Tribute to Bernie McGann – at The Sound Lounge for SIMA

In this very special concert saxophonist/composer Sandy Evans pays tribute to long-time collaborator and friend, legendary Australian saxophonist Bernie McGann who passed away in September 2013.

DATE              Saturday 27th June 2015
TIME              8.30-11pm
VENUE           The Sound Lounge
TICKETS      $30/$25/$15 (Non-Member, Member, Student)
                          book online or call 9351 7940

Sandy Evans (tenor saxophone) Andrew Robson (alto saxophone) Warwick Alder (trumpet) Brendan Clarke (bass) Andrew Dickeson (drums)

McGann was a pioneering figure in the Australian jazz scene.
McGann’s raw-edged tone delivered exhilarating, hyper-fast flights of jagged post-bop with breathtaking leaps to the upper register. He also could express emotional depths of aching beauty in a slow ballad or blues. He was a trailblazer, always original, inventive, unmistakeable, a one-off giant of the alto saxophone “- John McBeath, The Australian
During his career Bernie McGann was widely acknowledged as an Australian jazz icon, having been awarded ARIA and MO Awards. He was the first ever recipient of the Australia Council’s prestigious Don Banks Music Award in 1998.
The Australian jazz community is grateful for the enormous contribution Bernie made to the Australian jazz scene, and this specially commissioned work will celebrate his legacy. This night will also celebrate the man and his music with Warwick Alder, Brendan Clarke and Andrew Dickeson, Bernie’s quartet during the last period of his life, sharing the stage with Sandy Evans and Andrew Robson on saxes.
Sandy based this suite on a phrase from one of Bernie’s practice notebooks (well known to a number of saxophonists): Long, Loose, Taste, Groove. This notebook, along with recordings and years of playing alongside Bernie has given Sandy an insight into his unique sound and individual voice.

Kapture CD Launch

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Launch: Sunday 10 May at The Camelot Lounge
Mothers Day Special! If attending the launch, buy a CD on the night and get another one free!

A tribute to South African freedom fighter Ahmed Kathrada  featuring Australia’s leading jazz and Indian musicians in collaboration with dancer Liz Lea.

The 100th release by Rufus Records!

Also available for digital purchase on Bandcamp

‘bluesy and Indian elements seamlessly intermingling’ Shand, SMH, 29/3/15

‘Bobby Singh is an extraordinary tabla player, beyond belief … stunning’ (Newell, 16/3/05)

Sandy Evans Trio with Bobby Singh at Manly Jazz Festival | image by Rodric White

Thursday 30 April – Foundry616

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“The way art is meant to be….” Shane Nichols (All About Jazz)

Vale David Perry

Many jazz lovers will know the fantastic film ‘Dr Jazz’ that David Perry made about contemporary jazz at the Strawberry Hills Hotel in the 1990s, featuring bands such as the Bernie McGann Trio, Mike Nock Quartet and Clarion Fracture Zone. Sadly, David passed away recently. He was an extraordinary artist, filmmaker, and dear friend to many jazz musicians, including me. I am dedicating my concert at Foundry616 this Thursday 30th April to honouring David’s life and work, including screening excerpts from his film ‘Dr Jazz’. Please join us if you can.

“Jazz is like communism without the purges. It’s the kind of music that leaves you open.” – David Perry

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to hear Sandy leading her jazz quartet, one of her key ensembles as a leader and featuring three equally strong jazz musicians and leaders in their own right.

This quartet sees eminent saxophonist and composer Sandy Evans delighting in the freedom of the classic jazz quartet with the imaginative rhythm section of Alister Spence, Brett Hirst and Hamish Stuart.

Sandy, Alister, Brett and Hamish are known for their work together in bands such as Clarion Fracture Zone and The catholics. In various combinations they have performed at JazzFest Berlin, The Pori Jazz festival and the Montreal Jazz Festival and toured jazz clubs in Europe and North America includingStadtgarten, Cologne, Unterfahrt, Munich, Bimhuis, Amsterdam, Jazzclub Neue Tonne, Dresden.

They have appeared for many of the leading jazz organisations in Australia including – Sydney Improvised Music Association, the Perth Jazz Society , Jazz South Australia, The Melbourne Jazz Co-operative, the Morpeth Jazz Festival, The Wangaratta jazz Festival, The Bellingen Jazz Society, The Jazzgroove Association, Devonport Jazz Weekend, Bungendore Jazz Festival and The Valley Jazz Festival in Brisbane.


Charity Walk for Parkinson’s NSW

70th Anniversary Walk Sandakan Death March

In May 2015, Sandy’s brother Bruce will be participating in the 70th anniversary commemorative walk that follows the path by those forced to participate in one of Australia’s worst war time tragedies.

“I will be walking to honour my Uncle John who died on this march. He died along the Sandakan-Ranau track near the Malio Rest House on the Melio River. His official cause of death according to the nominal roll in this book was malaria, which most likely meant he was too weak to continue walking and fell behind. This often meant death at the hands of the Japanese. 2434 prisoners were incarcerated at Sandakan – 6 survived.

“I am doing the walk to commemorate my uncle, but I also felt it would be an opportunity to raise some money for a worthwhile
cause. My wife, Leslee is a sufferer of early onset Parkinson’s and
I am hoping to raise money for Parkinson’s NSW to assist in the
very worthwhile programs and support they provide.
Your donation to my cause would be greatly appreciated. You will
receive an email acknowledgement of your donation from
Parkinson’s NSW that can be used as a receipt for a tax
deduction. Donations can be made at:

Thank you for supporting my cause.
Bruce Evans
ph 0411040552

Tenor and soprano saxophone, composer