Wellington Jazz Club Newsletter

February 2016

President's Message


This Month's Gig

How to find Meow Cafe

Wellington Jazz Club Gigs Schedule

AGM - Notice of Wellington Jazz Club Annual General Meeting

Register of Club Jazz Musicians

Download Membership Application Form

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President’s Message

On Sunday 6th December the Club hosted a Christmas Extravaganza with three groups providing a 3½ hour feast of fine jazz and entertainment to end another successful year for the Club.

The programme led off at 4pm with ‘B Sharp Five’ led by Cindy Muggeridge on vocals and piano and Marian Carter on vocals and clarinet, with Chris Caudwell on trom, Roger Metcalfe on sousa, and Barry Carter on banjo and drums, and guest artist Neil Billington on harmonica. They performed ‘Blues Stay Away’, ‘Let My Daddy’, ‘Mood Indigo’, ‘Sweet Georgia Brown’, a neat ballad featuring Cindy and Neil, ‘You Don’t Know My Mind’, ‘Sentimental Journey’ and ‘Thanks a Million’. A good balanced combo and well led by Cindy. Interesting arrangements, good vocals and backing; nice to hear some rousing Dixie and great to hear Neil Billington’s spectacular improvisations.

They were followed by Nicole Chesterman Kircher on vocals and Bob Keeton on piano with ‘Lullaby of Birdland’, ‘They Can’t Take That away from Me’, ‘Route 66’, ‘The Girl From Ipanema’, ‘Night and Day’, ‘Spooky’, ‘Cry Me a River’, ‘All of Me’, ‘This Guy’s in Love’, ‘Sunny’, ‘That’s Why the Lady is a Tramp’ and ‘Mas Que Nada’. Nicole dressed up wow! for the occasion and engaged the audience with her vivacious up-front personality and passionate interpretation. Bob provided a flourishing accompaniment with plenty of rhythm and gusto. They invited Neil Billington to join them and it was great to have the opportunity to hear him again.

The final group was ‘HaRRY’ alias Hannah Fraser on vocals and violin and Terry Crayford on piano to finish the evening with ‘Taking A Chance On Love’, ‘Doreen’, ‘Do Nothing ‘Til You Hear From Me’, ‘With You’, ‘That’s What I Thought You Said’, ‘Polka Dots and Moonbeams’, ‘Little Beth’, ‘Angel Eyes’, ‘Quintology’, ‘Is That All There Is’, ‘Dr Moore’s Hospital’, ‘Marjorie’, ‘Round Midnight’, ‘Black Stockings On Vivian Street’ and ‘Morning Train’. Hannah and Terry interweaved smoothly with lovely vocals and empathetic accompaniment and exciting improvisations. Hannah brought out her amplified violin for effect with some numbers, then rounded them off with the lyrics. Some of the items were Terry’s originals and he certainly demonstrated ownership of them.

It was a fun night with variety, excellent entertainment and standard of jazz. We had an almost capacity audience with 116 seated. It was cosy!

The audience was able to enjoy a wide repertoire of swing and blues with some originals thrown in. The vocalists engaged the audience and the instrumental jazz was excellent. It was a great way to finish the year!

For our gig on 21st February 2016, Greg Crayford has put together a program featuring three sets of local stars. The Gig will kick off at 4pm full steam ahead with no support group on this occasion. The order of the performance is still a work in progress but the acts will include:
A swing jazz set from "Wellington Heads" one of Wgtn's longest serving groups.

Performance from the tenor sax duo Oscar Lavën and Richard Thai who were so popular at our October gig. There have been calls from club members to hear them again before a rumoured move back overseas.
A three guitar ensemble, built around the superb playing of Gunter Herbig, Leigh Jackson and Nick Granville playing material largely from the classical realm but with a jazz twist. A bit like Jacques Lousier.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

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


Ray Harris - Club members would have been saddened to hear of the death of Ray Harris. Ray was one of the strongest advocates for Jazz over of several decades. Ray presented a radio programme called "Highway of Jazz” each week on National Radio. At the same time he was the jazz record reviewer and jazz critic for the NZ Listener. He met and interviewed most of the many Jazz greats who visited these shores over a long period.

We extend sincere sympathy to Ray's wife Ann, and his four children. Ray was 86.

Peter Sisson - We regret the passing of Peter. He was born in Nottingham in 1937 and moved to NZ with his wife Gina in 1968 and had two daughters Debbie and Natalie. I self-employed businessman he did volunteer work with the Lions Club, Mary Potter Hospice and many more. He had a love for travelling, water, nature and the great outdoors, dancing, singing, playing tennis, entertaining, listening to jazz and generally living life to the full and encouraging others along the way. Peter was a regular and popular member of the Jazz Club and will be very much missed.

