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Directors Choice Concert:Eric Alexander & Centenary Big Band

Eric Alexander (USA) and The Centenary Big Band

One of the leading talents of the modern tenor saxophone, Eric Alexander is known for his sophisticated hard bop and post bop style. Boasting a warm, finely burnished tone, a robust melodic and harmonic imagination, Alexander has appeared as a leader, sideman, producer and composer featuring on more than 70 albums.

He has studied under Harold Mabern, Joe Lovano and Rufus Reid and placed second in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition which launched him into the whirlwind life of a professional jazz musician.

Eric is joined on stage by a sizzling quartet comprising Andrew Dickeson (drums), John Harkins (piano), Ashley Turner (bass) and Andrew Speight (alto-saxophone). 

The Centenary Big Band is made up of the finest soloists and ensemble players on the Australian jazz scene. Formed for Manly Jazz Festival’s 40 Year anniversary, the band will celebrate the 100th birthdays of four legends of jazz.

"First Lady of song"

“One of the greatest trumpeters of all time”

“The greatest drummer to have ever drawn breath.”

“One of first creators of modern jazz”.

Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Buddy Rich and Thelonious Monk’s influence on jazz music is undisputed. In this special concert we will celebrate these jazz legends with a repertoire as diverse and as captivating as the legends themselves.

All this talent on one stage makes for a ‘must see’ event.

Date: Sunday 1 October

Time: 7.30pm

Venue: Star of the Sea Theatre, Stella Maris College, near corner of Illuka Ave &  Collingwood St, Manly

Cost: $55/ adult $45/ concession

Enquiries: Manly Jazz Events Team 02 9976 1752

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