Conversations on Jazz

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at The Wheeler Centre

Conversation on Identity

The panel for Conversation on Identity includes one of the most influential and groundbreaking jazz performers of the last six decades, saxophonist Charles Lloyd, Australia’s most acclaimed improvising jazz pianist and the music director of the Australian Art Orchestra, Paul Grabowsky, and one of the most creative forces on the New York music scene for the last 15 years, genre-bending vocalist and composer Theo Bleckmann.

Panel: Paul Grabowsky (artist/Festival Director, Australia), Charles Lloyd (artist, USA), Allan Browne (artist, Australia) Martin Jackson (jazz promoter, Australia), Theo Bleckmann (artist, USA)

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Portrait of Paul Grabowsky

Paul Grabowsky

Recognised as Australia’s pre-eminent jazz pianist, Paul Grabowsky is also a renowned composer, conductor and festival director.

Martin Jackson

Martin Jackson co-founded the Melbourne Jazz Co-operative in late 1982 with pianist Jamie Fielding, bassist Barry Buckley and others.

Portrait of Charles Lloyd

Charles Lloyd

Charles Lloyd’s influence dates back to the 1960s, when his groundbreaking early recordings established him as one of the first jazz musicians to sell more than one million records.

Allan Browne

Allan Browne is one of Australia’s most acclaimed jazz drummers and band leaders, having collaborated with many of the great names in jazz. In the 1960s he established the Red Onion Jazz Band internationally.

Portrait of Theo Bleckmann

Theo Bleckmann

Grammy nominated, genre-bending vocalist and composer Theo Bleckmann has been a steady force in the music scene in New York for over 15 years.

Conversations on Jazz

For the first time, the Melbourne International Jazz Festival in association with The Wheeler Centre, presents Conversations, a series of panel discussion forums featuring leading musicians, journalists and industry chums who will explore topics relating to the social and creative space of jazz in the context of its rich history and ever-evolving development.

An audience Q&A session will follow each forum.

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