Des Cowley

2019 Melbourne International Jazz Festival

Des Cowley
12 June 2019

In 1959, Miles Davis entered Columbia’s 30th Street Studio in New York, with his sextet, and recorded what many consider to be th More

The Stonnington Jazz Festival

Des Cowley
21 May 2019

It was a bold move by Stonnington Jazz to program an all-female/non-binary performance for the Festival’s opening concert: More

Cold War ★★★★1/2

Des Cowley
20 December 2018
Polish director Pawel Pawlikowski’s Cold War picked up a slew of prizes at the recent European Film Awards, and is already being talked about as a major contender for this year’s More

Wangaratta Festival of Jazz and Blues

Des Cowley
12 November 2018

Now in its twenty-ninth year, the Wangaratta Festival of Jazz and Blues continues to deliver programming that is innovative, ambitious, and far-reaching. That a long-running Festival of th More

Kites of Tianjin (fortyfivedownstairs) ★★★★1/2

Des Cowley
01 August 2018
The Kites of Tianjin was the fifth and final set of performances by composer and multi-instrumentalist Adam Simmons in his series More

2018 Melbourne International Jazz Festival

Des Cowley
14 June 2018

One of the key issues addressed by the twenty-first Melbourne International Jazz Festival (MIJF) is the role of women in jazz. In the wake of the #MeToo movement, there has been much debat More

Travelling Tales (fortyfivedownstairs) ★★★★

Des Cowley
11 December 2017

Travelling Tales is the third instalment in a series of five concerts, entitled ‘The Usefulness of Art’, by multi-instrumentalist Adam Simmons, all taking place at fortyfivedo More

Des Cowley reviews 'The Library: A catalogue of wonders' by Stuart Kells

Des Cowley
06 December 2017

In 2002, journalist Guy Rundle published a piece devoted to the little-known visit by Argentinian writer Jorge Luis Borges to Melbourne in May 1938. During his ten-day stay, Borges spent t More

Des Cowley reviews 'Conversations in Jazz: The Ralph J. Gleason interviews' edited by Toby Gleason

Des Cowley
25 October 2016

It is a testament to Ralph J. Gleason’s standing in the jazz community, at the time these interviews were made, that a composer of the stature of Duke Ellington would consider ...


2016 Melbourne International Jazz Festival

Des Cowley
15 June 2016

In his introduction to the opening night concert of the Melbourne International Jazz Festival (MIJF), Michael Tortoni, the artistic director, noted that some 43,000 patrons were expected t More

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