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Reason 12



Ausjazz blog has not exhausted the myriad reasons why you should not miss the opportunity to be at all or part of Wangaratta Jazz and Blues Festival this year, but a dozen is clearly not enough, so I’ve grouped a few who absolutely deserve a mention.

Friday, November 2 at 10pm, WPAC Theatre: Paul Grabowsky and Bernie McGann will perform jazz standards and original compositions in a quartet with bassist Jonathan Zwartz and on drums 2011 National Jazz Awards winner Tim Firth.

Friday, November 2 at 9:45pm, WPAC Memorial Hall: Marc Hannaford with his trio with talented young bassist Sam Pankhust and drummer James McLean, as heard on Marc’s CD Sarcophile.

Saturday, November 3 at 4:30pm, WPAC Memorial Hall: Scott Tinkler Quartet with Marc Hannaford (piano), Sam Pankhurst (bass) and Simon Barker (drums)

Saturday. November 3 at 4pm, Holy Trinity Cathedral: Tim Stevens will perform solo on piano.

Saturday, November 3 at noon Holy Trinity Cathedral: Doug De Vries with bassist Frank Di Sario and drummer/percussionist Alastair Kerr will be playing Brazilian music.

Sunday, November 4 at 12:30pm WPAC Memorial Hall: Tim Stevens will also play in his trio with Ben Robertson on bass and Dave Beck on drums.

Saturday, November 3 at 2:30pm WPAC Memorial Hall: Allan Browne will lead his trio with Marc Hannaford and Sam Anning.

Sunday, November 4 at 6pm, St Patrick’s Hall
: Bob Barnard and Warwick Alder on trumpets.

Saturday, November 3 at 8pm, St Patrick’s Hall
: Hobart pianist Tom Vincent playing Wangaratta for the first time, joined by Sam Anning (bass) and Danny Fischer (drums).

Sunday, November 4 at 8pm, St Patrick’s Hall: Eminent pianist Tony Gould will feature in a quartet with Rob Burke on saxophone, Nick Haywood on bass and Tony Floyd on drums, as well as in the trio (Sunday, November 4 at 2pm, Holy Trinity Cathedral) he co-leads with Imogen Manins on cello and Gianni Marinucci on flugelhorn and trumpet.

Saturday, November 3 at 12:30pm, WPAC Memorial Hall: Sydney bassist/composer Hannah James, a graduate from the ANU School of Music in Canberra, will play in a trio with two members of her quintet, Casey Golden on piano and Ed Rodrigues on drums. Phil Slater on trumpet will be a guest soloist.

Monday, November 5, 1pm, WPAC: Youth jazz showcase concert added to the program on Monday afternoon. It’s separately ticketed, but covered by a festival pass. Generations in Jazz Academy Big Band from Mt Gambier directed by Graeme Lyall; the Monash University Big Band directed by Jordan Murray; and the National Youth Jazz Academy band, with young students aged 18 to 19, based in Wangaratta. This includes a trumpet player aged 13 who is precociously talented.

Hope to see some blog readers at Wangaratta.



TEN PART INVENTION at Chapel Off Chapel

Ten Part Invention
Bertles, Robson, Evans, James

It was fantastic to have this Sydney ensemble in Melbourne, though the band’s obvious enthusiasm at having come south was tempered a little by the absence of the bandleader, Bell Awards Hall of Fame member John Pochee, and by departure of saxophonist Ken James, who has settled in Hamilton, Victoria. It is to be hoped Pochee recovers quickly and can make it next time Ten Part Invention returns to Melbourne — which must be soon. James is expected to be able to play with the band occasionally, but was given a send-off during the Chapel Off Chapel gig.

Filling in at very short notice on drums — he is making a habit of it — was Ronny Ferella, with virtually no rehearsal and without having played with the band previously. He did not have stories to tell, as Pochee likes to do, but he did a great job.

The line-up on the night was Paul McNamara on piano, Steve Elphick on bass, Warwick Alder and Miroslav Bukovsky on horns, James Greening on trombone, Bob Bertles on baritone sax, Sandy Evans on tenor sax, Ken James on soprano and tenor sax, Andrew Robson on alto sax and Ronny Ferella on drums.

Again, time is hampering my ability to add a review of the gig at this stage. Suffice to say it was exhilarating. The musicians seemed to be having a lot of fun and this came through to the audience, which disappointingly was not as large as expected given Ten Part Invention plays in Melbourne so rarely. We do seem to have a habit of not turning out in large numbers when a bunch of talented Sydney musicians come to town, but you’d expect this band to be well known.

For now, here are some images. In time I will add a few words about the concert.

 Ten Part Invention
Ferella and Greening

 Ten Part Invention
Robson, Evans, James

 Ten Part Invention
Greening and James

 Ten Part Invention
Greening, Bukovsky and James

 Ten Part Invention
Robson, Elphick and Evans

 Ten Part Invention
Evans, Ferella, James and Greening

 Ten Part Invention
Bertles, Robson, Evans and James

 Ten Part Invention
Greening, Bukovsky and Alder