Auckland Jazz and Blues Club

Welcome to the home of jazz in Auckland
The Club was formed around 1992 to further the interests of Jazz & Blues in Auckland.

The Club has a membership of around 250 and has regular club nights every Tuesday at The Point Chevalier RSA, Great North Rd Pt Chevalier Auckland. These club nights start at 7.30pm and are $5.00 entry for club members ($15.00 to others) Each night features a different local or out of town band for the entertainment. Sometimes an International star makes an appearance

Sam and Loris Duo with vocalist Allana Goldsmith
Jun
18
7:30 PM19:30

Sam and Loris Duo with vocalist Allana Goldsmith

Sam and Loris make a timely return to the Auckland Jazz & Blues Club with their signature jazz duo and will be joined by vocalist Allana Goldsmith.

Sam & Loris Duo are a guitar and piano duo who specialise in jazz, blues and latin music as well as a range of other styles and genres. They formed their duo during their time studying at the New Zealand School of Music (where they also met Allana) and have since been developing the concept and exploring the endless possibilities of playing in this instrumental format. Their collective interest and passion has led them on to establish a professional jazz duo and "band for hire" that has seen them perform at numerous private/corporate functions and public events.

This year Sam & Loris were part of the National Jazz Festival Tauranga where they performed at the popular downtown carnival and also at a screening of The Glenn Miller Story at Rialto Tauranga. They also performed a well-received concert at Bayswater, a major Metlifecare retirement village and they are looking forward to presenting some of that material from their Tauranga tour on the night.

The show will include a set by Sam & Loris Duo followed by two sets as a trio with Allana Goldsmith. They will perform a variety of material that will span through many different styles and genres and will include a beautiful selection of American Songbook and jazz/ latin standards as well as some jazzed up covers and possibly even an original.

Sam, Loris and Allana warmly welcome you to join them on this special evening at the AJBC and they hope you have an enriching evening.

Door Charge:
Members and Students with ID $5.00
Non Members $15.00

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Mark Donlon Trio
Jun
25
7:30 PM19:30

Mark Donlon Trio

British pianist/composer. Moved to NZ in 2013 to become Head of Jazz at the NZSM Jazz school in Wellington.

Previous collaborations include performing  with Kenny Wheeler, Dave Liebman, Bob Minzer, Seamus Blake Alex Sipiagin.

Was a prominent pianist on the UK/European jazz scene and also figured strongly in the Latin Jazz scene in the 80’ and 90’s

Recently toured Australia/NZ with Lauren Nottingham/Mark Donlon Project and played in New York and London with Seamus Blake and Alex Sipiagin.

Joining Mark will be Paul Dyne (bass) and Lance Philip (drums)

Door Charge
Members and Students with ID: $5.00
Non Members $15.00

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Jul
16
7:30 PM19:30

Bridge City Jazzmen

The Bridge City Jazzmen was formed in 1962 by Don Bruce (trumpet), John Wilcox ( banjo, piano) and Nick Wilcox (double bass, tuba). At the end of that year three new members joined the band, Bruce King (drums), Ray Pilkington (clarinet), and Neil McGough (trombone). During the late 1960s the band went into recess, but formed again in 1994.

Now in 2019 we have Neville Grenfell (trumpet), Merv Tomas (trombone, vocal),Warwick Simpson (clarinet), John Wilcox (piano), Pete McGregor (double bass), and Bruce King (drums)

16 July is a special occasion for the band, as we celebrate Merv Thomas' 88th birthday.Merv has arranged guest artists for the second set.

The accompanying photograph is from early 2017, after which we now have different clarinet and bass players. 

Door Charge:
Members and Students with ID $5.00
Non Members $15.00

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The Committee
Jul
23
7:30 PM19:30

The Committee

The Committee Led by Mat Fieldes

Mat Fieldes is a very active bass player on the New York freelance scene today. Equally comfortable in Classical, Jazz, Rock, Hip-hop, R&B and Broadway genres, Mr. Fieldes has collaborated with such luminaries as Joe Jackson, John Cale, Ornette Coleman, Jim Steinman, Sufjan Stevens, Steve Vai, Peter Erskine, Paquito D’Rivera, Kristjan Jarvi, Joe Williams, Arturo Sandaval, Toni Tennille, and Kelli O’Hara among others. Mr Fieldes was honored to perform with the acclaimed crossover hip-hop virtual band the Gorillaz, live at the Apollo theater, and hip-hop legend Jay-Z at  Radio City Music Hall in the spring of 2006. In 2001, he performed on Joe Jackson’s album, Symphony, which won a Grammy Award for “Best Pop Instrumental.”

In 2007 he played on Barry Manilow’s Gold album “In the Swing of Christmas” with the Matt Herskowitz Trio, which was nominated for a Grammy in 2009. The Matt Herskowitz Trio also played a sold out concert to widespread acclaim at the Montreal Jazz Festival in 2008. Their debut CD ‘Forget Me Not’ was nominated for a Felix Award in Quebec for “Best Jazz Album’. They released their latest recording ‘Jerusalem Trilogy’ at the 2010 Montreal Jazz Festival. It was nominated for a Canadian Juno Award in 2011.

Mr. Fieldes tours extensively as solo bassist for Absolute Ensemble, an electro-acoustic crossover chamber orchestra, which performs at major venues worldwide. Recent appearances include the Sydney Opera House, Koln Philharmonie, London Barbican, Concertgebouw, Theatre des Champs Elysees, Megaron, and residencies at Bremen and Adelaide Festivals. In 2000, the ensemble won the coveted German Record Critic’s Award for its album Mix. The ensemble received a Grammy nomination in the ‘Best Small Ensemble’ category for its album Absolution (2002, Enja Records). Recent collaborations include recordings and touring with the late Joe Zawinul, a Frank Zappa tribute featuring Mike Keneally and Napoleon Murphy Brock, ‘Bach Re-Invented’ featuring Simone Dinnerstein (released on SONY Classical) and a Tango project with Carel Kraayenhof.

As a soloist, Mr. Fieldes has performed Mark Anthony Turnage’s concerto Blood on the Floor, at Miller Theater, New York City, in 2001. In 2004, he performed the same concerto with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. Also that year, he premiered Gene Pritsker’s concerto for electric and acoustic bass, Lost Illusions, with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, in front of 30,000 people. Most recently he was a member of a featured rock trio for performances of Bernstein’s ‘Mass’ in Adelaide, and the Royal Albert Hall for the BBC proms.

