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On Sunday 19th October the Club hosted leading jazz vocalist David Feehan with a star-studded group comprising fellow vocalists Coco Favre and Dawn Elder backed by Andre Paris on soprano and alto saxes, Ben Hunt on trumpet, Rodger Fox on trombone, Daniel Hales on keyboard, Andy Mauafua on guitar, Pete Arbuckle on bass, Shaun Feehan on percussion, and Olivia Campion on drums, with Mike Horlor on sound. They played a great mix of standards with some jazz rock, R&B and soul with some excellent arrangements (many credited to Chris Selley), including ‘Autumn Leaves’, ‘You Can’t Always Get’, ‘Baby It’s Cold Outside’, ‘Don’t Say Goodbye’, ‘It Don’t Mean a Thing If It Ain’t Got that Swing’, ‘They Didn’t Believe Me’, ’Mis Impulsos Sobre Ti’, ‘Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered’, ‘You’re Gonna See a Lot of Me’, ‘You Took Advantage’, ‘Stormy Monday Blues’ and ‘Mack the Knife’. It was an excellent variety performance with great singing and very good backing by a top-class line up.

The performance was preceded by local swing and Dixie band ‘City Jazz’ with Grant Hannis on trumpet and vocals, Arthur Grimes on tenor, Steve Holt on trombone, Don Franks on banjo and guitar, Peter Holt on keyboard, Jason Wilcox on bass, Don Mander on drums and Mike Bain on clarinet, alto and tenor. We played some nice Dixie arrangements of ‘Roses of Picardy’, ‘Muskrat Ramble’, ‘Royal Garden Blues’ and ‘Clarinet Marmalade’, sweet arrangements of ‘A Nightingale Sang in Berkley Square’, Hoagy Carmichael’s ‘Rockin’ Chair’, ‘Somethin’ Stupid’, Count Basie’s ‘Royal Flush’, and finished off with a driving version of ‘Route 66’.

The next meeting on Sunday 16th November will be at James Cook Hotel, and will feature one of New Zealand’s indisputably leading jazz pianists, the ever-popular Doug Caldwell, on a return visit from Christchurch to the Wellington Jazz Club. He last visited the Club in June 2013 and performed brilliantly to a capacity audience at Chicago with Collette Jansen on vocals backed by Paul Dyne on bass and Roger Sellers on drums. This time he will have the same line-up again and, because of their popularity and expected larger audience numbers, we will relocate to a larger venue at the James Cook Hotel. This also allows Doug to play on their wonderful Grand Piano.

From from 4.00pm – 4.45pm pre-concert entertainment will be provided by Club Member Shaun Johnson on the hotel’s Grand Piano. Shaun is the popular resident pianist at the Hotel and has an incredibly wide repertoire, despite being totally blind. He is an inspirational and unique pianist, and this is an opportunity for members to experience his brilliant playing first-hand.

Seating will be first in-first served, so it is recommended that members come early to get a good seat for what is guaranteed to be a memorable night’s entertainment with best quality jazz from the masters.

The Jazz Club is an excellent venue for entertaining friends and celebrating special events and listening to great jazz played by top-class musicians. Members are encouraged to organise a party and enjoy the best jazz that the Capital has to offer in convivial and friendly surroundings over a tipple or two and a nice meal.

Those who are not yet members will be most welcome to join the Club in helping to keeping the jazz ball bouncing along.

See y’all at the James Cook on 16th November.

Mike Bain
Wellington Jazz Club
Contact Phone: (04) 934 2271



Sunday 16th November 2014 5pm - 7.15pm Doug Caldwell @ James Cook Hotel

Doug Caldwell (from Christchurch especially for the Jazz Club) will present a programme of Jazz standards with 'just a couple of Be-bop things’ on the grand piano at James Cook Hotel. Jazz pianist, composer, musical director, recording artist and arranger, Doug is one of the country’s foremost jazz musicians.

Doug will be accompanied by Paul Dyne and Roger Sellers and joined by Colette Jansen with vocals. Paul and Roger performed for Wellington Jazz Club in June as the Boptet.

From 4.00pm – 4.45pm pre-concert entertainment will be provided by James Cook Hotel's resident pianist Shaun Johnson who has an incredibly wide repertoire.




Music Works will give Wellington Jazz Club Members 10% discount on any musical supplies on production
of Club Membership Card.

They are worth a visit!

Music Works
31 Ghuznee Street
Ph: 389 7012



First impressions count and they’re often impossible to erase. A website allows you to showcase you or your band's true personality.

