Wilbur Wilde’s Blowout
Sunday March 19, Bella Union
Tenor saxophonist Wilbur Wilde is a widely under-rated figure from the 1980s and 90s jazz scene, leading a dynamic and exciting ensemble at key venues in Melbourne and interstate, and helping to broaden the jazz audience. He has reformed the classic line-up in recent years, with Scott Tinkler (trumpet), Geoff Hughes (guitar), Sam Anning (bass) and Mike Jordan (drums) complimenting his own ‘tough tenor’ sound, and mainly performing the wonderfully dynamic compositions of Texan tenor saxophonist Billy Harper (who toured here in 1992, performing with Tinkler, and again in1998).
Liam Werrett Quartet – Debut
This is a new group put together by alto saxophonist Liam Werrett to perform original and standard tunes. This ensemble draws upon inspiration and material from the likes of Parker, McGann, Konitz, and Monk, while placing emphasis on rhythmic interaction and collectively shaped forms. Werrett is joined by Matt Hoyne (guitar), Sam Anning (acoustic bass) and Aaron McCoullough (drums).