Audrey Powne is an Australian trumpeter, vocalist and songwriter. Born in Warragul, in country Victoria, Audrey moved to Melbourne as a teen, where she took every opportunity to get stuck into jazz and the local music scene. A prolific young musician who has been central to Melbourne's jazz and soul scenes in the last decade, Aussie audiences might recognise her from the sweet soul band Leisure Centre, and her electro funk project Au Dré.
Although Audrey has been based in New York for some time, when we caught up back in September, she was in the middle of hard-core lockdown in Melbourne, where she made the difficult decision to wait out the height of the pandemic. A week out from the release of her new EP, “Bed I Made”, Audrey shared with me her experience developing as a jazz musician in Melbourne and the landscape for young women getting into playing jazz now, her experience touring with Aussie blues/soul band, The Teskey Brothers, the rather unique position that current jazz musicians find themselves in of having to ‘compete’ with jazz’s legacy, and to fight audience expectations to fit a certain stereotype, and her experiences with jazz in London and New York, versus in Melbourne.