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Public Forum Jazz, The Permanent Underground
Platform Papers 16
The Permanent Underground: Australian Contemporary Jazz in the New Millenium
With author Peter Rechniewski and Mike Nock, renowned jazz pianist at the Sound Lounge, The Seymour Centre
Rechniewski asks why, when our jazz musicians are so prized overseas, jazz remains a permanent underground? His answer is a National Jazz Plan to raise the profile, increase the audiences, lift income levels and enhance the career pathways of musicians. Jazz, he writes, demands an urgent revision of both the public and governmental attitudes.