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

Queen City Big Band Christmas Special
Dec
19
7:30 PM19:30

Queen City Big Band Christmas Special

The Auckland Jazz and Blues Club traditional final night of the year features the mighty Queen City Big Band performing lots of Christmas tunes in their own special big band jazz style

This will be a big night get there early

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

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Big Ticket
Jan
23
7:30 PM19:30

Big Ticket

Big Ticket is a band which specialises in taking modern pop songs and playing them with a vintage twist. Our repertoire includes songs by popular music greats such as Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder and The Rolling Stones and also more current pop sensations like Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift. All songs are played in a variety of vintage styles which includes Swing and MoTown.

We also play a collection of standards by the likes of Nat King Cole, Elvis and Ray Charles.

Featuring:
Allana Goldsmith, Hannah McGrail and Lilo Asiata - Vocals
Asher Truppman-Latie - Saxophone
Paul Norman - Trumpet/Trombone
Sam Swindells - Guitar
Loris Zigon - Piano
Wil Goodinson - Double Bass
Tristan Deck - Drums

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

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Brian Smith Quintet
Jan
30
7:30 PM19:30

Brian Smith Quintet

The Brian Smith Quintet.

This will be a wonderful night for jazz lovers. Look forward to a smooth sophisticated evening of music from some Kiwi icons you all know and love. 

Brian Smith - Sax, Bruce Lynch - bass, Frank Gibson -Drums, Chris Nielson - Trumpet etc. Dean Kerr -Guitar. 

All have had illustrious careers in music both here and overseas. All have played with some of the best known music artists in New Zealand and internationally. The lists of accomplishments is far too long to list here. 
Make sure you don’t miss this night. 

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

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DOG
Dec
12
7:30 PM19:30

DOG

DOG, featuring Kevin Field, Roger Manins, Ron Samsom and Olivier Holland are some of NZ's most highly regarded Jazz musicians and their self-titled album DOG won the award for the Tui 2015 New Zealand Jazz album of the year. For this performance they will be playing some of their latest compositions!. Expect a lot of fun and energy, and support this great band at the Auckland Jazz and Blues Club
 Kevin Field - piano. Ollie Holland - bass.  Ron Samsom - drums Roger  Manins  Tenor sax

 

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

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Award Winning College Jazz Bands
Dec
5
7:30 PM19:30

Award Winning College Jazz Bands

Tonights entertainment features the top bands from The Auckland Scholl Jazz band Competitions held earlier this year

Lynfield College Big Band 2017

The LC Big Band is directed by Paul Norman and has members from Year 9 through to Year 13.  In August this year they were awarded Best Big Band at the Auckland Schools Jazz Band Competition.  This was their fourth win since the competition began in 2013.  At the KBB Music Festival they were placed in the top 4 Big Bands to qualify for the Gala Showcase where they were presented with a Gold Award and two new awards:  Best Performance of a Ballad and Best Performance of a Swing Chart.  Three of the the Year 13 members intend to study Jazz at Auckland University next year.

The St Peter's Jazz band is an ensemble dedicated to providing young learners with a broad and diverse experience of performing music. They are committed to exploring repertoire from across the jazz spectrum, ranging from the the beginning of the big band era, right up to today. Today's program will feature selections from artists such as Duke Ellington, Nina Simone, Count Basie, and Harry Connick Jr. The St Peter's Jazz band is led by Ben Sinclair and tonight's featured vocalists are Max Hackshaw, and Netta Solomon-Brown (Baradene College). 