He has performed on many Broadway shows including “Mamma Mia”, “The Book of Mormon”, “Next to Normal”, “Billy Elliot”, “South Pacific”, “Mary Poppins”, “Kiss Me Kate”, “The Full Monty”, “Legally Blonde” and “Saturday Night Fever”. He was the Principal bass player of the acclaimed musical ‘Matilda’ on Broadway from 2013-17 and received his 4th Grammy nomination for the cast recording.

As an Orchestral and Chamber musician he has played with the New Zealand Symphony, New Jersey Symphony, Auckland Philharmonia, Brooklyn Philharmonic, Key West Symphony (Principal), Long Island Philharmonic, Westchester Symphony, Moscow Chamber Orchestra, New Zealand String Quartet, New Zealand Trio, Continuum, Bronx Arts Ensemble and has recently appeared in major festivals in Mexico City, Bremen, El Paso, Adelaide and Montpellier.

Mr. Fieldes was born in Hastings, New Zealand. He earned his Master’s degree from The Juilliard School where he studied with Eugene Levinson, Principal Bass of the New York Philharmonic.

Mat will be joined on this date by Ron Samsom Drums, Roger Manins sax, and Dixon Nacey guitar

Door charge
Members and Students with ID $5.00
Non Members $15.00

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Sisters of Swing
Aug
6
7:30 PM19:30

Sisters of Swing

Combining a beautifully blended vocal trio with a hot swingin' band and decked out in uniforms ready for action!

Featuring the music of the Andrews Sisters, Sisters of Swing takes you on a journey back to the war era, to experience the music of the Andrews Sisters and the songs that made them famous.
Songs original Andrews sisters versions of In the Mood, Don't Sit Under The Apple Tree, Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, Sing, Sing, Sing, Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen, Three Little Sisters, Oh Johnny Oh, Rum And Coca Cola, Beat Me Daddy, Lullaby of Broadway, Chattanooga Choo Choo, ........and many more! 

Door Charge:
Members and students with ID $5.00
Non members $15.00

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The Young Pete Um Bruce Stephen Combo
Aug
20
7:30 PM19:30

The Young Pete Um Bruce Stephen Combo

This combo combines the cagey talents of elder statesmen and  well known sidemen Pete McGregor (bass) and Bruce King (drums) with the sublime youthful talents of South Korean pianist Young Um. Add to this a rare opportunity for folk to hear Stephen Morton-Jones (sax) special guesting all the way from Cambridge.

Listen to jazz standards and not so standards, both real and unreal, performed with a deft light touch as these guys go about their business for your listening pleasure. They probably will enjoy themselves as well !

Door Charge:
Members and Students with ID $5.00
Non Members $15.00

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Prima Swing Riot
Sep
24
7:30 PM19:30

Prima Swing Riot

Prima Swing Riot is a 7-piece swing band performing A Tribute to Louis Prima plus Swing Music and covers of popular hits

Lead by Pete McGregor this band includes some of New Zealand’s best-known and finest musicians and stars Adrian Keeling (Shortland Street) and Jane Horder on vocals.

 

Featuring a special tribute to Louis Prima and Keely Smith plus modern Neo Swing Bands like Cherry Poppin Daddies, Big Bad Voodoo Daddies, Brian Setzer Orchestra plus some of the great older swing music from The Andrew Sisters, Sinatra, Louis Jordan.

This is a rare opportunity to see and hear this great fun party band and it will be a night not to be missed!

Door Charge:
Members and Students with ID $5.00
Non Members: $15.00

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Cory Pesaturo
Jun
11
7:30 PM19:30

Cory Pesaturo

      Cory Pesaturo (“C Pez”) is on the forefront of the accordion world, pushing the boundaries on multiple fronts of what is possible with the accordion.  The only person to ever win the trio of World Championships on Acoustic, Digital & Jazz Accordion, and the only accordion graduate of the prestigious New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, MA.  In 2017, Pesaturo became a Guinness World Record Holder, as RedBull®  flew him to Austria to break the Marathon Accordion Record, in which Cory played for over 32 hours.  Cory’s main contribution is his visionary thinking of how the accordion should be used, played, taught, and presented in modern music.  He has given 2 TED Talk’s and 2 Google Talk’s about this, which are currently the only TED or Google talks in the world about the accordion.  Pesaturo is also developing his own electric accordion, and already has made the first ever skinned accordion which includes a symmetric lighting system attached to the keys.  

 

      Pesaturo's extensive resumé includes appearances at the White House for President and Mrs. Clinton on 4 different occasions, starting at age 12, and 8 other appearances for the Clintons since 2000, along with 14 letters from the first family.  On one of those occasions, he became the youngest person to ever perform at a State Dinner, performing with the Marine Strolling Strings for the President of Hungary.  Some TV appearances include the Late Show with David Letterman, performing with Johnny Depp, and nationally televised programs in New Zealand, Canada, Italy, Tunisia, France, and Finland.  On an NYC broadcast, CNBC/FOX host Maria Bartiromo once said “No one is currently doing more for the Accordion than Cory”.  He has judged accordion competitions in the US, Canada, and Europe, in addition to other music competitions, and currently gives masterclasses at various universities throughout the US and Europe on Accordion and Improvisation. 

 

    For his Classical side which is lesser known, a win in a concerto competition at 16 years old gave Pesaturo the rare opportunity to perform with the Brockton Symphony Orchestra as a featured soloist, where he became the youngest accordionist to ever solo with a symphony orchestra in the US back in 2003.  Concerning his Jazz side, Cory recorded two CD’s with saxophone legend George Garzone and his known band “The Fringe” at age 19, and has become friends with Jazz and Music Legends Quincy Jones and Wynton Marsalis.  His performances at all 3 of his World Championships were played on accordions that were not his, and were generally 90% improvised; both aspects are unheard of in the accordion world. 

 

    The instruments most famous legend in the US, Dick Contino, said when Cory was only 15, “Of all the accordionists I’ve seen over the years, Cory is the one to pass the torch to, the only one who has all the tools to bring the accordion back to its former glory.”  Guido Deiro’s son, the “Father of Piano Accordion”, has stated “I’ve worried greatly about the future of the accordion since my father died, but not anymore since seeing and hearing Cory.” 

