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Girls to the front: how Australia’s rock‘n’roll high school evolved – with help from Courtney Love

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A real-life inspiration of Jack Black’s School of Rock, the Melbourne institution became the Kings Cross Conservatorium – but its ethos of equality remains

Sometime in the mid-1990s, at around four in the morning, Melbourne music teacher Stephanie Bourke’s phone rang. It was Courtney Love, the lead singer of Hole. One of the students at Bourke’s famed Rock‘n’Roll High School, Brody Dalle – who would go on to fame with the Distillers – had come to Love’s attention.

“The first thing she said was, ‘How many girls have you got down there who sound exactly like me?’ I thought it was a prank call! But then she said, ‘I’m going to help you out, I’m going to send you some guitars!’” Love’s manager got in touch, and a few weeks later, seven Fenders arrived in the mail.

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David Gordon Set of three launches new cd ‘Pachyderm’

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Award-winning UK pianist David Gordon draws on Latin music, modern jazz and Bach’s compositions for his new album released on Mister Sam Records. He’s worked with Jacqui Dankworth, Andy Sheppard, John Etheridge […]

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Mothers In Jazz (19 ): Nomfundo Xaluva

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” Mothers In Jazz” is a new series, started by vocalist Nicky Schrire. The initiative aims to create an online resource for working jazz musicians with children, those contemplating parenthood, and jazz industry […]

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Spike Wilner Triad do Monk as well as Ellington

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There have probably not been two more disparate individuals in jazz than the pianists Duke Ellington and Thelonious Monk Ellington was a florid individual in all aspects of his life, with his speaking style, his sartorial choices, and his compositions which were informed by ever-growing inspirational sources …

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