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Remembering the life of Nick Polites

Nick Polites OAM passed away on 14 January 2022; he was 94 years old. Nick was a much-loved iconic Melbourne jazzman, an early, influential and respected advocate for migrant services, …

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Recalling the Journey of the Diakakis Family: the story of Helen Pagonis

My Australian-born mother, Helen Kathleen, grew up in a community of ‘displaced persons’ of Greek heritage from Asia Minor who resettled in South Melbourne in the aftermath of the First …

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93-year-old Melbourne-born Jazz legend Nick Polites gave a rare public performance

Now retired, 93-year-old Melbourne-born Jazz legend Nick Polites OAM gave a rare public performance on the morning of Christmas Eve outside the Degani Café in Ivanhoe Mall. He was accompanied …

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Dallas Cosmas has music in his veins

“I come from a musical family where the piano was central in the home and at gatherings. I was immersed by classical, theatrical, radio-pop before I could string a sentence …

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Nick Polites: a life in jazz

Nick Polites was a stellar performer with various ensembles at the 72nd Australian Jazz Convention in Ballarat at the end of 2017. The longest running event of its type in …

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Nick Polites OAM turns 90

The legendary jazz musician, migrant issues advocate and pioneer of Australian Greek welfare celebrates his birthday.

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Nick Polites recalls his journey

A pioneer of Australian Greek welfare services, staunch advocate for wider migrant services, and legendary jazz musician, Nick Polites tells his life story in his own words.

Life

The godfather of rhythm and blues

Ioannis Alexandres Veliotes, better known to popular music history as Johnny, was a seminal influence on American R&B and rock and roll.

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