SIMA presents Mingus Amongst Us ft. Tessie Overmyer & Hannah James – Thursday, 18th of November 2021:
MINGUS AMONGST US:
Charles Mingus brought fire and energy to the jazz world that had never been seen before!
His compositions and the personnel in his bands were all thoroughly steeped in the swinging blues/jazz traditions, yet fiercely modern and Avant guard for their time. Sydney baritone saxophonist Steve Fitzmaurice has brought these compositions to life again with his arrangements of the Mingus repertoire for the 9 piece powerhouse ensemble ‘Mingus Amongst Us’.
‘Mingus Amongst Us’ perfectly captures the raucous, fiery energy that Mingus and his compositions were famous for!
As part of the 2021 Sydney International Women’s Jazz Festival, Tessie Overmyer is one of Sydney’s most exciting new jazz alto saxophonists.
Launching onto the world stage at just 17 at the famous Newport Jazz Festival, she was previously part of SIMA’s 2020 Sydney Women’s Jazz Festival lineup, supporting Monica Trapaga. She has also played at the Manly Jazz Festival, the Sydney Conservatorium Jazz Festival, and the Newcastle Jazz Festival.
In 2020, Tessie was selected to play the lead alto chair of the Australian National Youth Jazz Orchestra and plays lead alto with the Sydney Conservatorium Jazz Orchestra.