Full-blown sax appeal

HANNAH FLEMING
Last updated 09:37 03/07/2012
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ADELAIDE SAX PACK Snug Lounge Tonight, 7pm

He was here for Womad, returned soon after, and now he has popped up again with three other lads who call themselves the Adelaide Sax Pack.

Taranaki can't get rid of Australian Adam Page, but that is by no means a bad thing.

The saxophonist says he has always loved Taranaki for its glorious mountain, among other things.

"A few years back, I spent five days circumnavigating Mt Taranaki and it was one of the most amazing experiences of my life.

"And performing at Womad this year was a hoot - I got to meet a lot of the locals."

This time round, Page is joined by fellow saxophonists Tom Pulford, Mike Stewart and Jon Hunt for a gig at Snug Lounge.

The Adelaide Sax Pack, originally formed in 2007 for a Christmas gig, and Page said an intended set of innocent carols soon turned into a mash-up between the carols and some really bad 80s songs.

"For example, Santa Claus is Coming to Pete Townsend and Killing in the name of Frosty," he said.

"It was so much fun and the audience loved it - not as much as us though."

The main objective of the Sax Pack, said Page, was to give the audience a night of "pure saxophonic joy" through the medium of songs you hate to love or love to hate.

"Fun is a main objective too. And, I guess it's also important to point out the fact we are all fulltime musicians on a quest to create the best music possible, always. Apart from Mike - he's just in it for the money."

Page said many a highlight had been had by the Sax Pack in its five years together, including a gig at Wellington's Downstage Theatre, playing to 2500 screaming fans at the Generations in Jazz Festival in Mt Gambier, and when Mike Stewart left the band for a few weeks.

"That was really nice," he said, laughing.

"But we truly believe our gig at Snug Lounge on Tuesday night will be the highlight of all our musical careers."

Judging from experience, Page felt it his duty to warn the people of Taranaki to expect the unexpected.

"So often we have people coming up to us after a set saying 'we were reluctant to come see a sax quartet, but we are so glad we did'."

Page also said to expect to want to take a CD home with you, and also to expect to see some inspirational dance moves from resident dancing man and alto sax player Tom Pulford.

"He really has something special in those wondrous legs of his," he said.

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- Taranaki Daily News

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