 

Rangitoto College Big Band (directors: Markus Fritsch & Nathan Collings)

The Rangitoto College Big Band is the auditioned Senior Jazz ensemble of our school. Students aged 14-18 are committed to rehearsals, sectionals and instrumental tuition – and most of them are living the Jazz life style! In 2017 we have been fortunate enough to take part in the Pacific Basin Music Festival in Hawaii in April.  In June we took part of the Wellington Jazz Festival, where we saw Dave Weckl amongst others as well as receiving awards for best Big Band, best Jazz Combo, best trumpet, best drums, best bass player and best overall musician of the festival. In August the band enjoyed their part in the Auckland Jazz & Blues Club Competition this year and the KBB Music festival, where they won respective Gold Awards, placing them firmly in the top Jazz bands in Auckland. We are extremely honored that the Auckland Jazz  & Blues Club is inviting us to perform on a regular club night and are excited to perform there again! And we have some special guests as a surprise up our sleeve…    

Personnel: Drums: Tom Lawton; Bass: Sally Han; Guitar: Donovan Rae; Piano: Emily Wong; Trumpets: Bella Thomas, Tim Kwon, Miles Timmis, Noah Ferguson-Dudding, Giona Basso; Trombones: Luca Basso; Suzie Xu; Chuan Li, Daniel Xu, Tim Prosee; Saxes: Marco Vas, Daniel Gailer, Krishna Suresh, Charlie Harmer, Georgie Trivanovich. 

 

The Auckland Secondary Schools Big Band was created in October this year.  Directed by Paul Norman, it is comprised of 24 of the most talented young jazz musicians from 10 different schools across Auckland.  The purpose of the band is to extend the students by providing them with the opportunity to play professional level charts and further develop collaboration across schools.

 



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Members and Students with ID $5.00
Non Members $15.00

 

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Ben Wilcox and the Jelly Rolls
Nov
28
7:30 PM19:30

Ben Wilcox and the Jelly Rolls

BEN WILCOCK & THE JELLY ROLLS release 

‘THE PHANTOM CANOE’ 

In January 2017 pianist Ben Wilcock set about composing an album of instrumental jazz
inspired by Te Arawa legends of the Rotorua region. 

"I thought why not write about where I live, like the saying, 'write about what you know’. I
wanted to write about the area of Rotorua and the lakes." 

The result is the Jelly Rolls’ third album ‘The Phantom Canoe’, which features nine
interpretations of four different beloved narratives. 

‘Kataore' (the taniwha dragon) is a passionate tango and opens the album. 

The well known love story of ‘Hinemoa and Tutanekai' is interpreted in three variations, one
including a cameo bass saxophone appearance by Dan Yeabsley. 

‘Man and his Dog’ tells the tale of Ihenga’s discovery of Lake Rotoiti, along with his dog - 
‘Potakatawhiti’. 

The album concludes with The Phantom Canoe suite, which includes a chilling portrayal of
the famous sighting of a ghost ship on Lake Tarawera, days before the 1886 eruption. 
Swamp Thing and Jonathan Buttler Trio percussionist Michael Barker features on the
vibraphone. 

‘The Phantom Canoe’ was released at a sell out show as part of The Wellington Jazz
Festival on June 10, the anniversary of the Mt Tarawera eruption. A Rotorua release concert
is in the planning. 

The album can be found at www.thickrecords.co.nz as a download, and is available on
Thick Records’ (NZ) USB card series, packaged with high quality audio, a 12 min
documentary and ‘moving liner notes’ designed by award winning artist Riley Claxton. 

Available now at: www.thickrecords.co.nz / www.benwilcock.com
MEDIA RELEASE JUNE 2017 

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Lauren Nottingham and Mark Donion
Nov
21
7:30 PM19:30

Lauren Nottingham and Mark Donion

Lauren Nottingham Bio:
Lauren Nottingham is a vocalist from New Plymouth whose serious interest in Jazz began in 2011 after she won the award for Most Outstanding Vocalist at the inaugural New Zealand School of Music (NZSM) Jazz Festival.  This led her to study Jazz Performance at NZSM from 2012 – 2014 where she established a profile as a promising young musician. Alongside her love for jazz is her love for choral singing. Lauren was a member of the 2014–2016 New Zealand Youth Choir, who went on a European Landmark Tour last July, and won the Grand Prix in the 2016 IFAS in Pardubice Czech Republic and also all four categories it competed in. Other recent projects include featuring alongside Jamie Oehlers in UK pianist & composer Mark Donlon’s latest album release ‘Shadowbird’, and releasing an album as the lead singer of Multiplayer - a band showcasing the original works of Californian Jazz pianist & songwriter Matt Sagen. After spending the past year living in Berlin, Lauren is back home continuing to develop her own musical collaborations.

