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Bernie McGann: 75th Birthday Concert

Page added Sep 21, 2012 Updated Oct 23, 2013

We pay tribute to the late Bernie McGann with his 75th birthday concert, recorded in 2012 for Jazztrack and ABC Jazz.


Bernie McGann 75th gallery

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Tracks in this feature

1. 'Take the Coltrane' (Ellington)
2. 'Wendy' (Desmond)
3. 'Hot House' (Dameron)
4. 'God Bless the Child' (Holiday, Herzog)
5. 'Strike Up the Band' (Gershwins)
6. 'Encore - Blues in F'

In the band

Bernie McGann; alto, MC
Paul Grabowsky; piano, MC
Jonathan Zwartz; bass
Tim Firth; drums

Recorded: June 22, 2012
Live at SIMA, The Sound Lounge, Sydney
Engineers: James Kennedy, David Bates


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Sep 27, 2012. 9:00pm - 10:30pm
Sep 26, 2013. 9:00pm - 10:30pm

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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 Sep 26, 2013. 10:40pm
Anonymous said

Thankyou thankyou for the wonderful, uplifting and beautiful experience that this concert was. Maureen

On Sep 26, 2013. 7:30pm
Anonymous said

Bernie introduced me to the 'real' sound of Jazz at Morgans Feedwell in Glebe. What a treat. We got to stuff our faces and listen to the great Master McGann only a few feet away. Those particular sessions resonate so strongly today and anyone who has heard Bernie live will agree it's a life changing experience. Bernie worked tirelessly without adulation on his rare gift. He was my first wife Kimberly Appleby's godfather and we lived at Bundeena awhile and were so very lucky to know such a gentle giant. Thanks Bernie for the magic and for your great gift and for just being you. Long may you blow.

On Sep 21, 2012. 9:31pm
Anonymous said

Bernie, you're a Heaven-sent musical messenger in our angst-filled world. An inspirational gold medal winner in the devoted hearts of all serious jazz devotees. Happy Birthday sweet soul - and stay with us as long as you wish. We need you. Any musical excursion involving Master McGann remains compelling listening.
Christopher Lynch.

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