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In the golden era of Australian jazz, the Graeme Bell Allstars were icons. From touring the globe to hosting their own television show, they captured the world with their music.

Graeme Bell came out of retirement at the age of 88 to reform his band. For over 3 years they enjoyed sold out performances and standing ovations at jazz festivals around Australia, climaxing in one final performance for Graeme's 90th birthday. On tour & at home Graeme & his band reflect on their love of music, their history and their legacy. Accessed from:

This jazz documentary, screened on ABC TV in 2006 and was made with the assistance of the National Film and Sound Archive.

The Graeme Bell All Stars: Play On, focuses on the famous Australian jazz band, and features interviews with a number of Australian jazz stalwarts, including Bob and Len Barnard, Bob Henderson, Kate Dunbar and the legendary Graeme Bell.

Marco Ianniello said the film was not intended as a history, but as "a celebration of the band, the music and the legacy they are leaving behind". It was filmed in 2004 during Graeme Bell's 90th birthday Reunion Band Tour. Veteran jazz aficionado Bill Haesler has said of the documentary: "The film is wonderfully produced and photographed. A real winner, and one of the best jazz docos I've seen." Accessed from:

A one hour documentary following the legendary Australian jazz band which screened on the ABC in 2006.

Staff and Students of the University of Notre Dame may access this documentary from St Benedict's Library, Sydney.


The Author:

Mr Marco Ianniello

To request a DVD copy - please contact Marco Ianniello -

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