Come Fly with Us and the very best of The Crooners


5:00 t0 7:00 pm. 19 November 2017. At Meow
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.

James - voice, saxophone
Ayrton Foote - piano
Wynton Newman - double bass
Sam McKenzie - drum set

James Tait-Jamieson

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 Bobptet 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.
In 2015 james joined the Rodger Fox Big band on alto sax.

Highlights over the past few years have been two month-long Arts On Tour New Zealand tours and a week in Norfolk Island with Hot Club Sandwich, two trips to Fiji to perfom with blues singer Mahia Blackmore’s Paradise Band and a performance at the 2017 Monterey Jazz Festival in california with the Rodger Fox Big band.

James is currently residing in Brooklyn, Wellington where he performs regularly with his own groups groups as well as The Andrew London Trio, The Wellington Heads, C26 salsa band and of course RFBB.
He is working on his first recording under his own name - a Michael Bublé-style jazz vocal album with big band and strings.

Ayrton Foote-Keys


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 Newman


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!

Here is an extract from a Fairfax NZ News article on James Tait-Jamieson from the Stuff web-site dated 02/10/2012

“Growing up on an organic dairy farm outside Palmerston North, the jazz crooner was exposed to music early on through his dad who, before his farming days, was a professional musician.

Tait-Jamieson said his first introduction to jazz, however, was through Phil Broadhurst's The Art of Jazz programme on Concert FM, which his dad used to tape.

"We'd listen to the tapes in the car as he drove me to school each weekday morning.’I was exposed to a fantastic mix of classic jazz and new releases, which gave me an excellent appreciation of the genre."

The farm job he took on at home after high school was a brief hiatus, before he became fascinated by the grooviness, complexity, and freedom of jazz music and headed to Massey University to study for a Bachelor of Music degree in jazz studies.

"The first jazz singer to make an impression on me was Australian crooner Vince Jones," he said. "I was also taken by the music of saxophonists Stan Getz and Gerry Mulligan, and trumpeter Miles Davis."

After completing his degree in 2002, Tait-Jamieson was awarded a full fees waiver by the university to complete a postgraduate honours programme in jazz performance.

During this time he started to get serious about singing, tuning his ear to the likes of Harry Connick Junior, Chet Baker and Kurt Elling.

After graduating, he left New Zealand to take up a paid graduate assistant position at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

"Here I was able to hone my musical talents in voice, clarinet and flute, and played either lead alto or lead tenor in UNLV's top jazz big band.

"Working with a diverse range of musicians and bands here, and in the US, has made for a really interesting life," he said.

With a Master of Music degree tucked under his arm, Tait- Jamieson returned home to New Zealand in 2007.

Since his return, the crooner has played in Vaughn Roberts' big band, and debuted his own musical review show, Sons of Sinatra, with musical director Rodger Fox.
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Meow 15 October 5:00 to 7:00

The Pleasure Point Quintet & guests


For the Wellington Jazz Club concert Greg Crayford has put together a small group of high profile, talented, popular individuals to present ballads, swing and latin standards. Personnel includes Rodger Fox (trombone), Nick Granville (guitar) and Paul Mouncey (bass), James Tait-Jamieson (sax).
More musical cooperative than defined ensemble, the name Pleasure Point has become synonymous with classic jazz in its purest form – improvised on the gig by artists who know the material and enjoy each other’s company and musicianship.
Under the leadership of Greg Crayford since 2005, jazz night at The Realm is now Wellington’s longest continuously running jazz residency - twelve years and going strong. This feat has been accomplished by keeping things interesting and varied. People keep coming back! The atmosphere is light and you can always be assured of a good time, listening to high quality jazz as it used to be.
Two live albums include Rattledog! featuring a veritable who’s who of NZ jazz. It was made very famous by capturing the sound of the 6.6 earthquake that hit Wellington on 21st July, 2013. The subsequent YouTube footage received over 20,000 hits within 24 hours and was on news websites all over the globe. Wellington Earthquake Caught on Live Album Recording - Realm of Jazz, Wellington Jazz Club
Since that concert the band has continued working, with a recent tally up showing around fifty of NZ’s finest musicians performing with the ensemble, at venues all over the country.

Greg Crayford

Greg has over thirty years professional experience, primarily as a jazz musician.
Holding a post-graduate degree in performance jazz drums (B.A. Mus. Hons), he has played with some of the best people in the business, mostly as a freelancer. He is a member of several groups: his own - ‘Pleasure Point’ - which has various combinations, the most popular being the sextet. This band has played at most of NZ’s national and international jazz festivals.
As a teacher he holds an education degree (B. Ed.) and teaching diploma (Dip. Tchg.) and is currently Head of Music at Rongotai College in Wellington (thirteen years). For seven years he ran the National High School Jazz Workshops and the NZ Youth Jazz Orchestra, involving thousands of students in that time, from all over NZ, many of whom have gone on to professional music careers
Greg’s involvement in musical theatre as musical director, drummer, keyboardist, guitarist and percussionist have included Jesus Christ Superstar, Footloose, Joseph and The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, Grease, West Side Story, Platinum Vinyl, Oliver! and many others.
Greg was a member of long-running London- based kapahaka group, Ngati Ranana, as composer, guitarist and performer. His music was recorded in London as soundtrack for a documentary made by Greenpeace, plus he performed in the Royal Albert Hall and Westminster Abbey, amongst other notable venues.

Rodger Fox


A music teacher, jazz educator, trombonist extraordinaire and big band leader, Dr Rodger Fox has played alongside some of the world’s greatest performers..
Now a lecturer at the New Zealand School Of Music, Rodger Fox received an honorary doctorate of music from Massey University in 2005, two years after he was made an officer of the New Zealand Order Of Merit. Rodger Fox has received no fewer than six jazz gongs at the NZ Music Awards. Astonishingly, over the past four decades, the various Rodger Fox Big Band ensembles have released over three dozen full-length albums. The Big Band has recently performed at the Monterey Jazz festival

Paul Mouncey Bass Guitar


Since graduating from Massey University with a Bachelor of Music Paul has been performing in the Wellington scene for many years most notably with original rock/funk band OdESSA. He has also worked extensively in the local jazz scene as well as playing on cruise ships touring the Mediterranean and Caribbean. His high level skills and easy working manner make him one of the most in-demand bass players around.

Nick Granville

Nick is a professional guitarist, teacher and session musician who has worked with artists as diverse as Chris de Burgh, Ronan Keating, Delta Goodrem, Steve Smith, Mike Stern, Joey Defrancesco, Eric Marienthal, Kurt Elling and with the band on New Zealand's "Dancing with the Stars". Nick 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 - also known as the Rodger Fox Big Band. Nick has released five CD's as a band leader and has played on many recordings, film scores, television and radio programs. Nick has a masters degree with first class honours in jazz performance from the University of Auckland.

James Tait-Jamieson

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 Bob Ptet 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.



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