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

Vox Nova
Aug
21
7:30 PM19:30

Vox Nova

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.”

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

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Phil Broadhurst Quintet
Aug
28
7:30 PM19:30

Phil Broadhurst Quintet

Now that all the band are back on Kiwi soil, they've got back together after a 2-year hiatus. Don't miss this opportunity to hear one of Auckland's finest bands playing original compositions from their award winning albums Panacea and Flaubert's Dance plus the premiere of one or two new pieces and a choice standard or two.
Personnel is
Mike Booth - tpt
Roger Manins - tnr
Phil Broadhurst - pno
Oli Holland - bass
Cam Sangster - drs
Special guest - Julie Mason

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

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Tuxedo Swing Orchestra
Sep
4
7:30 PM19:30

Tuxedo Swing Orchestra

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 the swing dance styles of the 1940’s.

 

Tuxedo Swing has certainly survived the test of time and on the 4th of September Brendon would like to pay a special tribute to the band’s dear friend Jimmy Warren who passed away almost 2 years ago. Jimmy played in Tuxedo Swing until he was 80 and arranged a great number of songs for the band.

Along with some of their favourite swing numbers, they will be playing a full set of Jimmy’s arrangements featuring Lloyd Kyd and Kate McLaren on vocals.

Merv Thomas will also be featured so hang onto you hats, it’s going to be a fun night of great music and treasured memories played by one of New Zealand’s finest bands.


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

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Ben Wilcock and The Girls
Sep
11
7:30 PM19:30

Ben Wilcock and The Girls

Pianist Ben Wilcock, of The Jelly Rolls, returns to Auckland with an evening featuring three rising vocal stars from Rotorua. Graduates and current students of Toi Ohomai’s music programme, Ben will accompany each vocalist as they perform a repertoire of jazz standards and jazz interpretations on contemporary classics. 

Jhai, Moana Bell and Reon Mahalia will all be making their Auckland debut for the Auckland Jazz club.


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

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The Hipstamatics
Sep
18
7:30 PM19:30

The Hipstamatics

Hipstamatics are a dynamic 8 piece band from Auckland, New Zealand with a distinct flavor. The bands style and musicality draws on classic 70s, and modern funk and soul influences. Their stellar line-up of talented musicians and vocalists play soul powered arrangements of iconic pop songs, as well as bringing you some classic material of the genre. The band have been together for over 6 years, and earned a reputation for their energetic live performances which get everyone on their feet and feeling funky.

This band packs the place out - be early for a seat

Door Charge:
members and Students with ID $5.00
Non Members $15

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NEXT OFFRAMP
Sep
25
7:30 PM19:30

NEXT OFFRAMP

Next Offramp is an 11-voice, Auckland, contemporary a cappella vocal group that was formed
in 2009 under the direction of Wendy Moore. 

Their eclectic repertoire is a mix of popular songs, along with some wonderfully obscure gems
that blur the lines between pop, jazz and folk. Next Offramp has been described as “edgy”, with
tight rhythms, fresh harmonies and groove, plus plenty of energy and heart. 

Wendy is the primary arranger, but other members have also written several for the group. 

Wendy’s early musical training was as a classical violinist for 15 years and later as a
performing jazz/pop singer in Australia, USA and New Zealand. 

NOTE THERE WILL BE ANOTHER BAND ON AFTER NEXT OFFRAMP WHO ONLY PERFORM FOR ONE SET - TBA

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

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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

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

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Suzanne Lynch
Aug
14
7:30 PM19:30

Suzanne Lynch

SUZANNE LYNCH
Suzanne was discovered along with her sister Judy by New Zealand guitarist Peter Posa, the two sisters became regular performers on the New Zealand television show ‘C’Mon’ in the late 60’s and in 1971 as a soloist Suzanne was also a regular on the television show ‘Happen In’. Having established a name in New Zealand as the blonde member of the popular 60's duo "The Chicks" and then as a solo performer; Suzanne studied vocal technique with the well known singing teacher from Covent Garden in England, who had recently moved out to New Zealand.. Hubert Milverton Carta for 3 years, before travelling to England in Jan 1973 and she quickly became one of London’s first call session singers singing on Albums by Chris De Burgh, Art Garfunkel, ShaWaddyWaddy, Cleo Lane The Walker Brothers and Cat Stevens to name just a few. She joined Cat Stevens band in 1974 and performed with him on two world tours and on all his recordings until he gave up his music and became Yusuf Islam. She had the pleasure of singing with him once again in Christchurch last year at his concert there as his special guest. Whilst in England Suzanne also did a lot of work with Neil Sedaka, touring and recording a live album with him at The Royal Festival Hall with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London. She toured with Charles Aznavour throughout England and Europe. She performed on many English television shows, including a Lulu Special, a series with Leo Sayer, and was a regular singer on the English television series, “Get it Together”. Back in New Zealand in 2004 – 2007 Suzanne was the vocal coach for 3 seasons of New Zealand Idol, and 2008 – 2009 vocal coach for Stars In Their Eyes., and has been the vocal and performance coach for New Zealand’s Got Talent, for the last two years. Currently Suzanne teaches contemporary vocal technique and stage performance, and is still busy performing as a soloist, and as a member of the well known vocal group “The Ladykillers, with Tina Cross, Jackie Clarke and the The Ladykillers special guest Annie Crummer ..

