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Mark Simmonds

Mark Simmonds

Mark Simmonds


Mark Simmonds is an Australian jazz tenor saxophonist, composer, and leader of the group The Freeboppers. Born in Christchurch, New Zealand in 1955, he moved to Sydney, Australia when he was 10 years old. Prominent throughout the 70's, 80’s and 90’s on the Australian jazz scene, Mark Simmonds also worked in many other musical settings such as soul, funk groups The Dynamic Hepnotics and Jackie Orszaczky’s ‘Jump Back Jack’, also contemporary music settings (Phil Treloar's ‘Feeling to Thought’, PipeLine, The Umbrellas) etc. Read more on Last.fm
Mark Simmonds is an Australian jazz tenor saxophonist, composer, and leader of the group The Freeboppers. Born in Christchurch, New Zealand in 1955, he moved to Sydney, Australia when he was 10 years old. Prominent throughout the 70's, 80’s and 90’s on the Australian jazz scene, Mark Simmonds also worked in many other musical settings such as soul, funk groups The Dynamic Hepnotics and Jackie Orszaczky’s ‘Jump Back Jack’, also contemporary music settings (Phil Treloar's ‘Feeling to Thought’, PipeLine, The Umbrellas) etc. A post-Coltrane saxophonist with a huge sound, Simmonds led his own groups mostly under the name of ‘The Freeboppers’ which held host to many of Australia’s most adventurous musicians. Mark Simmonds' Freeboppers only released one full length CD entitled 'FIRE' (double CD, 1993, Birdland records)[2] which won an Aria Award for best jazz album in 1995.[3] However two tracks of an earlier version of the Freeboppers featured on the KMA (Keys Music Association) compilation LP from 1982 entitled 'March of the Five Limbs', as well as some tracks by other groups including Mark Simmonds. Collaborators include Steve Elphick (bass), Phil Treloar (percussion), David Addes (alto sax), Jamie Fielding (keyboards), Greg Sheehan (drums), Miroslav Bukovsky (trumpet), Louis Burdett (drums), Peter Fine, Daniel Fine (sax), Steve Hunter (bass), Serge Ermoll (piano), Kees Steen (guitar), Rob Gador (bass), Michael Sheridan (guitar), Chris Abrahams (piano), Cleis Pierce (violin), Samila Sitote (percussion), Andrew Gander (drums), Thierry Fossemalle (bass), Scott Tinkler (trumpet), Simon Barker (drums), Azo Bell (guitar), Duncan Archibald (drums), Diane Peters (harp), Bobby Gebert (piano), Mark Shepherd (bass), Will Guthrie (drums), Scott Lambie (drums), Philip Rex (bass), Tony Buck (drums). Read more on Last.fm.

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