 

    Pesaturo is also heavily involved and respected with the weather and motor sports worlds as well.  He composed the Official list of records set by the record-breaking 2005 Atlantic hurricane season and also wrote the lists for the 2007 and 2008 Seasons as well.  Moreover, he has put out reports on Winter Seasons for the US which have been featured on Accuweather.com, HurricaneCirty.com, and others.  Cory is known for his FreeSledding work, including his own sledding mountain called “CN Mountain”.  He has written sports blogs for sites like Bleacher Report, and has collaborated with members of the Red Sox and the Drop Kick Murphy’s on the “Fenway 100” album released in 2012.  His music has been played on Formula 1 broadcasts on NBC, FOX, and Velocity, and additionally has an ongoing musical relationship with 98.5 The Sports Hub in Boston.   

For this event there will also be performances by The Mike Walker Trio
Mike Walker, Pete McGregor, Bruce King

Door Charge:
Members and students with ID $5.00
Non Members $15.00

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TTTenor
Jun
4
7:30 PM19:30

TTTenor

Tenorists John Mackey, Roger Manins & Andy Sugg unite to form TTTenor

 

For more than fifty years the tenor saxophone has been the sound of jazz. Think Sonny Rollins or John Coltrane, Wayne Shorter or Michael Brecker, Chris Potter or even a young Kenny G. So, what could be better than a jazz combo fronted by a tenor saxophone? Easy … one fronted by three!

 

But three-tenor line-ups in jazz are rare. That’s one reason why the jazz combo TTTenor is so special. Another is that the saxophonists of TTTenor are John Mackey, Roger Manins and Andy Sugg. Based in Canberra, Auckland and Melbourne respectively, these tenorists represent the very best of contemporary jazz in the southern hemisphere — and on stage together they make the most exciting three-tenor jazz combo performing anywhere in the world today.

 

These powerhouse players shine at the very thing that makes jazz so unique and special – great solo and collective improvising. Mackey, Manins and Sugg’s experience is wide — they’ve worked with a veritable who’s who of the international jazz scene — and their understanding of the language is deep. Each pays homage to the tradition while at the same time driving it forward in exhilarating ways. Each has a strong distinctive voice, and whether using it to blend smoothly together or stand out on their own, when they appear on stage together something very special happens.

 

When you hear TTTenor perform you understand why jazz has had such an impact all around the world and why it’s still the most exciting music to see and hear today.


Door Charge:
Members and Students with ID $5.00
Non members $15.00

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Tuxedo Swing
May
28
7:30 PM19:30

Tuxedo Swing

Tuxedo Swing was formed some 30 years ago under the name “The 1932 Jazz Orchestra” and directorship of Merv Thomas. Back then the band’s focus was accurately reproducing the dance music of the late 1920’s through to the 1930’s.

Since that time the band has seen some many changes and it was over 16years ago Brendon Packard took over the band. It was soon after that the band decided that “The Tuxedo Swing Orchestra” was a more fitting name and with it came a refocus on specifically the swing dance styles of the 1940’s.

Tuxedo Swing has certainly survived the test of time and on Tuesday 28th May Brendon and the band will have a program that will certainly test your ability to sit still so come along and enjoy one of New Zealand’s finest swing bands.

Door Charge:
members and Students with ID $5.00
non members $15.00

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The Ottignon Brothers
May
21
7:30 PM19:30

The Ottignon Brothers

Aron Ottignon writes hits, collaborates and listens.

Mixing jazz, roots, Caribbean, Afro-beats and more, his world of music defies a Universal label. Re-gaining artistic independence in 2018, the prodigious pianist has found time for a prolific work load producing, composing and engineering an EP every six months (or that’s his plan) from his Berlin studio, in between collaborations with World Music and Afro-beat superstars. These include celebrated Senegalese percussionist Bakane Seck (featuring Grammy nominee Baaba Maal from Black Panther), and Puerto Rico based ÌFÉ – with a single to be released this spring, FYI. 


From his native New Zealand to Kreuzberg, Aron has made waves in Europe, touring with WoodKid, writing with Stromae, and also literally making an EP called Waves, which was picked up by Blue Note (along with other releases The Nile and Team Aquatic).


If you can’t find him touring his latest show (alongside 4 musicians, 2 percussionists, and a drummer), then look for his latest news and EPs on the usual social channels.

Matt Ottignon is a gun sax player/multi-instrumentalist with indisputable musical genes. A finalist at the 2002 Wangaratta National Jazz Awards, two-time Freedman Fellowship nominee and one of Australia’s hardest working musicians, he creates sounds that spring from everywhere he’s been and everything he’s seen... music that’s undoubtedly earning him a place among the key constituents of the contemporary scene. 

 

He leads Sydney band Mister Ott specialising in East African funk and with two albums under their belt. Co-leads Sydney jazz trio Informal Troupe, is part of the Java Quartet, and has performed recently with Aria winners Ten Part Invention, New York based Cuban pianist Elio Villafranca. He also tours internationally with the show Scotch and Soda, Ben Walsh’s Orchestra of the Underground, with Aria Nominated Lah’ Lah’s big live band, and with Aria nominated french themed band Baby Et Lulu. 

 

Matt last toured to NZ in 2012 with the Ottignon brothers and before that in 1998 with Mike Nock who he was studying with at the time in Sydney.

 

Outside of the jazz world Matt has appeared on stage with international legends from Lou Reed and Brian Wilson to Steve Cropper and Donald Duck Dunn. He’s played with and/or appeared on the recordings of Portishead, Hermitude, The Herd, Jimmy & Mahalia Barnes, Katie Noonan, Marcia Hines, Aria winners Monsieur Camembert, Guy Sebastian and Jackie Orszazcky and toured to Brazil, Columbia, India, Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, Canada, UK, Germany, France and Holland.

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The Trans Jazzmen
May
14
7:30 PM19:30

The Trans Jazzmen

Hot, Swinging New Orleans Jazz.

A new and exciting 6-piece Traditional Jazz Band featuring some of the best trad’ , New Orleans and Dixieland musicians from Australia and New Zealand.

Brian Kelly and Lindsay Meech had a vision to play hot, driving trad’ jazz and have put this band together to perform in N.Z. in May 2019. It Features some of the cream of Australasia’s Jazz talent, including the remarkable clarinet playing of Jason Downes. Not to be missed!

Lindsay Meech – cornet and Vocals (Auckland)

One of the finest exponents of New Orleans trumpet, Lindsay Meech started playing music in his home town of Wellington in the early 1960s. He has lived in Australia and UK and was active in jazz bands in those countries.

