Jazz losing time to capitalism's bebop

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Andy Sugg

A great festival success deserves stability. Instead Wangaratta Jazz has lost both triennial funding and visionary leadership.

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While all creative artists are primed for the ups and downs of taste, recognition, income and the like — it just goes with the territory — for Australian artists who play music, this territory has become a really slippery slope. ACDC’s rock might be firmly anchored at the summit of Aussie culture, but most of us roll like Sisyphus.

About the author

Dr Andy Sugg is a Melbourne-based saxophonist,​and a musicologist with long associations both with the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne, and the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music, Monash University.