Sandy Evans | Andrea Keller
‘Women Do Jazz’
The Windsong Pavilion
20 October 2019
The Sandy Evans/Andrea Keller Duo
Sandy Evans and Andrea Keller are two of Australia’s finest, most original and most awarded jazz musicians. They demonstrated to our enthusiastic and near-capacity audience just why that is so. They and their first class musicians gave us a full Sunday afternoon of wonderful and varied music in three sets: first as the Sandy Evans/Andrea Keller Duo; then Andrea with her Transients Trio 1, with Julien Wilson (sax) and Sam Anning (double bass); and finally, Sandy with her Trio + Bobby Singh, with Brett Hirst (double bass) and Toby Hall (drums) and Bobby Singh on tabla.
Another highlight was the surprise presentation to Sandy Evans of the trophy for her having been inducted into the prestigious ‘Graeme Bell Hall of Fame’ for her ‘outstanding artistic achievement and contribution to Australian jazz’. She had been given the award earlier but had not been able to travel to Melbourne for the presentation ceremony. Unknown to Sandy and the audience, Julien Wilson had brought the trophy with him to present it to her at her Zephyrs Jazz concert!
Sandy Evans receives ‘Graeme Bell Hall of Fame’ trophy
Jazz radio presenter Gerry Koster, (Melbourne’s PBS 106.7FM and ABC Jazz), who joined us again, later observed that ‘the musicians revelled in their on-stage interactions, like-wise shared by the enthusiastic audience. A spontaneous standing ovation after their sublime performances … an unforgettable day!’
The ABC YouTubes were recorded by Bill Brown (video) and Ian Battersby (sound), working with sound engineer John McVeity.