Changing the face of Jazz with saxophonist Loretta Palmeiro
Changing the Face of Jazz, is a series of profiles of women, jazz instrumentalists. The featured musician in this edition is saxophonist, clarinetist and flautist Loretta Palmeiro. Loretta has been a member of and soloist in a wide range of ensembles which have made an important impact on Australian music, including the Sirens, the Divergence Jazz Orchestra, and the quintet which is one of her main projects personally, Spyglass Gypsies. And the diversity in the music these ensembles play shows how broad Loretta’s musical interests are. From her first experiences in playing the violin, Loretta moved on quickly to the piano and was attracted to the saxophone, literally, by the sounds she heard drifting across her school playground. For this profile, Loretta has provided original music not available on CD: a version of Softly as in a Morning Sunrise, in a duet with guitarist Richard Ashby; a live recording from the Divergence Big Band; and improvised duets recorded with pianist Mark Isaacs when they called their collaboration Some of Two Parts.
This profile in Changing the Face of Jazz was produced by Mick Paddon and originally went to air on Eastside Radio as part of Jazz Made in Australia on February 13th, 2017.