Five Below Live album out now!!

I'm excited to announce that Five Below (featuring Stephen Magnusson - guitar, Sam Anning - double bass, Mick Meagher - electric bass, James McLean  - drums & AK piano) has released its debut album 'Five Below Live' recorded live during our Jazzlab Monday night residency on December 11 & 18 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. 

Album available on the recordings page of this website, or through Bandcamp

Videos featuring a selection of the tracks accompanied by images by British artist Mark Rowan-Hull, and photographs taken by Commander Chris Hadfield from the International Space Station, can be found on the Listen page, or on YouTube

Performances to celebrate the release include:

Friday 20th July @ NGV Friday nights (Melbourne) & 
Monday 30th July @ The Jazzlab (Brunswick).
Details on the events page.

Still Night WINS the Bell Award!!!

I'm thrilled that Still Night: Music in Poetry (the album) has won the Australian Jazz Bell Award for best Australian Jazz Vocal Album 2018!! Sincerest thanks to the Australian Jazz Bell Awards, Albare Daddon, and the sponsors Tarra Warra Winery Estate.

My deepest gratitude to the musicians, Gian Slater, Vince Jones, Julien Wilson & Stephen Magnusson, whose musical brilliance brings the music to life, inspires me beyond measure, and allows me to dream big!!

Still Night nominated for a Bell Award!

I'm totally thrilled that my latest album 'Still Night: Music in Poetry' has been nominated for an Australian Jazz 'Bell' Award - Best Australian vocal jazz album 2018!!

The song cycle features vocalists Vince Jones & Gian Slater, alongside Stephen Magnusson (guitar), Julien Wilson (tenor saxophone & bass clarinet), and myself on piano.

Winners will be announced at a Gala dinner on 14th May at Bird's Basement.

Transient Tuesday to become Transient Thursday!

Transient Tuesdays @ Uptown Jazz Cafe (Fitzroy) continue in January 2018 with two Tuesdays - 16th Jan (Wilson/Anning/Keller), and 23rd Jan (Finch/Carter/Keller).

From February 1st 2018 Transients will no longer be playing on Tuesday nights, but will instead move to THURSDAY nights @ Uptown Jazz Cafe. Creating Transient Thursdays, or if you prefer Thransient Thursdays.

So, you will find me at Uptown Jazz Cafe every Thursday night in 2018 (beginning Feb 1) with various trios playing originals, standards and others with a plethora of amazing local and guest musicians!

Still Night: Music in Poetry **Album out now**

I'm thrilled to announce that Still Night: Music in Poetry, my 60minute song cycle based on omnipresent sentiments of death, grief & loss is out now on CD & digital. Follow links on the recordings page. Available from this site, Bandcamp, iTunes & Jazzhead.

Still Night: Music in Poetry features Vince Jones (voice), Gian Slater (voice), Julien Wilson (bass clarinet & tenor saxophone), Stephen Magnusson (guitar) & Andrea Keller (piano).


I seem to be on a lucky streak...

On the 25th July I was flown up to Sydney to receive an APRA Professional Development Award in the Jazz Category. The prize includes $15,000 for professional development - I can't wait to start my new project/research/learning! (Updates coming as they occur...)

On the 22nd of August I was again flown up to Sydney, this time because I was nominated for two Art Music Awards (Still Night for Jazz Work of the Year, and me for Excellence in Jazz). The event was staged at City Recital Hall, Angel Place, and I had the opportunity to play one of my pieces with two of my all time favourite musicians, Gian Slater (voice) & Shannon Barnett (trombone) (as well as fill in with Ten Part Invention for their sound check). I was fortunate to bring home the Award for Excellence in Jazz!!

A huge thank you to APRA/AMCOS and the Australian Music Centre for their ongoing support, encouragement and enthusiasm for Australian musicians.

Jazzlab Residency

I'm super excited to announce that beginning Monday June 12, 2017 you will find me at Michael Tortoni's new venue 'The Jazzlab' (27 Leslie Street Brunswick). I will be curating Monday nights on an ongoing basis, presenting new projects, including the Composer's Circle (a big/small band comprising leading composer/performer/improvisers), new collaborations, including Masters & Apprentices, and a special guest each month. Check The Jazzlab website for program details, or the events guide on my website.

Awards are always a pleasant surprise!

I've been very fortunate - recently I was awarded the Merlyn Myer Composing Women's Commission for 2017. I will be writing a work based on the the thoughts of Rainer Maria Rilker in 'Letters to a Young Poet'. 'Love in Solitude' will be composed for Ensemble Offspring with the wonderful Jem Savage doing sound design, and will premier at the Melbourne Recital Centre, Salon on November 28, 2017. More info here.

The album 'Consider This' that Tim Wilson & I released last year has just won the Australian Jazz 'Bell' Award for Best Australian Instrumental Jazz Album! You can check out the album here.

'Travellers' by Keller/Murphy/Browne has just received a nomination for Best Independent Jazz Album at the 2017 AIR Awards. You can check out the album here.

Transients new residency at Uptown!!

I am excited to say Transient Tuesday has found a new home at Uptown Jazz Cafe (177 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy).

Beginning Tuesday April 4, 2017, you will find me there every Tuesday night with the various trios, plus a host of special guests and the unveiling of a new trio with electric bassist Mick Meagher and violinist Erkki Veltheim.

Please refer to my events page for details on weekly performers.

Doors open 8pm. Music 8:30-10:30. Tickets $15/10

Transients update

It has been a wonderful thing to develop these five trios throughout the ongoing 'Transient Tuesday' Bennetts Lane residency, which began on August 2, 2016. This Tuesday 7th February 2017 will be the final one sadly, due to the expected closure of Bennetts Lane. However, the residency will resume when the new Bennetts Lane opens (in Flinders Lane). Date tbc.

In the meantime, following on from the success of the Transients I collaboration with Gian Slater, there will be a 'Clash of the Transients' at Uptown Jazz Cafe March 11, featuring sets by Transients I & V both individually, and then as a quintet! Stephen Magnusson, Julien Wilson, Sam Anning, James McLean, and I will be combining forces!!