Mike Walker....
Is a New Zealand jazz icon. Mike packed the crowds into the Montmarte years ago with his Jazz Trio, and is still one of our most exciting piano players. . 
He has had extensive overseas experience, having worked in London and performing on cruise ships for many years. 

In addition to his jazz performances Mike is also capable of performing in Rag Time, Boogie Woogie, Rock a Billy, Rock 'n Roll, and Latin styles and for this reason is in demand as a solo performer when a wide variety of ages and interests are present. 
The Mike Walker Trio is made up of Pete McGregor,bass,and Bruce King drums who have also worked with  many other acts over the last fifty or so years.
Pete and Bruce are both experienced musicians and are competent in many fields of music .
This trio will use all the experience they have to provide a great night for The  Club along with Suzanne Lynch.
 

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

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Aug
11
to Aug 12

School Jazz Band Competition Finals

Finals of the 2018 School Jazz Band Competition

An event not to be missed

Finalists are (in alphabetical order):

 

Combos:

Auckland Grammar Combo

Rangitoto College North Sea Combo

Rosmini Senior Combo

St Kents Jazz Combo

 

Big Bands: 

Auckland Grammar Big Band 

Lynfield College Big Band

Rangitoto College Big Band

St Peters College Jazz Band

 

 

The final will run from 1pm till 5pm. Combos will perform 1pm-2:20pm, there will be a short interval and then Big Bands will perform 2:40-4:20pm. Following the Big Band performances the judge will deliberate and then we will have an awards presentation.  We invite you to select and perform your best 3 songs with your total on stage time no longer than 20 minutes. Special thanks to Ron Samson and Dixon Nacey who will be adjudicating for the top awards from your performance at the final.

 

The Jasmine Restaurant will be open for meals and snacks

There will be a small door charge

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Toni Swain
Aug
7
7:30 PM19:30

Toni Swain

Few performers in Australia can match Toni Swain...her musicianship and stage presence is awesome enough; then, there’s her voice which reaches right in and grabs you by the heart and soul. Her sets are built around solid rhythms that rollick and sway while the songs provide a distinctive spotlight on everyday life. She is that good, she makes it look easy
Toni Swain - vocals
Roy Payne - guitar
Hal Tupaea - bass
George Bibicos - keys
Hamish Stuart - drums

 

door charge
members and students with ID $5

non members $15

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Aug
5
11:00 AM11:00

School Jazz Band Competition Heat 4

Sunday 5 August 


11:00 AM Premiere Jazz Ensemble Long Bay College
11:30 AM Auckland Grammar Combo Auckland Grammar
12:00 PM Milestones St Cuthberts
12:30 PM Auckland Grammar Big Band Auckland Grammar
Lunch
02:00 PM Western Springs Jazz Band Western Springs
02:30 PM Andyson (Whangaparaoa
College Jazz Combo) 
Whangaparaoa
03:00 PM Western Springs Combo Western Springs
03:30 PM Waiheke High School Jazz Band Waiheke High School

The Jasmine restaurant will be open for meals and snacks

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Aug
4
11:00 AM11:00

School Jazz band Competition Heat 3

Saturday 4 August 


11:00 AM Lynfield College Stage Band Lynfield College
11:30 AM MAGS Jazz Band Mt Albert Grammar School
12:00 PM Lynfield College Big Band Lynfield College
12:30 PM Massey High School Jazz
Combo
Massey High School
Lunch
02:00 PM LC Jazz Project Lynfield College
02:30 PM The Blue Notes Sancta Maria College 


03:00 PM Lynfield College Jazz Combo Lynfield College
03:30 PM The Swingin' 8's Sancta Maria College
04:00 PM Sacred Heart College Jazz Band Sacred Heart College
04:30 PM St Peter's College Jazz Band St Peter's College

The Jasmine restaurant will be open for meals and snacks

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A Night in New Orleans
Jul
31
7:30 PM19:30

A Night in New Orleans

Eamon Dilworth (Tijuana Cartel, Ed Kuepper, Low Down Riders) presents  
a night of feel good Social music.
Drawing from the New Orleans songbook the band conjures voodoo queens strollin’ down Frenchman Street with a hot pot of Jambalya and sipping a Sazerack.

