Mu­sic Spin Doc­tor and the lat­est al­bum re­leases

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Contents - Iain Shed­den spin­doc@theaus­tralian.com.au

There was a lot of love in the room on Wed­nes­day when singer Jenny Mor­ris was hon­oured by the mu­sic in­dus­try at a cer­e­mony in Syd­ney. Mor­ris was the re­cip­i­ent of the Ex­cel­lence in the Com­mu­nity award in recog­ni­tion of her achieve­ments be­hind the mi­cro­phone and as a fundraiser for char­i­ties such as Nord­off-Rob­bins Mu­sic Ther­apy Aus­tralia and Sup­port Act, the in­dus­try body that of­fers fi­nan­cial and other as­sis­tance to mu­si­cians in dif­fi­culty. Sup­port Act was the host for the fundrais­ing Mu­sic in the House event at the Ivy Ball­room on Wed­nes­day and a star-stud­ded ros­ter of tal­ent turned up to lend its sup­port as well as to hon­our Mor­ris. Ac­tors Sam Neill and David Wen­ham were there, as was ac­tress Rachel Ward, who hosted the event. There were stel­lar per­for­mances of some of Mor­ris’s best-known songs by other artists in­clud­ing Mon­taigne, who of­fered an ad­mirable acous­tic read­ing of She Has to Be Loved, and Mor­ris’s younger sis­ter, Shan­ley Del, who did Ev­ery­where I Go. The star trio of the af­ter­noon, how­ever, fea­tured Neil Finn, Mark Li­zotte and Jimmy Barnes. The large crowd got more than it bar­gained for when the su­per­group of sorts ac­ci­den­tally per­formed the two songs on its set list — You I Know and Tears — to­gether in­stead of leav­ing Tears for the fi­nale. Sud­denly aware of their mis­take, the three mu­sos had to scurry off to the green room and learn a few more tunes with which to fin­ish off the show af­ter Mor­ris’s gra­cious, funny and emo­tional ac­cep­tance speech. That turned out to be a bless­ing that sparked a stand­ing ova­tion, with Mor­ris, who had to stop singing af­ter be­ing di­ag­nosed with spas­modic dys­pho­nia in 2005, join­ing the three stars and mem­bers of her fam­ily for a spir­ited per­for­mance of Piece of My Heart, be­fore the trio closed the show with Crowded House’s Don’t Dream It’s Over. The auc­tion part of the func­tion, con­ducted with some aplomb by ABC broad­caster Si­mon Marnie, raised thou­sands of dol­lars for Sup­port Act, in­clud­ing $2600 from the sale of a black-and-white por­trait of Mor­ris by pho­tog­ra­pher Tony Mott. Recog­ni­tion for mu­si­cians of a slightly dif­fer­ent bent took place in Mel­bourne on Mon­day with the Jazz Bell Awards, the an­nual nod to all that is best in the world of Aus­tralian jazz. Among the prizewin­ners at Bird’s Base­ment were singer Michelle Ni­colle, who took best jazz vo­cal al­bum for A Flower is a Love­some Thing; Tim Wil­son & An­drea Keller Duo, whose Con­sider This took best in­stru­men­tal al­bum; and Stu Hunter, whose song

Ea­gle Fish from his al­bum The Mi­gra­tion earned him jazz song of the year, as well as, like the oth­ers, $5000 and a lovely tro­phy. Fifty years ago last week the Jimi Hen­drix Ex­pe­ri­ence re­leased its land­mark al­bum Are You

Ex­pe­ri­enced. To mark the oc­ca­sion, a hand­ful of Aussie guitar slingers will take the stage tonight to play the al­bum in its en­tirety at the Blues on Broad­beach fes­ti­val on the Queens­land Gold Coast. Among those wield­ing a mean axe will be Mel­bourne’s young gun Harts, Kevin Borich, Ray Bea­dle and Scream­ing Jet Jimi Hock­ing. Also on the Broad­beach bill tonight are Cash Sav­age and the Last Drinks as well as Slim Jim Phantom, while to­mor­row Bon­nie Tyler and Ian Moss are among the head­lin­ers.

Barnes, Mor­ris, Li­zotte and Finn

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