25 March Saturday – Divergence Jazz Orchestra with Michael Griffin
Saturday 25 March 2017, 8.30pm
Divergence Jazz Orchestra with Michael Griffin
In this exciting new collaboration Divergence Jazz Orchestra welcomes Michael Griffin (alto saxophone) as featured soloist. They will premiere Griffin originals newly arranged by Jenna Cave, Paul Murchison and Dave Lisik; compositions from the band, plus music from Bernie McGann (arr. Cam McAllister), Bill Motzing and Miroslav Bukovsky. Expect a night that takes you from be-bop to funk, hard-bop to ballads to contemporary jazz sounds.
After releasing two albums of original music, the 19-member Divergence Jazz Orchestra have established a unique and inspired artistic voice, celebrating innovative Australian composers and improvisers who diverge from the status quo. Directed by Jenna Cave (composer/conductor) and Paul Weber (trombone), Divergence boast a powerful and beautifully balanced orchestral sound anchored in groove, exhibiting immense sensitivity and subtly and breaking from the big band tradition of old.
Hailing from Sydney, Michael Griffin is a sensational young alto saxophonist who has been making waves in Australia and the US. Drawing on the linage of the great bebop alto saxophonists, Griffin’s improvised solos are executed with flawless time and artistry, his playing praised by jazz greats Jimmy Heath and Vincent Herring.
“[Griffin] Flaunts an assertive tone, with an advanced harmonic sensibility and technical fluency that confirm his reverence to Bird and Cannonball Adderley”- Bob Doerschuk (Downbeat Magazine)
“Four stars…The ensemble [Divergence] proves that faking isn’t a part of its lexicon. In other words, the DJO is for real” – Jack Bowers (All About Jazz)
MICHAEL GRIFFIN – alto saxophone featured soloist
JENNA CAVE conductor and composer; PAUL WEBER trombone, co-musical director; TIM COGGINS, ROSE FOSTER, LUKE DAVIS trombones; PAUL MURCHISON, JAMES POWER, WILL ENDICOTT, PAUL MEO, WILL GILBERT trumpets, flugelhorns; JUSTIN BUCKINGHAM lead alto saxophone, flute ABI MCCUNN alto, sop, clarinet DAVE REGLAR tenor, clarinet LOUIS KLAASSEN tenor saxophone TIM CLARKSON baritone saxophone, bass clarinet LUKE LIANG guitar ADRIAN KEEVILL piano HANNAH JAMES bass JAMES MCCAFFREY drums
General Admission, Concession, Dinner & Show – 7pm, Dinner & Show – 8pm, Premium Dinner & Show, Drinks & Show
Date: 25 March 2017
Start time: 20:30
End time: 23:00
Venue: Foundry 616
Phone: 02 9211 9442