Great grooves expected
Jazz lovers can see some of Australasia’s finest young jazz talent in Auckland on March 26.
The group is called Antipodes 6tet and is led by Wellington saxophonist Jake Baxendale. Antipodes was formed after Jake met pianist Luke Sweeting and drummer Aidan Lowe from Canberra at a jam session in Berlin in 2013. Their musical connection became immediately apparent and they began writing and performing original compositions together. The sextet includes Motueka-born guitarist Callum Allardice and Sydneysiders Ken Allars on trumpet and James Heazlewood-Dale on bass.
Described during their recent tour of Australia as ‘‘a great blowing band with dense heads, occasional free and floating segments, room for solos and some great grooves’’ their music is drawn from diverse influences – modern New York jazz meets Swedish indie pop and European free improvised music.
‘‘I’m really excited about bringing this band to NZ. These guys are incredible musicians but almost none of them have played or even visited here yet.’’
Antipodes 6tet plays at the Creative Jazz Club Aotearoa, 1885 Britomart on March 26 at 8pm. Tickets are $25 on the door or $20 for students and CJC members. See creativejazzclub.co.nz.
On stage: Saxophonist Jake Baxendale and the Antipodes 6tet will play in Auckland on March 26.