In this exciting new collaboration Divergence Jazz Orchestra welcomes Michael Griffin (alto saxophone) as featured soloist. They will premiere Griffin originals newly arranged by Jenna Cave, Paul Murchison and Dave Lisik; compositions from the band, plus music from Bernie McGann (arr. Cam McAllister), Bill Motzing and Miroslav Bukovsky. Expect a night that takes you from be-bop to funk, hard-bop to ballads to contemporary jazz sounds.
Hailing from Sydney, Michael Griffin is a sensational young alto saxophonist who has been making waves in Australia and the US. Drawing on the linage of the great bebop alto saxophonists, Griffin’s improvised solos are executed with flawless time and artistry, his playing praised by jazz greats Jimmy Heath and Vincent Herring.
“[Griffin] Flaunts an assertive tone, with an advanced harmonic sensibility and technical fluency that confirm his reverence to Bird and Cannonball Adderley” - Bob Doerschuk (Downbeat Magazine)
“Four stars…The ensemble [Divergence] proves that faking isn’t a part of its lexicon. In other words, the DJO is for real” – Jack Bowers (All About Jazz)
Saturday March 25 2017, 8pm
616 Harris St Ultimo, Sydney NSW
MICHAEL GRIFFIN – alto saxophone featured soloist JENNA CAVE conductor and composer; PAUL WEBER trombone, co-musical director; TIM COGGINS, ROSE FOSTER, LUKE DAVIS trombones; PAUL MURCHISON, WILL ENDICOTT, DANNY CARMICHAEL, PAUL MEO, WILL GILBERT trumpets, flugelhorns; JUSTIN BUCKINGHAM lead alto saxophone, flute ABI MCCUNN alto, sop, clarinet DAVE REGLAR tenor, clarinet LOUIS KLAASSEN tenor saxophone TIM CLARKSON baritone saxophone, bass clarinet LUKE LIANG guitar ADRIAN KEEVILL piano HANNAH JAMES bass JAMES MCCAFFREY drums