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Divine Jazz Diva Dee Alexander Set to Make Her Australian Debut

The 2014 Sydney International Women’s Jazz Festival is proud to present one of the great Chicago jazz singers – Dee Alexander in three Sydney-only performances.

“Among the premier vocalists and songwriters in American music today, Dee Alexander has delighted audiences and impressed critics with her flawless intonation, her interpretive brilliance, her intrepid improvising, and the range of genres that she commands. Ms. Alexander’s performances span virtually every music genre related to the African Diaspora: gospel, blues, neo-soul, rhythm-and-blues, and world music. But her true heart belongs to jazz, the one idiom that can encompass all her influences. From a sultry ballad to a contemporary funk groove, high-flying swing to a romping scat solo, Ms. Alexander delivers every note with a passion and grace that leave her listeners limp”.

Sydney’s International Women’s Jazz Festival is attracting interest from jazz lovers around the world.  It has quickly established itself as a unique event with women performers from home and abroad, mixing it up in an explosion of great jazz in venues around Sydney. There are concerts, workshops, seminars, a big, free outdoor performance and new albums, all giving Sydney audiences an opportunity to hear some great women jazz performers.

 

Lisa Parrott will also be making an appearance on her way back from New York. Lisa will appear as a guest artist at a special free outdoor performance in the courtyard of the Seymour Centre on Saturday 8th November with up-and-coming trumpeter Ellen Kirkwood’s band Fat Yahoozah, an uber funky-band featuring a mind blowing horn section with African and groove influences.  That evening you can also catch Lisa “in conversation” talking about the New York Jazz scene before she reunites on stage with some of her long-time Sydney musical collaborators.

 

The popular Hannah James will launch her new album recorded at the Sound Lounge during the week. Then the fabulous Sarah McKenzie Quartet, currently residing in NYC, will be giving her only Sydney performance to mark the launch of her latest ABC recording.

 

Gai Bryant and the big Palacio de la Rumba Big Band will bring the exciting sounds of Cuban percussion and dance to the Festival.

 

Closing the festival, three-time ARIA award winning pianist and composer Andrea Keller will team up with Miroslav Bukovsky on the“The Komeda Project”. Commissioned especially for the festival, this eight-piece ensemble celebrates the life and work of pioneering European jazz composer Krzysztof Komeda, who is most famous as the composer to Roman Polanski and Ingmar Berman films.

 

Sydney’s premier jazz venues, the Sound Lounge at the Seymour Centre and Foundry616 will play host to the 2014 festival with outdoor events to be held in the sunny Seymour Centre Courtyard.

 

This year’s program has an amazing line-up which will appeal both to a broad music audience and committed jazz fans. Several outstanding performers are making their first visit to Australia

The Sydney International Women’s Jazz Festival is presented by SIMA and the SIJF. Lisa Parrott is presented in partnership with the Wangaratta Festival of Jazz and Blues.

 

For more information and a rundown of the full  program (which will be out in late September) – please go to www.SIMA.org.au

 

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2014 Sydney International Women’s Jazz Festival

Andrea Keller

ABC Jazz is proud to support the Sydney International Women’s Jazz Festival, presented by SIMA. Check out info about the event here…

The annual SIMA Sydney International Women’s Jazz Festival is in its third year, highlighting some of the best female jazz – from both Australia and abroad.

The 2014 Festival is headlined by the acclaimed singer Dee Alexander from Chicago. She will be in town for three gigs at the Foundry 616 venue. Sydney’s own Hannah James is on the bill, and she will be launching her new album Triliphonywith her trio.

Another international act with local roots in town for the festival is Sarah McKenzie, who was originally from Western Australia and is now based in Boston. Also visiting is ex-pat is Lisa Parrott, coming from New York to perform at the Sound Lounge.

Melbourne’s Andrea Keller has a new project ‘Komedia’, featuring trumpeter Miroslav Bukovsky, saxophonist Gai Bryant is joined by Cuban percussionist Roman Justo Pelladito and her 18 piece big band.

There are also lots of activities going on, from jam sessions to seminars and master classes. You can check out the full program here at the SIMA Website.

 

From: http://abcjazz.net.au/events/2014-sydney-international-womens-jazz-festival

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