The Project

Everyone loves the music that comes out of Queensland. Back 40s, 50s, 60s and 70s jazz was the popular music of the day, and a heap of amazing players, composers, venues, and enthusiasts dominated the night life.

But what do we know about it? Not enough!

This project seeks to engage with jazz communities in Queensland, to record the stories of those who were there when it all began. I’ll be travelling around Queensland to chat to anyone and everyone who might be able to help piece together this history.

Oral histories, photographs, posters, ticket stubs, video footage, recorded music or sheet music…these are the kinds of things that are important resources in looking back at local history. If you would like to help, or wouldn’t be shy of an interview, let me know!

The Brains

This project is led by Dr Lauren Istvandity, Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Queensland Conservatorium, and John Oxley Library Fellow at the State Library of Queensland.

Lauren is an expert in music, heritage, and autobiographical memory. She’s no slouch as a performer either – Lauren is also a jazz vocalist with a number of ensembles in Brisbane.