Category Archives: Performances

Saturday 19 October – Sandy Evans Quartet @ Foundry 616, Sydney

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to hear saxophonist Sandy leading her own jazz quartet.

Sandy has just returned from a very successful tour of Canada and the US where she performed at the Guelph Jazz Festivalin Canada with cellist Matt Brubeck and tabla maestro Pandit Anindo Chatterjee. During this tour Sandy visited Wesleyan University for the launch of Testimony which has just been published by Wesleyan University Press.

The book and CD of this legendary collaboration between Sandy and Yusef Komunyakaa is available on Amazon and includes the full ABC recording of Testimony.

In her first gig as leader at Foundry616, Sandy teams up with old friends Toby Hall  and Alister Spence, and 2011 JRMA winner, Hannah James on bass.

“This is world class contemporary music performed by some of the very best exponents in this country” John Mc Beath


Presentation at Wesleyan University with Yusef Komunyakaa

cover of the book Testimony: The Legend of Charlie Parker. Shows saxophone player in silhouette
Testimony: a Tribute to Charlier Parker

Wednesday 11th September

Presentation at Wesleyan University with Yusef Komunyakaa c0inciding with the publication of Testimony by Wesleyan University press.

Testimony: the Legend of Charlie Parker, an Australian composer’s response

Pulitzer prize winning poet Yusef Komunyakaa and Australian saxophonist Sandy Evans collaborated on a two-hour tribute to Charlie Parker commissioned by the ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) presented at the Sydney Opera House. Sandy Evans discusses her compositional process in response to Komunyakaa’s vibrant text and her own journey as an Australian saxophone player and composer engaging with the life, music and culture of this bebop legend.

Bernie McGann

Bernie McGann fundraiser flyerMusicians in both Sydney and Melbourne are rallying to the aid of Bernie McGann,  There is still also a chance to be involved with commissioning a work by Sandy Evans.. See info below re contacting SIMA.

Bernie McGann is possibly Australia’s most iconic jazz saxophonist, the recipient of a numerous awards and accolades, with a string of CD’s to his name.

However Bernie suffered a heart attack just a week ago and is in hospital now awaiting open heart surgery.

So to help with the various costs associated with his rehabilitation, musicians Andrew Dickeson and Jonathan Zwartz have asked his many friends and supporters to help his cause and to recognise his contribution not only to the Australian jazz scene but also the overall cultural landscape of this country.  This has also been the case in Melbourne with Martin Jackson leading the cause for a fundraiser.

Unable to attend?

If you were unable to attend but would like to support Bernie, SIMA are accepting donations on his behalf and accepting prizes for fundraising – 9036 6292, or you can also contact Jonathan Zwartz or Andrew Dickeson.  For Melbourne, Martin Jackson from MJC 03 9557 2229.

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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)