Jazz puts region in spotlight

TRUMPETING SUCCESS: Generations in Jazz chair James Morrison performs at Saturday night’s gala concert. Picture: JASON WALLACE

“THIS has been the most concentrated soulful experience I have ever had in my life,” US jazz sensation Patti Austin said at Sunday’s Generations in Jazz finale and awards ceremony – the culmination of the annual three-day event which this year attracted around 6000 music students from across Australia.

“Soulful is a word that used to be bandied about a bit when I was your age and for the entire time I’ve been here, you have rekindled the meaning of that word for me.

“This experience is


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