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Take Five – March 2022
Just like Dave Brubeck, we’re taking five each month to give you the scoop on five things we’re excited about.
This month, there’s so much to be excited about – from the musical version of a popular word game to a new album from an international jazz legend and more.
Plus, a new single featuring works from the first Tomorrow Is My Turn (now known as Take Note) recipient, a two-day festival serving jazz and seafood and Melbourne’s own Jazzlab Orchestra welcoming the next generation of jazz instrumentalists.
You’ve played Wordle…
Welcome to the stage, Heardle! You’re given a short snippet of a song and six chances to guess it correctly by only hearing an instrumental version. This is one to add to your daily routine.
A two-day seafood and jazz festival? Why not!
The Port Phillip Mussel and Jazz Festival is back at South Melbourne Market on March 12 and 13, with a jazz-and-soul line-up curated by Melbourne Ska Orchestra’s Wally Maloney including jazz quartet Gatsby Swing and MIJF alum Michelle Nicolle with saxophonist Paul Williamson.
Melbourne Recital Centre’s Season One: Awaken program
The Awaken program takes inspiration from warm summer nights and the Australian landscape, highlighting exploratory and visionary artists and musicians for the rest of March. Including Spirograph Studies, Quartz and more.
Melissa Aldana debuts new album, 12 Stars
Grammy-nominated tenor saxophonist and composer Melissa Aldana recently released her first album as a leader for Blue Note Records. The album presents seven of her new original compositions, grappling with concepts of childrearing, familial forgiveness, acceptance and self-love.
Melbourne’s own Jazzlab Orchestra celebrates the next generation
Led by composer/arrangers Cheryl Durongpisitkul and Madison James Smith, this orchestra is pressing reset on the big band traditions by creating visionary, original, genre-bending jazz with a focus on diversity and inclusivity. Featuring Nat Bartsch, our Take Note 2021 leader Ellie Lamb, Shaun Rammers and more, sneak a peek into this exciting new ensemble.
Plus, bassist, composer and MIJF Associate Producer extraordinaire Claire Cross drops the first single from her upcoming project, Into Light, on March 11. Click here to pre-save the Into Light single now on your preferred streaming platform.