2013 was certainly the year of the piano at Wangaratta. I immersed myself in it, rather than fighting against the tide and searching for some variety. And I heard some very good music. Both Jef Neve and Barney McAll gave breath-taking solo performances. The Nock / Wilson / Magnusson trio was another highlight of day three, as was the standard of the piano playing in the finals of the National Jazz Awards. (For the first time in living memory I correctly picked the result!) The final concert really blew the roof off the WPAC Theatre, and was a fitting way to finish.
Froy Aagre (soprano sax) with two-thirds of Trichotomy (Sean Foran - Rhodes; John Parker - drums) performing in the WPAC Theatre
Jef Neve performing solo piano in the WPAC Theatre
Mike Nock (piano); Stephen Magnusson (guitar); Julien Wilson (sax) performing in the WPAC Theatre
Barney McAll performing solo sacred piano in Holy Trinity Cathedral
Steve Barry and Daniel Gassin and Joseph O'Connor (all on piano) competing in the National Jazz Awards Final (Sam Anning - bass; Raj Jayaweera - drums) held in the WPAC Theatre
Gerald Clayton & Guests (from the Monash University School of Music, including the amazing Joe McEvilly and Palloma Ellis-Vega) performing in the WPAC Theatre
Paul Grabowsky Sextet (Paul Grabowsky - piano; Jamie Oehlers - tenor sax; Andrew Robson - alto saxophone; James Greening - trombone; Cameron Undy - bass; Simon Barker - drums) blowing the roof off the WPAC Theatre