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

Edwina Thorne Group
Aug
22
7:30pm 7:30pm

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.

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

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

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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Meech and Co
Sep
5
7:30pm 7:30pm

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

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

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The Gary Harvey Band
Sep
19
7:30pm 7:30pm

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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Sisters of Swing
Sep
26
7:30pm 7:30pm

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!

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

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Twistin’ The Swing
Aug
15
7:30pm 7:30pm

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!)

 

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

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Aug
12
1:00pm 1:00pm

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
7:30pm 7:30pm

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
11:55am11:55am

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
10:00am10:00am

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
7:30pm 7:30pm

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
11:55am11:55am

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
10:00am10:00am

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

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

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
7:30pm 7:30pm

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
7:30pm 7:30pm

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
7:30pm 7:30pm

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
7:30pm 7:30pm

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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Walters-Booth Project
Jun
20
7:30pm 7:30pm

Walters-Booth Project

Mike Booth

Trumpeter Mike Booth has maintained a freelance career performing a wide variety of music. Before locating to Europe Mike performed with Cats Away, Netherworld Dancing Toys, Dave Dobbyn and many other familiar NZ icons.

Mike lived in the Netherlands until 2008 playing with the Dutch pop band de Dijk, the Dutch Jazz Ochestra, (Will Saldon’s) Glenn Miller Orchestra amongst many others and lectured at the Rotterdam and Alkmaar Conservatories there.

Returning to NZ early in 2008 Mike teaches (NZSM Auckland and Wellington; Auckland University; High School itinerate in Auckland and Hamilton), has co-founded the Auckland Jazz Orchestra, and performs with a wide variety of musicians including Tui Jazz award winners Phil Broadhurst, Nathan Haines, and Rodger Fox. Mike currently plays with the Walters/Booth project, Santiago All Stars and the Superhero Second Line Band.

" Saxophonist Craig Walters has emerged as one of the country's strongest voices" .      
 Sydney Morning Herald
 
 
Craig studied with Jerry Coker in 1982 and received a scholarship to study at Berklee College of Music in 1983.
Teachers include: Billy Pierce, Bruce Nyfong, Andy McGee and breifly with Joe Viola
additional lessons in New York with George Coleman and Steve Grosseman
Craig has worked professionally in Sydney since 1985.
 
Craig has performed with:
 
Bob Mintzer, Miichael Bublé, HarryConnick jnr, Michael Feinstein,
Louie Bellson, Billy Cobham, Cleo Lane & John Dankworth, 
Bobby Shew, Jim Pugh, Chuck Findlay, Bill Reichenbach, Bob Florence, Rob McConnel,
John Riley, Jim McNeely, Buddy DeFranco, Joe Williams, the Pitzarelli Brothers,
The Four Tops and the Temptations, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, Michael Bolton.
 
Local Jazz Groups include:
 
Don Rader Quintet (currently), Mike Knock Quartet, Dave McCrae Quartet / Quintet, Mark Isaacs Quartet, Craig Scott Quintet, Paul MacNara Quartet

 Big Bands Include:
 
The Sydney All Star Big Band, Sydney Jazz Orchestra, Sydney Festival Orchestra, James Morrison Big Band, 
John Morrison Big Band, John Hoffman Big Band, Ten Part Invention,
Bob Coassin Big Band, New Zealand Youth Jazz Orchestra, Rodger Fox Big Band. 
 
Other groups & Artists include:
 
Tom Burlinson, Marcia Hynes, Tina Arina, Steve Clisby, African Band  "Bu Baca"
Dynamic Hepnotics, Mighty Reapers, Rhonda Birchmore,  Doug Parkinson, Doug Williams, Jeff Duff,
Tommy Tycho Orchestra, Trevor Griffen Sextet, Blaine Whitaker Sextet.
 
Theatre Productions Include:
 
"Frank" The Sinatra Story in Song (Tom Burlinson) and  "Now We're Swingin' ,
Grease, Fame, The Rocky Horror Show, Jerry Springer Opera.
 
