have those experiences that can only exist in a festival context. With the opportunity
to do all of that just around the corner, it’s a move we’re excited to make.”
With international travel arrangements
remaining complex and in the absence of a New Zealand bubble, the festival’s Big
Sunday event headlined by Fat Freddy’s Drop will now take place as part of the 2022
Melbourne International Jazz Festival with the same line-up on October 15, which
is a Saturday. Still as big as ever – audiences just get a sleep in the next day.
Big Sunday ticket-holders have automatically
been shifted to this date and refunds are also available via Ticketek.
The updated 2021 Melbourne International
Jazz Festival program will be announced on Thursday 21 October, with tickets back
on sale from Friday 22 October.
14/10/2021 Hilary Geddes wins Freedman
The Winner of the 2021 Freedman Jazz Fellowship
HILARY GEDDES, guitar
Sydney-based guitarist and composer, Hilary
Geddes, has been announced as the winner of the 2021 Freedman Jazz Fellowship, valued
at $21,000. A versatile artist who has gained a reputation for her work in the jazz,
indie-rock and art-music sector, Hilary represents an exciting future for Australian
In a period where women are having an
important and lasting impact on the global jazz scene, it was significant that three
of this year's four finalists were female. Hilary joins the 2020 winner, bassist
Helen Svoboda, as the fourth young woman to win this prestigious award since Andrea
Keller received the inaugural Jazz Fellowship in 2001.
After several months of lock-down, the
distinguished judges were trumpeter Nadje Noordhuis, saxophonist
Loretta Palmeiro, pianist Stu Hunter and guitarist Ben Hauptmann who each appreciated
the opportunity to experience the extraordinary musical talent that is flourishing
On behalf of the judging panel, Loretta
Palmeiro said “The level of musicianship, imagination and ambition of the four Freedman
finalists was truly inspiring. Each finalist showed an impressive level of thought
and original creative process in their music making, and we anticipate great things
from each of them, as they continue to develop their individual practices.”
The decision to award Hilary the 2021
Fellowship was unanimous. Palmeiro says “Hilary is an intelligent and highly imaginative
musician, and a sophisticated composer with an effortless flair for story-telling
and the communicating of place through her music. Her distinctive voice, her extensive
vocabulary as a jazz guitarist and her ability to communicate brilliantly across
diverse styles is world class. Our only regret was to be unable to see the finalists
perform due to lockdown restrictions. This is undoubtedly the best part of the Freedman
Fellowship competition and we look forward to the return of the live element next
Director of The Music Trust, Dr Dick Letts
said of the 2021 Jazz Fellowship:
The young candidates for the Freedman
Jazz Fellowship reveal the cutting edge of jazz in Australia. It being jazz, they
mostly are not only performing it, but inventing it through composition and improvisation,
and the Freedman candidates do that superbly.
With her Fellowship, guitarist Hilary
Geddes is taking her band across the Riverina for performances and workshops, fostering
a home-grown musical culture from the ground up, and simultaneously building the
achievement of the band.
ABOUT HILARY GEDDES
Multidisciplinary guitarist originally
from rural NSW, Hilary Geddes
moves easily between jazz, indie rock
and commissioned art music. Her Freedman fellowship means Hilary can organise
a regional tour of the Riverina, Goulburn and Canberra with her band, the Hilary
The tour will involve liaising with local
arts organisations such as Western Riverina Arts and Eastern Riverina Arts, regional
conservatoriums, and schools to give workshops as well as performances. The band
will also spend five days at The Cad Factory in the Riverina Arts Centre to rehearse
and record new works written as part of the Fellowship. The recording will be released
as the new album for the Hilary Geddes Quartet album with shows in Sydney and Melbourne
Hilary recalls growing up in Griffith.
A deep appreciation of music came from her parents, with family trips to Bluesfest
at Easter forming a definite effect on her music. “I started learning
the guitar when I was six years old, and piano a few years later. I didn’t have
a consistent guitar teacher until I moved to Sydney but I did have a fantastic piano
teacher, Mrs Dawn Beaumont-Stevens, who really opened my ears to classical piano
music and was very patient with me, especially when it came to sight reading!
At Griffith High School, I encountered
lots of incredible musicians who had remarkable aural skills and loved jamming and
exploring grooves. Much of my guitar-learning came from trying to work out songs
by ear so I could play with them. I was always confident that music
would be part of my life, although I don’t think I really committed to the idea
of it being a career until I was accepted at the Sydney Conservatorium in 2014”.
Hilary will be featured in “Visions
at the Sydney Opera Houses’ Utzon Room
on Friday November
as part of the Sydney International Women’s Jazz Festival.
ABOUT THE FREEDMAN JAZZ FELLOWSHIP:
The Freedman Jazz Fellowship is amongst
the most prestigious award in Australia for a jazz musician. Ordinarily the winner
is decided at a concert of the finalists at the Sydney Opera House. This year, it
was not possible to hold a concert so the decision was made through consideration
of recordings, written proposals for projects on which a candidate would spend the
prize should they win, and interviews. For the first time the finalists were offered
the services of a mentor to further refine and develop their project proposals.
The Jazz Fellowship is funded by the Freedman
Foundation, a philanthropic foundation chaired by Laurence Freedman, which assists
young Australians in music and visual arts, as well as providing support to medical
and scientific programs. Laurence and Kathy Freedman were made Members of
the Order of Australia for service to the community, to medical research, the arts,
and to business and investment in Australia. The Fellowships are managed by
The Music Trust and administered by the Sydney Improvised Music Association.
Past winners of the Freedman Jazz Fellowships
include guitarists Ben Hauptmann and James Muller, saxophonists Julien Wilson, Andrew
Robson and Matt Keegan, pianists Andrea Keller, Matt McMahon, Marc Hannaford, Aaron
Choulai, Tal Cohen and Novak Manojlovic, trumpeters Nick Garbett and Phil Slater,
bassists Christopher Hale and Helen Svoboda, vocalist Kristin Berardi and drummer
James McLean .
14/10/2021 Frank Presley’s Now’s the
Time Shuffles to 7pm Tuesdays 99.3
After several years in the popular drive
time slot on Northside Radio, Now’s the Time has shuffled down the line to an evening
time slot of 7-9pm. This year Now’s the Time celebrates it’s 20th
on Northside Radio and its 29th
year on community radio stations in New
South Wales. Tune in at 7:30pm for ‘Talking Jazz’, Sinatra at 8, Tuesday Night
Live at 8:15pm and at 8:33 1/3 the Microgroove Wax track of the week.
Northside FM 99.3
Stream live at www.northsideradio.com.au