WANGARATTA JAZZ FESTIVAL PREVIEW
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"Wang" is almost upon us again, and the CHJ team will be there in force. Wang never fails to please, no matter what the program looks like in advance.
There's too much on offer to cover all of it here - full details can be found on the Wang web site
. This highly personal and idiosyncratic preview outlines what CHJ is especially looking forward to at this year's festival:
* Pianist BARNEY MCALL
is rapidly becoming one of the elder statesmen of Australian jazz at a relatively young age. Barney is exceptionally versatile and creative, and always a pleasure to watch and listen to.
* CELEBRATING BERNIE MCGANN
will be a tribute to this late, great Australian musician and his music, featuring members of his final quartet: Warwick Alder, Brendan Clarke, and Andrew Dickeson, and two of Australia's leading sax players - Sandy Evans and Andrew Robson. It takes two
of them to replace Bernie!
* Reeds player ADAM SIMMONS
will be performing with his trio ORIGAMI
and also in a duet with NICK TSiAVOS
. Adam has a very unique sound with plenty of emotion and feeling, which varies from the joyful to music of great delicacy.
* The RONAN GUILFOYLE TRIO
from Dublin is / are one of the international headline acts, famous for their rhythmic complexity and invention.
* For her SHANNON BARNETT QUARTET
, Shannon has not only returned home from Germany by also brought her German band. For the last few years Shannon has been our loss and Germany's gain, so this will be a very welcome opportunity to hear her again.
* Saxophone is this year's instrument in the NATIONAL JAZZ AWARDS
. There are mostly new (to me) names for this year's semi-finals, so I will have a better excuse than normal this year for my notorious inability to pick the winner. That said, I expect that Jeremy Rose will be a strong contender, but Troy Roberts, who appeared in the Jeff 'Tain' Watts Quartet back in 2014, will take some beating. This year will be the first for a very long time that Mike Nock is not chairing the judging panel, so perhaps we should expect a surprise with Jamie Oehlers in charge.
* Space prevents us going on and listing all the acts, but don't forget Kimba Griffith, Jamie Oehlers & Tal Cohen, and Colliding Balls among many others
* DISCOVERING NEW STUFF
is one of the pleasures of going to Wang. These are artists and projects that we've never heard of before and only
discover once there. Surprises like these are often the most memorable part.
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