Powerhouse sextet Hammerhead burst onto the Sydney scene in 2010, playing from a catalogue of music largely inspired by the late 50s and early 60s ‘Hard Bop’ movement.
Formed by internationally acclaimed tenor saxophonist Jason Bruer, Andrew Robertson (alto sax and flute), Simon Ferenci (trumpet), Greg Coffin (piano), Alex Hirlian (drums) and David Quinn (bass) make up the sextet.
Their debut album ‘Mozaic’ (2014) was a genuflection to the movers and shakers of the hard bop movement and received widespread acclaim in Australia & Japan.
Since that first release, Hammerhead’s music has morphed into a set of all original compositions from the pen of band leader Bruer, showcasing his eclectic influences including hard edged Urban Jazz, Hard Bop, Funk and Chamber Jazz illustrating a considerable contemporary shift in approach & style.
This performance will celebrate the release of their new album “I Didn’t Get to Where I am Today” as part of a National tour. It contains 10 new original compositions from bandleader Jason Bruer.
The music was written during the pandemic and resultant lockdowns and is Bruer’s artistic response to his first-hand experiences as a sufferer of long Covid and a subsequent heart attack brought on by the virus.
Jazz Showcase Details:
Sunday, 25th June 2-5pm (student performances in multiple rooms)
Hammerhead will perform two sets at 3pm and 4pm
Ticket Price: $20 (includes entry to all student performances)
NOTE: Under 17 years of age is FREE entry.
Jason Bruer – tenor sax; Andrew Robertson – alto sax and flute; Simon Ferenci – trumpet; Greg Coffin – piano; Alex Hirlian – drums; David Quinn – bass
This Concert is a WollCon Jazz Series event.