Podcast: Joyous women in jazz get candid

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Newsworthy sat down with Sandy Evans and Ellen Kirkwood to talk about everything from their musical childhoods, to their successes to the challenges for women in an evolving jazz industry.

Where to see Sandy Evans and Ellen Kirkwood before Christmas

  • October 30 to November 8: Evans and Kirkwood will both be a part of this year's Sydney International Women's Jazz Festival, where Evans will be the 2020 Artist in Residence:
  • November 3: Evans' Ahisma Meditations on Ghandi concert will be broadcast on Facebook;
  • November 7: Kirkwood will be performing the music of Sandy Evans with Pharos at Mary's Underground in Sydney CBD;
  • November 7: Evans will be launching Postcards from the Anthropocene, her new album with Adam Hulbert and Hamish Stuart, with an online performance on Facebook;
  • November 8: Evans will be performing with Sasuki Odamura and Steve Elphick at Venue 505 in Newtown.
  • November 27: Kirkwood and her band Underwards will be performing at Johnston Street Jazz in Annandale.

Arms of

Sandy Evans is a legend of the Australian jazz community. She is an acclaimed saxophonist, composer and educator at UNSW, and has been a key member of the jazz industry since the 1980s. Evans has featured on more than 40 albums throughout her career and was awarded an Order of Australia Medal in 2010 for her contribution to Australian music. She is currently a member of multiple jazz groups, including the Sandy Evans Trio and the Clarion Fracture Zone. Most recently, Evans was awarded Performance of the Year at the Art Music Awards for the performance of Bridge of Dreams, which she composed with Shubha Mudgal and Aneesh Pradhan.

Evaporate, by Ellen

Ellen Kirkwood is a significant jazz artist and has established herself as a leading trumpeter and composer both in Australia and internationally. Kirkwood received the Jann Rutherford Memorial Award for Young Australian Women in Jazz in 2012 and was awarded an Australia Council of the Arts grant in 2016, which she used to write her successful suite "[A]part". She is the director of the Young Women's Jazz Orchestra, is a member of several jazz bands and is currently completing an honours degree at UNSW. Most recently, Kirkwood was commissioned to compose and perform a piece, which she called "Evaporate", for the New York Festival of New Trumpet Music.


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