Jason Bruer & Hammerhead:
Powerhouse sextet Hammerhead burst onto the Sydney scene some years ago playing from a catalog of music largely inspired by the late 50s and early 60s ‘Hard Bop’ movement. Formed by internationally acclaimed tenor saxophonist Jason Bruer, Andrew Robertson (alto sax and flute), Cam McAllister (trumpet), Greg Coffin (piano), Alex Hirlian (drums) and Dave Quinn (bass) make up the sextet.
Over time the music has morphed into a set of all original compositions from the pen of band leader Bruer, showcasing an eclectic array of influences including hard-edged Urban Jazz, Funk and Chamber Jazz illustrating a considerable contemporary shift in approach & style.
Having been together now for close to 10 years, Hammerhead has gained National recognition and praise through their exciting live performances. 2019 saw the release of their second CD ‘Turning Point’ which has received widespread critical acclaim in Australia and the UK.
The band has risen in stature considerably over the last few years, and as a result have been featured at a number of prominent Jazz festivals around the Country including Manly Jazz Festival, Thredbo Jazz Festival , Capitol Jazz Project (Canberra) The Wangaratta Jazz & Blues Festival & most recently at The Sydney Con’ International Jazz Festival. They have also done ‘sold out’ shows at God’s Cafe in Canberra and the Woolongong Conservatoire of Music, and more recently played shows in Cairns and Brisbane.