A good website will change someone’s perception of who you are and what you do. It’s one of the best marketing moves you will ever make, but a poorly designed website will diminish your credibility and make you look like an amateur.

People need to see (and hear) what you offer before deciding whether or not to engage you or pass on an opportunity. You may have a video on Youtube or something on Facebook or Twitter, but a website can put all these things together in one place where people can find you - then it really boils down to the opinion of people who have the ability to make things move for you.

A website proves that you’re "walking your talk". Not having a website immediately cancels those claims.

Marie, who built and continues to maintain the Wellington Jazz Club website, has kindly offered to build a website for any of our club members to give them the chance of having their very own website, and a 25% discount goes along with that. You can contact Marie on 027 243 3530 or via her website Amethyst Sky Web Design and mention that you are a member of our club.



Wellington Jazz Club gigs are normally held on the third Sunday of the month @ Chicago Sports Café, Queens Wharf, Wellington. Main band 5pm to 7.15pm.

Sunday 19th October 2014 - 5pm to 7:15 @ Chicago - David Feehan and Friends
David last entertained us in August 2012. Graham Kelly in his review said. “A packed audience at our Aug Concert heard an outstanding mixture of standards and contemporary singing from David and his friends. Accompanied by a seven piece backing band of leading professional musicians”.
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Sunday 16th November 2014 - 5pm @ James Cook Hotel - Doug Caldwell, Jazz pianist, Paul Dyne (Bass), Roger Sellars (drums), and vocalist Colette Jansen.

4:00 to 4:50pm Shaun Johnson, who has been playing the piano at James Cook Hotel for over 30 years.

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Sunday 7th December 2014 - 4.00pm - 7.00pm @ Chicago - Christmas Piano Extravaganza
The Jazz Club’s end of year celebration will feature four groups and five pianists, staring Terry Crayford and exciting and infectious jazz violinist and vocalist, Hannah Fraser.
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Aspire Big Band seeking Musicians

The Aspire Big band based in Tawa is seeking a small number of skilled reading jazz musicians on either a short or long-term basis, but it is not necessary that people commit long-term.

There is some flexibility as the exact instruments that will be suitable because many of the band's existing musicians are versatile and can swap instruments.

Dates of imminent gigs are:

Sunday 16 November daytime: Toast Martinborough

Saturday 29 November daytime: Recording second album in Tawa with Rata Records

New Year's Eve - dinner till midnight: Tirohana Estate, Martinborough

The band rehearses Monday 7:30pm. Contact Gavin Knight 027 251 1176.

Aspire Big Band's website



As well as the Wellington Jazz Club’s regular Gig at Chicago on the third Sunday of each month there is an ever changing opportunity to hear live jazz in central city local bars and restaurants.

Rogue and Vagabond in Garrett Street, off Cuba Street.
(Free Jazz on Sundays 4-6pm)

Veni Vidi Vici Café (previously the Istanbul Restaurant) in Cuba Street.
(Live music every Friday from 7pm)

The Realm Bistro and Bar at 7 Moxham Ave, Hataitai. Live jazz on the 1st Wednesday of each month, 7-9pm, with different guest artists, led by Greg Crayford.

Hummingbird Sunday Night Jazz 7.30-9.30pm. Generous offer of 10% off food and drink to Wellington Jazz Club members if you show your membership card.


Wellington Jazz Club member John Kliem provides a free email service to the jazz community. John will distribute, to his database of several hundred email addresses, notification of gigs in Wellington. This is a passive service. He forwards notification, as received from the gig publicist.

If you wish to receive his free gig notifications Email John.
You will not receive any spam and you can remove yourself from the list at any time.

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Members of Wellington Jazz Club are invited to advertise the jazz band in which they perform on this website.

Send a copy of your ad to: Bob Laybourn



The Wellington Jazz Club Band plays several times a year at our regular gigs prior to the main 5pm performances.

The Club wants to involve as many members as possible in this activity.

If you are a musician, as well as a Jazz Club member, and want to play, please contact committee member, Graham Kelly, who leads the band.

The band will be playing before the December Gig.



Quality Jazz Club Caps

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Costume Hire

Our Club is also now actively supported by Creative Show Off Costume Hire. They have a great range of costumes for any occasion. They have offered 10% discount to members of Wellington Jazz Club on production of their Membership Card.

Address: 1st Floor, 89 Thorndon Quay, Wellington.

Phone: (04) 4739988


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Thursday: 12pm - 7.00pm
Saturday: 10am - 3.30pm
Sunday: Closed



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