September Jazz Club Newsletter
back by popular demand so don't miss our final visiting group for
2017. Black Spider Stomp are leading exponents of the very popular
Gypsy Swing - in the style of the famous Django Reinhardt.
Accepted hallmark of the authenticity of this music is the
ability to 'swing' in a particular way and Black Spider Stomp easily
from Wellington band members are among the capital city's finest
musicians. The acoustic guitars of Adrian Jensen, James Quick and Sam
Thurston are accompanied by Scott Maynard's upright bass playing and
the alternating clarinet, bass clarinet and saxophone magic from
multi instrumentalist Blair Latham this time replacing Oscar Laven,
make for a toe tapping afternoon of blissful rhythm.
is touring the US with The Rodger Fox Band and appearing at the
Monterey Jazz Festival.
is the calibre of the music and musicians we bring you!
open at 4.00pm for a 4.30pm start.
Admission: Adults $25.
Jazz Club Member $15. and Students$4.
November 5th at
Great Taranaki Steam Band
fresh from a sell out gig at The Arts Festival Speigletent and with
many new tunes to their popular repertoire of big band music. Led by
Musical Director Christopher Luke this 35 strong band promises a
great afternoon of instrumental numbers and wonderful vocals by band
alto saxophonist, Damon Ritai.
Thursday October 19th
'Spring Concert' at their School Hall is a fundraiser for a new
Raffles & Sweet Treats
$10 Adults, $5 Students, so bring your family and friends for this
great evening of student music and support an important cause.
can direct deposit to Taranaki Jazz Club TSB Bank account #
1539530539068 00 Be
sure to put your name
or, pay at our Club Day
had a terrific School Days this year, with performances by 7
different school combinations. I say combos because there was quite a
lot of sharing of musicians, which was great to see. Even the
teachers got into the act with some filling in for missing band
members. The adherence to time management also made for a really
First to take the stage was" Group
W " from NPBHS. This
5 piece band treated us to some great solo work from all member,
while they played some really nice arrangements of standard jazz
tunes, including "Sugar", "Kansas City", and a
slower funky version of "Watermelon Man". Although, I hate
to single out one performer, I am sure those of you that were at the
club day will agree that Fletcher, on keyboard, was
Job "Group W"
from Spotswood College was next to take the stage. I was really
impressed with this band. They produced a really good sound. The
first selection was "Iguana Returns" and featured a very
nice guitar solo. This group had 2 vocalists,
which provided a point of difference. The vocalists were
Kim and Taylor. Kim sang" Everybody need Somebody" . Taylor
sang " Shake your Tail Feathers", and they sang "At
Last" an Etta James song, as a duet. Very well done girls!
Next up was a group from Francis Douglas College aptly
named "Suave". I
can't really give you the names of the selections they played,
as they were all mainly rhythmic pieces with a lot of drum beat and
bass guitar. They were, however, very entertaining and
After the break "Stage
Band One" from
NP Boys/NP Girls High Schools entertained us with their award winning
style. A very interesting addition to this group was a Cello played
by Izzy Goodhue, who is normally a chamber music musician. Stewart
Maunder, band leader, said this was the result of a visit from a
touring cellist who inspired the bands to add something 'different"
to the Big Band sound. It worked very well. The cello in "Round
Midnight" was superb. To make this into a truly family show we
had a visit on stage by one of our local and endearing(and
enduring) Jazz musicians, Chris Gimlet, who joined the band to
sing "How Sweet it is to be Loved by You". The band
finished the set with another version of "Watermelon Man"
6 piece combo from Francis Douglas "C
next up. This band was led by Robin Wells, another of our great local
musicians. The rendition of "Days of Wine and Roses" was
very well done, with fine solos by the guitar and horns. I also
really enjoyed the Bosa Nova beat of "Wave". The fact that
the teachers of these bands join the young musicians on stage, seems
to give these smaller groups more confidence.
Girls College were next on stage with a new band called
to these girls as it was only their 2nd performance. "I got you
Babe" was great and included a nice vocal. The band has
a real future, especially with the inclusion of a flute and
clarinet. We look forward to seeing more of these girls next Schools
Last but not least was "Fusion" a
big band from Francis Douglas/Sacred Heart. What a great way to end
the day! I know the audience would have liked to hear more from this
band. They only played 2 pieces, "Georgia" and "Puttin
on the Ritz" and they excellent ! The sound was really
full with addition of a string section.
Thanks again to all
the schools for providing us with such great entertainment. Thanks
also, to all the teachers for all their hard work in teaching,
rehearsing, and performing with these young people. And a big
THANK YOU to all the audience for your support.
If you have a party
of 6 or more we are happy to reserve you a table. Please get in touch
with Gaye on the phone number below before 10:00 am on Club Day so we
can get the tables set up.
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addresses Gaye Atkinson, firstname.lastname@example.org or
06 758 0120.
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monthly shows as we need your support.
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