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Come Fly with Us and the very best of The Crooners
19 November 2017
Local jazz vocalist James Tait-Jamieson pays tribute to the kings of croon (Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Dean Martin, Bobby Darin, Andy Williams, Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole, Mel Tormé, Perry Como and Sammy Davis Jr.) with the best songs and most interesting life stories of these talented men. With guest vocalist April Phillips
James - voice, saxophone
April Phillips- vocals
Ayrton Foote - piano
Wynton Newman - double bass
Sam McKenzie - drum set
James is a sax player and singer from Palmerston North, New Zealand. After falling in love with jazz in his teens he went on to study at the New Zealand School of Music and then on to the graduate program at the University of Nevada Las Vegas.
Living in “The Entertainment Capital of the World”, James had the opportunity to perform regularly on the Las Vegas Strip and beyond, honing his craft in front of audiences at Caesar's Palace, The Bellagio, Wynn Las Vegas and Four Seasons at the Mandalay Bay but to name a few.
After graduating from UNLV and moving home to New Zealand he quickly started working with Wellington lounge band Shaken Not Stirred and did a year-long stint as saxophonist in The BoPtet at the Lido Café with Roger Sellers and Paul Dyne (New Zealand’s longest running jazz gig).
In 2007 James debuted his musical review show Sons of Sinatra with internationally renowned trombonist and band leader Rodger Fox. The show has featured regularly at jazz festivals and concert venues all over New Zealand since then.
In 2010 he joined legendary Wellington musical comedy trio Hot Club Sandwich and started teaching Contemporary Performance Music at UCOL in Palmerston North.
Highlights over the past few years have been two month-long New Zealand tours and a week in Norfolk Island with Hot Club Sandwich and two trips to Fiji to perfom with blues singer Mahia Blackmore’s Paradise Band.
James is currently residing in Brooklyn, Wellington where he is a member of the Rodger Fox Wellington Big Band and performs regularly with groups such as The Andrew London Trio and The Wellington Heads.
He is working on his first recording under his own name - a Michael Bublé-style jazz vocal album with big band and strings.
April is a professional actor and recorded singer. In addition to singing in various bands and at jazz festivals her TV appearances include multiple performances on Television New Zealand's "Good Morning" Show and "Breakfast Show" and the TV satirical series "McPhail an d Gadsby" alongside Jon Gadsby and David McPhail. She released her debut jazz album in 2004 and has since donated 100% of her income from that album to Make A Wish New Zealand. She recently recorded a follow up song called "What I'd Do For You" for Make A Wish New Zealand.
Phillips also released an album of her own original pop songs called "Tempting Fate" and appears on a collaborative Nat King Cole tribute CD "Unforgettable". https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/April_Phillips
Listen to her at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eyyaa2jwzpU&list=PLRedQZS8i9jAuqgfELDUYRcKvr5MlhN2S&index=8
Ayrton was born in Auckland but spent high school years in Wanganui. He graduated Bachelor of Music (BMUS) at the New Zealand School of Music, Wellington. He has always loved jazz music especially the use of improvisation. This has naturally led him to the discovery of being able to do the same with what the piano does in Latin and Salsa music with which we call Montunos. I also really enjoy the rhythmic diversity of Latin American music.
Wynton is currently undertaking his honours degree at the New Zealand School of Music, studying Jazz Performance on bass.
He has played extensively around Wellington in many different bands with styles ranging from straight ahead jazz, afro beat, funk, latin and salsa music. He looks forward to be returning and playing for the Wellington Jazz Club again!
Sam is a second year student, studying Jazz Performance at The New Zealand School of Music. Sam has already had the opportunity to perform with renowned American Jazz artists including Dick Oatts, Luis Bonilla and Alex Sipiagin, as well as having played with New Zealand's Rodger Fox Big Band. Having played in many different venues he looks forward to playing at the Wellington Jazz Club for the first time!
Ayrton Foot was born in Auckland but spent high school years in Wanganui. He graduated Bachelor of Music (BMUS) at the New Zealand School of Music, Wellington. He has always loved jazz music especially the use of improvisation. This has naturally led him to the discovery of being able to do the same that the piano does in Latin and Salsa music which we call Montunos. He also really enjoys the rhythmic diversity of Latin American music.