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10 Aug
Powerhouse sextet Hammerhead burst onto the Sydney scene some years ago 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), Cam McAllister (trumpet), Greg Coffin (piano), Alex Hirlian (drums) and Max Alduca (bass) make up the sextet.

Over time the music has morphed into a set of all original compositions from the pen of band leader Bruer, showcasing an eclectic array of influences including hard edged Urban Jazz, Funk and Chamber Jazz illustrating a considerable contemporary shift in approach & style.

Having been together now for over 7 years, Hammerhead have gained National recognition and praise through their exciting live performances. 2014 saw the release of their debut CD ‘Mozaic’ which has received widespread critical acclaim in Australia and also Japan and the UK.

The band has risen in stature considerably over the last few years, and as a result have been featured at a number of prominent Jazz festivals around the Country including Manly Jazz Festival, Thredbo Jazz Festival , Capitol Jazz Project  (Canberra)  and most recently at arguably the biggest Jazz festival in Australia The Wangaratta Jazz & Blues festival. They have also done ‘sold out’ shows at Gods Cafe in Canberra and the Woolongong Conservatoire of Music.

They regularly perform a monthly residency at Lazybones Lounge and have also played concerts at Venue 505 and Foundry 616.

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