A founding member of the Auckland based Vintage Jazz Band, which toured the USA and Australia many times, he has also toured Australia, UK and Europe extensively as a guest with European bands many times, and had five years touring with the Melbourne based Louisiana Shakers on annual tours to Europe of up to six months each. Lindsay has played with Melbourne based Ray Lewis and his Dixie Heroes in tours of Australia for 9 years straight, and he was also featured at the Waiheke Island jazz festival numerous times and also their offshoot, the Fiji festival.

Lindsay Meech has backed American stars such as Wild Bill Davison, Art Hodes, Sammy Price and Tommy Saunders in concert, as well as Judith Durham of the Seekers fame.

Jason Downes – Clarinet (Melbourne, Australia)

Jason Downes is an energetic clarinet/sax player who cut his teeth in Melbourne jazz scene during the 1990s before heading to the UK for 5 years in 1999. Toured extensively throughout the UK, Europe, and the US and has had the opportunity to play with some of the most well-known traditional jazz musicians including Graeme Bell, Bob Barnard, Max Collie, Tom Baker and many others. He appears on a number of recordings including The Hot B Hines (Aus), Allen Beechey’s Bright Stars of Jazz (UK), Michael McQuaid’s Red Hot Rhythmakers (Aus), The Late Hour Boys (Aus) and more recently The Hot Jazz Alliance (Aus/US). Whilst you’ll hear aspects of Dodds, Bechet and Noone in his playing, Jason brings a fresh and dynamic approach to the music of the 20s, 30s and 40s.

Brian Kelly – Trombone (Auckland).

Brian has grown up playing trad jazz and was the leader of the Hotter Than Six Jazz Band that played international Jazz Festivals in the 1990’s. He learned the trad style in the 1980’s with Bill West and the past few years have seen him leading the Hauraki Hot Six with Lindsay Meech.

Don Franks – Banjo (Wellington)

Don Franks has played banjo, guitar and piano professionally around Wellington for forty years. He has played banjo for The Valley Stompers, City Jazz, and The Bill West Jazz band. Don is a driving, energetic banjo player. His solo album “Banjo Salad” is on donfranksnz.bandcamp.com

Graham Saker – Double Bass

Graham has been on the music scene for many decades playing in swing bands, dance bands and traditional Jazz bands. He was a key member of the Vintage Jazz Band that played the Sacramento Jazz Jubilee several times. This was the largest jazz festival in the world.

Ian Smith – Drums / Vocals (Melbourne, Australia)

Ian has been playing music professionally since he began in bands on drums at aged 18, teaching himself trumpet, tuba, and later double bass. He has played all over Australia and in many parts of the world as a member of popular and successful bands such as ’Cathay Pacific Jazz Band’, ‘New Harlem’, ‘Hotter Than Six’, ‘Fireworks’ and ‘Tom Baker’s San Francisco Jazz Band’, as a drummer or trumpet player. Ian is happiest when making good music and entertaining.

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Non Members $15.00

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Voxnova
May
7
7:30 PM19:30

Voxnova

This is the 20th year of operation for Voxnova, a band that has hosted musicians from all over the globe. Each has left a trace on the repertoire and style.  The current line-up has been in place for 2 years, “the best yet,” according to founder/percussionist Alan MacDonald, who is joined  by James Sneyd (violin), Alberto Santarelli (double bass), Doug Robertson (guitar).                       Our Monday residency at the very chic Caretaker Bar, into our second year,  has allowed us to become really tight and creative enough to keep the regulars enthralled for all that time.  There is a balance between Manouche swing and rumba, “an echo of our Latin traces” says Alan.  “The level of communicating between the soloists is incredible and reminds me of the Flamenco notion of duende, an instance where the musicians transcend their individuality, play as one and the audience senses it. In metaphysical terms this is called non-locality, a period of respite from the mundane.”

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Eamon Dilworth's Crawfish Po'Boys Band
Apr
30
7:30 PM19:30

Eamon Dilworth's Crawfish Po'Boys Band

Tonight's performance sees Eamon return to the Auckland Jazz & Blues Club for a sing-along friendly night of feel good New Orleans music.


Eamon Dilworth is a Sydney-based trumpeter, songwriter, vocalist and educator. He is a graduate from the Sydney Conservatorium in jazz and has released three critically acclaimed albums of original jazz music. He now applies this background to a multitude of other genres—performing, recording and touring with artists as diverse as Ed Kuepper, Tijuana Cartel, Caravana Sun and The Aints. He has studied toured across Australia, New Zealand and Europe and studied in Italy. His latest project, Crawfish Po’Boys, showcases his skill as a vocalist and songwriter, bringing together some of Australia’s finest jazz musicians to create New Orleans-inspired dance music for everyone to enjoy.

Eamon Dilworth's Crawfish Po'Boys Band:

Eamon Dilworth - Trumpet & Vocals

Olivia Penner-Wilson - Vocals

Roger Manins - Saxophone

Spike Walker - Piano

Wil Goodinson - Bass

Andrew Keegan - Drums

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Members and Students with ID $5.00
Non Members $15.00

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Ray Woolf with Mike Walker Trio
Apr
23
7:30 PM19:30

Ray Woolf with Mike Walker Trio

One of our greatest entertainers, Ray sings the great swing hits made famous by acts such as Frank Sinatra, Bobby Darin, Dean Martin and more recently Michael Bublé, but expect some good old rock and roll when Ray gets back to his roots

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Shuffle : Soul Jazz Express
Apr
16
7:30 PM19:30

Shuffle : Soul Jazz Express

SHUFFLE CD PROMOTION TOUR BLURB

 Do you like straight ahead swinging, shuffling Blue Note era JAZZ? – have you heard of Jimmy Smith, Captain Jack Mcduff or Stanley Turrentine? Have you heard drummer Donald Bailey play the shuffle feel? Well folks, we are not here to copy anyone, but Shuffle was born out of love! That's right! – Love of the music of the masters in the classic 50s and 60s Organ, Saxophone, Drums, Guitar Quartet. We will present new material from our CD SHUFFLE which features Ron Samsom, Michel Benebig, Roger Manins and one of the USA's greatest Jazz guitarists ever, Mr Carl Lockett. For this tour Mr Lockett cannot join us, but don't worry! We have two of the finest and greatest guitarists currently in NZ to join us, both with very big FEET!!- The amazing and super creative Mr Neil Watson, and direct from CANADA, to play his first gigs in first gigs EVER on New Zealand soil, the amazing Mr Keith Price! You gotta be happy with that!!  Come along and have a great time! 