 

Mark Donlon Bio: 
Mark Donlon is a renowned British pianist, composer and educator currently based in New Zealand. He is an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music (ARAM). Recent and upcoming album releases include ‘Southern Shift’, which is an album of improvised solo piano pieces and ‘Between Moons’ - a duo album with New-York based, Grammy Award winning trumpeter Alex Sipiagin. 2017 will see the release of ’Tales From The Diaspora’ - a quintet album recorded in New York and featuring Seamus Blake, Alex Sipiagin, Boris Kozlov, Mark Donlon on piano and Donald Edwards on drums. 2016 saw the release of the debut album ‘Shadowbird’ by his Australasian group which features Australian saxophonist Jamie Oehlers.
He has performed with artists such as George Coleman, The Machito Orchestra, Maceo Parker, Dave Valentin, Dave Liebman and Kenny Wheeler to mention but a few. He moved to New Zealand in 2013 to take up the post of Head of Jazz at the New Zealand School of Music, where he teaches Jazz improvisation and Jazz piano along with being a busy performer.

 

Quotes from reviews in the UK national press:

‘a fabulously gifted pianist’ (Manchester Evening News - Alan Brownlee)

‘brilliant, focussed playing’ (The Times – Alyn Shipton)

‘Streaming up-tempo freedom, at times suggestive of the implacable precision of early Paul Bley . . . Donlon’s take on ‘My Foolish Heart’ and ‘Recorda Me’ was a revelation (The Guardian – John Fordham)’

 

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Hetty Kate
Nov
14
7:30 PM19:30

Hetty Kate

Pure of tone and sweet sounding, jazz vocalist Hetty Kate was born in England and moved to Melbourne as a youngteenager. With nine diverse albums under her belt in the last decade, and a regular international touring schedule, Hetty has built a reputation for being ‘truly one of the best swing-style singers on the current scene’ (Will Friedwald, jazz critic andauthor). She approaches each song and performance with a natural musicality, and is often lauded for the clarity in her voice. Hetty spent three years touring with James Morrison and was the featured vocalist in his award-winning symphonic concert‘The A to Z of Jazz’ which toured NZ in 2015. She is a regular at jazz and swing festivals around Europe, Australia and New Zealand, and her career highlights range from singing at the Sydney Opera House to touring Victoria with the Melbourne Recital Centre’s Share The Music Program. Hetty is now based in Paris, France.

“a stage presence only matched by the clarity of her voice” James Morrison AM (AU)

Outstanding guitarist James Sherlock was born in Christchurch, before moving to Brisbane as a young teenager. Known for his ability to convey a lyrical and luscious timbre on his instrument, James has an ongoing duo project with celebratedBrisbane vocalist Kristin Berardi, and has worked with a variety of Australia’s finest; as well as many visiting artists such as Leroy Jones, Sheila Jordan, Cyrille Aimee, Jon Riley and Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts. He was awarded the Ike Isaacs International Jazz Guitar Award and as a bandleader has released six albums as well as appearing on many more for other artists. Close tohome, James has a weekly residency with Melbourne bebop sextet Bopstretch, and is currently completing an new album, to be released late 2017.

“Sherlock is a wonderful guitarist, and a craftsman of songs possessing beauty and depth.”
Ian Patterson : All About Jazz Magazine (USA)

Door Charge:
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Suzanne Lynch with the Mike Walker Trio
Nov
7
7:30 PM19:30

Suzanne Lynch with the Mike Walker Trio

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 .. 

Suzanne will be backed by the Mike Walker Trio

Door Charge:
Members and Students with ID $5.00
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Voxnova
Oct
31
7:30 PM19:30

Voxnova

Voxnova is enjoying its 20th year of existence, performing a mixture of Latin, Manouche offerings focussing more recently on a progressive form of these genres as well as originals penned by Violinist James and Guitarist Doug Robertson.
Members in order of appearance: 
Alan MacDonald (founder/percussionist), Fine Art Grad.
Alberto Santarelli  (double bass) Ex APO, well established figure in the jazz scene.
James Sneyd (violin) Maths Professor by day, seasoned and energetic performer of many years and genres, at night.
Doug Robertson (guitarist)  Bachelor Music graduate, highly imaginative improvisationist, composer.
  
