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This week’s place of Discovery is none other than Australia. The world’s 6th largest country is home to a number of great jazz musicians, clubs and festivals. As with our past week’s location (France), the goal is to introduce you to 3 new musicians each week from different parts of the world. My hope is you will find some new discoveries, support them by buying their albums and by attending their concerts if you are in their area (or they in yours). Another benefit is for you to hear new musicians and how they approach their instrument and jazz. You never know where you might find your next favorite line!

One of the world’s greatest jazz festivals (which I hope to go to some day) is the Melbourne Jazz Festival held in Melbourne, Australia annually since 1998. The festival hosts international and local jazz musicians and is a highlight to a vibrant city.

Like mentioned last week with France; Australia has been the home to a number of jazz musicians known and unknown. Hopefully the musicians below are people you will start checking out (if you have not already).

James Morrison-trumpet

Dale Barlow– sax

Joe Chindamo-piano

These are just a few of literally hundreds of great jazz musicians you can find in and/or from Australia. If you have checked out these musicians above, be sure to check out their websites and albums to support them. I would also highly encourage you to look up other great Australian musicians and see what this great country has to offer in terms of Jazz.


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  1. Hey Jason,
    Thanks for telling me about Joe Chindamo. I’ve just checked out some of his vids. I love the counterpoint in his left hand.
    I must fly down to Melbourne one day. In the meantime I’m looking forward to Sydney’s premier jazz festival at Manly – the artistic director is Andrew Speight who is a wonderful sax player, I believe his dad taught James Morrison and Dale Barlow.
    Thanks for your post on France too, I agree that Pilc is a fantastic pianist.

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