 

Sometimes an album blows straight into your heart like a warm breeze off the summer ocean. ‘Shuffle’ is exactly that album. There is an easy-going familiarity to it and you instantly feel good as your body connects with the rhythms. Shuffle achieves that rare feat of sounding both new and familiar. This is the sound that I grew to love many years ago, as practitioners like Jimmy Smith, Big John Patton, Gene Ammons, and Brother Jack McDuff fused Soul and Jazz into a rare amalgam. To appreciate this music you need no acclimatisation; no understanding of Jazz. To appreciate this music you only need one prerequisite, a human heart. It’s ‘groove’, it is sensual and it’s my guilty pleasure. - John Fenton

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Steve Barry Trio
Apr
9
7:30 PM19:30

Steve Barry Trio

Steve Barry Trio

“...dazzling in his harmonic adventurousness, melodic resourcefulness, switchback rhythmic ideas and non-bombastic sense of drama.” — John Shand, Sydney Morning Herald, 13 November 2015

Steve Barry is a Sydney-based pianist, composer and improviser. Awarded his PhD in composition in 2018, Barry’s recent trio/quartet and solo projects traverse the boundaries of jazz and art music -reflecting a broad spectrum of harmonic hues and equally balancing both intricate and free-wheeling ensemble interplay. Pulling together influence from the likes of Thelonious Monk and Paul Bley, Barry’s music is steeped in the jazz tradition while playfully foraying into other realms.

Barry is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Bell Award for Young Australian Jazz Artist of the Year (2013), 2nd place in the National Jazz Awards (2013), and a BBM Travel Scholarship (2011). He was a finalist in the 2017 APRA Professional Development Awards and a nominee for the 2016 Freedman Fellowship. His 2018 quartet release Blueprints & Vignettes has been longlisted for the 2018 Australian Music Prize.

Having grown up in Auckland, Steve relocated to Sydney in 2009 to study at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music -where he now lectures in jazz piano and improvisation.

Tonight Barry by joined by a the stellar local rhythm section of [TO BE CONFIRMED] for two sets of original music and lesser-heard jazz standards.

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Queen City Big Band
Apr
2
7:30 PM19:30

Queen City Big Band

Queen City Big Band is now in its 40th year, keen again to present another great show for the Auckland Jazz & Blues Club, Big Band music at its big band best playing a selection of Queen City favourites new on old.

Our vocalists will also feature some stunning vocal group arrangements, along with several of our young and exiting instrumental soloists who will have their chance to impress.

Come and support the club and celebrate Queen City Big Band’s 40th anniversary year, great music, entertainment and fun.

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Members and Students with ID $5.00
Non Members $15.00

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Maria O’Flaherty & Ben Fernandez Quartet
Mar
26
7:30 PM19:30

Maria O’Flaherty & Ben Fernandez Quartet

This Quintet will perform a blend of jazz with their own contemporarygroove, French Chanson, a mix of blues, with Latin and folk influences.

Featuring Maria O’Flaherty on vocals; Ben Fernandez on piano, ‘TheViolin Guy’ Nick Jones, David Hodkinson on bass. These musicians aresome of Auckland’s most respected and experienced Jazz musicians.

They perform with passion and energy, a delight to listen to

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non members $15.00

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Mar
19
7:30 PM19:30

Chelsea Prastiti

Chelsea Prastiti is a jazz vocalist based in Auckland, and over the past 8 years has been involved in upwards of ten bands/projects across different genres. A keen and explorative improviser, with this quartet she will delve into the real book and play with some old favourites, bringing fresh phrasings and new arrangements to the table.

Cameron McArthur - Double Bass

Adam Tobeck - Drums

Callum Passells - Alto Sax

Guest: Vida Gibson

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The Flaming Mudcats
Mar
12
7:30 PM19:30

The Flaming Mudcats

“The Flaming Mudcats hail from Auckland, New Zealand, but easily could be mistaken to be from Chicago’s south side.”

Steve Jones. Crossroads Blues Society, Rockford Illinois USA. Dec. 2018

Doug Bygrave (guitar) Craig Bracken (Vocals/Harp) Ian Thomson (drums) Johnny Yu (bass)

Now in their eleventh year and three albums under their belt, Aucklanders, Craig Bracken, Doug Bygrave, Ian Thomson and “newbie”, Johnny Yu are collectively better known to Blues fans as The Flaming Mudcats.

They have performed in the USA, Australia and Pacific Islands as well as manage a busy schedule right here at home. Their energetic set blends their own material with a few covers drawn from the guys’ eclectic influences. Butt shakers to soulful grinders…welcome to the show.

The band’s third and latest album “Cut Loose” is a stomping collection of mostly originals, celebrating styles, rhythms, good and not so good times.

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JOHN LEIGH CALDER QUARTET
Mar
5
7:30 PM19:30

JOHN LEIGH CALDER QUARTET

John Leigh Calder, Bassist/Vocalist and international artist is appearing at the Auckland Jazz & Blues Club on the 5th of March before returning to London.  Starting his music carrier in NZ in the early 60s John has recorded 5 albums, written for film and toured throughout the UK and Australasia always featuring top musicians in his lineups. His 2019 performance at the club will feature John Leigh Calder Vocals/Upright Bass - Matt Watson Piano/Hammond - Roger Mannins Tenor Saxophone & Neil Williamson Drums.

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Dan Bolton Quartet
Feb
26
7:30 PM19:30

Dan Bolton Quartet

Dan Bolton is a singer/songwriter/pianist with a unique sound, honed over the years from his time living in New York City. His songs are 21st Century standards, incorporating elements of jazz, pop and Latin American styles. His music is reminiscent of George Gershwin, Cole Porter and Irving Berlin but with a modern twist.

 

Returning to the Auckland Jazz And Blues Club by popular demand, Dan will be performing with an all-star lineup: Craig Walters (woodwinds), Mark Lockett (drums) and Seth Boy (bass).

 

Dan will be featuring songs in the show from his latest album, “Living To Regret It,” interspersed with various songs he’s recorded in New York City and jazz standards.

