Wellington Jazz Club Gigs

August 20th at Meow 5:00 to7.00pm

Hot Café
Hot Café are New Zealand’s leading exponents of European gypsy jazz, a style of lyrical swing music made famous in Paris by Stephane Grappelli and Django Reinhardt during the 1930’s. Their band, The Quintette of the Hot Club of France, became hugely popular both before and after the Second World War, selling many records to thousands of devotees across Europe.
Since then, this tuneful style of music has spread world-wide beyond Europe, with players and fans to be found from the USA to Japan. The appeal to listeners is not only in the exciting rhythms and spectacular guitar and violin technique that drive the faster numbers, but also in the slower evocative melodies that characterise the romantic side of the genre. The blend of acoustic instruments - violin, guitars and upright bass - is a refreshing departure from loud amplified music.
Hot Café is a Wellington based band, who’s playing can be heard at; intimate dinners, parties and weddings, public concerts and festivals. The four members all have successful music careers. Featuring
Nik Brown, Violin. Remember the Warratahs? Read more
Leigh Jackson, Guitar. Leigh Jackson was born ‘within the sound of Bow Bells’ in Marylebone, London and has been playing the guitar since an early age. His first influence was through his uncle in London who was a recognised player in the gypsy and flamenco style. Leigh moved to New Zealand in his teens and has been playing professionally for 30 years For Bio see http://ratastudios.co.nz/leigh-jackson/ Listen at Leigh Jackson playing Cherokee.
Nick Granville, Guitar. We heard him last month with Rodger Fox Big Band and last year he bought his own Big Band to The Jazz Club. For Bio see http://www.nickgranville.com/biography.html
Nick Tipping, Bass. Recently completed PhD at NZ School of Music. Presents his own jazz programme on Radio NZ. His own group, The Jac, have released two albums - Listen to their latest ‘The Green Hour” at The Jac
Read Bio at Nick Tipping

Next Gig is on 17th April 2016 - at Meow from 4:00 to 7:00 pm.

Big Band & Nick Granville

Nick Granville leads his own groups which play regularly around Wellington, and around New Zealand at the major jazz festivals. He is a founding member of the Wellington Jazz Orchestra. Nick has released four CD's as a band leader and has played on many recordings, film scores, television and radio programmes.

Nick has taught at the New Zealand School of Music, Goodtime Music Academy, Musicworks retail stores, Christchurch Jazz School (CPIT), Otago University, Auckland University and at jazz festivals all around NZ. Nick has performed around the world and recorded in the best studios (including Capitol Recording Studio A, Los Angeles).
Nick has a Master’s degree with first class honours in jazz performance from the University of Auckland.

The New Zealand School of Music Big Band

This band is no longer a secret, the New Zealand School of Music Big Band under the musical direction of New Zealand’s best known jazz and big band leader Rodger Fox is one of the most exciting additions to the New Zealand big band scene. Featuring some of the country’s best up - and - coming jazz talent drawn from the cream of the New Zealand School of Music.

The band has appeared in concert with major artists such as Mike Nock, Jon Papenbrook, trombonist Jim Pugh (performed with Steely Dan and the great Woody Herman Big Band), trumpeter Clay Jenkins, Mr. Georgie Fame, International saxophone artist Bob Sheppard and the Sinatra “Lives” concert series.

The band performs a cross-section of material made famous by bands and artists such as Woody Herman, Bob Mintzer, Buddy Rich, and Bill Holman, Count Basie and Maynard Ferguson.

Roaring big band music featuring some of Wellington’s best up and coming jazz talent.

How to find Meow Cafe

Meow is hidden away in the middle of the block between Manners, Willis and Victoria Streets. It is a brick building which you can see 50 meters ahead of you along Edward Street from Victoria Street. There is also a walkway through buildings from the corner of Manners and Victoria, and you can also walk under cover from Willis Street through the Food Court. You could arrange to be dropped off at Meow but Edward Street is narrow and you cannot park there. Parking is available free in the surrounding streets, especially Willis Street and Victoria Street (beyond the present roadworks). There is plenty of parking in Wilson's multi-storey carpark (access off Willis Street) for $2 an hour (take a ticket and pay before exit). After parking there you can take the lift to Ground and walk through the Food Court to Meow.







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