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Coming to Taranaki Jazz Club
Sunday April 7th
LIVE at the Mayfair

Described as 'Smokin Hot' High Society come to us fresh from Napier's Art Deco Festival where they have "amped up the atmosphere in a string of sold out shows and festivals.

Led by vocalist Nicole Chesterman Kircher born in Australia to NZ parents, Nicole has had a 23 year career singing in rock/cabarets, dinner theatre and musicals her band treats audiences to the most beloved jazz numbers the world over. From Rogers & Hammerstein, Etta James and Amy Winehouse to Tony Bennett and much more.

Joining Nicole are well known musicians Greg Crayford drums, Phil Costello saxophone, Michael Duffy double bass and Robert Keeton on keyboard.

Doors open 4pm for a 4.30pm start at The Mayfair, Devon St West, New Plymouth.

Admission: Adults $30. Jazz Club Member $15. and Students$4.

Ritz Big Band Review:

Sunday the 3rd of March was a feast of Big Band sound provided by Taranaki's own Ritz Big Band. Under the direction of Robin Wells, the band filled the Mayfair with memories of some of our favourite tunes. With vocal sets by Unity Wara , and Mike Gordon, the audience was entertained for a full 2 hours.

The Ritz Band has been on the scene for many years, with the first band being formed over 15 years ago. It was started by one of the most well known Taranaki musicians, Warren Orr, with some of the original players, a lot of them well known music teachers, still in the band. After Warren sadly passed away, the band went into recess for a couple of years, only to reappear in it's current form.

I counted a total of over 30 songs performed so it is impossible to discuss them all here, but of course there are a few that really stood out for me. The Miles Davis standard 'Four' was great with some stand out sax, trombone and lead guitar solos. The band has been working on some new tunes, which we hadn't heard before like ' I've been Working on the Railroad' and 'Birdland'. I really enjoyed these new arrangements. 'Birdland' featured an amazing solo by the lead guitar player. Another really good piece was ' Cage Free Trombones' featuring, of course, the trombone section.

Unity gave us some of our favourites like 'Stormy Weather', 'Paper Moon" and 'New York ,New York' and a new one 'Invitation to Dance'. It was great to see a couple of people take up that invitation and take to the floor.

Mike Gordon, as always, entertained us with some of his smooth vocals like ' When I Fall in Love, 'Moon River' and ' Don't get around much Anymore'. 
As I said at the beginning this was a feast of music with some outstanding performancs by very fine musicians.  Catch them at East End beach on the 23rd of March to mark the end of the summer season.

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

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

Taranaki Jazz Club, supported by TSB Community Trust:

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