 

"Dan Bolton is a world-class songwriter and performer. I am especially impressed with his prolific song-writing ability; being able to capture the listener with great storytelling and sense of melody. It has been my absolute pleasure to work with him and record his music." - Adrian Cunningham (New York City based sax player)   

Dan Bolton is slick, quick and ready to deliver a world class performance of his swinging straight ahead jazz tunes every time. People love his relaxed manner and humorous patter and his show appeals both to jazz lovers and non-jazz lovers alike." - Roger Manins (Iconic New Zealand Sax Player)

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Neon Quaver
Feb
19
7:30 PM19:30

Neon Quaver

Neon Quaver was created in the very early 1980’s by two Levin boys David Lines (Piano) and Richard Ghent (Flute, Flugel Horn and Vocals). After two weeks of rehearsals David and Richard did a few gigs at the historic Melba Restaurant and were eventually joined by Richard Adams on violin. This ensemble played venues like Rick’s American Cafe and the Corner Bar in the historic Ponsonby Gluepot Hotel.

 

During the corner bar daze, the quavers as they were called acquired a rhythm section and eventually were blessed with the master guitarist Nigel Gavin. It is this core of David Lines, Richard Adams, Nigel Gavin and Richard Ghent who are now developing the unique quaver sound, of electro acoustic instrumentation with no rhythm section, in preparation for recording in early 2019. 

 

The repertoire ranges from original instrumental compositions that are melodic and rhythmical, in the flavour of Lyle Mays and Keith Jarrett with a number of covers from Rickie Lee Jones, Split Enz, Sting etc; that are particularly suited to the instrumentation and vocal range the quavers explore. 

 

Neon Quaver's significant degree of musicianship, allows for a wide range of sound exploration during performances that connects with the audience in very pleasant and accessible manner. This acoustic element allows for the audience to enjoy their conversation and socialising with it being enhanced by the atmosphere the quaver sound generates. 

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JULIE MASON’S “GAP YEAR PROJECT”
Feb
12
7:30 PM19:30

JULIE MASON’S “GAP YEAR PROJECT”

JULIE MASON’S “GAP YEAR PROJECT”

Renowned Auckland-based Kiwi Jazz musicians Julie Mason and Phil Broadhurst are returning to the club with a new look, and more importantly, a new sound! Inspired by their year in Europe in 2017, they have both been working on new and exciting originals projects throughout the year.

JULIE MASON piano/vocals

OLI HOLLAND bass

FRANK GIBSON drums

PLUS SPECIAL GUESTS

PHIL BROADHURST piano

ROGER MANINS tenor sax

& THE FABULOUS BVETTES: linn Lorkin and Maria O’Flaherty

JULIE MASON will be presenting songs from her “Gap Year” project, which she recently debuted at Auckland’s prestigious CJC Jazz Club. Unable to play piano for most of 2018 due to a total fracture of the shoulder in February, Julie turned her not inconsiderable talents to songwriting. So, such delights as “Beaucoup de Croissants”, “The Night I Played At Ronnie’s” and “Caiscais” await your listening pleasure, along with other originals from countries as far afield as Hungary, Italy and Crete (Greece).

Multiple award-winning pianist PHIL BROADHURST has also been busy at the piano, creating some exciting new and previously unheard compositions for a “live in concert” project, which is to take place over the weekend of 1st-3rd March 2019 at the University of Auckland’s KMC.

Plans are also afoot to record Julie’s GAP YEAR PROJECT later in 2019.... something to look out for!

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Feb
5
7:30 PM19:30

Ryan La Valette

Ryan is a 23 year old musician from Auckland who at the age of 2 had a guitar in his hands. Ryan is a multi talented musician with a passion for playing the guitar and saxophone however, he also has the ability to play the bass guitar and piano/keys. Alongside this, Ryan has a distinct passion for straight ahead jazz/bebop, yet his capability to play a wide range of genres is unending. Ryan is a graduate from the School of Audio Engineering (SAE) with a Bachelor of Recording Arts Degree (BRA) and is primarily a session musician, yet he also has expertise in producing, arranging, composing, beat making and performing.

He has recorded with some of the worlds best session musicians – refer to our website for more information.

including Donald Hayes (Saxophonist for Robin Thicke, Queen Latifah, Beyonce, Justin Timberlake, Bonnie Riatt, Chaka Khan, CeLo Green, Eric Benet, Philip Bailey, TLC and more), Clay Benjamin (Guitarist for, Rev Al Green, James Brown and Kool And The Gang) and Stephen Small (Pianist for Opshop, Leo Sayer and Bonnie Tyler. Throughout his life as a musical creative, Ryan has found inspiration through artists such as George Benson, Norman Brown, Incognito, The Brand New Heavies, Brian McKnight, Will Downing, Marvin Gaye, The Temptations and Everette Harp
Ryan La Valette - (myself) on Guitar and Sax

Warren Duncan - Keys

Mini Dube - Bass

Zephenaia Setu - Drums

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Twistin’ the Swing
Jan
29
7:30 PM19:30

Twistin’ the Swing

Twistin’ the Swing is a lively acoustic gypsy jazz band influenced by the music of Django Reinhardt, 1930-40’s swing and Romani songs.

The band consists of the sublime Asher Truppman Lattie on clarinet and saxophone, the exceptional Phillip Beatson on gypsy guitar, the rock-solid Travis Hill on la pompe guitar and the incomparable Djordje Nikolic on double bass. The sense of rhythm, musicality and dynamic interplay between band members creates an atmosphere that is highly energetic and engaging. They alternate this vibrancy with slow melodic ballads and medium swing tunes, suitable for any occasion.

Twistin’ the Swing have been performing extensively for the past several years, at parties, weddings, swing dance events, theatres, corporate events, markets and festivals such as Auckland Arts Festival, Auckland Jazz Festival and Music in the Parks.

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Joy Yates and Dave MacRae
Jan
22
7:30 PM19:30

Joy Yates and Dave MacRae

After leaving NZ both Joy and Dave spent much time in Australia, U.S.A, U.K. and Europe and now reside in Sydney and enjoy being part of the Australian music fraternity. In addition to their musical collaborations among them “Pacific Eardrum” with 3 albums released, their individual international credits are many.

To list a few….

