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Classic McGann

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Page added May 5, 2017 Updated May 12, 2017

We kick off this week's Aussie jazz playlist with music from the late great Bernie McGann and his 2012 double album 'Wending.'

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Music by saxophonist Bernie McGann on this episode, alongside his compatriots Warwick Alder (trumpet), Lloyd Swanton (bass) and John Pochee (drums). There's also a track from Sydney stalwart Judy Bailey as well as some music from Jo Lawry - who will be visiting Australia soon.

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May 8, 2017. 9:00pm - 10:00pm
May 12, 2017. 2:00pm - 3:00pm

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Artist Biography


Bernard Francis "Bernie" McGann (22 June 1937 - 17 September 2013) was an Australian jazz alto saxophone player. He began his career in the late 1950s and remained active as a performer, composer and recording artist until near the end of his life. Born in Granville, New South Wales, in Sydney's western suburbs, McGann first came to prominence as part of a loose alliance of modern jazz musicians...

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On May 6, 2017. 10:11pm
Anonymous said

A quietly spoken yet thoughtful soul, Bernie McGann - the Leonard Cohen of the alto? - communicated most meaningfully through the multi-lingual sound of his well-loved burnished sax. Harmonically explorative though he was, McGann's seemingly cool demeanor concealed an ever restless soul searching for that elusive 'beyond' cadence. A serious musical adventurer, McGann, Zen-like, remained above any showmanship. Over many decades - perhaps too many! - I've had the privilege of seeing countless outstanding musicians live at the world's most renowned jazz clubs, and in terms of careful listening to what other soloists were doing around him, McGann's respectful attentiveness was consistently exemplary.
Listen to and relish "Bundeena" for example, and hear what I mean.
Christopher Lynch.

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