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Mar19

Richard Pavlidis plays Blue Note

Paris Cat Jazz Club, 6 Goldie Pl, Melbourne

Blue Note is among the most revered names in jazz history.

Forming in 1939, the quintessential jazz record label is most famously associated with the hard-bop style of the 50s and 60s, and has remained at the forefront of jazz’s progression with incredible vision.

The Blue Note label oversaw many of the key recording projects of Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter, Horace Silver, Herbie Hancock, Art Blakey, Freddie Hubbard, Jimmy Smith, Hank Mobley and so many others. The classic albums that were produced, while each was intensely new and creative, all followed the common threads of soulful swing and wailing blues-tinged solos that were to become such an inspiration for samplers and hip-hop artists like Madlib, J Dilla and Questlove.

Tonight, tenor saxophonist Richard Pavlidis presents a special tribute to the iconic label’s enduring musical legacy.

Richard Pavlidis - ORIGINS album launch

Paris Cat Jazz Club, 6 Goldie Pl, Melbourne

Saxophonist and multi-instrumentalist Richard Pavlidis has spent the pandemic months at home creating the epic ‘Origins’, his second studio album. An intricate combination of synthesizers, orchestral instruments and traditional jazz quartet, ‘Origins’ appeals as an accessible mainstream jazz record while exploring much more modern sonic territory. Richard plays the tenor sax, the soprano sax and the EWI, an electronic wind instrument made famous by Michael Brecker that opens up an incredible new range of possibilities for a standard jazz quartet. Joining him on the album are leading Australian jazz musicians including Tamara Murphy, James McLean, Darryn Farrugia and Mike Pensini. Tonight, Richard recreates his creation live on stage with two special shows featuring the amazing Mina Yu (Piano), Owen Downie (Bass) and Ben Charnley (Drums).

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