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

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Joy Yates and Dave MacRae

  • Point Chevalier RSA 1136 Great North Road Auckland, Auckland, 1022 New Zealand (map)

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

To list a few….

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

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

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

Dave MacRae…

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

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

Door Charge:

Members and Students with ID $5.00
Non Members $15.00

Earlier Event: December 18
Queen City Big Band Christmas Special
Later Event: January 29
Twistin’ the Swing