Jazz – An Imprecise Précis – the Dixieland and Swing era

In my last article, I explored the Ragtime and the Classic Jazz eras (Sundays 12:00noon on FineMusic Sydney).  I left that era realising how traditions of one era became the foundation of the next, but that the transition was gradual and ephemeral.  In this article, I try to see where Continue reading “Jazz – An Imprecise Précis – the Dixieland and Swing era”

Jazzed About Your Birthday

Celebrating the great musicians of jazz on their special day!

May Birthdays

Shirley Horn
May 1, 1934 – October 20, 2005

“Let me whisper it. Let me sigh it. Let me sing it, my dear or I will cry it.”

Shirley Horn was an American jazz singer and pianist. She Continue reading “Jazzed About Your Birthday”

Jazz – An Imprecise Précis – Ragtime and Classic Jazz

Last month, I got carried away with the sounds of jazz, some early jazz history, and the various jazz eras and styles.  Now, I’d like to explore some of the early jazz musicians (or “jass” as it was first known).  It is this music that FineMusic Sydney broadcasts every Sunday Continue reading “Jazz – An Imprecise Précis – Ragtime and Classic Jazz”

Jazz – An imprecise precis

Fine Music Sydney has broadcast jazz since it first received its broadcast licence 45 years ago. This piece reflects my own journey of discovery of what is this art form that I so enjoy.

What is the sound of jazz? Does it have to have brass? No. From trumpet and Continue reading “Jazz – An imprecise precis”

Jazzed About Your Birthday

Celebrating the great musicians of jazz on their special day!

April Birthdays

Duke Jordan
April 1, 1922 – August 2006

“We didn’t come here to set any fashions in music. We merely came to bring a much-needed touch of home to so“Duke Jordan was an A-list pianist who was Continue reading “Jazzed About Your Birthday”