We currently enjoy a regular Monday residency at the very chic, literally underground Caretaker Cocktail Bar in the Britomart district.

Door Charge:

Members and Students with ID $5.00
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Oct
24
7:30 PM19:30

John Lee Calder

John Leigh Calder is a singer/song writer, musician (upright and electric bass and guitar) with a unique style – he started playing music in NZ early 1960’s. His vocal style echoes the feel of Ray Charles, Chet Baker and Aretha Franklin.

    John moved to the UK in the 70’s where he performed and featured with top UK musicians such as John Critchinson (Ronnie Scott’s pianist) and Colin Wood (Acker Bilk’s pianist). The John Leigh Calder Band was conceived in1993 since he has been back in Sydney. They are a group of talented Sydney musicians playing their own music which incorporates jazz and blues and early soul with a distinctive feel and entertaining delivery full of animated groove and understated intensity. The sound moves anywhere from a fluid jazz blues style to a cool lounge vibe.

The line up for our gig is John Leigh Calder Double Bass;
 Matt Watson - Piano         Roger Manins - Tenor     Matt Hennessy - Drums.

Door Charge:
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The Experience Band
Oct
17
7:30 PM19:30

The Experience Band

The Experience Band grew out of the Bublé Experience Band so popular with Jazz and Blues Club audiences from 2014. For this show we present not only jazz standards but nostalgia songs such as Blood, Sweat and Tears, Earth, Wind and Fire, Stevie Wonder, the Average White Band and instrumentals from the Brecker Brothers plus some great new latin charts written for little big band. 
The band features Marjan a talented vocalist, songwriter and actress (seeher in the  newly released film 6 Days) who has performed at the Tauranga Jazz Festival, CJC, Music in the Parks, Cornwall Park and Xmas in the Park. Marjan’s unique sound has been shaped by years of listening to Motown, Jazz, R&B, and Pop and also draws inspiration from the music and traditions of her indigenous Persian culture. 
The ‘experienced’ musicians are: James Langabeer, Lukas Fritsch, Markus Fritsch – saxes; Grant Langdon and Matt Howell tpts; Mike Young – tbn; Ben Fernandez – pno/kybd; Nathan Collings- gtr; Sally Han bass; and Trevor Thwaites drums.
 

Door Charge:
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Ray Woolf
Oct
10
7:30 PM19:30

Ray Woolf

Ray Woolf With The 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

The Mike Walker trio features Bruce King and probably the best all round bass player in New Zealand, Billy Karaitiana, (Christian). Mike, Bruce and Billy worked together for over 40 years, & with Steve Garden toured with Ray Woolf for 15 years. They also toured with Ray Columbus and Peter Posa, as well as backing the great Chuck Berry.
 

Billy set the benchmark for bass players in the 60s, was in numerous TV shows in the 60s - 80s such as C-mon, Happen Inn & a TV special with Ricky May. He has played on over 30 albums/cds as well as producing cds /albums for 12 bands including "Herbs". His first bands were Max Merritt and the Meteors, Ray Columbus and the Invaders as well as Billy Thorpe. He has also played in Headband & Filthy McNasty Night. It will be a night not to be missed, as you will feel many years of musicianship playing for you.

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Members and Students with ID $5.00
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The Lindy Tops
Oct
3
7:30 PM19:30

The Lindy Tops

https://www.aucklandjazzandbluesclub.co.nz/events/lindy-tops

The Lindy Tops Featuring Loris Zigon are an Auckland swing band influenced by jazz styles from the 1920s through to the 1950s. They perform their take on classic jazz standards,  up tempo swing tunes, jazz ballads, latin and bossa nova.
Formed in 2016 initially to provide exciting live music for swing dancers, the band has since performed at various locations and events around Auckland.
The Lindy Tops features a talented line up of young musicians – Stephanie Harmsworth on vocals,  Denholm Orr on double bass, andSam Swindells on guitar. The Lindy Tops also welcome the addition of special guest Loris Zigon on piano.
The Lindy Tops have an extensive repertoire including classic standards such as Lady is a Tramp, Caravan, Fly Me To the Moon, Besame Mucho, Puttin' On the Ritz, Lullaby of Birdland, Honeysuckle Rose and much more.