Eamon is best known for his previous albums with The Dilworths (“Introducing..”) & Tiny Hearts (“Alluvium”) and has performed with Dale Barlow, James Muller, The Jazzgroove Mothership Orchestra, Nigel Kennedy, Guy Sebastian, Jessica Mauboy & Asgier. He’s toured Europe 3 times with Caravana Sun and regularly performs around Australia, New Zealand and Asia.

 

Roger Manins sax

Andrew Keegan drums

Will Goodison bass

Mike Walker piano.

 

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

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Jul
29
11:00 AM11:00

School Jazz Band Competition Heat 2

Sunday 29 July 


11:00 AM Copenhagen Combo Rangitoto College
11:30 AM Marist College Jazz Band Marist College
12:00 PM Montreux Combo Rangitoto College
12:30 PM The Blues Clues Sancta Maria College
Lunch
02:00 PM The jazz Cocoons Sancta Maria College
02:30 PM Rangitoto College Jr Jazz
Orchestra
Rangitoto College
03:00 PM Rangitoto College Jazz
Orchestra
Rangitoto College
03:30 PM St Kents Jazz Combo St Kentigern College
04:00 PM Sancta Maria College – Big
Band
Sancta Maria College
04:30 PM St Kents Big Band St Kentigern College

The Jasmine restaurant will be open for meals and snacks

Entry Free

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Jul
28
11:00 AM11:00

School Jazz band Competition Heat 1

Saturday 28 July
HEAT 1 or the 2018 School Jazz band Competition

11:00 AM Avondale Jazz Combo Avondale College
11:30 AM Rosmini Senior Combo Rosmini College
12:00 PM Avcol Blue Note Combo Avondale College
12:30 PM Newport Combo Rangitoto College
Lunch
02:00 PM 52nd Street Combo Avondale College
02:30 PM Rangitoto College Big Band Rangitoto College
03:00 PM Stockholm Combo Rangitoto College
03:30 PM Henderson high School Combo Henderson High School
04:00 PM North Sea Combo Rangitoto College

The Jasmine restaurant will be open for meals and snacks

ENTRY FREE
 

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MARIA O’FLAHERTY & BEN FERNANDEZ QUARTET
Jul
24
7:30 PM19:30

MARIA O’FLAHERTY & BEN FERNANDEZ QUARTET

A talented band of Auckland based musicians with their own unique style and vibrant
performances. Their repertoire stretches from lively renditions of Jazz standards, Latin andfolk influences, French Chanson and funky grooves. A great line up of some of N.Z. best
jazz musicians.!

 


Maria O'Flaherty - vocals
Ben Fernandez - keys
Nick Jones - violin
Russell McNaugton - bass
Ron Samson - drums

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

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Merv Thomas Birthday Bash
Jul
17
7:30 PM19:30

Merv Thomas Birthday Bash

Well known trombonist and band leader Merv Thomas will celebrate his birthday in style
merv has put together a huge show inviting many of the musicians and singers with whom he has colaborated over the years
Merv Thomas Trombone
with Mike Walker, Bruce King, Pete McGregor, John Wilcox, Roger Manins, Hadyn Godfrey, Michael Howell,, Neville Grenfell, and Bernie Allen
plus special guests: Suzanne Lynch, Larry Morris,Jane Horder, Adrian Keeling
A night to remember

Merv Thomas Bio
Born 13 July 1931 in Timaru
Started on Flugel Horn aged 5 under fathers tuition
Aged 10 family moved to Wanganui
Changed to trombone aged 13
Teenage years in Brass bands moving on to local  dance bands at 20
Moved to Auckland aged 24 in 1955 to play in local dance halls and in the Radio Band series.
Three Christmas seasons at Mt. Maunganui with an Auckland band followed by 3 further seasons with own Dixieland Band
Joined Frank Gibson Snr in  Aucklands first RockNRoll band at the Jive Centre
Moved to the Crystal Palace in 1960 leading the Merv Thomas Dixielanders for a 4 ½ year engagement
2 years at Trillos Westhaven
Merv Thomas Octet residency at the Peter Pan
4 years leading the band at Harro’s Hofbrahouse
Long time member of the Bridge City Jazz Men
12 years with Pete McGregor’s “Prima Swing Riot”
Multiple tours with overseas artists like, Shirley Bassey, Harry Seccombe, Bruce Forsyth, Basil Brush, Miss NZ Show, Cilla Black, Renee Geyer, Rolf Harris, John Rowles  etc
15 years Musical Director; Queen City Big Band
12 years Musical Director; 1932 Jazz Orchestra
Resident trombone; Auckland Neophonic Orchestra

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

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In The Mix
Jul
10
7:30 PM19:30

In The Mix

Is Alex Griffith on Bass guitar,Hayden Wharewaka on Drums, Paul Voight on Guitar and Vocals and Ernie Semu on Piano and Vocals.

Essentially some of the most well used and known musicians in

Auckland ,indeed New Zealand.To go through their collective artist List of who they’ve played with and for,is vast and long ,and says that they are all valued highly in the Music industry.