This Month Gig

The next WJC gig will be February 21st, 2016. 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm.
@ Meow Cafe, 9 Edward Street, Wellington

A triple billing:

Guitar Spectacular spotlights three of NZ's finest guitarists. A stellar selection of spectacular strumming and soloing shall serenade your sweet souls. Seriously.

Featuring such classics as Cavatina and Air on a G String, Gunter Herbig, Leigh Jackson and Nick Granville plus (ex-pat kiwi) Tim Robertson on bass and Greg Crayford on drums will cover all possible combinations of stringing styles. Physically breathless, you will be amazed by the extent of the picking, slapping, slaying, burning, tears and tunings. Get down there!

UNTER HERBIG was born in Brazil and grew up in Portugal and Germany. Influenced by such different cultures and aesthetic languages, he has developed a highly personal, charismatic, and expressive style of playing and performance. The balance of Brazilian sensuousness, intense Portuguese passion and German intellect and finesse is the hallmark of his playing.

Since moving to New Zealand in 1989 he has made numerous national concert tours and has a busy performance schedule which has taken him to South America, Central America, and Europe, where he appears as a soloist and chamber musician in concerts and festivals.

He has performed on several live broadcasts on television and radio in New Zealand and Mexico and has recorded for a number of film scores and television documentaries.

He served as the Head of Classical Guitar and Chamber Music at the New Zealand School of Music in Wellington and now teaches Guitar at the School of Music at Auckland University.


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 and is fortunate to have shared the stage with many international and local artists as a Jazz, Rock and Fusion guitarist. Leigh is a gypsy guitar fanatic and fiend. He can play ‘Smoke on The Water’ in all keys on all strings.


Nick Granville:
Wellington based professional jazz musician Nick Granville possesses a huge palette of diverse sounds and styles. He is capable of playing everything from jazz to rock/pop, funk, blues and much more and has performed around the world. As the guitarist on the hit television programme 'Dancing with the Stars' Nick worked with Delta Goodrem, Ronan Keating, Paul Potts and Hayley Westenra.

As the guitarist with the Wellington Jazz Orchestra he has worked with Patti Austin, Steve Smith, Kurt Elling, Eric Marienthal and Bob Shepherd. As a freelance musician he has worked with Bill Cunliffe, Diesel, Chris DeBurgh, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Frankie Stevens, the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and the Vector Wellington Orchestra, to name but a few. Touring NZ regularly and performing approximately 150 gigs / concerts per year, Nick keeps a busy schedule. In addition to performing regularly with his own groups, he works extensively as a first call session musician; Nick can be heard daily on the television programmes 'One News' and 'Breakfast' and on the long running show 'Fair Go'.


Tim Robertson

Tim is resident of London, England. Professional bass and guitar player with 20 years’ experience in music industry, Tim has played with many international artists such as Michael Brecker, Joe La Barbera, John Fedchock, Elaine Page and many more.

We are fortunate to catch Tim for this gig while he's at home visiting family.

Greg Crayford has organised this gig and convinced the musicians to share the bandstand. He is a member of the renowned musical Crayford family and will be remembered for the Rattledog performance at the Club which was interrupted by the earthquake.

From a high-profile musical family, Greg has been performing for more than twenty years as a jazz/show/rock musician with some of the best musicians around including Rodger Fox, Colin Hemmingsen, Johnny Lippiett, Vaughn Roberts, Anita Schwabe, Denys Mason, Lance Su’a, Jonathan Crayford and many, many others. International acts include; The Drifters, The Coasters, Mike Brignola, Bruce Paulson, and national acts; Gray Bartlett, Brendan Dugan, Jodi Vaughan, and Tony Williams.

Greg’s involvement in musical theatre as musical director, drummer, keyboardist, guitarist, and percussionist have included Jesus Christ Superstar, Footloose, West Side Story and Joseph and The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat. He was a member of long-running London-based kapahaka group, Ngāti Rānana, as composer, guitarist and performer. Greg is Head of Music at Rongotai College and leader of Wellington-based band, Pleasure Point.

Tenor Sax Duo

Richard Thai is a quiet storm emerging on the New Zealand jazz scene. Website: www.richardthaimusic.com

(b. 1990), Richard began playing the saxophone at age 11 and the clarinet at age 13. Throughout high school he was encouraged and inspired to pursue music by local Christchurch music teachers Ian Thorpe, Jonathan Prior, Mark Hobson and Mark Walton. After progressing through the Christchurch School of Music playing in various jazz ensembles, orchestras and wind bands he enrolled as a jazz performance major at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. He studied under saxophone luminaries Colin Hemmingsen and Tim Hopkins. From 2010 to 2012 he was a member of the New Zealand School of Music Big Band under the direction of Dr Rodger Fox. The band toured around New Zealand and recorded three albums under Rattle Records.

