WINTER IN PARIS
A very special concert inspired by the tunes made famous in France by the celebrated clarinet and saxophone player, Sidney Bechet and should not be missed.
To head up the band, the internationally recognised reeds player, Paul Furniss is coming from Sydney to feature these well-loved tunes with his distinctive and powerful style. He has often specialised in the music of Sidney Bechet who starred in France for the last ten years of his life - Bechet composed the well-known ‘Petite Fleur’, a hit from the 1950s & 60s. He will be accompanied by fellow reeds player Paul Williams, along with Dave Burrows (guitar), Chris Schnack (string bass) John Reeves (piano & accordion) and Rod Andrew (drums).
Paul has toured extensively overseas in the USA, Europe, UK, New Zealand and Japan and is one of Australia’s top jazz musicians playing clarinet, flute, and soprano, alto and tenor saxophones. He has been a member of some of Australia’s leading jazz bands, including Graeme Bell’s All Stars, Tom Baker’s San Francisco Jazz Band and Geoff Bull's Olympia Jazz Band, and a regular performer at Noosa’s festival of jazz, the Noosa Jazz Party.
Paul Williams is generally regarded as one of the most complete and versatile reeds jazz players in Australia; a consummate professional on both tenor saxophone and clarinet, he commenced playing reeds at age 11 in England and turned professional at 16.
Settling in Australia in 1972, he played at Her Majesty’s Theatre for several years working with artists such as Cilla Black, Al Martino, Gene Pitney, and with the Nelson Riddle orchestra backing Linda Ronstadt. Paul has played, recorded and toured with leading Australian jazz artists such as Janet Seidel, Tom Baker, James Morrison, Judy Bailey, Graeme Bell, Ed Wilson, George Washingmachine, Ian Date, and Bob Barnard Barnard and Caxton Street Jazz Band.
Don’t miss this rare occasion for an afternoon of exiting music with two of Australia’s leading reeds player featuring the tunes made famous by the celebrated Sidney Bechet at The Majestic Theatre, Pomona.
3 Factory Street, Pomona, Queensland 4568