frankpresley2Is there such a thing as Australian jazz, or is there just jazz made in Australia? Australian jazz would have once been considered an oxymoron but in Jazz: The Australian Accent, leading music journalist John Shand observes that Australia has become a creative centre of jazz, rivalling the Scandinavian and Western European countries that have steadily diluted New York’s pre-eminence over the last three decades. Tune in to Sydney’s FM 99.3 this Sunday night at 8pm when Frank’s guest John Shand, author and journalist will be discussing this excellent new document on Australian jazz. FM 99.3 subscriber will also have a chance to win a copy of the book. Frank Presley’s Nows the Time FM 99.3 this Sunday at 8pm.

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