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Club Day Newsletter

September Jazz Club Newsletter


They're 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 achieves this.

All 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.

Oscar is touring the US with The Rodger Fox Band and appearing at the Monterey Jazz Festival.

Such is the calibre of the music and musicians we bring you!


Doors open at 4.00pm for a 4.30pm start. 
Admission: Adults $25. Jazz Club Member $15. and Students$4.

Sunday, November 5th at 4.30pm

 Sees The 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.

7pm, Thursday October 19th

 NPGHS 'Spring Concert' at their School Hall is a fundraiser for a new Timpani.
Raffles & Sweet Treats

Only $10 Adults, $5 Students, so bring your family and friends for this great evening of student music and support an important cause.

Due now! You can direct deposit to Taranaki Jazz Club TSB Bank account # 1539530539068 00  Be sure to put your name or, pay at our Club Day

School Days Review

We 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 enjoyable afternoon.

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 outstanding. Great Job "Group W"

"Hatrix" 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! "Hatrix"
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 different.

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"

A 6 piece combo from Francis Douglas 
"C Sharps" was 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.

Sacred Heart Girls College were next on stage with a new band called "
Intermix" Congratulations 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 Band Day.

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.

Please ask friends and family if they are happy to receive our messages and send their names and email addresses Gaye Atkinson, ggatkinson82@hotmail.com or phone 
06 758 0120.

Taranaki Jazz Club is supported by TSB Community Trust

If you love jazz you can't afford to miss any of our fabulous monthly shows as we need your support. 

Remember we are the only local venue dedicated to bringing you live jazz. 

Editor :Liz Gregorash, landbgregorash@xtra.co.nz , Phone 06 7546990

For those of you receiving this newsletter by email, please click on the following link to see what is coming up next month http://www.taranakijazzclub.com/whats-on


Editor :Liz Gregorash, landbgregorash@xtra.co.nz , Phone 06 7546990

Taranaki Jazz Club, supported by TSB Community Trust:

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