 
Craig has performed at the:
 
Montreux Jazz Festival (80 & 81), Jazz Yatra Festival India(94), Wangaratta Jazz Fest, Bellengen Jazz Fest, Manly Jazz Fest, Wellington International Jazz Fest, Christchurch Festival of the Arts, Nelson Jazz Festival, the Sydney Festival,
 
Craig has performed in:
 
London, New York, Los Angeles, India, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Switzerland, Vancouver,
Australia & New Zealand

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

 

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Midge Marsden
Jun
13
7:30pm 7:30pm

Midge Marsden

Midge Marsden has enjoyed a well-documented music career spanning four decades in New Zealand, Australia, The UK and America. 

 

An early career change and passion for rhythm and blues and roots music led a sixteen-year-old Midge to join the 1960’s band ‘Bari and the Breakaways’. At the end the 60’s Midge joined the NZBC working in radio, however music performance pulled him in again with the Wellington cult band ‘The Country Flyers’; followed by several years in Australia with ‘The Phil Manning Band’. On return to New Zealand in the mid 80’s he began a solo career forming ‘The Midge Marsden Connection’ and then ‘The Midge Marsden Band’.

 

This resulted in several albums and a loyal fan base and following. A career highlight was the platinum selling album ‘Burning Rain’ in 1990. The intervening years have been a combination of teaching music, performance, song writing and touring.

 

Based on the very successful album: ‘Travel n Time’ (2008)  Midge’s new album ‘Back to the Well’ has also enjoyed steady sales. Midge drew from life experiences growing up in Taranaki, performing and touring in America and his early music life in Wellington.  Also included are cover versions of some much-lovedsongs that ‘fit the concept’ of the record.

 

The outcome is a very different and personal themed album. In his own words Midge says ‘this is a project unlike anything I have done before and I hope that people enjoy the

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

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Big Ticket
Jun
6
7:30pm 7:30pm

Big Ticket

Big Ticket is an eight piece band which specialises in taking modern pop songs and playing them with a vintage twist. Our repertoire includes songs by the likes of Ed Sheehan and Taylor Swift and also classics by popular music greats such as Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder and The Rolling Stones. All songs are played in a variety of vintage styles which includes Swing, MoTown and Funk.

Our music is great for swing dancing, and also for just a good old boogie.
 

Lineup:

Vocals - Allana Goldsmith & Lilo Asiata

Saxophone - Misha Kourkov

Brass - Paul Norman

Guitar - Sam Swindells

Piano - Loris Zigon

Bass - Wil Goodinson

Drums - David Harris

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

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Voxnova
May
30
7:30pm 7:30pm

Voxnova

Greetings to all. We have good news, VOXNOVA has burst into life once more with the arrival of our hot new guitarist Doug Henderson, jazzman music grad / composer.

We look forward to working with Doug with his fresh approach to improvisation, and to restoring some classic Voxnova tunes such as Spain (Chick Correa), Entre Dos Aguas, Guardian Angel, etc by Paco De Lucia.

Sebastian the amazing vocalist remains a part of the Voxnova family as a special guest performer.

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

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Kathryn Hopkins and Friends
May
23
7:30pm 7:30pm

Kathryn Hopkins and Friends

Kathryn Hopkins and Friends - Birthday Bash

Kathryn began her journey in music as a child in Australia where she excelled in musical theatre, singing and piano - even performing for Queen Elizabeth.  Years later she moved back to her native New Zealand where she re-connected with her passion for performing and took up a singing residency with the North Habor Swing Band (an eighteen piece big band led by the late Ross Hurley) and became a member of the Sisters of Swing trio (SOS) performing the Andrew Sisters material with strong three part harmonies.  Kat moved to Los Angeles early in 2014 where she currently resides and is following her passion for singing, continuing her piano studies and writing her own material.  She has enjoyed performing in various venues in Los Angeles with small ensembles and also sings with a few big bands.  She recently travelled to Brazil during the olympics where she performed with a local brazil jazz band in two shows. She is now focused on recording her first album of originals in 2017 and is excited to return to her homeland and the opportunity to sing at the Auckland Jnb Club, backed by some of Auckland’s finest and dear friends to her late father, New Zealand drummer Tony Hopkins.  It’s her birthday bash, so come and celebrate!  She’ll perform a few songs from her recent BeatleJazz show in LA arrange by brother Tim Hopkins, a few originals, some favorite standards and will  be joined by special guest Mike Murane.

Kat Hopkins - Voice

Mike Walker - Keys

Pete McGregor - Bass

Bruce King - Drums

Tim Hopkins- Sax

Special Guest - Mike Murane

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

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Indigo Blue
May
16
7:30pm 7:30pm

Indigo Blue

       Formed in 2006.

