International Jazz Day is an International Day declared by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation in 2011 “to highlight jazz and its diplomatic role of uniting people in all corners of the globe.” Celebrated annually on April 30, it’s the brainchild of jazz pianist and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Herbie Hancock.
This year the day takes on a special significance, given the current pandemic, promoting worldwide cultural unity through the wonderful medium of jazz. SIMA is proud to combine with Johnston Street Jazz to present two live streamed performances from the Kate Wadey Trio and the Jeremy Rose Quartet. The evening will also include an exclusive first release stream of the Mark Ginsburg/Vittorio Mezza ensemble, filmed at last year’s Con jazz Festival in Sydney.
Kate Wadey Trio: Vocalist Kate Wadey’s is quickly gaining recognition for her sweet, sure and rich voice that exudes effortless charm and sophistication. Warmly embraced by a band of excellent and celebrated accompanying musicians, Wadey sings standards selected for their particularly fine character. Without fuss or bravado but with pure assurance, she navigates the emotions and melody with equal skill; a brilliant young artist displaying a level of craft beyond her years, and producing fine, characterful and swinging jazz fare for the ears.
Kate Wadey – vocals, Andrew Scott – piano, Sam Dobson – bass
Mezza/Ginsburg Ensemble “Convergence”: In the spirit of IJD and its host country South Africa, this special stream features footage from the 2019 Sydney Con International Jazz Festival and features the international collaboration between award-winning Italian pianist Vittorio Mezza and Sydney-based South African saxophonist Mark Ginsburg. After a chance meeting in New York in 2009, the pair felt an instant musical connection and have developed a unique musical friendship over ten years. Akin to two worlds slowly closing in on each other – occasionally clashing, at times overlapping – Convergence is a striking combination of haunting ballads, slow-burning mood pieces and pulsating passages.
Vittorio Mezza – piano, Mark Ginsburg – saxophone, Karl Dunnicliff – bass, Tim Firth – drums
Jeremy Rose Quartet: Prolific saxophonist-composer Jeremy Rose has been described as “a bold emerging Australian voice” by Limelight Magazine. With over a dozen albums of original music and international collaborations with guitar greats Kurt Rosenwinkel and Lionel Loueke, Rose has a swag of accolades and awards for his work with The Vampires, The Strides and the Earshift Orchestra. His harrowing jazz orchestral work “Iron in the Blood” was featured at this year’s Sydney Festival, demonstrating the breadth and scale of his musical vision. Performing reimagined music from his three critically acclaimed quartet releases and new music, this set will feature pianist Steve Barry, bassist Noel Mason and drummer Alex Hirlian for this special IJD event.
Jeremy Rose – tenor saxophone, Steve Barry – piano, Noel Mason – bass, Alex Hirlian – drums