Testimonial from Stephen O'Connell

I play the Aizen metal #8 Tenor mouthpiece and the Aizen SO #9 Soprano mouthpiece. Both of these mouthpieces allow me to play the sweetest ballads at the softest possible volume right through to howling blues and jazz. The tuning on both is excellent and the tone is big and fat with a clearly defined centre. I've played many different types of mouthpieces over the years and have never before been so certain about a new mouthpiece as I was when I first played the Metal tenor mouthpiece. In fact, I was so comfortable on it that I used it on my very next gig, only two days after I first played it. Normally, I would expect to work with a new mouthpiece for some weeks before performing on it - not with the Aizen, it was perfect from the beginning.


about the MUSIC .....
In August and September 2009, Stephen O'Connell travelled with 14 artists to Luritja Country in Central Australia to create visual art works and music. Camped at Illara, a sacred Aboriginal site, he created works of great beauty, spirituality and intensity.

Reacting to the intense isolation of the environment, Stephen created compositions that fused jazz and blues. These works were triggered by the unique characteristics of our ancient harsh land, its inhabitants and the creatures that live in Illara.

These works are written for saxophones, piano, bass and drums.

about the MAN .....
Stephen is one of the most highly regarded and sought after saxophone players in Australia. Stephen has a broad background and training in classical music traditions and has specialized in the fields of jazz, blues, funk, rock and pop with extensive recording and live experience. He has toured, played and recorded with many well-known artists including Dorian Mode, Bob Henderson, Simon Tedeschi, Kevin Hunt, Ross Wilson, Phil Manning (Chain), Eugene Hideaway Bridges, Steve Arvey, Kamahl, Rolf Harris, Four Kinsmen and JW Jones.

about the BAND .....
Paul Gibbs ..... is a contemporary pianist who has played on numerous recording sessions and performed throughout Australia. He is the Musical Director of the Australian Independent Country Music Awards.

Mark Scotland ..... is a specialist jazz bass player with extensive performance and recording experience.

Dave Condon ..... is a versatile percussionist who has played for musical theatre and worked as MC for the show Back to Bacharach. Dave has worked with numerous successful bands.

Miles O'Connell ..... Has played saxophone for 12 years and is currently in his fourth year at ANU School of Music in Canberra. He has performed at a number of festivals including the Wangaratta Jazz Festival, the Narooma Blues Festival and the Gold Coast Wintersun Festival. Miles currently performs with his quartet.