Hot jazz on a winter’s day

ALL THAT JAZZ: Made up of Tim Donnell (left), Bruce Cameron, John Mackill, Laura Gilding, Ross Revington and Coralie Hunter (not in picture), the John Mackill Sextet will peform a in charity fundraiser next month.
Picture by Paul Rickard

Funk, blues, bebop, jazz waltzes and Latin jazz feature in a John Mackill Sextet charity fundraiser next month.

All proceeds from the concert will go to the Gisborne Cancer Society.

“That’s something close to me because I was diagnosed with prostate cancer two years ago,” says Mackill. “This is something I want to do for the cancer society.”

As a saxophone, clarinet and bass clarinet player, Mackill enjoys the complex rhythms and harmonies to be found in jazz.

“As a musician it is satisfying to play that as well as explore the scope for improvisation that enables you to be more creative,” he says.

Mackill composed much of the music the sextet will perform at the concert. He has also written arrangements for the other works.

Mackill will be joined by saxophonist Tim Donnell, Laura Gilding on flute, pianist Coralie Hunter, electric and acoustic bass player Ross Revington and drummer Bruce Cameron.

“Some guest musicians will be joining us for the concert as well including singer Vicki Horsfall,” says Mackill.

“It should be a fun concert because we are performing a range of pieces including vocals.”

Sheet music for Mackill’s compositions can be downloaded from https://jazzsheetmusic.wordpress.com. Synthesized mp3s are also available at the site to hear what the tunes sound like.

The John Mackill Sextet performs hot jazz on a winter’s day, 2.30pm, July 2, at the Holy Trinity Church. $15 entry.

Funk, blues, bebop, jazz waltzes and Latin jazz feature in a John Mackill Sextet charity fundraiser next month.

All proceeds from the concert will go to the Gisborne Cancer Society.

“That’s something close to me because I was diagnosed with prostate cancer two years ago,” says Mackill. “This is something I want to do for the cancer society.”

As a saxophone, clarinet and bass clarinet player, Mackill enjoys the complex rhythms and harmonies to be found in jazz.

“As a musician it is satisfying to play that as well as explore the scope for improvisation that enables you to be more creative,” he says.

Mackill composed much of the music the sextet will perform at the concert. He has also written arrangements for the other works.

Mackill will be joined by saxophonist Tim Donnell, Laura Gilding on flute, pianist Coralie Hunter, electric and acoustic bass player Ross Revington and drummer Bruce Cameron.

“Some guest musicians will be joining us for the concert as well including singer Vicki Horsfall,” says Mackill.

“It should be a fun concert because we are performing a range of pieces including vocals.”

Sheet music for Mackill’s compositions can be downloaded from https://jazzsheetmusic.wordpress.com. Synthesized mp3s are also available at the site to hear what the tunes sound like.

The John Mackill Sextet performs hot jazz on a winter’s day, 2.30pm, July 2, at the Holy Trinity Church. $15 entry.

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