Joy Yates worked with such great artists as
Orson Wells, The Waters Family, The Time Capsule with writers Dory Previn, and Rick Marlow. Neil Sedaka, Elvin Jones, Clark Terry, Chaka Khan, Van Morrison, Ronnie Scott, Nucleus. Her vocal group “Bones” can be heard and seen on several recordings and TV shows with major artists, such as Cliff Richard, Cat Stevens, Olivia Newton John, Leo Sayer, Charles Aznavour, Tim Rice, Andrew Lloyd Weber, Van Morrison, Neil Sedaka, Gus Dudgeon, Trevor Horn, Lulu, Elaine Paige, Wham, Gang of Four, Status Quo, Cilla Black, Petula Clarke, The Goodies, Boney M, Monty Python, Kenny Everitt, Les Dawson,

The Two Ronnies, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Chaka Khan, Van Ghelis, Demis Roussos, Karen Carpenter, Barbara Streisand, Womac and Womac, Jimmy Cliff, Janis Ian, and more.
Also toured Europe and recorded with The James Last Orchestra. Joined Esperanto, the 12- piece British Rock Orchestra in the early 70’s, recorded 2 albums for A and M Records and toured Britain and Europe. Highlight! The Paris Olympia!
1975 formed jazz/fusion band, Pacific Eardrum, with husband Dave MacRae; recorded 2 albums of original music for Charisma Records and 1 for CBS and toured Britain.
Guest tutor at Cleo Laine’s Wavendon Jazz Workshops 1980–1984.
Lecturer: London Art Festival /Purcell Room: The Use of The Voice in Jazz Improvisation.
Vocal Co-ordinator and Soloist for John Boorman film, Emerald Forest.
In Sydney since 1985, founded the Sing for Joy School, for singers + musicians aspiring to a professional level. Many are now working internationally.
From 1993 to 2007 was the jazz vocal tutor at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Founded JUBILATION in 1993, to further develop singers in harmony and performance. Guests on “Carols in the Domain” for the last 15 years, is one of their many credits. Founded Global Vocal Focal in 1994, an intense annual performance vocal workshop program, featuring guest consultants, Kurt Elling, Kitty Margolis, Barbra Morrison, Vince Jones,
Judy Bailey, Kerrie Biddell, Tina Harrod, Jade MacRae, Shannon Dolan. Plus.
With Dave MacRae, co-ordinated the Youth in Jazz Quest, and then the Re-emergence of The Newport Jazz Festival at Pittwater for 9 years.
Vocal consultant to the Talent Development Project, CASPA and many other organizations. Artistic Director of The Kiwi Waka (Maori Cultural) Festival, now in it’s 10th year.


Her compelling performance (press description) as Lady Day in the play “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill” vividly evoked the Billie Holiday persona; as was evidenced in a 9 week sold out season at Sydney’s Ensemble Theatre, followed by a successful tour of Australia and N.Z.
In 2011, performed “Lady Day” at The Adelaide Cabaret Festival.
Available on CD, “Songs from Lady Day” and “Midnight Blue”.
In 2012, combined with David MacRae and talented daughter Jade in a project called Bloodlines, presenting a body of original works to critical acclaim.
Joy performs mostly with the Dave MacRae Trio: their vast repertoire includes classic jazz standards, old school and contemporary favourites and some original material.
Together they have performed at major jazz and music festivals and venues internationally and here in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Brisbane, Perth, Townsville and Adelaide.
In 2013, Joy joined the impressive teaching faculty at The Australian Institute of Music leaving in 2018.
There is more............

Dave MacRae…

Described as brilliant informed musician, producer, composer, arranger and an emotive performer with outstanding jazz credentials. From early beginnings with Bernie McGann, John Pochee, Graeme Lyall, Don Burrows, John Sangster, Bob Barnard to touring the United States, Britain and Europe with the great Buddy Rich Band. MacRae continued working with a wealth of artists: Ronnie Scott, Clifford Jordan, Chet Baker, Annie Ross, Jon Hendricks, Clark Terry, Cliff Richard, Neil Sedaka, Buffy St Marie and lots more. 8 years of musical direction for “The Goodies” and their record production. Producer for Scott Walker’s “Night Flights” album and all the Pacific Eardrum recordings. Also a member of the indefineable “Matching Mole”, jazz fusion pioneers, “Nucleus”, the Mike Gibbs Orchestra and the Mike Westbroke Band and several scores. “Southern Roots” recorded in 1990, with Lloyd Swanton on bass and Alan Turnbull on drums presents some of MacRae’s original compositions. Currently Musical Director to: The Sing for Joy School, The Global Vocal Focal Workshops, Mistyville Music and until its closing, The Newport Jazz Festival at Pittwater, 18 years as tutor at the Australian Institute of Music and, sharing with Joy Yates, the musical direction and production of JUBILATION. His current CD, “Some History” reveals his mastery as musician and composer. The critical review of performances of the group “Bloodlines” featuring Joy Yates and Jade MacRae, was glowing. There is of course more….

For the Auckland Jazz and Blues Club presentation they will be joined by NZ’s most renowned and amazing drummer Frank Gibson Jnr, and Tom Botting NZ born, now resident in Sydney and recognised as a great bass playing talent.

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Queen City Big Band Christmas Special
Dec
18
7:30 PM19:30

Queen City Big Band Christmas Special

Queen City Big Band presents an end of year Xmas finale for the Auckland Jazz & Blues Club, Xmas music at its big band best, and a selection of Queen City favourites to get the sleigh bells ringing!!

Featuring the bands fine vocalists and great soloists, come and support the club celebrate Xmas 2018, great year of music, entertainment and fun.

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LA LUNA & THE GADJOS
Dec
11
7:30 PM19:30

LA LUNA & THE GADJOS

Grab your coat and get your hat! NZ's premier vocal manouche band La Luna & the Gadjos are back for a night of French song and gypsy swing.

Chanteuse La Luna (Caro Manins) sings vintage Piaf with nerve and verve together with classic songs from the steamy hot clubs of Paris. She is aided and abetted by sax-man Roger Manins, adding a touch of New Orleans soul, and the gypsy talents of Phillip Beatson - lead guitar, James "le Prof" of the burning violin, Sam Swindells - la pompe, Djordje Nikolic - contrabass

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Kylie Todd
Nov
27
7:30 PM19:30

Kylie Todd

Kylie Todd is a Kiwi-born singer and vocal tutor who has lived in both Australia and Europe. She has toured Germany, Russia and Poland and while living in Germany regularly performed for weddings and events. Her soulful voice is powerful and versatile. Kylie brings both well known classics and modern jazz tunes to life and creates a special experience with soul and sensitivity.  She is influenced by Alicia Keyes, Tierney Sutton, Gretchen Parlato, India Arie, Adele, U2, Jamiroquai and trained under Julie Mason. She can be found performing with her trio Stolen Moments or Auckland bands Fibonacci and Big Ticket among others.