 

Door Charge:

Members and Students with ID $5.00
Non Members $15.00

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Sisters of Swing
Sep
26
7:30 PM19:30

Sisters of Swing

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. They combine a beautifully blended vocal trio with a hot swinginʼ band and decked out in uniforms ready for action!
The Sisters of Swing have been performing around New Zealand for the last 10years, featuring three of New Zealand’s best swinging jazz vocalists Maria O’Flaherty, Emma Leon and Trudy Lile, all of whom have performed extensively as individuals in Jazz and Arts festivals, and shows, both in New Zealand and Australia. 
They have a tight vocal blend, with songs that will take you back to the war era: 
In the Mood, Don't Sit Under The Apple Tree, Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen, Three Little Sisters, Oh Johnny Oh, Rum And Coca Cola, Chattanooga Choo Choo, Beat Me Daddy 8 to the Bar, Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, Sing, Sing........and more!

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Members and Students with ID $5.00
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The Gary Harvey Band
Sep
19
7:30 PM19:30

The Gary Harvey Band

The Gary Harvey Band has always had a strong presence in the live music scene with numerous festivals, tours and TV appearances.    
The band has become known for its strong blues roots, steeped in the sounds emanating along Highway 61 and  inspired musically by both American and British blues rock music.
Despite the indifference of mainstream media in New Zealand, Harvey is an irrepressible character who just keeps doing it. He and his current band -- himself, longtime pal Tony Abbott, drummer Neil Stewart and the legendary 'Strayfalcon' — play often enough to keep sharp and have fun. (Graham Reid, Elsewhere)
Their latest release Ghost Dance has been critically acclaimed and is available on iTunes and Spotify.
 

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

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Allana Goldsmith Band
Sep
12
7:30 PM19:30

Allana Goldsmith Band

Fresh from her standout performance at the 2017 Matariki Festival Allana Goldsmith returns with her group to grace us new and old songs! And even some originals!

Allana Goldsmith is a jazz singer in the classic vein of singers such as Ella Fitzgerald, backed by Jason Orme on drums, Jo Shum on bass and Marc Baynes on piano.

Allana Goldsmith has been singing as a part of the Auckland jazz scene for 14yrs. She came up through the ranks playing with and being mentored by some of the senior jazz greats of New Zealand, who were, according to Goldsmith ‘“highly instrumental in furthering [her] jazz education.”

Allana is New Zealand Maori/European. Her iwi are Ngati Porou and Ngai Tai. She was born in Ruatoria, East Cape, and moved to West uckland when she was 6yrs old. 

Allana Goldsmith is a rare gem. The kind of artist one hears for the first time and is immediately captivated by. To skillfully blend Te Reo, her native language, with modern pop/ jazz standards, plus creating her own original songs, is a path less travelled and not for the faint hearted.

Her preparedness to take on challenging projects and to do them well is impressive. Her voice is strong and 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, also. 

At a renowned 2013 CJC showcase Goldsmith selected a few well-known and some lessor performed standards, and, to stamp her own mark on them, sung often in Te Reo Maori. 

Allana Goldsmith’s unique approach to the music is highlighted in her original voice. It is tempting to think of songs sung in Te Reo Maori as being different or apart from European traditions. In Goldsmith’s case that is not so as she has maintained the integrity of both traditions. 

The best illustration of this at the CJC event was her brilliant rendition of the Miles Davis tune, ‘In a Silent Way’. This was the first tune of her set and she used it as a Karakia or blessing. The notion of using this open, spiritual number to unify the audience and to call down blessings was a perfect beginning.

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Meech and Co
Sep
5
7:30 PM19:30

Meech and Co

With the return to Auckland of Brian Kelly after 6 years in San Fransisco this band was formed to play blues,swing tunes and some Dixieland classics.

