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This Month's Gig: Sunday 15th March 2015 @ Chicago - Big Band Excitement: Aspire Big Band

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On Sunday 15th February the Club hosted Geoff Culverwell with an outstanding group of young jazz musicians including Ashton Sellers on guitar, Matt Steele on keyboard, Sam Thomson on bass and Thomas Friggens on drums. Geoff himself played trumpet, pocket trumpet and flugel and also sang a few items and featured an interesting electronic effect for duo and echo trumpet and voice. The performance was ‘fiery and dynamic’, interesting and brilliant! Someone used the term ‘subliminal’ meaning that the music seemed to rise naturally from the inside of the performers. The music just seemed to pour out of each player as though they were born to it and they played with intensity to produce some great jazz.

Geoff started the programme with an interesting and entertaining insight into his world of jazz-making and the art of improvising with reminisces and anecdotes. Then his dynamic group joined him with two hours of great jazz. Their performance included ‘Moments Notice’, ‘Adriana’, Sudden Samba Fit’, ‘Summer Time’, ‘After Hours’, ‘Seven Steps Drum, ‘Dienda’, ‘Beatrice’, Ran Khan Khan’, ‘Detour Ahead’, ‘Little Sunflower’, ‘I Had a Dream Fit’, ‘ Flintstones’, and finished with ‘St Deny’.

On Sunday 15th March we will host the Aspire Big Band. This will be a great night for our big band fans. The evening will be led off at 4pm with a support band, ‘Trogat’ a NZSM student quartet led by Jon Veitch.

We will also hold our Annual General Meeting at 6pm during the Interval. There are still a lot of subscriptions outstanding and it would be appreciated if these could be paid.

A big welcome to new member Shirley Nesbitt.

See y’all on (/diary.htm?date=2015-03-15 Sunday 15th March)) at Chicago.

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


This Month's Gig: Sunday 15th March @ Chicago - Big Band Excitement: Aspire Big Band

4.00pm–4.50pm: 'Trogat' Student Quartet led by Jonathan Veitch (trombone, guitar, bass and drums)

5.00pm-7.00pm: Aspire Big Band

Aspire Big Band is a full 17-piece jazz orchestra, plus vocalists. They will play popular tunes of the big band era and modern big band tunes. Nothing beats a live big band for making everyone have a good time. Aspire Big Band was formed in 2009 as a vehicle for staff, graduates, and advanced students of the Aspire Music Performance Academy to perform together. The band is still attached to the Academy, but is now widely known in its own right. It has broadcast on radio, performed at various high profile public events around central New Zealand and in 2012 the band released its debut album “Pick Yourself Up”. A second album is to be released in April. The band is led by the Music Director Gavin Knight

Gavin Knight was raised in a musical Salvation Army family in Christchurch. After first picking up a cornet at 7 years of age, by 12 he had developed a passion for trombone.

In 1980 Gavin moved to Wellington. After marrying in 1982, music took a back seat for two decades in order to focus on education, career and family. He resumed his music interest in 2005 studied privately and took a couple of jazz improvisation and bass performance courses at Massey University, during which time he also played in the schools big band under Rodger Fox.

2007 launched his greatest musical success story - the Aspire a music Performance Academy, with a vision to develop musicians who had learned an instrument while at school into live gigging group performers. Gavin, with a few friends, ran courses in Tawa, then in 2009 changed the programme to base it around bands. Jazz big band format was chosen mainly because it caters for a wide range of instruments.

The band's first album - released in 2012- sold out, and a second Swing dance music album is currently in production. Aspire appreciates the support of Wellington Jazz club and our shared values of not only keeping jazz alive, but showing Wellington what fun it is.

The band line-up on Sunday 15th March will be:

Saxes: Phil Costello, John Gualter, Alice Taylor, Alfred Memelink, and Bob Feasey. Trumpets: Phil Daly, Seager Mason, Jonathan Sangster, James Hollings, and David Kyle. Trombones: Mark Bennett, Glenn Walbran, Carly Barton, and Gavin Knight. Drums: Greg Crayford. Percussion: Stefan Sarten. Bass: Peter McGregor. Guitar: Sam McLea. Piano: Michael Willoughby. Vocals: Tabitha Harlow and Ruthanne Kennedy, with guest appearances from Natasha Willoughby and Andrea Coulston.

