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Swedish/American alto saxophonist who loves all music that has heart and swing.
Amanda has lived and worked in Holland and Atlanta, Georgia, but currectly resides in Stockholm, Sweden, where she is born and raised.
Amanda has released two solo albums, "Volt" (1996) and "Reunion" (2003). Her new solo album, "Delightness", is now available at www.touchemusic.se
Amanda works both in Sweden and internationally. In October last year she toured Scandinavia with South African pianist Hotep Idris Galeta. This coming fall, Amanda Sedgwick Quartet will be touring Sweden with Jeremy Pelt.
Amanda composes music for her two groups and teaches at the Royal University College of Music in Stockholm.
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At 6:49pm on October 25, 2009, Schrubbel said…
Hi Amanda ! Welcome ! Greetings from Schru. Cologne/Germany
At 7:26am on December 7, 2008, DR. LEO CASINO said…
THANK you so much Amanda,

Your kind words mean so much to me. I am not the most techinical, I am not the best sight reader, but my soul somes from the people, the ones on the bottom who thinks no one loves them, and those on the top who have so much money but are lonely.

I love your sound, I would be honorded to play on stage with you.

your friend always,

I pray that you live forever and I should never die,

Leo
At 7:55pm on December 6, 2008, Kevin Hurst, Sr. said…
I wish I could write something that sounds like something else! I only have four compositions all done in the '79 to 1989 and went from a dark to a happier time of my life. In that time I was still studying and training my ears so I am not a composer. But what came out was not like any structure , maybe one of them was like a modal swing. One a backbeat 'work song' blues which I expanded to 8 pieces but the leader of the 8 piece group I was in did not want try it. Wynton Marsalis' father wrote a tune on the album 'Fathers and Sons' called 'A Joy Forever' and its changes are exactly like 'Dolphin Dance' but has a different ending. It is a nice tune and even in the same key.When Bird did 'Ornithology' etc. they completely transformed those swing tunes. Of course we all deal with the same system in music, 'Breezin' and One Drop(Bob Marley) are both I-vi-ii-V7 progressions but sound completely different. What makes your track (and I was listening while writing the comment) was the superb playing. I was really impressed! So keep the music going- kevin
At 12:01am on December 6, 2008, Kevin Hurst, Sr. said…
Hey Amanda I rehearsed with a friend and he wrote a tribute to a brother musician who passed away last year and he asked if it reminded me of another song. It reminded me of many songs but he had so much harmony in his lines and is very nice and a fitting tribute to a drummer. He would have liked the movements, and I thought of you. The previous comment was a compliment and not intended to say you did not work but your playing is excellent!- kevin
At 10:31am on November 19, 2008, Kevin Hurst, Sr. said…
Nice alto and acoustic jazz! Rollin' on that first track, mellow the 2nd she is good and the group plays like one- together!- kevin-Oh the last one- nice drone on the vamp sounded like McCoy Tyner then like the tune 'Invitation' but went elsewhere, I like it- kevin
At 5:09pm on October 30, 2008, Luiz Santos said…
Welcome Amanda,
Thanks for joining the Pittsburg Jazz Network!
Be blessed!
Luiz
At 1:45am on October 23, 2008, Elizabeth "Betty" Asche Douglas said…
Dear Amanda Sedgwick, the feeling is mutual. Judging by the selections on your PJN site, you are a virtuoso in the true sense of the word. Your quartet is impressive, and I am honored to be invited to be your friend.
At 4:31pm on October 22, 2008, Janelle Burdell said…
Hey hey, Churchill Grounds...? Hm....? is that a lil club near the Fox? if so,never played there. did a few broadway shows at the fox. but...kinda remember it now that i think about it. Gosh, my mind...
At 9:56pm on October 21, 2008, Janelle Burdell said…
Yo! Thanks for reaching out! Great having you join in on this amazing current of rich tradition of the music you love and offer so much too! Jazz, bebop, swing. Yea...you sound great Amanda!!!! We should def play sometime--I need to get over there! I'd say -quick too! Hahahahaha! And yes, Nelson is da bomb! Raised me-- We must know some of the same folk. I played the Fox alot in Atlanta (one of my fav theaters!) and have sponsors there too! More soon, -janelle
At 4:21am on October 20, 2008, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
Welcome Amanda,

The way you play will gain you many friends and fans in Pittsburgh and around the world. We are delighted to share you with other kindred spirits

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