Jazz Australia was established in Melbourne in the mid 1980s by Diana Allen OAM, in order to promote, present and preserve the best Australian classic jazz, both from Melbourne and interstate. Over the years she has also presented many great international musicians and bands which include the Swedish Jazz Kings, the Jim Cullum Jazz Band, Martin Litton and Spats Langham from the UK, Jon Weber from Chicago, Ralph Sutton and Kenny Davern from the USA and gospel singer from Portland, Oregon Marilyn Keller.
You can read all about the experiences Diana has had with these colourful local and international jazz musicians in her publication The History of Jazz Australia which she wrote in 2015 on the 30th Anniversary of the establishment of Jazz Australia in Melbourne. In this memoir Diana describes her many and varied experiences over the years, some of them hair-raising, others humorous. It’s a good story that has been well received by those who have read it to date.  During the Covid Pandemic, Diana wrote Vol 2 of the History of Jazz Australia and has brought her story up to date.  It is now available from her by post for $25 including postage, or at one of her events for $25.  Please contact her on 0409 019 067 to obtain a copy.

Although Diana phased her operation down when she moved to Point Lonsdale in 2009, she has certainly not hung her hat up yet. She presents quarterly concerts on the Bellarine Peninsula at Point Lonsdale.
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