This week in our series talking to Melbourne Jazz Jammers, Mike Hirsh and Colin Garrett give us a bit of an insight into what Jazz means for them.
In terms of being a Jazz musician the reason I like jazz music is because it commands the best technique that a performer can give in both exploring and practicing ones chosen instrument.
To me, Jazz music playing epitomizes not only the techniques to master, but also contrives people to communicate in a way that only progressive and improvising musicians can do, which can be both inspiring, enjoyable and educational. I also believe Jazz jamming is a great way to form long lasting friendships, which I believe is an essential element of our interpersonal social development, from which groups and ensembles can be encouraged to perform to our local audiences and indeed to audiences around the globe.
Mike Hirsh, Drummer Producer
Tell me why you like jazz?: I like most types of music but jazz offers far more variety of sounds and rhythms and I enjoy the emotions that can be transferred through improvisation when either listening or performing.
Why do you like the jam sessions?: Another outlet for playing and the challenge of playing new pieces that are presented by performers each week. Apart from playing, I get heaps out of the social involvement with both the players and the listeners. Life was quiet dull before getting involved.
What you are planning this year?: To continue to work on becoming a better player and particularly improve my reading skill. Will attend three jazz festivals (Halls Gap, Inverloch and Merimbula) where lots of great things musically can also happen.
Favourite players?: My favourite players, singers groups has varied over my life time. Currently favourite saxophonist: Joe Henderson , locally Peter Mitchell
pianist Keith Jarrett , locally Andrea Keller
male vocalist Kurt Elling, Locally Hayden Jones
female vocalist Renee Marie, Locally Kristin Barradi