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See Kelly Ottaway at the 2011 Walsh Bay Jazz Festival

Kristin Berardi
Feb 1, 2011 Updated Jun 10, 2011

Be in the running to see Kelly Ottaway's Modern Operative with Kristin Berardi (pictured) at the Walsh Bay Jazz Festival in Sydney.

ABC Jazz has two double passes to see Modern Operative at the Bangarra Dance Theatre in Sydney on Saturday 19 February. 

Modern Operative is a small big band led by Tasmanian composer, arranger and pianist Kelly Ottaway. Inspired by the arranging styles of Oliver Nelson and Claude Thornhill, this nine-piece outfit infuses contemporary composition with the aesthetics of legendary big bands.

2010 saw the Operative perform at the inaugural International Shakespeare Festival in Hobart. It was only proper that a connection between Shakespeare and improvised music be explored with a tribute to the late Sir John Dankworth and Dame Cleo Laine, through the reworking of the seminal recording ‘Shakespeare and all that jazz’.

The members of the Operative for their performance at the Walsh Bay Jazz Festival include Kristin Berardi (Vocals) David Theak (Alto and Soprano Sax) Alistair Dobson (Tenor and Soprano Sax), Rob Mason (Tenor Sax), Les Johnston (Trombone), Nick Parish (Guitar) Nick Haywood (Bass) and Tim Firth (Drums) with special guest Mark Walmsley (Tuba).

For an opportunity to win one of two double passes, tell us why you would like to go to the show.  Note: The prize is tickets only. 

This competition has closed

The winners are:

Natalie Dietz - I would like to go to the show because i am an aspiring jazz vocalist currently studying at the conservatorium, to see Kristin is always an inspiration to me, making it a very valuable experience for a young singer! i would love to go

Deborah McDiarmid - I just love jazz. There are too few music genres that have such broad appeal. I remember being at Manly Jazz festival 25 years ago and my then toddler son, bopped and grooved to the crowds delight. He is 27 now and I would love to take him to this show at a venue i have heard so much about, built to permanently showcase Australian talent.


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