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18 November 2018
5:00 pm to 7:00 at Meow.
The November Bebop Session will be presented by the Charlie “Bird” Parker “tribute” band called “Bird Soup” which was formed in 2017 by Paul Dyne to perform the music of Charlie Parker – tunes that he wrote, plus tunes (standards) that he performed and recorded.
The band is made up of Jake Baxendale, alto sax; Aleister J. Campbell, guitar; Shaun Anderson, drums; and Paul Dyne, bass. The band performs regularly at the Library Bar on Courtenay Place.
This WJC performance will include lots of playing and some talking about Bebop.
The repertoire has been arranged by Al and Jake and is full of surprises, high energy, sometimes slightly irreverent, but always musical, groovy, and fun.
Jake is a top level saxophone player in high demand involved in a number of busy ensembles including his own JB3 trio, the Jac, Antipodes, Richter City Rebels, plus the Arthur Street Loft Orchestra series and Jazz Aotearoa. .
He graduated in 2011 with a Bachelor and Post Graduate Diploma in jazz performance from the NZSM, and cut his teeth with John Rae’s eclectic large group “The Troubles”, playing a weekly residency and gaining invaluable experience on the bandstand. The same year The Jac recorded their debut album “Nerve”, featuring compositions by Jake and Callum Allardice. http://www.jakebaxendale.com/bio/
Aleister is a busy guitarist in all size ensembles from solo guitar to big band, with his own projects as bandleader and composer. He has done an in depth study of the music of Charlie Parker. He made the pilgrimage to London, then to Melbourne where he played and played; busking one hundred and one days in a row at one point (one for each Dalmatian), and collaborating with members of much heralded Aussie acts like Hiatus Kaiyote and The Cat Empire. http://www.aleisterjames.com/bio
Shaun Anderson is an in demand drummer involved in numerous Wellington ensembles including the Jac, Richter City Rebels, Depths.
Since completing a Post Graduate Diploma in jazz performance at the NZSM in 2011, Shaun has been in demand as a drummer across an array of contemporary musical genres. He has toured extensively throughout the USA, Australia and New Zealand with artists such as metal bands Saving Grace and Depths, and contemporary jazz ensemble The Jac.
Shaun has released multiple albums to national and international acclaim, and his recordings have appeared on the USA Billboard and the New Zealand pop charts. Shaun has been a finalist in the New Zealand Music Awards for both jazz albums and metal albums.
Paul is an honorary member of the Jazz Club. The Wellington Jazz Club sponsored a tribute to Paul Dyne and Roger Sellers in 2015. He retired recently from the NZSM where over the years he taught the Bebop language in Jazz Theory, Improvisation, and Jazz History. He has been busy working on his Bebop chops and apart from regular gigs has been involved in projects such as the Haydn Sherley Tribute concert and, in Christchurch, a Stu Buchanan Tribute concert.
Who was Charlie ‘Bird’ Parker?
An American alto saxophonist, composer, and bandleader, a lyric artist generally considered the greatest jazz saxophonist. Parker was the principal stimulus of the modern jazz idiom known as bebop, and — together with Louis Armstrong, Ornette Coleman, Dizzie Gillespie — he was one of the great revolutionary geniuses in jazz. 1935 to 55.
“There is no such thing as Bop music but there is such a thing as progress. Progress is what the innovators of Bebop had in mind. It challenged musicians and listeners alike with its complex melodies, quicksilver tempos, and general disdain for anything you could sing or dance to.” (Experiencing Jazz, Michael Stephans.)