Personnel - Lindsay Meech cornet,vocals

                     Brian Kelly trombone

                     Chris Nielson soprano saxophone 

                      Phillip Beatson guitar 

                      Glyn Frewin bass

                      Owen Kneebone drums

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The Band of the Royal New Zealand Navy
Aug
29
7:30 PM19:30

The Band of the Royal New Zealand Navy

 

The Band of the Royal New Zealand Navy is proud to present an exciting night of Big Band Jazz. Enjoy an entertaining collection of classics from greats such as Count Basie and Duke Ellington as well as some modern favourites. Featuring talented soloists from within the band, this will be a night you won't want to miss!

 

The Royal New Zealand Navy Band is an extremely versatile ensemble of full time professional military musicians. Its primary role is to perform as a Military Band providing music for the ceremonial, public relations, recruiting and entertainment requirements of the Navy, NZDF and the Government and public of New Zealand.

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

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Edwina Thorne Group
Aug
22
7:30 PM19:30

Edwina Thorne Group

Edwina Thorne is performing at Jazz Festivals through out New Zealand and the Pacific, A head line act at this years Oamaru Jazz Festival, Edwina has also been booked for the Queenstown Jazz Festival, Bay Of Islands Jazz and Blues Festival , of which she is a life member, the American Samoa and Samoa International Jazz Festival of which she is a founder member and locally the Waiheke Jazz Festival.
Rehearsing once a week in Edwina's coastal villa, a diverse and interesting repertoire has developed around carefully crafted arrangements, that feature synchronised rhythms played by the entire band. Several Miles Davis tunes which feature different members are featured as well as original compositions. It's entertaining, it's different , it's jazz!
On Bass Guy Halpe, guitar John Davy , drums Mike Beck , piano Niduk and Edwina on trumpet, flugal horn  and vocals.

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Twistin’ The Swing
Aug
15
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. 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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Members and Students with ID $5.00
Non Members $15.00

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Aug
12
1:00 PM13:00

Finals of The School Jazz Band Competition

This is the big day

Finals of the 2017 School Jazz Band Competition see the top combos and big bands fight it out for the grand award

What an awesome and inspiring four days we had for the 2017 Auckland School Jazz Band Competition Heats! 
 
The adjudicators were very impressed with the standard of all the bands and for the Big Bands the judges had a three way tie for the third and fourth finals spots. The committee has discussed this and decided the fairest way to address the tie is to feature five bands for the Big Band section of the final. 
 
Finalists are (in alphabetical order):
 
Combos: Lynfield College Jazz Combo; Massey High School Combo; North Sea Combo (Rangitoto College); St Kentigerns College Combo
 
Big Bands: Auckland Grammar Big Band; Lynfield College Big Band; Rangitoto College Big Band; St Kentigern Big Band; St Peters 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 have invited each band to select and perform their best 3 songs with total on stage time no longer than 20 minutes. 
So Program should look like this:
 

Combos: 
1pm: Lynfield College Jazz Combo; 
1:20pm: Massey High School Combo; 
1:40pm: North Sea Combo (Rangitoto College); 
2pm: St Kentigerns College Combo

Big Bands:
2:40pm: Auckland Grammar Big Band; 
3pm: Lynfield College Big Band; 
3:20pm: Rangitoto College Big Band; 
3:40pm: St Kentigern Big Band; 
4pm: St Peters Jazz Band

Special thanks to Roger Fox, who will be adjudicating for the top awards from  performances at the final.

The Jasmine Restaurant will be open with $10 special Jazz Day meals

Door Charge: $5.00
Full details of finalists will be put on this page in week preceding the event

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Dixie Street All Stars
Aug
8
7:30 PM19:30

Dixie Street All Stars

Hello, World!