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Roger Manins standards
Nov
20
7:30 PM19:30

Roger Manins standards

Roger Manins: Standards 

 Roger Manins presents a night of swinging standards with some of his favorite players in town. " After a particularly enjoyable function gig, I was reminded how much I love playing swinging standards. I thought to myself - why not see Jazz and Blues club will give me a spot? I then  thought about who of all the players in town would love to do this as much as I would, and that's how I got Spike,Kevin and Ron to join me"

Kevin Haines, Roger Manins , Ron Samsom and Spike Walker

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Trudy Lile
Nov
13
7:30 PM19:30

Trudy Lile

Trudy Lile

Notorious for her energetic flair, Trudy is a jazz flutist and vocalist, who performs regularly in Auckland, and has performed throughout New Zealand at Jazz and Arts Festivals in the last fifteen years. She has also recorded, performed and toured as featured soloist with the The Jazz Divas, Sisters Of Swing, Auckland Jazz Orchestra, The Rodger Fox Big Band, Black Sand Diva, Rodger Fox’s Funkbone Experience, Andy Atwill, Jon Sanders, Whirimako Black (2009 Jazz album of the Year), Ishtar, King Kapisi, Many Hands (tour of Korea 2000), and most recently appeared on the soundtrack of New Zealand film, ‘Mt Zion’ 2013. 

In 2012 Trudy appeared in concert at the invitation of renowned US saxophonists Bennie Maupin (USA) (Herbie Hancock - Headhunters) and Dick Oatts (USA)(Vanguard Jazz Orchestra). She has also toured internationally to Australia, Singapore, The Carribean, Indonesia, Korea, China and Antarctica.

Trudy graduated from Massy University with MMus in 1999, was vocal and flute tutor at New Zealand School of Music, Massey University. She has also been teaching vocalists, flutists, pianists, jazz ensembles, chamber groups and concert bands in schools the last 30 years

Kevin Field – piano

Cameron McArthur – bass

Ron Samsom  - drums

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Edwina Thorne
Nov
6
7:30 PM19:30

Edwina Thorne

Fresh from performing in Ho Chi Min at the legendary SaxnArt Jazz club with outstanding Vietnamese saxophonist Tran Manh Huan, followed by a 15 day tour of Myanmar where Edwina was able to play with local musicians in Yangon. Edwina then spent 3 days in Bangkok, playing at the Saxophone Pub, another famous Jazz Club, before travelling around Laos for 5 days.

 The indomitable Trumpet Diva Edwina Thorne brings a programme of Cole Porter compositions peppered with her own originals that are featured currently on the Air New Zealand Jazz playlist. Expect the unexpected, hear musicians on their first debut at the Auckland Jazz n Blues Club, and seasoned musicians of past and present who Edwina has enticed to support her in what will be a memorable night of entertainment. 

 

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Steve Sheriff Sextet
Oct
30
7:30 PM19:30

Steve Sheriff Sextet

The Steve Sherriff Sextet are a collaborative band that create and perform original compositions ranging from tenor/trumpet bop,New Orleans groove and melodic ballads of warmth and expression.

 

Steve Sherriff- Soprano and tenor sax

Mike Booth- trumpet

Alan Brown- piano

Neil Watson- guitar

Jo Shum- Bass

Ron Samsom- Drums

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University of Auckland Big Band
Oct
23
7:30 PM19:30

University of Auckland Big Band

The University of Auckland Big Band
Come experience the sound and excitement of the University of Auckland Big Band under the direction of Paul Norman.
This University student jazz ensemble explores a range of musical styles including swing, latin and and fusion with a host of musical features from the saxophones, trombones, trumpets, rhythm section and guest vocalists.
This will be a fabulous programme and a dynamic night of music, not to be missed!

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Ray Woolf
Oct
16
7:30 PM19:30

Ray Woolf

One of New Zealand's greatest entertainers, Ray sings the great swing hits made famous by acts such as Frank Sinatra, Bobby Darin, Dean Martin and more recently Michael Bublé, but expect some good old rock and roll when Ray gets back to his roots

Ray will be backed by the Mike Walker Trio

Bio:RAY WOOLF began performing on stage at thirteen years of age in London, It was the beginning of the rock revolution and Ray was in three rock bands before arriving in NZ in 1962.

He sang at the Oriental ballroom and was spotted and signed by Eldred Stebbing to Zodiac Records and in late 1962, toured the country with Engiish Pop sensation HELEN SHAPIRO.

Ray performed on all the early TV Pop shows e.g. IN THE GROOVE,PLAY IT BY EAR, C,MON. ON THE BEAT SIDE & was resident on HAPPEN INN. He continued to work in TV on PLAYSHCOOL and a year on NZ's first TV soap A GOING CONCERN. 1977 saw a year of TWO ON ONE with Val Lamond and 1978 with Davina Whitehouse. In 1979 it became THE RAY WOOLF SHOW and ran for further four years.

More acting roles on T.V. have included MARLIN BAY ( 3 seasons ), HERCULES, XENA, ST. LEGAL, THE STRIP, INTERAGATORS, ORANGE ROUGHIES, ONE OF THEM, NOTHING TRIVIAL and more.

Musical Theatre has also been a big part of Ray's career. Starting with the Auckland Theatre company in 1980 starring in HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSON then in 1981 THE MUSIC MAN for Hamilton Operatic. A SLICE OF SATURDAY NIGHT, THE NEW ROCKY HORROR SHOW ( Eddie & Doctor Scott), BLOOD BROTHERS, GOLF, THE KING & I, over a hundred performances as Captain Von Trapp in THE SOUND OF MUSIC, WEST SIDE STORY & most recently ANYTHING GOES at the civic Auckland.

FILM Credits include, LUCY, BACK RIVER RD, LETTERS ABOUT THE WEATHER, MAIDEN VOYAGE, SUPER FIRE, KING KONG, INSATIABLE MOON, SIEGE.

Ray has been awarded ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR 1975, MOST PROFESSIONAL ENTERTAINER, PEGASUS AWARD 1981,BENNY AWARD 2007. M.N.Z.M 2008.

 

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