My name is Jane La Scala. I’m a retired librarian and jazz fan (fanatic, freak, whatever), living in Melbourne, Australia.
Jazz Ramble is about Australian traditional jazz – those who made it or are currently making it, their music, the “second liners” or serious followers and supporters of jazz in this country, the venues where you can hear live jazz played, where you can buy recordings, and jazz clubs for getting together to enjoy jazz in the company of people who share your obsession. Along the way there will be rambles into the roots and other flowerings of jazz, both where it all began in America, and how it has developed in Australia.
The header for this blog is a photo taken at the 64th Australian Jazz Convention which was held at La Trobe University, Melbourne over the week between Christmas and New Year’s Eve 2009. The musicians are Ollie Clark on sousaphone, Graham Eames on trumpet, and John Coultas on trombone.
The emphasis will be on traditional or classic jazz because that’s my preference, and the “moderns” are already well covered.
As the great “Lazy” Ade Monsbourgh said in an interview with Diana Allen, which was published in the Victorian Jazz Club’s Jazzline, vol 39, no.2, Winter 2006:
Modern jazz should be called Contemporary Music so as not to confuse the public!