Dixie Street All Stars is a band of thoroughly decent, well-ripened larrikins who formed an ensemble from some of the very best musicians from various States in Australia.  When Piano, Bass, Banjo, Drums, Trumpet and Reeds get together, the result is the nerves in your feet twitch whilst some rare musical gems simply grab your whole body and give it a good shake.  The musicians bring to their performances ample quantities of good humour which overflows to their audiences, young and old. There are a number of vocalists who also add their colour to each performance.  
We have selected songs from the period 1890-1940.  Exuberant renditions of ‘Oh Marie’, ‘Rain’, ‘My Sin’ are mixed with romantic compositions, ‘You Are Too Beautiful’, ‘If I Didn’t Care’ and ‘You Tell Me Your Dreams’ and the originally dreamy waltz ‘Oh How I Miss You Tonight’. As they tell of love lost, regained and old-fashioned.  Mix this lot with rousing tunes such as ‘Don’t Give Up The Ship’ and we are in for a jolly night.
Featured compositions from Fats Waller, Sigmund Romberg, Jimmy McHugh, Dorothy Fields, Clarence Williams and Art Hickman are enjoyed by dancers and listeners alike.
 

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

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Aug
6
11:55 AM11:55

School Jazz Band Competition Heat 4

10:10am    Onehunga high School Jazz Band    Onehunga High School
10:45am    Avondale College Jazz Combo    Avondale College
11:20am    MAGS Jazz Band    Mount Albert Grammar School
11:55am    Sancta Maria College Junior Jazz Combo – Rome    Sancta Maria College
12:30pm    Auckland Grammar Big Band    Auckland Grammar
1:05pm    Sancta Maria College Junior Jazz Combo – New York    Sancta Maria College
1:40pm    Western Springs College Jazz Band    Western Springs College
2:15pm        Sancta Maria College Junior Jazz Combo - Tokyo    Sancta Maria College
2:50pm    Springs Combo    Western Springs College
3:25pm    Sancta Maria College Senior jazz Combo    Sancta maria College

 

Entry Free

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Aug
5
10:00 AM10:00

School Jazz Band Competition Heat 3

10am    LC Jazz Project    Lynfield College
10:35am    Jazz Orchestra    Rangitoto College
11:10am    St Peter's Jazz band    St Peter's College
11:45pm    Jr Jazz Orchestra    Rangitoto College
12:20pm    Lynfield College Jazz Combo    Lynfield College
Break for Lunch        
1:55pm    Newport Combo    Rangitoto College
2:30pm        Lynfield College Big Band    Lynfield College
3:05pm    Copenhagen Combo    Rangitoto College
3:40pm    Aorere College Combo    Aorere College
4:15pm    Stockholm Combo    Rangitoto College
4:50pm    Massey High School Combo    Massey high School

 

Entry Free

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the Renee Brennan Band
Aug
1
7:30 PM19:30

the Renee Brennan Band

Renee Brennan is a jazz-trained singer, and former lead singer of the rock band Tadpole. Tadpole were  one of NZ's premier touring artists in the 1990's and 2000's, with three albums, of which 'the Buddhafinger' achieved double platinum status. Renee has sung all over the world, from London to the Swiss Alps, and from Timaru to East Timor. She played to crowds of 60,000 at the biggest ever Big Day Out in 2000 (but has also sung to crowds of only 3). After retiring from the rock 'n roll lifestyle and moving to London, she returned to her training and has been singing jazz from bars in London to weddings back home. Now returned to NZ, she wants to continue to sing mainly jazz standards with the odd foray back into rock/pop and musicals.

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

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Jul
30
11:55 AM11:55

School Jazz Band Competition Heat 2

12:30pm    The Altos    Avondale College
1:05pm    Long Bay College Jazz Combo    Long Bay College
Break        
2:15pm        Junior Combo    Avondale College
2:50pm    Long Bay College Big Band    Long Bay College
3:25pm    Sacred Heart College Jazz Combo    Sacred Heart College

