Collaborations

Simon Tedeschi / Kevin Hunt – ‘I Want to Play Like Him’

Join the mutual admiration society of two pianists. A two piano performance that transcends genre, resulting in a unique blend of styles and backgrounds. It stirs the jazz and classical realms into one musical recipe. The two have played throughout Australia to great acclaim. The duo are receiving rave reviews across Australia.

Tedeschi and Hunt serve up an exciting mix of audience favourites, with music from Bach to Duke Ellington and other classical and jazz greats such as Shostakovich, Debussy, Fats Waller, Brubeck and Oscar Peterson. Gershwin’s much-lauded masterpiece, Rhapsody in Blue receives a new pianistic polish from the two maestros.

Particularly exciting for the duo will be their performance of Duke Ellington’s historic ‘Black ‘ from Black Brown and Beige. Premiering at New York’s Carnegie Hall in 1943 it portrayed the history of African Americans. “Simon has always loved jazz and has recently been ‘soaking up ‘ the American Jazz feeling. Equally I have always loved classical music for its detail of sound production and composition, ” said Kevin Hunt. “The music we play together constantly weaves between jazz and classical forms, and now after years of playing together our improvising has become an exciting focus of the performance.”

Kevin Hunt is a popular and versatile jazz pianist. He has, over the last 18 years, shared the stage with international artists including: Herb Ellis, Billy Cobham, Sheila Jordon, and Larry Adler. He has also recorded and performed with most of Sydney’s prominent jazz artists.

He works with his own trio, the Kevin Hunt JS Bach Trio, and also tours extensively with Don Burrows. Kevin and Don conduct workshops and master classes for school and university students.

“They were still wanting more from pianists Simon Tedeschi and Kevin Hunt when the performance finally ended over two hours later. Whether I Want to Play Like Him is really a cabaret act or not seemed to matter less than the richly playful quality of what the performers were doing with a lot of jazz, a little classical and a bit of original.”
Canberra Times, July 23, 2008