Come listen to great music that makes you tap your toes and feel happy.



The Annual General Meeting of the Wellington Jazz Club
will be held during the March gig on Sunday 15th March 2015 at:

Chicago Sports Cafe
1 Queen’s Wharf


President's Report to AGM

2014 was another busy and successful year for the Wellington Jazz Club. The 11 gigs during the year featured the following musicians and groups:

16 Feb 2014 - Linn Lorkin (from Auckland)
16 Mar 2014 - Hot Cafe
27 Apr 2014 - Colin Hemmingsen
18 May 2014 - Tribute to Kevin Clark (at Te Wharewaka o Poneke, Wellington)
15 June 2014 - Alda Rezende and The Boptet
20 July 2014 - James Tait-Jamieson
17 Aug 2014 - New Zealand Youth Jazz Orchestra (at Expressions, Upper Hutt)
7 Sept 2014 - Dixie Street (from Australia)
19 Oct 2014 - David Feehan
16 Nov 2014 - Doug Caldwell (from Christchurch) (at James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor, Wellington)
7 Dec 2014 - Christmas Party Piano Extravaganza



Wellington Jazz Club Gigs Schedule

Wellington Jazz Club meets monthly, usually (but not always) on the third Sunday of the month at the Chicago Sports Cafe situated at the Wellington Waterfront. Our Club gigs are open to the public and normally begin at 4:15pm with a support band, followed by the main event at 5:00pm.

Sunday 19 April 2015 5pm to 7.15pm @ Chicago Sports Café - Malcolm McNeill with Terry Crayford, Roger Sellers, & Paul Dyne.

Malcolm is New Zealand's internationally regarded, premier Jazz Singer of Great American Songbook, Contemporary and original songs. He has recently returned from overseas and will be supported with the cream of Wellington’s musicians.

See our Gigs Diary...


Other Jazz Gigs in Wellington

Hummingbird Cafe & Bar, 22 Courtenay Pl, Wellington - Sunday Jazz 7.30-9.30pm. 10% off food and drink to members of Wellington Jazz Club by showing your membership card.

The Rogue & Vagabond - Free Jazz on Sundays 4-6pm

Veni Vidi Vici Italian Restaurant, 156 Cuba Street, Te Aro, Wellington - Live music every Wednesday & Friday from 7pm

The Realm Restaurant & Bar, 7 Moxham Ave, Hataitai, Wellington - Friday Nights in the Liars Bar. (Closed 25.12.2014 to 17.01.2015.)

GROOVE RADIO - now streamed on broadband.



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Music Works

Music Works at 31 Ghuznee Street, Te Aro, Wellington are offering a 10% discount to members of Wellington Jazz Club on production of their Club Membership Card.

Opening Hours:

Monday - Friday 9:00am - 5:30pm

Saturday 9:00am - 4:00pm

Sunday 11:00am - 4:00pm


Costume Hire

Our Club is supported by Creative Showoff Costume Hire at 89 Thorndon Quay, Thorndon, Wellington, who have a great range of costumes for any occasion.

Creative Showoff Costume Hire are offering a 10% discount to members of Wellington Jazz Club Club on production of their Membership Card.

Shop hours:

Monday - Friday: 12pm - 6pm
Thursday: 12pm - 7.00pm
Saturday: 10am - 3.30pm
Sunday: Closed


Need a website?

Marie Ribeiro, who built this website for the Wellington Jazz Club in early 2009 and continues to maintain it for the Club gratis, has kindly offered a 20% discount off the build fee of any website to all members of Wellington Jazz Club.

Her creative team at Amethyst Sky Web Design takes care of all your website needs, offering full web management services: website hosting, design, development and ongoing support.

She has also built websites for notable musicians such as Geoff Culverwell and David Feehan and for Wellington Capital Performing Arts (CPA) which she also continues to maintain.

You can take a look at some of her websites and read what some of her clients have to say.

If you would like to find out more about having a website, please phone Marie on (04) 976 2158 or 022 432 7202 and let her know you are a member of Wellington Jazz Club.