All have played diversified music genre;s and maintain competency in most styles of Music stretching from the Jazz,RnB,Rock,Latin,Reggae and Pop.

They come together to play and enjoy a selection of music for all tastes ,we hope you’ll all come and enjoy our Performance

Door Charge:

Members and Students with ID $5.00
Non Members $15.00

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Allana Goldsmith
Jul
3
7:30 PM19:30

Allana Goldsmith

Allana Goldsmith Bio:

She is a mother of two and a self-managed, well-established vocalist round the Auckland scene (14yrs). Allana has several residencies in different genre bands (soul/post modern jukebox) and noted performance in jazz at the renowned the CJC (Creative Jazz Club, 2013), She also featured as a headline act at the 2017 Waiheke International Jazz Fest.

 

“In many ways she is reminiscent of the great singers of the past. What is not redolent of past singers, however, is her preparedness to tackle adventurous modern projects." - Gig review, Creative Jazz Club 2013.

 

Allana is no stranger to the Club, and is always happy to present a concert of bi-lingual original music and new interpretations of jazz standards. In 2016 she completed her Bachelor’s degree in Jazz Music –Vocal from NZSM; and is currently undertaking her Honours degree with the University of Auckland.

Door Charge:

Members and students with ID $5.00
Non Members $15.00

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Jari Perkiömäki
Jun
26
7:30 PM19:30

Jari Perkiömäki

Jari Perkiömäki saxophonist, educator

 

A Master and Doctoral Graduate from the Sibelius Academy of The Uniarts (University of the Arts) Helsinki.

 

Jari started his performing career in Finland in late seventies playing with big bands and leading his own small groups. He recorded his first album as a leader in 1984. In 1991 he was one of the semifinalists at the Thelonius Monk Saxophone Competition in USA.

Perkiomaki's performing career covers all continents with such names as Mike Nock, Anders Jormin, Tim Hagans, Randy Brecker, Phil Markowitz, Reggie Workman, Andrew Cyrille, James Moody, Jonathan Kreisberg and Don Preston. Having recorded mainly on alto sax as his main instrument, 2016 Jari released the album Organic Baritone Quartet, playing the baritone sax with Hammond Organ trio.

 

Since 2012 Perkiömäki is the chairman of of the IASJ, The International Association of Schools of Jazz, with artistic director David Liebman. Currently Jari works as the Rector of the Uniarts Helsinki with over 2000 students in Music, Theatre, Dance and Fine Arts.
 

Jari Perkiomaki sax

Dixon Nacey  Guitar

Alan Brown organ

Ron Samsom drums



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

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The Piano Women
Jun
19
7:30 PM19:30

The Piano Women

Featuring Julie Mason, Caitlin Smith, Linn Lorkin and Jane Horder
 
The chick singers’ revenge!   An ability to play the piano gives a female singer a rare advantage in a world where many a male pianist would rather be just getting down with his band-mates than having to accompany some chick singer. Here, second time around, is the concert we call "Piano Women"  featuring four fine examples of women’s independence. There were three women last time so it's growing in leaps and bounds. And the males are down to one, redoubtable bassist Aaron Coddel, who will no doubt hold his own. 
 
  JULIE MASON  
 
One of NZ's foremost women in jazz, Julie has performed all over the globe, including Paris, London, Berlin, The USA, Australia and the South Pacific. She has been a finalist in the Jazz Album of the Year Awards, and recently released her 6th album "Layers of Disguise". She has also sung and played in concert with The Auckland Philharmonia, and The Julie Mason Quintet was the featured group for Bill Clinton (as President USA) and the APEC World Leaders Dinner.
 
CAITLIN SMITH
 One of New Zealand's most accomplished singers, Caitlin always shines with her outstanding versions of jazz standards and her ability to appropriate songs from other genres and turn them into earthy jazz vehicles. But in this concert Caitlin will be performing a special program of originals at the piano in "story-singer" or "song-poet" mode, deriving inspiration from the songwriters she calls her spiritual parents, Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen. Seated at the piano, this is Caitlin in an intimate setting, her exuberant style, poetic lyrics and amazing vocal abilities firmly anchored in her own accompaniment.
 
 
LINN LORKIN
 
Singer-songwriter Linn Lorkin played piano in funk bands on the Auckland club scene in the 70s and went on to play at Ronnie Scott’s jazz club in London in 1976.   Her performing and creative life found fulfilment in her subsequent eight years in New York where she played in piano bars and began writing her own songs. She has been very active in various cabaret-ish combos in NZ and her solo jazz musical  “Hey, Piano Bar Lady!” won Best Cabaret in New York’s United Solo Festival in 2013 and was featured at Auckland Writers Festival 2018.
 
