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Music By The Sea believes that ART is essential for the wellbeing of the community


Music By The Sea Concert Series 2015


First Saturday each month


2nd May, 7:30pm, Sandgate Town Hall


Joe Chindamo Trio


Joe Chindamo (piano)  Brendan Clarke (double bass)  Andrew Gander (drums)

Joe Chindamo is musical polyglot in the tradition of Bernstein and Previn. He is routinely described as one of the best jazz pianists in the world, though his art transcends jazz, having composed concertos, chamber music and film music. Joe has performed concerts all over the world. Of particular note, the Umbria Jazz Festival, The Tokyo Dome and The Lincoln Centre in New York. He also toured with famed US drummer Billy Cobham for over years. Joe has twice won the MO award for Jazz Instrumental performer of the year, two BELL AWARDS for best album and the APRA award for best jazz composition of the year in 2009 for ‘Something Will Come to Light.” He has recorded 23 CDs under his own name and collaborated on other recordings with distinguished artists such as James Morrison, Ray Brown (of Oscar Peterson fame) and the Brecker Brothers. In 2006, recorded a live solo DVD in Tokyo entitled Joe Chindamo in Japan, released in early 2007.

“He has more facility on the piano than you could ever wish for, his energy is boundless, he is forever inventive and never settles for the obvious (unless it’s the best). Never ask Joe for an idea unless you are prepared for an avalanche of creativity, every time… The reason Joe Chindamo arrests you when you hear him is his sheer love of what he does, a love that sparkles from every note.”  

James Morrison, jazz maestro


“Joe Chindamo is an amazing pianist. That is a given. He also happens to be an equally gifted composer with a unique voice. He is a important Australian musician who deserves wide recognition and support.” 

Richard Tognetti , violinist and director of ACO

Brendan Clarke

Since relocating to Sydney in 1999 he has become one of the busiest double bassists on the jazz scene and is known for his sublime sense of swing, commanding sound, groove and musicality on the bass. In 2001 Brendan was the first bass player ever to win the prestigious National Jazz Award at the Wangaratta Jazz Festival. Since then Brendan has played bass on over 50 albums and has appeared at all the major Australian jazz festivals including the Manly Jazz Festival, Thredbo Jazz Festival, Wangaratta festival of Jazz and Blues, Bellingen Jazz Festival, Dubbo Jazz Festival, Freemantle Jazz festival, Glenelg Jazz Festival and the Melbourne International Jazz Festival. He has toured Europe several times including performances at the Berlin jazz festival with the Sandy Evans Trio. In 2004 he recorded at the famous Rainbow Studios in Oslo, Norway  as part of a European tour with the Sydney band “Theaktet” led by saxophonist David Theak. Brendan has also represented Australia and performed in the Australian pavilion at World Expo in Japan in 2005 and again in Shanghai, China in 2010 with the George Washingmachine Trio. Brendan has accompanied many top international and national artists including Chris Potter, Eric Alexander, Maria Schneider, Darcy James Argue, John Riley, Charles McPherson,Terell Stafford, Bob Shepard, Alex Sipiagin, Kirk Lightsey, Jim McNeely, Wycliffe Gordon, Barbara Morrison, Don Rader, Dale Barlow, Joe Chindamo, Vince Jones, James Morrison, James Muller, Simon Tedeschi, Bobby Gebert, Andrew Dickeson, John Harkins, Bernie McGann and is a long standing member of the Jazzgroove Mothership Orchestra. 



Andrew Gander

Andrew Gander is a Sydney based Australian jazz drummer. He has toured, recorded and performed with many local and international artists including Adam Armstrong, Alan Vizzuti, Barbara Morrison, Ben Winkelman, Blaine Whittaker, Bobby Shew, Carl Orr, Craig Scott, Chuck Stevens, Dale Barlow, Daryl Pratt, Dave Ades, David Starck, Dennis Irwin, Don Burrows, Ernie Watts, Eugene Pao, Gabriel Guerrero, Guy LeClaire, Harry Connick, Jack Wilkins, James Morrison, James Muller, Jamie Oehlers, Jim McNeely, Jim Pugh, Jimmy Witherspoon, Joe Chindamo, Joe Pass, John Hoffman, John Irabagon, John McLaughlin, Johnny Griffin, Julien Wilson, Kenny Kirkland, Kenny Wheeler, Kevin Hunt, Mark Fitzgibbon, Mark Murphy, Michael Brecker, Mike Nock, Mike Rivett, Nicholas Bouloukos, Paolo Levi, Paul Grabowsky, Peter O’Mara, Peter Scherr, Phil Stack, Randy Brecker, Ray Brown, Richard Maegraith, Sam Anning, Scott Dodd, Sean Wayland, Steve Hunter, Steve McKenna, Steve Magnusson, Tim Hopkins, Vince Jones, Vincent Herring and many others. Andrew is also an active educator and clinician. He holds a Masters Degree in Music Performance from Melbourne University and is currently completing his PhD at Sydney University.