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The whitewashed walls of a room and spotlights on some male musicians: a guitarist, drummer, bassist and pianist One guitar expert reviews another
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One guitar expert reviews another

15 December 2021

Guitar geek alert: this review contains some technical language and many superlatives as Garry Lee reviews the Kristian Borring Quartet.

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A group of musicians perform in a hall under an enormous suspended whale skeleton New sounds in new venue
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New sounds in new venue

8 November 2021

As the Perth International Jazz Festival wraps up Scott Tinkler and Ghost Gum Reverb play Hackett Hall, which Garry Lee discovers is the ideal venue for experimental music.

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A dark stage filled with the musicians of a big band, wearing all black. New music swings big band
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New music swings big band

28 October 2021

The future of jazz is in good hands, says Garry Lee after witnessing the new compositions emerging from the WA Youth Jazz Orchestra.

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an aerial photo of a group of twenty musicians stand holding instruments on a red patterned carpet Jazz fusion a fabulous festejo
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Jazz fusion a fabulous festejo

20 September 2021

A melting pot of musical traditions are celebrated in a live recording project at the WA Academy of Performing Arts, says Garry Lee.

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A big band of predominantly women jazz musicians sit in rows playing their instruments Jazz with a social conscience
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Jazz with a social conscience

28 June 2021

Artemis Orchestra launch their debut album The Elephant in the Room and Garry Lee enjoys the arrival of a jazz ensemble that values equity, commitment and passion.

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four musicians play on a small stage: double bassist, drummer, trombonist and saxophonist Redefining jazz
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Redefining jazz

16 April 2021

Audible Edge Festival continues, with a performance which Garry Lee says challenged the preconceptions of what jazz is and – more importantly – created a platform as to what jazz might be.

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A man holds a microphone and smiles, pointing at the camera. He is wearing a black had an suit against a black backdrop so only his face and hands are illuminated Jazz with benefits
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Jazz with benefits

15 March 2021

The pandemic has brought unintended benefits to the Perth jazz scene, says Garry Lee after listening to James Flynn and David Rastrick at the Ellington Jazz Club.

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Jazz orchestra’s history of success
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Jazz orchestra’s history of success

28 October 2020

Garry Lee, the first administrator of the West Australian Youth Jazz Orchestra, goes behind the scenes to discover the organisation’s secret to 37 years of success.

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A singer holds a microphone, with a trumpet player, trombonist, pianist and drummer in the background COVID the catalyst for songs of freedom
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COVID the catalyst for songs of freedom

18 September 2020

The pandemic has had an enormous impact on jazz and Garry Lee says there was an atmosphere of joy and relief as WAYJO musicians returned to the stage last night.

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COVID jazz is world class
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COVID jazz is world class

20 August 2020

International jazz musician Tim Jago is sitting out COVID-19 in Perth and Garry Lee says Perth jazz fans are the winners.

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Cleaver Street Studio

Cleaver Street Studio

Cleaver Street Studio