        Band member..Keri Betti - Harmonica, Keyboard, Vocals.

                                   Jack Mooney - Guitar, Vocals.

                                   Paul Brewer - Bass, Vovals.

                                   Garry Betti, Drums.

 

        Have played at.. Bay Of Islands Jazz & Blues Festival since 2007.

                                    Whangarei Jazz & Blues Festival.

                                    Tauranga J & B Festival

                                    Soundgarden.

                                    Mission Bay J & B Festival

 

                     Plus..    Auckland J & B Club.

                                  Variety Artists Club Of NZ.

                                  Dflat Music Club.

             And all the usual Cosmoplitan Clubs, Private parties, RSAs and fund raisers that bands play for.

 The band members from Indigo Blue are all very experienced and really enjoy playing in the band, we are fortunate to also have one of NZs leading harmonica players with us.

  We find that audiences really enjoy our selection of songs which is slanted to either a jazz or blues orientation..

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

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Maria O'Flaherty & The Ben Fernandez Quartet
May
9
7:30pm 7:30pm

Maria O'Flaherty & The Ben Fernandez Quartet

Maria OFlaherty & The Ben Fernandez Quartet

 

Their repertoire is vast ranging from Jazz standards with a twist, Latin influences and rhythmic folk that will set your heart humming and toes tapping.

 

Featuring Maria O'Flaherty (vocals), Ben Fernandez (piano), ‘the violin man’ Nick Jones, David Hodkinson on the mighty bass and strong rhythmic grooves from Jason Orme (drums). These guys are some of Auckland's most respected and experienced Jazz musicians performing at various events and festivals throughout NZ.

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

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Frank Gibson Group
May
2
7:30pm 7:30pm

Frank Gibson Group

“Gibson is the very model is the tasteful rhythmically impeccable, trio drummer”, 
– Los Angeles Jazz Times.

“Gibson is the kind of drummer most musicians are only destined to wish for in this life”
– excerpt from Jazz Forum.

 

Frank has had a vast career which has taken him around the world and he is a musician who has shown his ability to play in any genre .All of this has given Frank a very successful career. His CV reads like the “Who’s Who” of jazz and he has played with many artists such as Frank Foster, John Scofield, Milt Jackson, Lee Konitz, Sonny Stitt, Joe Henderson and Sam Rivers. He has played across musical genres with a wide variety of artists from Dusty Springfield to Anita O’Day and Diana Krall. He has played on over 200 CDs/albums and 250 Jazz radio programmes, won Jazz record of the year 3 times, played on 10 other award winning albums, and been inducted into the Zildjian hall of fame.

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

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Linn Lorkin Quartet
Apr
18
7:30pm 7:30pm

Linn Lorkin Quartet

Linn Lorkin Quartet

 

Most recently appearing at the Jazz and Blues Club in the “Piano Women” concert, Linn Lorkin is back with her own quartet, performing a heady mixture of standards and her own jazzy originals, “Me and the Magician”,  “K Rd” et al.

 

 Linn Lorkin - piano/vocalsHershal Herscher - squeezebox/vocals,  Peter Koopman - bass, Bryan Harris - drums/vocals  

 

“..one of New Zealand’s top songwriters…” William Dart, New Horizons, Radio NZ, 29/1/2017

".. I love her original songs..." Blossom Dearie, NY

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

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Oli Holland’s Jazz Attack!
Apr
11
7:30pm 7:30pm

Oli Holland’s Jazz Attack!

German bassist and composer Olivier Holland has worked with countless national as well as international artists. His long music career, which began in 1989, has seen him migrate to NZ in 2002, infiltrate the NZ jazz scene and, teach at the University of Auckland Jazz Department since 2004. He still frequently travels across many ditches to perform and record with internationals. No less than a further four CD albums are on the “recordings-to-do-list” in the next 18 month; those will add to his discography which is already 23 albums strong.

 

2016: Oli has gathered a group of mega talented Jazz Jedi’s to form the group Jazz Attack. Despite their young age, these guys are no Padawan learners; the fourth is strong with them (as are all those other intervals)! Enabled by their off-the-charts midi-chlorians count in excess of 20 000, these guys will turn on the Worp-drive and explore new harmonic and polyrhythmic universes, where no man has gone before . . .

