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Club Day Newsletter

March Jazz Club Newsletter

A group of Wellington’s better known jazz singers and musicians will present at Taranaki Jazz Club's April event, a celebration of the golden era of music, in a high energy “classy, elegant, fun, world class show.”

Named The Retro Pack they evoke the era of The Rat Pack and its famous members which included Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jnr. Their repertoire will include not only the standards of those three legendary performers but also other greats such as Ella Fitzgerald, Bobby Darin and Nat King Cole.

April Phillips celebrated singer, actress, playwright and movie maker will be joined by Andrew London guitar/vocals, James Cameron bass and vocals, James Tait-Jamieson saxophone/vocals and drummer Greg Crayford.

Doors open at 4.00pm for a 4.30pm start. 

Admission: Adults $25. Jazz Club Member $15. and Students$4.

The Ritz Big Band .........Review

Wow! what a full programme of Big Band music we had for our March Club Day. The Ritz Big band, a local group of highly talented musicians, started the day off with "My Little Suede Shoes",  quickly followed by a Miles Davis song "Four" with a really good sax solo by a new member of the band ,James Lawton, who featured quite often in the remainder of the show. "Big Swing Face" followed with some more great solo work, but I will single out Jared Hill on drums as a standout.
So many more tunes followed with many more solo performances, which blended well into the total sound. The set ended with Mike Gordon singing some more standards like "Fly me to the Moon", "Moon Dance" , and more. He was joined on stage by Unilty Wara to sing "Fever" and "Lady is a Tramp".
 This is where it all came a little unstuck....we could not hear the vocals over the band. Many complaints and many adjustments were made in the break between sets. So that when the second set began with Unity singing "Orange Coloured Sky" she got a huge round of applause. A few more songs by Unity followed, ending her set with “New York, New York.” The Band carried on and played five more tunes ending with "In the Mood". Overall it waas a feast of big band classics.

The committee fielded quite a few complaints about the loudness of the music, and we would like to apologise for this and assure you that the matter is being taken seriously, and the problems with the sound are being addressed.

Coming up!

Rodger Fox is coming to NP to work with Secondary School Jazz bands, in a day of workshops at NPBHS.

There will be a concert at 7pm, at the NPBHS Hall, on Coronation Ave. on 18th May 

Admission :  Adults $10. and Students $5.

Our May Club Day is on 6th May and will feature Wellington Heads who derived their name from the Wellington landscape around the harbour. This band's music is described as  Chicago/Kansas toe tapping, swing style. Sounds like fun to me.

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, [email protected] 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, [email protected] , 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 https://www.taranakijazzclub.com/whats-on


Editor :Liz Gregorash, [email protected] , Phone 06 7546990

Taranaki Jazz Club, supported by TSB Community Trust:

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