There's no such thing as 'standard' jazz. That's true of every style of music, but the genre's penchant for experimentation and improvisation makes the statement particularly accurate. And if it's inventive sounds that you're after, Brisbane's latest jazz night is here to treat your eardrums to a host of tunes you probably haven't heard before.
Jazz Is Dead is Barbara's Tuesday evening jazzfest, filling the Fortitude Valley bar with sweet, sweet music from 7pm until midnight every week. It's particularly focusing on tracks and artists that breathe new life into the style, so jazz isn't really dead here — it's reborn.
Running until the end of July, the regular event has also enlisted a heap of talented folks to help, many of whom have crossed paths in various local bands. The Biology of Plants' Helen Svoboda, Pink Matter's Megan Christensen and Kerry Raywood, The Grates' Jack Richardson and Ritchie Daniell, and Astro Travellers' Sam Maguire, Rohan Seekers and Jessi Lumbar are just some of the names on the bill, all set to share their jazzy highlights.