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Antipodean Riffs

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Antipodean Riffs is a collection of essays on Australasian jazz and jazz in Australasia. Chronologically they range from what could be called the ‘prehistory’ of the music – the tradition of US-sourced African-American music that predated the arrival of music billed as ‘jazz’ – to the present. Thematically they include studies of framing infrastructural mechanisms including the media. The volume also incorporates case studies of particular musicians or groups that reflect distinctive aspects of the Australian jazz tradition.

Published: Feb 8, 2016

Book Contributors

Section Chapter Authors
Acknowledgements Bruce Johnson
Introduction Bruce Johnson
Cultural Contexts
1. Demons of Discord Down Under: 'Jump Jim Crow' and 'Australia's First Jazz Band' John Whiteoak
2. Early Jazz in Australia as Oriental Exotica Aline Scott-Maxwell
3. Got a Little Rhythm?: The Australian Influence on Swing in New Zealand during the 1930s and 1940s Aleisha Ward
4. The Reception of Jazz in Adelaide and Melbourne and the Creation of an Australian Sound in the Angry Penguins Decade Bruce Clunies Ross
5. Cuba Street Parade: Identity, Authenticity and Self-Expression in Contemporary Australasian Jazz Scenes Nick Tipping
6. The Lost History of Jazz on early Australian Popular Music Television Liz Giuffre
7. Shotgun Weddings and Bohemian Dreams: Jazz, Family Values and Storytelling in Australian Film Christopher Coady
8. Perspectives on the Melbourne International Women's Jazz Festival Marjorie Denson
9. ‘A Tale of Five Festivals’ Exploring the Cultural Intermediary Function of Australian Jazz Festivals Brent Keogh
10. 'I Wouldn't Change Skins with Anybody': Dulcie Pitt/Georgia Lee, a Pioneering Indigenous Australian Jazz, Blues and Community Singer Karl Neuenfeldt
11. Examining the Legend and Music of Australian Saxophonist, Frank Smith Ralph Whiteoak
12. Lydia in Oz: The Reception of George Russell in 1960s Australia Pierre-Emmanuel Seguin
13. Expressive Identity in the Voices of Three Australian Saxophonists: McGann, Sanders and Gorman Sandy Evans
14. Sex and the Sonic Smorgasbord The Necks—Extending the ‘Jazz’ Piano Trio Format Jane Galbraith
End Matter
Index Bruce Johnson


I have enjoyed reviewing this book. It offers a diverse range of essays about Australasian jazz, from early influences long ago to the present, and presented by several different commentators, all of whom are clearly expert in their chosen topics. The level of scholarship is uniformly impressive; which perhaps is not so surprising because virtually all authors are or have been engaged in tertiary educational programs. Surely, there is something here that anyone interested in jazz of any kind in Australasia will find informative.
Professor Ted Nettelbeck, Eric Myers Jazz