NIMA Presents: Adrian Cunningham Quartet @ The UndergroundGrand Hotel
Award-winning multi instrumentalist Adrian Cunningham is excited to return to perform for the Newcastle Jazz community.
Originally from Sydney and based in New York since 2008, Adrian has quickly risen to be one of the most in demand woodwind players on the New York jazz scene, having recorded/performed with Jazz luminaries such as Jeff Hamilton, John Clayton, Wynton Marsalis, Herlin Riley, Jon Batiste & Stay Human, Cecile Mclorin Salvant, Steve Jordan, Grammy-winner Vince Giordano and Grammy-nominated Rene Marie.
Adrian is the recipient of the Hot House Saxophone Award for 2017.
Adrian regularly performs at New York’s top clubs: Birdland, Blue Note, Dizzy’s Coca Cola (Lincoln Centre) and a personal highlight was arriving at Carnegie Hall with the New York Sinfonietta Orchestra in 2017.
Adrian is a proud member of Downbeat-winner Wycliffe Gordon’s ensemble The International All Stars, which has recorded 3 albums.
Adrian keeps a busy touring schedule, working at festivals around the world, highlights including Montreux Jazz Festival, London Jazz Festival, Johannesburg Jazz Festival, London Jazz Festival, Snowball Swing Festival (Sweden), Swing Crash Festival (Como, Italy), and Tokyo Jazz Festival Maldives!
His latest CD Jazz Speak was recorded, recorded in LA with jazz legends Jeff Hamilton, John Clayton and Ted Rosenthal and broke the top 20 in the national US Jazzweek Charts.
Adrian’s band, Professor Cunningham and His Old School, is the winner of international band competition World Jam, (2016, 2017) held each year in Madrid, Spain, and the 2017 international band competition Harlem, held in Vilnius, Lithuania.
”Indispensable to New York’s jazz scene.” – Hot House Magazine, New York
“Adrian Cunningham’s saxophone solo actually had me making whimpering noises in the front stalls” – The Independent, London
“Adrian Cunningham’s clarinet playing saved the day for me.” – The Star, Johannesburg
Adrian Cunningham – Woodwinds
Bill Risby – Keys
Tom Botting- Bass
Tim Firth – Drums
Doors Open: 7:30pm
Tickets: Full $20 / Concession $15 / Member $10
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