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Queensland Jazz Memories – Protecting histories of pre-1970s jazz scenes

Billo Smith's Dance Band performing at the Trocadero dance hall, Brisbane, ca. 1943. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Neg 2648

Guest blogger: Dr Lauren Istvandity –  2017 John Oxley Library Fellow. Queensland has long been known for producing quality musicians and supporting diverse music scenes, including those based in jazz. The significance of local jazz music history has been highlighted through the 2017 John Oxley Library Fellowship, which supports the project I’m currently undertaking titled … Read more

Vale Carol Lloyd

"Only A Matter Of Time", Railroad Gin (1974). John Oxley Library Collection, State Library of Queensland

This week Queensland lost influential singer-songwriter Carol Lloyd, who passed away in Brisbane after a long illness. Lloyd was part of Brisbane’s music scene during the 1970s as frontwoman of the band Railroad Gin. The band is best known for their 1974 single A Matter Of Time. The single reached the number 1 spot in … Read more

Messiah comes to Brisbane

Histories of the Brisbane Musical Union and Messiah program from 1930. State Library of Queensland

Handel’s Messiah has been performed hundreds of times in Brisbane, but the first ever performance in Brisbane of this favourite of all choral works took place 140 years ago, on the 25th of April 1873.  This was the second concert of the Brisbane Musical Union, an organisation that is still performing Handel’s masterpiece to this … Read more

Young Musicians Research Workshop

Researching in the Reading Room

On 21-22 May, ten of the top Year 12 music extension students across Queensland came to the State Library for an intensive two days of music research. A collaboration with the Queensland Conservatorium, the Young Musicians Research Workshop aimed to teach the students how to identify, access and interpret music resources and to improve their research skills. Introduced … Read more