Great grooves ex­pected

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

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.

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