Saxophone quintet 'Hoot from the Hip' perform at the New Zealand School of Music's 'Friday at 5 Concert' on July 15, 2011. Called 'Reed All About It' the concert featured clarinet and saxophone performances in both jazz and classical contexts.
They open with 'Saxology' by Dick Walter (0:00-5:14), followed by a bluesy 'Are we Keeping You Up Sir?' (6:21-20:15) also by Dick Walter and finishing with the energetic 'Bird' by Harry South (20:29-25:00).
'Hoot from the Hip' are staff, students and alumni of NZSM: Alex Nyman – Lead Alto; Hayden Hockley – Alto 2; Colin Hemmingsen – Tenor 1; Mike Isaacs – Tenor 2; Andre Paris – Baritone
accompanied by a rhythm section consisting of NZSM postgraduates: Dan Hayles (piano), Romilly Smith (bass) and Shaun Anderson (drums).
Alex Nyman is the Saxophone/Woodwind Tutor at NZSM. He has performed world wide with artists such as Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennet, Chaka Khan, Sammy Davis Jnr, Diana Ross to name but a few. He moved to New Zealand 10 years ago and enjoys a busy professional life both teaching and playing. He is the founding member of Hoot from the Hip.
Hayden Hockly is a freelance saxophonist and teacher who has been playing and teaching professionally in the Wellington area since graduating with a BMus from Massey University Wellington in 2005. Hayden enjoys a diverse range of playing work as a multi-instrumentalist (sax, flute, clarinet) with the Wellington Jazz Orchestra, the Airforce Central Band, the Vector Wellington Orchestra, the Vaughn Roberts Big Band and with his own jazz groups.
Colin Hemmingsen (saxophones) has had a dual jazz/classical career for more than 30 years and was, until 1992, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra’s principal bassoonist. He won a Downbeat magazine scholarship in 1970 to study jazz at Berklee College of Music and was subsequently awarded a scholarship to New England Conservatory. There he completed a Masters degree in bassoon. He is currently a Senior Lecturer at NZSM.
Mike Isaacs began playing the saxophone at an early age. He graduated from NZSM in 2009 with a first class BMus (Hons) degree in performance jazz and has since been an active member of the Wellington music scene. He has studied further with New York based musicians Bill McHenry, David Binney and George Garzone.
Andre Paris has been involved in the Wellington music scene as a freelance saxophonist since completing a BMus from Massey University Wellington. He has played numerous concerts around the Wellington region and beyond, covering a wide range of music including small group jazz, big bands, dance/wedding bands, salsa bands, original dub/reggae groups, musicals and concert band music.
The Rhythm section:
Romilly Smith was born and raised in Auckland City. Four years ago he and his partner moved to Wellington where he pursued a Degree in Jazz Performance through NZSM. Romilly now performs regularly around Wellington in various Jazz, Funk and Soul groups.
Dan Hayles has been playing piano since age five and is currently studying towards an MMA in Jazz Performance through NZSM. As well as Jazz he enjoys hip-hop, fusion, soul, funk and classical music. In his spare time he likes to ride his bike and cook Italian food. [Dan was recently one of five pianists selected to complete the New Zealand representative art work at the 2011 Venice Biennale: more about this can be found on the News pages of the NZSM website.]
Shaun Anderson is currently studying a Post Graduate Diploma Majoring in Performance Jazz on the drumset. He moved to Wellington in 2006 where he has been playing in a number of bands of varying musical styles including Jazz, Latin, Metal and Soul.