Wangs jazz rhythms in good health

“From an artistic point of view, however, the Wangaratta Jazz
Festival is in robust health. The 2008 program assembled by
artistic director Adrian Jackson reflected the startling breadth
and depth of this country’s talent. If there is an Australian voice
in jazz, it is a very expansive one — encompassing the salty
alto saxophone sound of Bernie McGann (whose playing evokes a dry,
spirit-filled landscape); the ebullient classic jazz of Allan
Browne and Margie Lou Dyer’s Allfrey Street Band (whose festival
set incorporated musical “Australiana” such as Magpie Stomp
and Fat Wallaby Rag); and the boldly uncompromising
explorations of the Antipodean Collective.”

Extract from the Age, Jessica Nicholas – 5th November 2008


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