                                          
JANE HORDER
 
Consummate singer and performer Jane Horden sings in Auckland swing band ‘Prima Swing Riot’ and has performed in numerous musical both in NZ and Australia including Miss Saigon, Jesus Christ Superstar and Sweeney Todd.  She won a NAPTA award for best Female Actor in a musical for her performance in Nunsense in 2088. During the day Jane is the Director of Vocal Studies at Takapuna Grammar School conducting four choirs, a jazz vocal group and teaching musical theatre and singing.
 
With Aaron Coddel on bass

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

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Queen City Big Band
Jun
12
7:30 PM19:30

Queen City Big Band

Queen City Big Band is back, proud to present a fresh program for the Jazz & Blues Club for 2018. The performance will present the Big Band playing a selection of some of Sammy Nestico’s finest arrangements. Sammy has been arranging and composing since 1941 and is still active today at the age of 92. Famous for his stunning arrangements for the Count Basie Band, Frank Sinatra, Sara Vaughan and many others. As orchestrator, he has worked on nearly seventy television programs, including Mission: Impossible, Mannix, Charlie's Angels, and The Mod Squad.
 
Queen City will also be featuring a newly formed vocal group, 5 up and coming young vocalists singing in the style of the New York Voices and Manhattan Transfer. The group are calling themselves “Fresh Air”, this will be their first public performance – not to be missed.
 
Backing this program up will be Helen Clague-Healey and Andrew Curtis, Queen City Big Band’s fantastic and dedicated vocalists with a selection of their favourites for your enjoyment. 
 
Fun and variety from the Queen City Big Band, we love the support the Auckland Jazz & Blues Club provides the band – see you there! 
 

Door Charge:

Members and students with ID $5.00
Non Members $15.00

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Geoff Hughes Trio
Jun
5
7:30 PM19:30

Geoff Hughes Trio

Originally from Wellington, New Zealand, Geoff Hughes is one of Austlia’s leading jazz guitarists. His practical knowledge of harmony and time is rare and much sought after – honing his craft whilst living and working throughout Europe in the 1980’s. During this time Geoff’s gigs included The North Holland Philharmonic,and supporting jazz greats Michael Brecker, Dave Liebman, andHerb Ellis.
Since moving to Australia he’s recorded a CD “The Drop” with Allan Browne, and brought his unique sound to the bands of Joe Chindamo and Christine Sullivan. He often plays sessions with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, and touring shows such as The Main Event. Geoff is a core member of teaching staff at the Victorian College of the Arts, and in 2007 he completed his Masters in Music Performance at The University of Melbourne.

Originally from Wellington, New Zealand, Geoff Hughes is one of Australia’s leading jazz guitarists and educators. Working in Europe through the 80’s,  gigs included The North Holland Philharmonic,and supporting jazz greats Michael Brecker, Dave Liebman, and Herb Ellis.  Since moving to Melbourne Australia in the mid 90’s, Geoff has gained the reputation as one of the most accomplished and knowledgeable musicians in the country, regularly performing with many small groups as well as the Australian Art Ensemble and Monash Art Ensemble.  Geoff is a core member of teaching staff at the Victorian College of the Arts, and in 2007 he completed his Masters in Music Performance at The University of Melbourne.

The Geoff Hughes trio have had a longstanding relationship as the backing band for vocalist for Michelle Nicolle and throughout this time have developed a unique approach to the art of performing jazz standards.  A contemporary and swinging guitar trio, steeped in the tradition but always looking forward and to the now.

Geoff Hughes Trio
Geoff Hughes   guitar
Tom Lee          bass
Ronny Ferella   drums

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

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Club Manouche with Linn Lorkin
May
22
7:30 PM19:30

Club Manouche with Linn Lorkin

Club Manouche with Linn Lorkin

 A Django Reinhardt inspired gypsy swing jazz quartet –

James Sneyd (the Grappelli of the South Pacific) - violin
Hershal Herscher - piano/squeeze-box
Sunderland’s finest, Steve Sherry - rhythm guitar
Aaron Coddel - upright bass.
Vocals - Linn Lorkin

Although vocalists were only rarely featured with the "Quintette du Hot Club de France", the legendary group founded by Django Reinhard ( a genuine Romany gypsy) and Stéphane Grappelli in 1930's Paris, Linn Lorkin adds an authentic touch, singing as she does fluently in French.  There will even be some Piaf numbers re-arranged into the gypsy swing style.
 

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

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The University of Auckland Big Band
May
15
7:30 PM19:30

The 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 fusion with a host of musical features from the saxophones, trombones, trumpets, rhythm section and guest vocalists. This will be a fabulous program and a dynamic night of music, not to be missed!

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

 

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Gapara Project
May
8
7:30 PM19:30

Gapara Project

Thabani Gapara

Zimbabwean born and raised  Thabani Gapara is an Auckland based saxophonist who has been performing in and round New Zealand for the last 6 years. A recent graduate of the New Zealand School of Music (B Mus Jazz), Thabani has had the pleasure to play as a member in several musical projects in Zimbabwe, South Africa and now New Zealand.His passion for collaboration has seen him work with a plethora of NZ artists including: Batucada Sound Machine, Hipstamatics, Vince Harder, Stan Walker, House of Shem, Three Houses Down and Katchafire to mention but a few.