Free Entry

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Jul
29
10:00 AM10:00

School Jazz Band Competition Heat 1

Heat I of the School Jazz band Competition 2017

10am    Montreux Combo    Rangitoto College
10:35am    Kristin Jazz Combo    Kristin School
11:10am    North Sea Combo    Rangitoto College
11:45am    Sacred Heart College Big Band    Sacred Heart College
12:20pm    Funk Collective    Rangitoto College
Break for Lunch        
1:55pm    Rangitoto Big Band    Rangitoto College
2:30pm        Rosehill College Tour Band    Rosehill College
3:05pm    St Kentigern Jazz Combo    St kentigern College
3:40pm    Rosehill College Stage Band    Rosehill College
4:15pm    St Kentigern Big Band    St Kentigern College
4:50pm    The BC Jazz Sextet    Birkenhead College

Free Entry

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Auckland Jazz Orchestra Plus Queen City Big Band - FUNDS FOR FOX
Jul
25
7:30 PM19:30

Auckland Jazz Orchestra Plus Queen City Big Band - FUNDS FOR FOX

Raising Funds for Fox! Auckland Jazz Orchestra & Queen City Big Band

The Rodger Fox Big Band has been invited to play at the 60th anniversary of the prestigious Monterey Jazz Festival in September this year - a huge deal for the band, and New Zealand jazz. We know it costs a lot to get a big band on the road internationally, so the Auckland Jazz Orchestra and Queen City Big Band are showing their support by joining forces for a fundraising big band double-bill extravaganza. 

You'll hear not one, but two, full size, 18 piece big bands, along with guest vocalists and other treats, as they attempt to outdo each other for your applause (because who doesn't like a little friendly competition?). 

SPECIAL GUEST: Mr RODGER FOX
At no cost to the Fund Raiser,Roger Fox is able to show his appreciation by coming and playing some tunes with both big bands. This will make it an even bigger night Dont be late if you want to hear something special.

A donation  from the Auckland Jazz Orchestra, Queen City Big Band and the Auckland Jazz and Blues Club will go to the Rodger Fox Big Band travel fund. 
 

Entry is $20, or $5 for club members, and you're welcome to donate directly, at the door. 

Now's your chance to show your support for NZ big band jazz. 

 

Door Charge:
members and Students with ID $5.00
Non Members $20.00

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Paul TT and Friends
Jul
18
7:30 PM19:30

Paul TT and Friends

Long time friends Paul T. T. Violin and Vocals, Peter Wood Piano Vibes and Vocals and Jim Joll Guitars and Flute combine together with Peter Koopman from the Nairobi Trio on Bass, Fred Baker the Third from Kansas  U.S.A. on Sax's and Jason Fell Harmonica. Together they bring the magic of Musical Empathy Passion and Talent to perform the timeless tunes of Gershwin and the All American Song Book. 

Sit back relax listen dance and enjoy this unique concert.

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

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John Key trio with Mike Booth
Jul
11
7:30 PM19:30

John Key trio with Mike Booth

Pianist John Key returns without a knighthood but with a bunch of tunes from recently released album
“Back and Forth” to perform for you. Mike Booth will be also on the bill playing a few original
compositions and a selection of familiar jazz standards. This band recently performed a 5 gig tour of
Wellington for the Jazz Festival. 
Alberto Santarelli will be on bass and Andy Keegan Drums. 

 

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

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Blue Pearl
Jul
4
7:30 PM19:30

Blue Pearl

Auckland based group Blue Pearl hits the sweet spot, blending the 'feel good' grooves of soul and blues with a fresh jazz perspective and superbly executed improvisation.  Developing originals are complimented with tunes from the soul classics (Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Al Green) and more recent inspirations (Jill Scott, Roy Hargroves, Incognito)

The band features singer/songwriter/percussionist Makareta Umbers, trumpeter and pianist Matt Watson, guitarist Nathan James, bass player Aaron Coddel and drummer Neil Williamson.

Blue Pearl have played the N.Z. jazz festival circuit over the last few years and are regulars at inner city boutique bars, wineries and summer park events.

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

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Queen City Big Band
Jun
27
7:30 PM19:30

Queen City Big Band

Show Time!      Queen City Big Band presents a variety packed program of awesome big band music. And watch out, we are going to feature the saxes blowing up a storm. Our vocalists Andrew Curtis and Helen Clague-Healey will be out front bringing you songs to enjoy. You are in for a treat a mid-year treat, Queen City Big Band at its best.

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

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