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Tasty Autumn Jazz


Sun 27 May 2012, 2:00pm–4:00pm

Where: St Heliers Church & Community Centre‎, 100 St Heliers Bay Rd, St Heliers, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Senior: $15.00
  • Student: $5.00
  • Child under 16: $0.00
  • Adult: $20.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Rosie Langabeer, piano and piano accordion;
Jim Langabeer, flute and saxophones;
And the Auckland Saxophone Quartet.

Rosie Langabeer has been a composer and musician in Philadelphia for the past two years, and has produced and performed several acclaimed productions there, along with concerts and mixed media events. She and Jim have played as a duo and in jazz quartets at the Wellington Jazz Festival and in Auckland, as well as touring nationally with Rosie’s large ensemble Zirkus. Their programme features choice standards along with original material that will keep you happy on a lazy autumn afternoon.

The Auckland Saxophone Quartet came into prominence playing several concerts in the early 1990s, with saxophone players Arthur Cameron, soprano; John Williams, alto; Murray Musson, tenor; and Adrian Wadsworth, baritone.

Jim Langabeer on soprano and alto sax, who joined the group in the late 1990s, continues the tradition with the current members. Nicola Haddock, baritone sax, Markus Fritsch, tenor sax, and Miles Tremlett, alto sax, bring a wealth of musicianship and saxophone playing with them. Over the last several years, the group has played many concerts and other functions, and has a vast repertoire of styles and moods ranging through classical and jazz, popular and concert music.

This concert will feature some of the earliest saxophone quartets ever recorded such as Washington Post March from 1889 and Bull Frog Blues from 1916 along with the classic early jazz favourite St Louis Blues.

The group also presents a Prelude and Fugue by J.S.Bach, and a contemporary quartet by famed sax player and composer Bob Mintzer. Some jazz works by the great Lennie Niehaus such as Waltz of the Sax and his cute arrangement of When the Saints Go Marching In are included.

The quartet also feature original music by Markus Fritsch: Rush Hour; and some hot solos on jazz favorites including Thelonius Monk’s Blue Monk, the 29th Street Saxophone Quartet’s Need to Know, and Oliver Nelson’s Stolen Moments. If you enjoy tango music, then you will love the ASQ’s special treatment of Astor Piazzolla’s Libertango.

To conclude this concert, Rosie will join with the ASQ on some special tunes to get your toes tapping, and to encourage the saxophone soloing talents of the group.

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