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World's Best Jazz Club

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World's Best Jazz Club is the story of Bennetts Lane, which is in turn the story of Australian jazz over the last two decades. The characters, the musical styles, the changing aesthetics, the new techniques. Through more than 50 interviews, author, journalist and accomplished jazz musician, David James has pieced together the history of this iconic club. When renowned jazz trumpeter, Wynton Marsalis, told Bennetts Lane founder and owner, Michael Tortoni, 'There are not too many jazz clubs like this, anywhere.' Tortoni knew then that he was on the right track. ' one of those rare books that provides an intimate snapshot of an iconic place. It is a fascinating exposé of the life, music and 21-year history of a famous jazz club.' DR MARK POLLARD 'Bennetts Lane is one of the great jazz clubs in the world. I can't think of anywhere I played that is better.' ALLAN BROWNE 'Bennetts Lane is adding to the culture of the city and the depth and the soul of the city.' VINCE JONES 'It has all the hallmarks to me of a great jazz club... They got the whole combination right.' PAUL GRABOWSKY.

Klappentext

WORLD'S BEST JAZZ CLUB: the story of Bennetts Lane is one of those rare books that provides an intimate snapshot of an iconic place. It is a fascinating exposé of the life, music and twenty-one year history of a famous jazz club. The book is filled with little gems from many great jazz artists, but more than that it documents the history of a significant place through first-hand accounts to create a wonderful view of life in the jazz scene during the critical bridge into the new millennium.

The anecdotes and recollections from many of Australia's and the world's great jazz musicians - including Michelle Nicolle, Allan Browne, Ben Robertson, Barney McAll, Geoff Hughes, Joe Chindamo and Paul Grabowsky are divine, evocative, inspiring and often controversial. The list of musicians who have performed there, from Prince to Wynton Marsalis alone, is testament to the importance of this book in documenting the impact of Bennetts Lane in shaping the sound of the past 20 years.

Along the way, the story deals with many of the vexed topics that pervade running a successful music club, including business versus art, the importance of alliances with education and industry, media hype versus the real musician and the benchmark elements of acoustics, location and, of course, music. It illuminates the club's founder Michael Tortoni, himself a former member of successful seventies rock band Taste and a VCA graduate, and the importance of Tortoni in creating the recipe for the special sauce that brewed up a great jazz club through the carefully measured ingredients of business acumen, vision, artistry and plain audacity.

David James has done a splendid job in researching and revealing the inner workings of this iconic club and the huge impact it has had on the Australian and world music scene. As the author notes, "Bennetts Lane is a place where jazz has been developed as an art form in a way that has occurred rarely, if ever, before in Australia".

The Victorian College of the Arts has been closely connected with Bennetts Lane from the club's very beginning as a place where the spirit of jazz, improvisation and exploration resides within the walls. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and highly recommend it and may you, like me, be challenged, inspired and intrigued by the beauty within.

(From the Foreword to the book, written by DR MARK POLLARD,Head, VCA School of Contemporary Music, The University of Melbourne.)

Produktinformationen

Titel: World's Best Jazz Club
Untertitel: The Story of Bennetts Lane
Autor:
EAN: 9781483528755
ISBN: 978-1-4835-2875-5
Digitaler Kopierschutz: frei
Format: E-Book (epub)
Herausgeber: Bookbaby
Genre: Musik
Anzahl Seiten: 112
Veröffentlichung: 01.06.2014
Jahr: 2014
Untertitel: Englisch
Dateigrösse: 5.0 MB