In the “The Gapara Project” Thabani steps out as band leader presenting original material and and a mix of some arrangements that he and the group have arranged.

Personel

Thabani Gapara - Saxophones

Issac Etimani - Bass

Peter Leupolu - Keyboards and Piano

Nathan James - Guitar

Elijah White - Drums

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

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Hauraki Hot Seven
May
1
7:30 PM19:30

Hauraki Hot Seven

The Hauraki Hot Seven is the Hauraki Hot Six plus one.
The HHSix was formed to play what became probably the shortest lived residency in Auckland jazz history.An agreement with the management of an Eastern suburbs restaurant / bar, for what would be a once a month residency for one year ,resulted in two gigs before the establishment folded last year!
The HHSix has become the seven for this appearance at the Auck Jazz n Blues club,with the addition of Ron Coleman on piano.
The aim of the band is to play Dixieland jazz for their own enjoyment and that of their audience - plain and simple.
All the band members are well known on the Auckland scene.
They are - 
The Hauraki Hot Seven
Lindsay Meech - cornet/ vocals ( co - leader)
Brian Kelly - trombone ( co- leader )
Chris Nielson - soprano and tenor saxophones
Ron Coleman - piano
Glyn Frewin - bass
Phillip Beatson - guitar
Owen Kneebone - drums
 

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

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Zoe and Keys
Apr
24
7:30 PM19:30

Zoe and Keys

Zoe & Keys - fresh and alluring takes on jazz standards, and classics from Bill Withers, Stevie Wonder and Steely Dan from Paris based singer / keyboardist / composer Zoe and keyboardist / arranger Sylvain.

Zoe Dadson : vocals / piano
Sylvain Brousse : keyboards / organ
Adam Tobeck : drums

 Zoe and Sylvain are both accomplished jazz / improv performers; Zoe, voice and piano, (ex Bill Evans Academy and a grad from Paris Conservatoire in piano); Sylvain, an experienced jazz keyboard performer and arranger (a grad from Paris University and Cachan Conservatory, and a jazz piano teacher at Bill Evans Academy in Paris.

While in NZ they have been performing a selection of their favourite jazz , pop and soul tunes, as well as original songs from their newly released Open Top CD, Take it Slow.

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The Flaming Mudcats
Apr
17
7:30 PM19:30

The Flaming Mudcats

The Flaming Mudcats are a rip snortin’, fire breathin’ blues outfit that puts heart and soul into every note they play.
Often gritty, sometimes raw, they hold nothing back and play the blues like they had no choice in the matter.
Fronted by Craig Bracken one of the country’s most accomplished harmonica players, Doug Bygrave provides the six-string raucousness, while Sean McCarthy and Ian Thomson provide the band with its hard working rhythm section.
The pieces don’t just fit together seamlessly, they belong together.
They have recently returned from a whirlwind visit to the USA where they opened the inaugural Field of Blues Festival in Chicago Illinois and played on the B.L.U.E.S Chicago and Kingston Mines club stages on the famous Halsted Street.
Equally at home on large festival stages or in the intimate setting of a club it’s plain to see right away that these guys love the music they make together.
The Mudcats are never too loud or too showy, and pay attention to detail while they pull off the tricky task of playing tribute to their heroes without slavishly ripping them off as they confidently move through different components of the blues — shuffles, soul, funk, four on the floor rock and roll and low down blues.
Anyone who argues that good blues is getting hard to find has never heard of this band… chances are you couldn’t find a tighter good time band.
The Flaming Mudcats mission is to put a smile on your face and then kick you in the ass, musically speaking.
They succeed.
Audiences have bruises to prove it!
Everyone can identify with the Mudcat’s brand of blues; it’s just that not everyone knows it.

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Twistin the Swing
Apr
10
7:30 PM19:30

Twistin the Swing

Hello, World!

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. They gig every second Sunday afternoon at The Occidental on Vulcan Lane (come along and have a Belgian beer and a dance!)

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Stephen Morton-Jones and Young Um
Mar
27
7:30 PM19:30

Stephen Morton-Jones and Young Um

Long time collaborators Stephen Morton-Jones (saxes) and Young Um (Piano) continue their unique musical exploration, jazzing up some of your favourite tunes from popular music and the classical repertoire. Joining them for this special night of music are the supremely talented Cameron McArthur (bass) and Jono Sawyer (drums). 

