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2010 Event Media Release - Full Swing

Media Release: Wednesday 16 December, 2009

Sydney Opera House Jazz Series March – May 2010 

Jazz lovers are in for a real treat when Sydney Opera House presents its inaugural jazz series Full Swing from March 3 – May 3, 2010.

Sydney Opera House Head of Music, Carla Theunissen, said: “From a sublime tribute to Nina Simone featuring a powerhouse of great women vocalists to the insistently melodic piano riffs of Miles Davis’ hero Ahmad Jamal and from the intricate and lyrical saxophone runs of Branford Marsalis to the virtuosic rhythms of Wayne Shorter this is a program of exceptional music performed by the masters. If you love jazz you’ll be spending quite a bit of time at Sydney Opera House between March and May. If you’ve never been a jazz-goer now really is the time to give it a try.”

The series commences with Sing the Truth, a tribute to the musical legacy of one of the greatest artists of our time, Nina Simone, on Wednesday March 3. Four brilliant vocalists, Dianne Reeves, Lizz Wright, Simone and Patti Austin pay homage to the High Priestess of Soul in a concert featuring her daughter Simone, long-time Music Director Al Shackman and her original band.

Nine-time Grammy Award-winner, and master of the tenor and soprano saxophone, Wayne Shorter will perform with his quartet in his first visit to Australia in over decade on Sunday March 7. Universally regarded as a living legend, Shorter was a member of Miles Davis’ seminal Quintet where his compositions became the benchmark for jazz standards.

Known for their innovation and creativity, the Branford Marsalis Quartet (Branford Marsalis on saxophone, bassist Eric Revis, Joey Calderazzo on piano and young gun Justin Faulkner on drums) deliver high energy, original jazz on Friday March 19.

Marsalis’ diverse interests and restless creativity are reflected in the eclectic projects he undertakes, from leading the Tonight Show Band to working with orchestras and chamber ensembles to playing with the likes of Harry Connick Junior, the Grateful Dead and Sting. Marsalis has also recorded and performed with jazz giants Miles Davis, Art Blakey, Dizzy Gillespie, Herbie Hancock and Sonny Rollins.

On May 3, grandmaster of the piano, Ahmad Jamal, performs a unique mix of his own compositions and selected standards. Acclaimed for his cool post-bop style, melodic and rhythmic improvisations, and dramatic pacing, Jamal’s music has been sampled by a plethora of musicians including De La Soul, Gang Starr, Common and Jay-Z proving his ongoing musical influence. He will be accompanied by his stellar ensemble, James Cammack (bass) and Idris Muhammad (drums).

SEASON DETAILS  Date: 3 March – 3 May 2010    
Tickets: from $49 
Bookings: 02 9250 7777 or         

Buy up to 2 shows & save 15% , 3 shows & save 20%
Buy all 4 shows & save 25%

Contact: Claire Vince, Senior Publicist
02 9250 7825 / 0401 711 531 


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