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Saxophonist Sandy Evans wrote a series of compositions paying tribute to the late Bernie McGann, whom she worked with closely over the years, and performed some of the music at the 2016 Wangaratta Jazz Festival. There were also a few of Bernie favourite's thrown into the mix.
The project came about in 2012 when a fundraising event was thrown in order to raise money for Bernie's medical treatment. Sandy was commissioned to compose some music in Bernie's honour, and she drew inspiration through a series of Bernie's practice note books. The suite was shaped around a quote she found in one of the logs, given to her by fellow saxophonist Jeremy Rose. It contained the phrase "loose, long, taste, groove," which became a basis for Sandy's writing.
In the band was Sandy on tenor sax, Andrew Robson on alto saxophone, Warwick Alder on trumpet, Brendan Clarke on bass and Andrew Dickeson on drums. This set was also streamed live on the ABC Jazz Facebook page, which you can view below.
Presented by Henry Rasmussen
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Sandy Evans is an award-winning Australian jazz composer, saxophonist, and teacher active from 1982. In the 1980s Evans played in the group Women and Children First. Later she was a member of the Sydney band Ten Part Invention. Evans composed the music for the 1999 radio drama Testimony: The Legend of Charlie Parker, which showcased the poetry of Yusef Komunyakaa, and was broadcast on ABC's...
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