American jazz legend Bennie Maupin visited the Gallery recently. Bennie was in Canberra for the Capital Jazz Project, a series of concerts and workshops held at the Street Theatre in conjunction with the ANU School of Music Jazz Department.
Bennie’s highly personal bass clarinet sound helped define such classic jazz recordings as Miles Davis' Bitches Brew and Jack Johnson, as well as recordings with Herbie Hancock's Mwandishi band, and the Headhunters. The multi-woodwind player has also recorded with Marion Brown, Chick Corea, Horace Silver, McCoy Tyner, Lee Morgan, Freddie Hubbard, Jack DeJohnette, Andrew Hill, Eddie Henderson and Woody Shaw, to name only a few.
Bennie is pictured here with Gallery staff member Leslie James, whose daughter Hannah is the 2011 Jann Rutherford Memorial Award winner. The award was founded in 2005 to assist in the professional development of outstanding young female jazz musicians. Hannah who plays Double Bass is currently performing in Edinburgh, Scotland and in New York City.