And you can come along, too! This group are playing at the Auckland Jazz and Blues Club on April 17.

On the menu will be Oli’s compositions as well as a couple of skilfully arranged jazz standards - they fit in no box, leave nothing unharmed. Be in for a night of power, dazzling complexity, and surprise!

May the fourth be with us all!

 

Basses: Olivier Holland

Drums: Daniel Waterson

Pianos: Nick Dow

Guitars: Michael Howell

Tenors: Misha Kourkov

Trumpets: Finn Scholes

Plus special guest appearance: Princess Leia (vocals)

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

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Trudy Lile
Apr
4
7:30pm 7:30pm

Trudy Lile

Notorious for her energetic flair, Trudy is a jazz flutist and vocalist, who performs regularly in Auckland. 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, and Whirimako Black (2009 Jazz album of the Year).

Trudy has performed jazz festivals throughout New Zealand, as well as in Australia, South Korea, Indonesia, The Carribean, and in January this year, she had the rare opportunity performing on an exclusive Cruise ship, which went to the Ross Sea, Antarctica.

Come and hear our collection of jazz on the high seas, possible tales of the icebergs and penguins, with fellow voyager, 1st officer Alex Ward – piano, and the might engine room of Eamon Edmundson-Wells – Bass and Ron Samsom – drums.

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

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Vibeke Voller and Dan Papirany
Mar
28
7:30pm 7:30pm

Vibeke Voller and Dan Papirany

Vibeke Voller and Dan Papirany
The musical partnership between Norwegian vocalist Vibeke Voller and Israeli jazz pianist Dan Papirany is truly exceptional!
The two have been performing together since 2014, and have released album “Don’t go to strangers” in 2015, with another album release due in 2017 (I took a chance).
 
Performances include corporate gigs, local Jazz clubs in QLD, Noosa Jazz Festival 2015, Auckland and Whanganui Jazz clubs New Zealand March 2016, the Dan Papirany trio with Vibeke Voller at EUROPAfest in Bucharest Romania May 2016, and the Bay of Islands NZ Jazz festival in August 2016. 
 
Vibeke and Dan are booked to return to New Zealand in March/April 2017. and tour of South east QLD with the last gig at the Brisbane Jazz Club on July 8th.
 
The complimentary interaction of these two unique talents has produced a fresh and polished musical experience!
They will be backed by Pete McGregor on Double Bass and Owen Kneebone on Drums

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

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Bridge City Jazzmen
Mar
21
7:30pm 7:30pm

Bridge City Jazzmen

The Bridge City Jazzmen group was founded in 1962 by Don Bruce and John and Nick Wilcox. 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 with Merv Thomas (trombone), Bernie Allen (clarinet), and Bob Ewing (double bass).

Now in 2016, we have Neville Grenfell (trumpet), Merv Thomas (trombone), Warwick Simpson (clarinet), Cameron McArthur (double bass), and Old Originals Bruce King (drums), and John Wilcox (piano). For our 6 September session at the Auckland Jazz and Blues Club we hope to have a guest accoustic guitarist, who will be introduced to you.

We look forward to bringing Club members the repertoire and style of the Chicago Dixieland years of Eddie Condon and his All Stars.  

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

Hello, World!

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Prima Swing Riot
Mar
14
7:30pm 7:30pm

Prima Swing Riot

Prima Swing Riot was formed by leader Pete McGregor in 1999. Pete had always wanted a Louis Prima band after hearing recordings of Prima when he was a teenager. He fell in love with the Louis Prima Keely Smith sound augmented by the raspy sax of Sam Butera.

This band was hugely popular in Las Vegas during the '50s and '60s performing to packed houses 6 nights a week and on the way having numerous top 20 hits like Just a Gigolo, Angelina, Buona Sera, Jump Jive and Wail, That Old Black Magic.

Pete was lucky to find a bunch of very talented people who were also keen on the project, with Louis Prima’s trademark trick arrangements and musical humour.

Prima Swing Riot was formed also partly to take advantage of the worldwide popularity boost for Swing music round that time, (Neo Swing) influenced by several movies which were extremely popular in Canada, USA and UK. Unfortunately those movies only made the second tier movie theatres in NZ meaning the swing movement never kicked in here like it did overseas.

