Celebrating Bernie McGann
1pm, Saturday October 29 – WPAC Theatre
It is our pleasure to present “Celebrating Bernie McGann” to the Wangaratta audience including friends, colleagues and supporters of the legendary Australian jazz saxophonist, Bernie McGann who passed away in September 2013. This band celebrates McGann and his music with Warwick Alder, Brendan Clarke and Andrew Dickeson, Bernie’s quartet during the last period of his life, sharing the stage with Sandy Evans and Andrew Robson on saxes.
Along with McGann’s music, this concert will feature a suite in which Sandy Evans pays tribute to long-time collaborator and friend, Bernie McGann. Sandy based this suite on a phrase from one of Bernie’s practice notebooks: Long, Loose, Taste, Groove.
McGann was a pioneering figure in the Australian jazz scene.
During his career Bernie McGann was widely acknowledged as an Australian jazz icon, having been awarded ARIA and MO Awards and an Australian Council for the Arts grant. He was the first ever recipient of the Australia Council’s prestigious Don Banks Music Award in 1998.
“McGann’s raw-edged tone delivered exhilarating, hyper-fast flights of jagged post-bop with breathtaking leaps to the upper register. He also could express emotional depths of aching beauty in a slow ballad or blues. He was a trailblazer, always original, inventive, unmistakeable, a one-off giant of the alto saxophone” – John McBeath, The Australian
Warwick Alder (trumpet) Brendan Clarke (bass)
Andrew Dickeson (drums)
Sandy Evans (tenor saxophone) Andrew Robson (alto saxophone)