| Rufus Records|
| 22 June 1937
Granville, New South Wales, Australia (1937-06-22) |
The Last Straw
Bernie McGann Trio
Bernie McGann Quartet
September 17, 2013, Sydney, Australia
No Conditions, Playground, No Exceptions, Always
Python Lee Jackson (1967 – 1968)
Paul Grabowsky, Scott Tinkler, Stephen Magnusson, Gary Boyle, Duncan McGuire
Bernard Francis McGann
Bernie McGann Wikipedia
Bernard Francis "Bernie" McGann (22 June 1937 – 17 September 2013) was an Australian jazz alto saxophone player. He began his career in the late 1950s and remained active as a performer, composer and recording artist until near the end of his life.
Born in Granville, New South Wales, in Sydney's western suburbs, McGann first came to prominence as part of a loose alliance of modern jazz musicians who performed at the El Rocco Jazz Cellar in Kings Cross, Sydney in the late 1950s and early 1960s. He had an enduring collaboration with drummer John Pochee.
During the 1960s and early 1970s, McGann (like many other local jazz players) also performed with rock and pop groups and as a session musician, and ca. 1970 he was a member of the Sydney rock-soul band Southern Comfort.
He led the Bernie McGann Trio and Bernie McGann Quartet through his career. The most well-known lineup of the Trio was McGann (alto sax), John Pochee (drums), Lloyd Swanton (bass), with the addition of Warwick Alder (trumpet) in the quartet.
McGann died on 17 September 2013, following complications from heart surgery. He was 76.
1974 – Founding member of The Last Straw (jazz group).
1980–82 – Played support to US jazz artists, including Freddie Hubbard, Lester Bowie, and Dave Liebman.
1981 – Played and recorded with US saxophonist Sonny Stitt.
1983 – Studied in New York on a grant from The Australia Council.
1986 – Bernie McGann Trio toured Australia with US saxophonist Dewey Redman.
1987 – Toured with The Last Straw to Tasmania. Recorded two albums, one trio and one quartet, for Emanem which received critical acclaim internationally
1988 – Toured Australia and USA with the Australian Jazz Orchestra, a special Bicentennial project. Feature artist in award-winning documentary film Beyond El Rocco. The Last Straw tour of New Zealand jazz festivals with an Australia Council international touring grant. Bernie McGann Trio played at London's famous Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club, before touring jazz festivals in Poland, Czechoslovakia, Bulgaria, Yugoslavia, India and Malaysia.
1989 – Solo artist at Auckland's Jazz & Blues Festival. Appeared with The Last Straw at the prestigious Montreal Jazz Festival in Canada. Performed with Nat Adderley
1990 – Toured USSR with The Last Straw, performing to enthusiastic audiences at jazz festivals including Leningrad
1992 – ARIA award for Bernie McGann Trio CD 'Ugly Beauty', Spiral Scratch MO Award for Bernie McGann Trio in Jazz Group of the Year
1993 – Toured Canadian Jazz Festivals
1994 – Australian Mo Awards for Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year.
1995 – ARIA award for Bernie McGann Trio CD 'McGann McGann' on Rufus Records, which featured McGann originals
1996 – Toured Canada and Europe including Northsea Jazz Festival and Munchener Klaviersummer.
1997 – Bernie McGann Trio appeared at the Chicago Jazz Festival. ARIA award for Bernie McGann Trio CD Playground (Rufus Records).
1998 – Wins the Don Banks Music Award, the first time it has been awarded to a non-classical musician/composer. Launch of biography Bernie McGann: A Life in Jazz by Geoff Page (Kardooraire Press)
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