From 2011-2013 Richard was a member of two prominent Wellington music groups: “Los Bandidos”, an eight-piece Afro-Cuban ensemble and the Tui nominated (2014) “The Jac”, also an eight-piece ensemble specializing in original music. Richard also played with the Wellington Mingus Ensemble under the direction of double bassist Adrian Laird.

From 2013-2015 Richard studied towards a Master of Music in Jazz Studies at the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College, CUNY. Richard has appeared with various ensembles in music festivals throughout New Zealand.

Oscar Lavën is an eclectic saxophonist and multi-instrumentalist based in Wellington, New Zealand.

“I grew up in Tauranga, my parents (Marion Arts and Robert Lavën) are great musicians in their own right. I started playing professionally from age 17 and came to Wellington to do bachelors in classical and jazz performance at Victoria University of Wellington. I learned sax from Colin Hemmingsen.”

Lavën is a busy full time performer, composer and teacher, and has performed internationally and across the country with many ensembles including his quartet, his big band The Neo Hot Jive Orchestra, The Royal New Zealand Airforce Band, Orchestra Wellington, The Rodger Fox Big Band, The Wellington City Shake ‘Em’ On Downers and many others.

Wellington Heads

Named after the striking features on Wellington’s rugged southern coastline, Wellington Heads have been playing in and around the capital city for nigh on 20 years.

Wellington Heads consists of three core songwriter-musicians (Geoff Keith, Neil Worboys, and Bill Wood), who sometimes play as a three piece but for this Club gig will form a sextet with Greg Crayford, Nick van Dijk and James Tait-Jamieson.

Wellington Heads have evolved their own sound through the influences of Chicago blues, Kansas style blue jazz, the swinging rhythm ‘n’ blues of Louis Jordan and Ray Charles, and infused with Pacific/Hawaiian rhythms and Latino feels. Their own songs comment on life experiences with a distinctive Wellington flavour.

Sharp and energetic, the Wellington Heads have played the Tauranga, Manawatu and Nelson Jazz Festivals.

Wellington Heads have recorded four albums, their last ‘A Night on the Town’ released on ODE records. This critically acclaimed album continued their unique sound with a mix of rhythm ‘n’ blues, swing, soul and Latino grooves. In combining this with their previous albums Wellington Heads have built an extensive repertoire of eclectic original songs. A fifth album, nearing completion is due for release early in 2016.

The line-up for the Jazz Club performance is:
Neil Worboys – vocals, guitar, harmonica
Bill Wood – guitars
Geoff Keith – bass
Greg Crayford – drums
Nick van Dijk – trombone, trumpet
James Tait-Jamieson – saxophones

AGM - Notice of Wellington Jazz Club Annual General Meeting

for year 1st Jan 2015 to 31st Dec 2015
will be held on 20th March at 6.00pm
At Meow Event Venue, 9 Edwards St, Wellington.

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.

Food at Meow. In addition to snacks and toasted sandwiches ($8 to
$12) the Meow has a 3 course dinner menu with mains at $14.


Register of Club Jazz Musicians

During the year the Club received occasional requests from members of the public for contact with jazz musicians or combos for specific events. It is proposed to establish a register of local jazz musicians and combos with contact details. Members of the Wellington Jazz Club who are active musicians and would like to be included on this register, please contact Mike Bain to advise your bio and contact details. Phone: (04) 934 2271.



Note: You must have Adobe Acrobat Reader to view the registration form. Adobe Acrobat Reader can be downloaded free directly from the Adobe website.

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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


Future Vacancy Wellington Jazz Club Gigs Organiser/Planner Position

Chris Caudwell has advised the Jazz Club committee that he wishes to step down from the position of Gigs Organiser/Planner at the annual general meeting in March 2016. Chris will have completed ten years in the job and now feels he needs more time to devote to other causes.

Phone Chris on (04) 963 3204 to discuss this voluntary position of influence.


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, has kindly offered a 20% discount to all members of Wellington Jazz Club.

Her creative team at Amethyst Sky Web Design takes care of all your website needs, including website hosting, website design and development, training on how to edit your website, as well as ongoing support.

She has also built websites for notable musicians such as Geoff Culverwell, David Feehan, and Coco Favre as well as Wellington Capital Performing Arts.

A website can cost as little as $200 for a one-page website, or $400 for a 10-page website with lots of features and flexibility, including YouTube videos.

To find out more, email Marie and let her know you are a member of Wellington Jazz Club to get your $20 discount!







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