Back in the late 1970s, median house prices were around $32k, you could buy a pint for not alot, a Commodore cost around $7k and those enterprising students at Berklee recently created the Real Book to "first and foremost an attempt to reinvent the concept of what a fake book was, to raise the bar for all such books to come." When it made it's way to Australia you could buy it under the counter. When and where did you get your first real book and what changed when you did?
It's finally here! After many years of development it has arrived. The Australian Jazz Real Book. Available in old-school retro physical print as well as new-fangled hipster digital subscription. Over 400 tunes by more than 160 artists, 643 pages and weighing in at 1.843kg. Get yours today!
This is the first half of 'One Week Jam', which is a 15 min documentary about the Melbourne jazz/music scene.
Australia's rich tradition of Jazz composition has finally been chronicled in the first ever Australian Jazz Real Book. It was a mammoth undertaking and quite a political process. Waleed Aly spoke to jazz musician and author of the Australian Jazz Real Book Tim Nikolsky. Bob Sedegreen also came in for a chat and the trio punched out a version of Bob's 'Intersection'.
My aim with this site is to digitally curate the definitive collection of Australian jazz tunes from Australian composers. That is, to make Australian jazz available to the next generation of jazz musicians so that (as the late and great Graeme Bell puts it) "prevents it from sinking into the waters of invisibility". It is also designed for practising and performing musicians, educators and curriculum designers with the opportunity to integrate Australian jazz into music curricula. The idea of it is to create a resource that students can turn to for repertoire that is uniquely Australian; containing tunes that are 'gig-ready' and also representative of the Australian Jazz Sound.