Stephen Magnusson Quartet
Sunday, 28 May, 8.00 pm, at Bella Union, Level 1, Trades Hall, corner of Lygon & Victoria Streets, Carlton (entry off Lygon Street)
Co-winner of the 2000 National Jazz Guitar Award at Wangaratta, Stephen Magnusson is one of the most versatile and distinctive musicians in Australia. Currently a member of Elixir with Katie Noonan, he spent several years teaching in Switzerland, and has performed or recorded with artists including Charlie Haden’s Music Liberation Orchestra, Meshell Ndegeocello, Rickie-Lee Jones, Tim Berne, George Garzone, Jim Black, Paul Grabowsky, Mike Nock, and Vince Jones. In addition to winning the $30,000 Melbourne Music Prize in 2013, Magnusson’s Magnet (on LP and CD), won the 2013 ‘Bell’ Australian Jazz Award for Contemporary Jazz Album of the Year. In this ensemble, he collaborates with keyboardist Sam Keevers, bassist Frank DiSario and drummer Dave Beck to produce earthy, bluesy grooves, while retaining the freedom to take the music in different directions. Visit www.mag.net.au
“An artist with nothing to prove but much to say” – All About Jazz, USA
Support set by Zac O’Connell Quartet, a newly formed group inspired by European post-jazz music from artists such as Reinier Baas, Joris Roelfs, and Ben Van Gelder, as well as the undefined music of Australian artists Scott Tinkler, Joe O’Connor, and Will Guthrie. They play music composed by, and for, members of the band, and continually aspire for originality, freedom of artistry, and creative spontaneity. Zac O’Connell (alto saxophone) with Selene Messines (piano), Isaac Gunnoo (acoustic bass) and Maddison Carter (drums).
Tickets $20 / $15 concession. Purchase online on the Bella Union website.