Mar-02: Mark Ginsburg at 505

February 12, 2011 by J-Wire
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Hot jazz continues at 505 in Cleveland Street when saxophonist Mark Ginsburg is featured with his outstanding quartet featuring Greg Coffin on piano, Karl Dunnicliff on bass and Tim Firth on drums.

Mark Ginsburg

The band has taken a break since their recent performance in late 2010 at the Wangaratta Jazz Festival and now brings a combination of new material as well as repertoire from their acclaimed Generations album to 505.

A native of South Africa, Ginsburg established a name for himself in the jazz scene in Cape Town, including touring the country with comedian Spike Milligan before emigrating to Oz at age 26.

Now, long settled in Sydney, Ginsburg – who has just completed a thesis on the influence of Jewish prayer modes on jazz musicians – brings a fresh voice to the Australian jazz scene.

His recently completed masters thesis in jazz performance inspired his CD Generations, which was nominated for an AIR Award.

Ginsburg said he stumbled on the topic after reflecting on his youth and the broad musical influences around him.

“Growing up in Cape Town I had three primary musical influences – ethnic African music, my role as a chorister at the synagogue and my older brothers, who played jazz morning, noon and night.”

More recently, Ginsburg has made several trips to South Africa where he has been teaching in the jazz program at the South African College of Music at the University of Cape Town.  Later this year, he will be a featured artist at the Grahamstown National Arts Festival, which boasts a stream of international jazz artists.

“Mark Ginsburg is a warm and talented saxophonist whose love for music making is clearly evident in both his beautiful compositions and his heartfelt playing.”

– Mike Nock, acclaimed pianist and composer

Catch this most powerful and intriguing blend at 505 in Surry Hills on Wed 2 March.

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