C’est quoi le bop hard?

“What’s it all about, Lukey?”, I hear you say.

I don’t need to answer- I’ll let the horns do that. And the throbbing boop-boom boop-boom of the bass. And the smell of cigarette smoke and rum hanging in the air.

It’s late. It’s dark. You might be a little drunk, but not on the liquor… you’re drunk on the beat.

From bebop to cool and hard bop to soul jazz, this is dedicated to the things I love under the umbrella of ‘jazz’- the players, the albums, the styles and images that have made this music the twentieth century’s classical music, to paraphrase Billy Taylor.

We’ll also look at the hippest, most happening jim-jam joints in Melbourne, and the artists who perform at these places, keeping you in the know about the best jazz in the city.

So kids, open your ears and stay tuned…

Luke James


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