This Month's Gig: Sunday 16th February - Linn Lorkin
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On Sunday 8h December 2013 the Club hosted a brilliant performance by one of NZ’s leading Dixieland bands, the ‘Dixielanders’ The Auckland-based ‘Dixielanders’ is led by Lindsay Meech on trumpet, with French clarinettist Michel Salomon, Bob Ward on trom, John Wilcox on keyboard, Glyn Frewin on bass and Owen Kneebone on drums.
They played a good selection of Dixie and Blues standards including ‘At the Jazz Band Ball’, ‘I’m Crazy About My Baby’, ‘Mood Indigo’, ‘Original Dixieland One Step’, ‘Sugar’, ‘I Found a New Baby’, ‘Louisiana Fairytale’, ‘That’s a’Plenty’, ‘Apex Blues’, ‘Clarinet Marmalade’, ‘You’re Driving me Crazy’, ‘Wolverine Blues’, ‘Mandy, Make Up Your Mind’, ‘The Da Da Strain’, ‘Wild Man Blues’, ‘Riverboat Shuffle’, ’Petit Fleur’, ‘Rosetta’, and ‘Panama’.
Lindsay and Bob shared the vocals and the band quickly established a warm rapport with the capacity audience, who responded enthusiastically to the tight well-rehearsed ensemble arrangements and excellent improvising.
All the members of the band were featured, with Lindsay playing an excellent lead, Michel playing smooth and innovative clarinet solos, Bob playing a very accurate and punchy trombone, John very dependable and supportive keyboard with some lovely improvising, Glyn tireless walking bass, and Owen with dynamic rhythmic drumming and great drum breaks, never missing a beat.
The band was top-class and a delight to listen to.
I asked Lindsay how the band had achieved such tight confident ensemble arrangements. He advised that great bands such as Eddie Condon’s had established good routines which could be depended on to produce good results. Listening to the great Dixieland bands of yesteryear gave a good basis for playing the music that made them famous. So, there you are! The band enjoyed their visit to the Capital and is keen to come back! Lindsay later wrote “…All the guys had a great time and really enjoyed the blow, the venue and the fine audience …”
Support entertainment was provided by our own Wellington Jazz Club Band led by Graham Kelly on keyboard, with Chris Anderson on alto, Alfred Memelink on tenor, Chris Caudwell on trom, Paul Goodhead on guitar, Noel Evans on bass and Bob Little on drums. They played a selection of popular well-known swing standards including ‘Do You Know What it Means to Miss New Orleans’, ‘Honeysuckle Rose’, ‘I Get A Kick Out Of You’, ‘Tangerine’, ‘Softly As The Morning Sunrise’, ‘Hymn To Freedom’ and ‘All Of Me’ with some excellent improvising. They received a warm reception from the audience who had come early to enjoy them and to get good seats for the main event. The whole event on 8th December was brilliant and most fitting to finish a year of great jazz entertainment.
The Line-up for next year is already looking great.
The first gig for 2014 will be on Sunday 16th February when we will host famous jazz vocalist Linn Lorkin, from Auckland with her own backing group. She performs internationally and we are very lucky to be able to engage her. This will certainly be another event ‘not to be missed’.
You have an active enthusiastic Executive which is producing good results for the Club and is a pleasure to work with. Unfortunately Bob Laybourn wishes to stand down as Secretary at the 2014 AGM.
As I always say, 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 and a nice inexpensive meal.
A big welcome to new member Janice Campbell. 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 on 16th February at the Chicago for a great intro to 2014.
Wellington Jazz Club
Contact Phone: (04) 934 2271
THIS MONTH'S GIG:Sunday 16th February 2014 @ Chicago
Linn Lorkin - Piano & Vocals
The phenomenally talented Linn Lorkin is based in Auckland but has performed all over the world. She was featured with her own trio at the famed Ronnie Scott's jazz club in London and regularly tours in Europe and Australia as the lead singer in The Jews Brothers Band and French Toast. Her theatre credits include several years of experimental theatre and most recently the performance of shows about different slices of her life, musical utobiographies.
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NEED A WEBSITE?Members of the Wellington Jazz Club can get a professional looking website at a fraction of the cost. Marie who built the website for our club in April 2009 and continues to maintain our website has kindly offered all our club members a discount on the build fee and the chance to have their own website.
If you would like to take advantage of this generous offer, please contact Marie via her website Amethyst Sky Web Design and mention that you are a member of our club.
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WELLINGTON JAZZ CLUB GIGSNormally on the third Sunday of the month but not in Nov & Dec 2013 when they are on the second Sunday @ Chicago Sports Cafe, Queens Wharf, Wellington. Main band 5pm to 7.15pm.
Sunday 16th February 2014 - Linn Lorkin - The phenomenally talented Linn Lorkin has performed all over the world. She was featured with her own trio at the famed Ronnie Scott's jazz club in London and regularly tours in Europe and Australia as the lead singer in The Jews Brothers Band and French Toast.
Sunday 16th March 2014 – Hot Cafe with Leigh Jackson and Nik Brown Nik Brown's passionate violin playing, combined with the hot gypsy rhythms and soaring solos of the guitars makes for a passionate, exciting blend of jazz, paying homage to Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappeli in the style of the Hot Club of France.
TRIBUTES TO WELLINGTON JAZZ GREATS
In the tradition of Wellington Jazz Club tributes to Bob Barcham in 2011, Terry Crayford in 2012, and Rodger Fox in 2013, Wellington Jazz Club will be presenting “A Tribute to Kevin Clark” in May 2014.
Please see our Gigs Calendar for other exciting events...
BART STOKES - It is with regret that we heard of the passing of distinguished jazzman Bart Stokes who died on Sunday 19th January at the age of 82.
Bart was a fine jazz sax and trumpet player in the Wellington jazz scene for many years, then worked overseas for about 20 years as a soloist, writer, arranger and musical director, including some time in Madeira where he wrote musical arrangements for Danish and German television. Bart returned to New Zealand in 1980.
Tribute to Bart Stokes
OTHER JAZZ GIGS
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.
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JAZZ CLUB MUSICIANS - WANT TO PLAY?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.
MUSICIAN WANTING TO PLAYClement Rioland is a French musician who recently arrived in Wellington and wishes to become involved in the Jazz scene. He has played the saxophone at a professional level in France and is keen to join a Jazz Band. clement.rioland2gmail.com
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