 

Stephen has been a staple of the Auckland Jazz scene since his return to NZ in 2000 after spending a few years performing and studying music in Europe and the USA. As an alto and soprano saxophone specialist he has performed and recorded regularly with many of Auckland's stalwarts such as Frank Gibson, Murray McNabb, Phil Broadhurst,Young Um, Mike Walker, and most recently the Julie Mason Group. Stephen has performed at many national festivals including being part of headline acts several times at the annual Tauranga Jazz and Blues Festival. 

 

Young Um is an outstanding female Korean pianist who has built a considerable following on the Auckland jazz scene.

She Studied at Yon-Sei University (Bachelor in classical composition), Seoul, Korea and Massey Uni Bachelor in Jazz piano). After gaining a classical composition degree she worked as a music composer for MBC and EBS Korean broadcasting company as a music composer.

Since she moved to NZ her various groups have performed for Pump House winter jazz festival, Music in Parks and many jazz venues accompanied by leading musicians such as Alberto Santareli, Barry Young, Stephen Morton Jones and Susan de jong. In 2011 she launched her album “Distance” which includes her originals with Oliver Holland, Jason Orme .

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Jenny B and the Prohibition Jazz Experience Band
Mar
20
7:30 PM19:30

Jenny B and the Prohibition Jazz Experience Band

Jenny B  is Back!
Jenny B is back in New Zealand bringing her twenty five years of experience singing in Italy, France, New York and various points around the globe, including Auckland Jazz and Blues Club audiences. In 2013 she won the Award ‘Coltellino s’Oro’, the highest award that the Consortium of Parmigiano Reggiano offer to personalities from the world of art, culture, business, sports and entertainment. Jenny has also done many television appearances in Italy, as well as studio work, and in 2000 won the best female vocalist award and the press and critics award at the San Remo festival, the award was presented by Luciano Pavorotti. This is a singer, with several hits to her name, with that special something which delights audiences everywhere she performs.
The Prohibition Jazz Experience Band is a ten-piece little big band which presents jazz standards, latin jazz and popular standards. During February 2018 they performed at the Q Theatre, accompanying Paul Ross,  and Cornwall Park, accompanying Marjan.  The musicians are: Lukas Fritsch, Markus Fritsch, James Langabeer – saxes; Grant Langdon and Richard Breed tpts; Mike Young – tbn; Ben Fernandez – pno/kybd; Nathan Collings- gtr; Stu Johnstone bass; and Trevor Thwaites drums.
 

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Oli Holland’s Jazz Attack!
Mar
13
7:30 PM19:30

Oli Holland’s Jazz Attack!

Oli Holland’s Jazz Attack!
 
German bassist and composer Olivier Holland once again calls the crème de la crème of young Jedi masters (no, not Padwuan learners, masters!) to hit Auckland with a short tour of this powerful and skilled band. 
On the menu this time are brand new compositions, a debut performance of works that Oli is going to record with jazz giants Geoffrey Keezer and Terreon Gully in Germany around April this year. And you will be the first to hear them! And you will be in tears if you miss this! The menu will be enriched and contrasted by some skillfully arranged standards.
 
Olivier Holland: Bass
Misha Kourkov: tenor
Nick Dow: Piano
Daniel Waterson: drums
Michael Howell: guitar
Finn Scholes: trumpet
Special guest: Roger Manins on tenor!
 
 
Oli’s bio:
Bassist Olivier Holland has performed at major festivals and venues in Europe and Australasia, with artists such as Joscho Stephan, Danny Weiss, Djamel Laroussi, Nathan Haines, Whirimako Black, Stefon Harris, John Goldsby, Doug Lawrence, Jamey Oehlers, James Muller and Florian Ross. 2017 also saw him perform and present at the ISB (International Society of Bassists) world convention in New York. He has to date contributed to 22 CD releases, 3 of which are his own projects. Olivier is lecturer for double bass at the University of Auckland and holds a doctorate in jazz bass. 

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The Swingin' Steam Engine
Mar
6
7:30 PM19:30

The Swingin' Steam Engine

The Swingin’ Steam engine is a very typical New Zealand jazz group with a mixture of muso’s with day jobs and some who are busy with “other music” careers. What brings them together is a desire to explore a collective interest – a cohesion of spirit - that can only be experienced in the joy and freedom of jazz!

 

Ross Devereux on Alto convened the band two years ago with a selection of hard bop material. A graduate of the Christchurch Jazz School, Ross has largely been involved in music education since graduating in 2001. He has performed with The Garden City Big Band, Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, Stan Walker, and various trios/quartets over the years. Now, as school

principal, Ross finds time around his busy schedule for music and the Saxophone.

 

Trumpeter Mike Booth may be a familiar face to the Jazz and Blues club having performed with a variety of groups over the last few years. After 20 years in the Netherlands Mike now teaches at Auckland Uni, has co-founded the Auckland Jazz Orchestra, and performs with a wide variety of musicians including Phil Broadhurst, Nathan Haines, and Rodger Fox. Mike also currently plays with the Walters/Booth project, and the Superhero Second Line Band.

