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Photo by Shane Rozario

Tessie Overmyer has established herself as one of the most exciting, dynamic saxophone players in the Australian jazz scene, rapidly gaining recognition for a maturity that appears well beyond her years.

Tessie completed her jazz performance studies at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in early 2023, where she had the opportunity to learn from renowned musicians such as Will Vinson (USA/UK), Jeremy Rose, Steve Barry, and Kevin Hunt.

Throughout her career, Tessie has had the privilege of performing alongside esteemed jazz musicians including Mike Nock, Andrea Keller, Will Vinson, Barney McCall, and Sandy Evans. Her talent has also led her to perform at various festivals, including the Wangaratta Festival of Jazz and Blues in Victoria, the Sydney Conservatorium International Jazz Festival in New South Wales, the Perth International Jazz Festival in Western Australia, and even the prestigious Newport Jazz Festival in the United States.

In addition to her instrumental prowess on saxophone and other woodwind instruments, Tessie has also proven herself to be a skilled composer and arranger. She has composed numerous original works for her own projects, including the band called 'Jiem,' which she co-leads with trumpeter Miles Rooney. Tessie's compositions have been featured on the band's self-titled debut album.

Apart from her collaborations and side projects, Tessie is a bandleader in her own right. She currently leads the Tessie Overmyer Trio and the Tessie Overmyer Quintet, both of which showcase her original compositions. These groups provide a platform for Tessie to express her musical ideas and share her unique voice as a performer and composer.

Tessie Overmyer's dedication to her craft, combined with her remarkable talent and versatility, has established her as a rising star in the Australian jazz scene. Her ability to captivate audiences with her emotive and skillful playing, as well as her compelling compositions, promises a bright future for this talented saxophonist and bandleader.

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