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Friday 9 August – Sandy Evans Trio with Bobby Singh (tabla)

Hi Friends,

I’m delighted to let you know about a gig this Friday at the Sound Lounge with my trio and tabla player Bobby Singh. Due to a clerical error groove master and improvisatory wizard Hamish Stuart will be joining us (instead of Toby Hall). We are off to the Bellingen Jazz festival the week after.

I’m emerging from a lengthy period reading and writing about music for my PhD and can’t tell you how much I’m looking forward to playing it!

Sandy Evans (saxophones) Bobby Singh (tabla) Brett Hirst (bass) Hamish Stuart (drums)

November News from Sandy

Hi friends,

I hope you are all well and enjoying life, the universe and everything.

I’m pleased to let you know about some exciting projects I have this month. On 11th November I go to India for a tour with the AAO Two Oceans Ensemble playing for the Hindu Fest. The concert will include the premiere of a new collaborative suite Meetings At The Table of Time that I have  co-written with Guru Kaaraikkudi Mani.

By a miraculous and fortunate twist of fate I have an interlocking tour with Ben Walsh and The Orchestra of the Underground performing the amazing film project Fearless Nadia in Mumbai and Chennai. If you will be in India, please come along!

Closer to home, this Saturday I’ll be at the Sound Lounge for SIMA with my sextet. We will premiere new work as well as excerpts from When the Sky Cries Rainbows and compositions by Alister and James.I leave first thing Sunday morning so this will be a bon voyage concert!  This is the first SYDNEY INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S FESTIVAL. The lineup for the Festival is fantastic and well worth checking out.

On Friday night I’m playing with Mantratonic (featuring the incredible sitar player and singer Sarangan Sriranganthan) in a free concert for Parramasala.

More info about all these events below.

My very best wishes,

Sandy Evans Trio Indian Project – Tour

Sandy Evans (tenor/soprano sax), Brett Hirst (bass), Toby Hall (drums), Bobby Singh (tabla), Sarangan Sriranganathan (sitar, vocals)

Click to download brochure in PDF format showing the information on this page

A rare opportunity to see one of Sydney’s leading Indian musicians, tabla player Bobby Singh, in a thrilling dialogue with jazz musician Sandy Evans and her superb trio with bass player Brett Hirst and drummer Toby Hall. Expect soulful melodies, breathtaking improvisations, hypnotic grooves and stunning percussion solos, redefining the fusion of jazz and Indian music. This is a not to be missed event.

Dates and details

Saturday June 23rd Live at the Village, Springwood
8.00pm Presbyterian Hall, 160 Macquarie Rd, Springwood
Bookings: from June 1st at Turning Page Bookshop, Springwood or 0247515171

Saturday June 30th Live at the Sound Lounge Sydney Improvised Music Association
8.30pm Sound Lounge, Seymour Centre, Chippendale
Ticket Price: $20–$10
Bookings: or 0293517940
Includes National CD launch of Cosmic Waves

Friday July 6th, Wollongong Conservatorium
7.00pm Wollongong Conservatorium Auditorium, Murphys Avenue, Keiraville
Ticket Price: $20–$10
or 0242281122

Saturday July 7th Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre
8.00pm 105 William Street, Bathurst
Ticket price: $25–$15
Bookings: 0263336161

Saturday August 4th Capital Jazz Project 2012 Street Theatre
7.30pm 15 Childers Street, Canberra City
Ticket Price: $25
Bookings: or 0262471519

Friday August 24th Taree Gallery
8.00pm 13 Macquarie Street, Taree
Phone 0265925451
Ticket Price: $28–$23
Bookings: or through Video Ezy, Victoria St, Taree on 0265525699.

Saturday August 25th Newcastle Jazz Festival
7.30pm Newcastle Jazz Festival
2.00pm Sandy Evans & Bobby Singh Workshop
City Hall, King St, Newcastle
Ticket price: Session passes available
More info and ticket information


JRMA Fundraiser – 12 July 2012

2012 JRMA Fundraiser - Sirens Big Band

Since 2005 the Jann Rutherford Memorial Award (JRMA) has been helping to redress the gender imbalance in the field of Jazz performance. This has been effected by supporting outstanding young female instrumentalists and arranging mentorships for those with potential.

The Jann Rutherford Memorial Award was founded in 2005 to assist in the professional development of an outstanding young female jazz musician. The Award is named in honour of the late jazz pianist Jann Rutherford, and is funded by private donations.

Over the years we have had 2 generous major sponsors but now must look for alternative support. So a massive fundraising concert is planned for Thursday July 12, 2012 at the wonderful new club Blue Beat in Double Bay.

Three main groups will perform.

1. Paul Cutlan leading ‘The Jann Rutherford Quintet’.

Paul writes:- The Jann Rutherford Quintet with guest pianist Matt McMahon are privileged to have the opportunity to perform compositions from both her solo piano and quintet albums. These range from hard bop classics such as Mr Visa Man, through tender ballads and waltz numbers to songs like Expectations, bursting with optimism and joy.
Matt McMahon (piano), Roger Manins & Paul Cutlan (saxophones) Craig Scott (bass) and Dave Goodman (drums).

2. Hannah James Quartet

Jazz bassist, composer Hannah James was the recipient of the 2011 Jann Rutherford Memorial Award. Hannah’s group is a showcase for her beautiful, subtle and sophisticated compositions
Hannah James (bass) Tim Clarkson (saxophone) Casey Golden (piano) and Ed Rodrigues (drums)

3. The Sirens Big Band

In 2010 the award recipients were Jessica Dunn and Harriet Harding. It enabled them to launch The Sirens all woman big band.

They have had exceptional success including a season in the Sydney Festival re-creating the days of the famous Trocadero.

As a bonus we can expect some anecdotes both from long term collaborators Paul Cutlan, Roger Manins and the rambunctious star of Beer Drinking Woman Christa Hughes. Christa also promises a sample from the show which Jann collaborated on.

8pm Thursday July 12 @ BLUE BEAT 16 Cross Street, Double Bay – $40/$25 bookings (02) 9328 4411

Also massive raffle with prizes including concert tickets, books, cds, photo sessions. $5 each or 5 for $20.

Further information direct ticket sales, interviews etc (02) 9938 2180