 

Joel Griffin - Usually heard on Alto or Bass, but you’ll see him on Tenor this time.

Joel has a full time job in the IT industry but finds time to pursue music after hours. He studied at the New Zealand School of Music and plays with various ensembles including the Auckland Jazz Orchestra and cover band One Night Stand.

Mark Baynes (Doctor of Musical Arts) is an accomplished pianist and composer in a wide variety of genres outside of Jazz with a diverse range of performers such as King Kapisi, Che-Fu Don McGlashin and the Topp Twins! He is currently a senior lecturer at Mainz. His jazz credentials follow on from a first class honors degree in Jazz Performance.

 

Drummer Andrew Keegan is involved in many different musical projects ranging in styles from jazz to avant guard to electronica and pop. Andrew hails from Sydney originally graduating from the Sydney conservatory of music studying under some of Australia’s best jazz educators and players. Now based in Auckland Andrew works with many of New Zealand’s best musicians and producers both live and in the studio.

 

On Bass Wil Goodinson is fast establishing himself as one of the best in town.

He has recently completed his Bachelor of Music, majoring in Jazz Performance. He has performed at various jazz festivals around New Zealand and is often gigging throughout Auckland playing various styles of music.

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BIENVENUE PHIL & JULIE!
Feb
27
7:30 PM19:30

BIENVENUE PHIL & JULIE!

The Club is delighted to welcome back two of NZ's finest jazz musicians- PHIL BROADHURST & JULIE MASON, after their year's sabbatical based in Paris. They have many adventures to report- both musical and travel-wise, and have spent a year feasting on the finest of American & European Jazz Musicians at all the top jazz clubs in Paris, along with some great festivals. Their performances have taken them from Ronnie Scott's (London) to The Bb Bar (Berlin) and from Paris to the South of France, and their listening from American Jazz Greats such as Eliane Elias, Pat Metheny and Dianne Reeves, to European Jazz Greats such as Enrico Pieranunzi and Jan Garbarek.

Julie & Phil return with renewed enthusiasm and vigour, and both have exciting projects lined up for 2018! In the meantime, they will be bringing you an appetising mix of tunes from the GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK- so be prepared for some favourite Gershwin, Jerome Kern, Cole Porter and many other songs by top American composers, with the following line-up:

PHIL BROADHURST: piano
JULIE MASON: piano/vocals
ALBERTO SANTARELLI: bass
FRANK GIBSON: drums
......and special guests:
MIKE BOOTH, CRAIG WALTERS, ROGER MANINS, BRIAN SMITH & LINN LORKIN.
COME AND CELEBRATE THE NEW YEAR WITH THIS GREAT BAND OF JAZZ MUSICIANS!

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Steve Barry
Feb
20
7:30 PM19:30

Steve Barry

Based in Sydney since 2009, pianist Steve Barry grew up in Auckland and spent much of his teens playing with local luminaries such as Roger Manins and the Queen City Big Band.
Steve now maintains a busy schedule composing, teaching and performing across Australia, New Zealand and, more recently, Japan and East Asia. He recently completed his PhD in composition at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, focussing on the uses of pitch class sets and intervallicism as tools for composition and solo and collective improvisation. Steve is the co-founder of Orbiturtle, a not-for-profit arts organisation that aims to foster a growing community of musicians and artists by curating new collaborations between artists from across the Asia-Pacific region and establishing a medium for the intersection of eastern and western art and philosophy. In January last year, Steve spent two weeks in Japan collaborating with renowned koto player and improviser Michiyo Yagi.
Steve is the recipient of numbers 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.
Joined by a stellar local rhythm section, tonight's show sees Steve return to his roots in jazz standards and the classic music of the Great American Songbook, alongside selection of compositions from his latest quartet recording and a product of his doctoral studies, Blueprints & Vignettes.

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Nanny Assis
Feb
13
7:30 PM19:30

Nanny Assis

Nanny Assis is a Brazilian, New York based vocalist, instrumentalist and songwriter. Nanny has just won best male vocalist for the Brazilian Press Music Awards 2017 and nominated for best show in New York also instrumentalist. He will perform songs from his Double Rainbow album, with standards also. Nanny is an outstanding vocalist drummer/percussionist and a talented songwriter who has touched hearts and souls through his music. Anybody that sees Nanny perform immediately feels his rhythms and notes often snatching audiences away, other times energising them enough to stand up and dance and sweat until you cant sweat no more to use Bob Marley's lyrics. Nanny Assis is quite simply a gifted artist. 

Nanny has been collaborating with vocalist Maggie Gould in New York and Maggie has her inspiration from Ella Fitzgerald, Astrud Gilberto, Ivan Lins, Chet Baker and Elaine Elias. Her music is described as soft, sultry, vocals with space, her performances have taken her to festivals Tauranga Jazz, Samoa, Monterey, Rome, Venice to Lon

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