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Well, exciting news for us at extempore. As a natural consequence of our strengths in writing and editing, we’ve started doing more and more writing for small to medium organisations in the Arts and other sectors. News today is that extempore has been included in the Business Victoria Content Advisory Group, so we’ll be creating some content for Business Victoria Online – the Business Victoria website.

Melbourne launch of EXT 2012

Thursday 6 December 2012 at Uptown Jazz Café

Please join us for readings and celebration at the Melbourne launch of EXT 2012.

It’s our end of year celebration too, so bring friends and family and celebrate with us!

Enjoy light refreshments on us in the jazz-inflected Uptown Jazz Café,the scene of so many groovy jazz gigs.

About the book: This exciting new anthology of writing about about music features the winning pieces from the 2011 National jazz Writing Competition alongside works by award winning poets Mark Tredinnick (Fire Diary, The Blue Plateau, The Little Red Writing Book, Australia’s Wild Weather) and Geoff Page (A Sudden Sentence In The Air, Coda for Shirley), as well as other writers such as Virginia Lloyd (The Young Widow’s Book of Home Improvement), Donna Ward, Kent MacCarter (The Hungry Middle of Here, Ribosome Spreadsheet).

Please RSVP by 5 December so we know how many snacks to order! 

Email Miriam to let her know you’re coming, or join the event on Facebook.

Uptown Jazz Café
Thursday 6 December, 6-7:30 pm
177 Brunswick Street  Fitzroy VIC 3065
(03) 9416 4546

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Review of Conjuror in SMH / The Age

Review by John Shand

Conjuror. Cover design by Ian Robertson Graphic Design

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

“Allan Browne has been playing the drums for more than 50 years and for 40 of those has also written poetry. The two activities are almost one and the same for him. The Melburnian’s drumming is pared down, pithy and evocative, and his poetry bristles with rhythm, accent and momentum.”

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Please join us at Wangaratta!

We’re launching EXT 2012 at Wangaratta Jazz Festival on Friday 2 November- please join us for the perfect start to the festival with wine, nibblies, readings and music, featuring redings by Geoff Page, Graeme Kinross-Smith and bass playing by Sam Pankhurst.

Launch details

Wangaratta Library
21 Docker Street, Wangaratta

Friday 2 November
5-7 pm

The tradition continues!  extempore launches their latest publication EXT 2012 at a free event at the Wangaratta Library, 21 Docker Street from 5-7 pm on Friday 2 November. This is a great way to start the festival, with readings, refreshments and a chance to catch up with old friends and hear some writing inspired by Australian jazz and improvised music. EXT 2012 is a collection of uniquely Australian verse,short fiction and prose, combining music and literature with delicious results. Please join us, all welcome!

EXT 2012 celebrates words and the wordless with a journey that takes you from the Pilbara to St Kilda, Adelaide to Chicago; from Phillip Glass to Ravi Shankar; from risk to revelation.

Featuring: the three winning stories from the 2011 National Jazz Writing Competition, works by award winning poets Mark Tredinnick (Fire Diary, The Blue Plateau, The Little Red Writing Book, Australia’s Wild Weather) and Geoff Page (A Sudden Sentence In The Air, Coda for Shirley), as well as other writers such as Virginia Lloyd (The Young Widow’s Book of Home Improvement) and Kent MacCarter (The Hungry Middle of HereRibosome Spreadsheet).

Conjuror | jazz poems by Allan Browne

Release date 1 June
Official launch 4 June 2012 at Melbourne International Jazz Festival

70 poems by Allan Browne and a Jazzhead CD with 7 pieces of new music featuring the Allan Browne Sextet

See more about Conjuror at conjuror.extempore.com.au

Drummer Allan Browne co-founded the Red Onion Jazz Band in 1960. He has worked extensively with Australian jazz luminaries including Vince Jones, Barney McAll, Steven Grant and Paul Grabowsky. Allan has been in constant demand as an accompanist for many international jazz icons including Milt Jackson, Mal Waldron, Jay McShann, Herb Ellis, Phil Woods, Al Cohn, Plas Johnson, Jimmy Witherspoon, Art Hodes, Wild Bill Davidson, Urbie Green, Ronnie Scott, Charlie Byrd, Ralph Sutton, Sheila Jordan, Red Holloway, Emily Remler, Teddy Wilson and George Garzone and he has also led numerous groups, in all jazz genres. He has worked in film and his discography numbers 110 releases; awards include two Arias and four Bell awards. He was awarded the Don Banks Fellowship in 2000 for his contribution to Australian music. Allan has written poetry for 40 years.

Poetry and jazz

Geoff Page and Alex Boneham, Paperchain Bookstore
Photo by Brian Stewart — jazz.cyberhalides.com

On Sunday 12 February, at Paperchain Bookstore in Manuka, ACT Geoff Page read from A Sudden Sentence In The Air, collaborating with Alex Boneham to create an event filled with the sounds of jazz and poetry.

An appreciative crowd added into the mix and we were treated to half an hour of poetry and music

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12 Feb: Canberra launch of A Sudden Sentence In The Air

A Sudden Sentence In The Air - cover
A Sudden Sentence In The Air - cover by Ian Robertson

This Sunday 12 February, please join us at Paperchain Bookstore in Manuka in the ACT for an inspiring event of jazz and poetry.

Geoff will read from his recent collection of jazz poetry A Sudden Sentence In The Air, and collaborate with bass player Alex Boneham: together, musician and poet create a groove that evokes the jazz clubs of New York and Paris. Don’t miss this combination of jazz and poetry – a perfect Sunday afternoon experience.

Sunday February 12
2.45 for 3.00pm

RSVP Saturday February 11
Telephone 6295 6723 or
email info@paperchainbookstore.com.au

A long time lover of jazz and improvised music, Geoff Page has been writing poetry about the music and its musicians for many years. In this beautifully designed collection you’ll find poems about the US greats and local jazz luminaries; poems about audiences and venues too. This is pithy stuff and whether jazz is already embedded in your life, or you would simply like it to be, there will be something in these pages that speaks to you.

“If jazz could be written down in words, then this is it! Spirited, insightful, spontaneous; yet so cleverly constructed that every phrase delights and intrigues, revealing both unexpected and familiar truths about music and life.” Sandy Evans

John McBeath reviews A Sudden Sentence in the Air in The Australian

Poet riffs on the language of jazz and its players

John McBeath from The Australian November 26, 2011 12:00AM

Canberra-based Geoff Page has published 18 collections of poetry as well as numerous novels and anthologies, and he is active in the capital’s jazz scene, running monthly concerts. His new collection, A Sudden Sentence in the Air, contains a poem entitled A Manual of Style, dedicated to stellar Sydney saxophonist Bernie McGann, and selected by Black Inc for its forthcoming Best Australian Poems 2011. It’s easy to see why the 13-line poetic description of McGann’s playing was selected: Page’s savvy observations inform his lines, taking on a kind of riffing of language, echoing and explaining the music.

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