Category: bands and live music

  • The effects of Long covid on lindy hop

    If you catch covid, you have a 10-30% chance of it becoming long covid. One of the most comment symptoms of long covid is fatigue. If we work with those assumptions, what does that mean for a community of dancers? Let me be clear: I not an epidemiologist, a health specialist, a physiotherapist, or a […]

  • Sexual assault in the Australian jazz industry

    Gender Inequality in the Australian Music Industry (Part Two) is a bit of a clunky piece, but it’s so unusual to read a male Australian jazz musician commenting on this issue, it’s worth a look. Note that that they contacted 50 musicians, and only 3 replied. I’ve worked with a lot of jazz musicians over […]

  • Black music, white bands: Racist discourse in lindy hop institutions

    Eric Heveron-Smith fb post 25 June at 05:47 A question was posed on a Facebook group called Swingopedia, and I have decided to finally voice my answer. Hey, it’s quarantine, I don’t have any gigs to lose right now… “I’ve noticed that music trends in the global swing dance community have changed, since I started […]

  • Playing jazz music in the age of COVID

    So we know that musicians need/want to work. And we also know that their work (and creative practice) involves risky behaviour. So how do we make sure musicians minimise risk, for themselves and their audiences? The best model is really to have musicians develop safe work practices, then peer-pressure their colleagues into doing things the […]

  • BOO a cancellation

    Hi everyone, I’ve decided to be responsible and cancel the party on the 21st March: ——— Dear friends, I’m very sorry to have to write this to you, but I have decided to cancel this party on the 21st of March. As we all know, the COVID-19 virus is moving into our communities. It is […]

  • Jazz fandom in Australia failing again

    I’m part of the AUSTRALIAN JAZZ LOVERS fb page, all-caps because ok boomer. It’s generally a pretty unpleasant place to be, because it’s sexist, racist, homophobic, and generally full of shit. I did notice recently that members of the group’s community had booked two women from the Shake em Up Jazz Band for the Australian […]

  • Buy more drinks, or fund jazz in new ways?

    The Unity Hall Jazz Band had the longest running jazz residency in the world. Their host, the Workers’ Bar and Restaurant in the Unity Hall Hotel, has just announced changes to their monthly program. Now the Unity Hall Jazz Band only play two weeks out of every four in the month. The third is given […]

  • Kate Wadey’s Presidential Holiday is very very good

    Kate Wadey is a gem. Based in Sydney, she is a jazz singer in the proper sense. Informed by history, but not constrained by it, she’s one of the few modern jazz vocalists that I really, truly enjoy. No, I love her singing. As a person, she’s warm, interesting, clever, and engaging. As a vocalist, […]

  • Echoes of Sophiatown

    I’m a bit lax in promoting this, but the South African Echoes of Sophiatown project is VERY exciting. I saw a documentary film about Sophiatown years ago, and the music and dancing (YES, lindy hop in South Africa in the 1950s!) has stayed with me. I still DJ songs I heard in that film, and […]

  • DJing band breaks: my rules

    So far as skills for playing band break sets go, I usually have a few rules: Don’t go into the hardcore high-energy territory. Keep the vibe bubbling along, but never quite climaxing. The band should be the peak; Don’t get too low energy – keep the room bubbling along; Play something with a ‘building’ energy […]