However Prima Swing Riot were a significant success on the Auckland music scene with performances on TV, America’s Cup Celebrations, and many balls, concerts and large corporate functions. To add to their appeal Prima Swing Riot took their line up and turned it to popular covers for dancing with a name change to “Prima” for that market.

This concert brings together the original band with Adrian Keeling and Jane Horder on vocals, horn players Merv Thomas and Roger Manins and rhythm section including Mike Walker, Bruce King and leader Pete McGregor.

They will perform largely the Music of Louis Prima but will include some more modern swing music from the Neo Swing era. You may also get a few rock covers to end the night.

A rare chance to see and hear this iconic band in action.

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

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Ross Mullins and Snap
Mar
7
7:30pm 7:30pm

Ross Mullins and Snap

ROSS MULLINS NEW CD THE POET AND THE FISHERMAN

 

It been a bit of a wait but Ross Mullins is back with a new cd to launch. 1985 to 1988 three albums as Last Man Down, 1991 to 1998 two albums as Ross Mullins and the Snaps, a New Zealand poetry tribute album in 2001 and now we have hit the year of the Trump 2017. That’s by anyone’s reckoning a pretty serious writer’s block. Oh excuses there are plenty and some of them compelling ones but Ross have never stopped writing, grafting away in deepest Devonport and The Poet And The Fisherman presents the best of what is salvageable from those intervening years.

The Snaps have brought these new songs to life with creativity and flair: they are Nigel Gavin (guitar), Peter Koopman (bass and backing vocals), Jason Orme (drums and percussion), Markus Fritsch (tenor saxophone) and Jim Langabeer (alto saxophone).

For the Jazz and Blues Club we will perform a generous helping of the new material plus the best of the Last Man Down songs with a few tasteful Jazz standards thrown in.

The reviews are still coming out but here’s a snippet from New Zealand Musician:

… the group has great interplay, moving with ease between support, sectional and solo work. From groovy opening track The Age Of No Excuses to the meditative title track this album takes listeners on a journey through the NZ of their imagination. The closer is a fun instrumental jam titled Little Ray Of Sunshine (For Trelise) – really the whole album is a ray of sunshine – to be enjoyed on the deck with a cold beverage.”

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

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Stefan Nagler
Feb
28
7:30pm 7:30pm

Stefan Nagler

Stefan Nagler

Stefan cut his teeth in performing and recording a CD with the
European Masterclass Big Band, under the leadership of Peter Herbolzheimer. 
Various tours, CD recordings as well as TV productions with the German Youth Jazz Orchestra, "the Bujazzo“ for the WDR (West German broadcasting company) followed. 
Winner of several awards and scholarships.
Stefan has performed at various clubs and festivals throughout Europe: Germany, France, Luxemburg, Poland, Switzerland, Denmark, Netherlands and the UK. 
In 2007, Stefan first stepped into New Zealands music scene, joining old hands Sid and Freddy Limbert (The Remarkable Beatroosters, Midge Marsden Band, The Warratahs, The Handsome Giants) for a performance at Le Café Picton. For the past three years, he performed with several national and international Bands and musicians at various NZ festivals and club gigs up and down the country. (Waiheke Island International Jazz Festival, Titirangi Music Festival, Christchurch Jazz and Blues Festival )

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

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Nanny Assis and Maggie Gould
Feb
21
7:30pm 7:30pm

Nanny Assis and Maggie Gould

Nanny Assis from New York and friends Maggie Gould, vocals, John di Martino, piano, Alex Griffen Bass play from Jobim, Ella, Miles, American songbook to Stevie Wonder. Nanny Assis has his album Double Rainbow and will play tunes from this for the first time in New Zealand. Nanny Assis is world renowed percussionist, vocalist, voted best male vocalist New York and best show. Nanny regularly performs at The Blue Note, BB Kings and Zinc Jazz in New York and internationally.

Maggie Gould shares her love of jazz and telling stories-  her love of beautiful Brazilian rhythms and influences Julie London, Ella, to Etta James.

Maggie has performed in New York and Venice and while singing inLondonDionne Warwick got up and joined her.

John di Martino is a grammy nominated pianist and has performed internationally, he is a composer and arranger and delivers an elegant and exciting performance.

Alex Griffen is well known in New Zealand as one of most funky, jazz and latin bass players he performs regularly Auckland.

 

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

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