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This Month's Gig: Sunday 17th August 2014 - NZ Youth Jazz Orchestra 2014 @ Expressions Theatre, Upper Hutt

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On Sunday 20th July the Club hosted ex-Las Vegas star (and local boy) James Tait-Jamieson with a seven piece supporting band led by Rodger Fox on trom, with Lex French on trumpet, Jake Baxendale on tenor, Jacqui Nyman on guitar, Dan Hayles on keyboard, Romily Smith on bass and Lauren Ellis on drums. The programme promised a high-energy Las Vegas-style musical tribute to the tradition of Frank Sinatra featuring the best of jazz superstars Michael Buble, Harry Connick Jnr, Jamie Cullum and others. The group certainly delivered! For two hours the Club enjoyed a touch of Las Vegas. James’ performance was slick and professional, and the band arrangements were punchy and dynamic and brilliantly played. With James on vocals and doubling on alto and tenor, the programme included ‘A Foggy Day’, ‘Twenty Something’, ‘The Wind Cries Mary’, ‘Fever’, ‘Moondance’, ‘Whisper Your Name’, ‘Stolen Moments’, ‘Autumn Leaves’, ‘Song For My Father’ and ‘How Sweet It Is’, ‘Heartache Tonight’, ‘Meglio Stasera’, ‘Feeling Good’, ‘High & Dry’, ‘St. Louis Blues’, ‘It Had To Be You’, ‘Can't Buy Me Love’, ‘You Don't Know Me’ and ‘Sway’. It was a topclass performance and James and the band received an enthusiastic response from the capacity audience.

Support entertainment was provided by a group from the Young Musicians Programme, ‘Liz and the Underground Sound’, with trumpeters Elizabeth Cross and Mats Olsthoorn, Harrison Burnard on alto, Lily Shaw on tenor, Kiran Richards on guitar, Hector McLachlan on keyboard, Hugo Olsen-Smith on bass, and alternating drummers Billy Dancer and Sachien Budhia. The group’s front-line ensemble playing was pretty relaxed and the rhythm backing was tight and driving and dynamic with some excellent syncopated bass bouncing the rhythm along gently but firmly. They played ‘Now’s The Time’, ‘My Little Suede Shoes’, ‘The Saints’, ‘Blue Monk’, ‘Alligator Boogaloo’, ‘C Jam Blues’, and ‘Tokyo Blues’. The young jazz musos performed with enjoyment and confidence and they received a good ovation from the capacity audience, which included a
good team of enthusiastic supporters.

The next meeting on Sunday 17th August will feature the NZ Youth Jazz Orchestra at Expressions, Upper Hutt at the usual time 5pm. The Club will be joining in with the NZ Jazz Foundation in staging this event, and it is sure to be another great night’s entertainment for big band enthusiasts. Don’t forget to book early by ringing Expressions. Door sales will be subject to availability of seating, so book early to secure a seat. See later in this newsletter for booking instructions.

Support Band entertainment will be provided by the Wellington College Jazz Big Band, who will lead off the programme at 4pm in the foyer/café area of Expressions. This band has a good reputation, so be sure to be there early to support the performance.

Sunday 17th August is sure to be an exciting night of top quality big band jazz and a special event in the life of the Club, so please don’t miss it.

A big welcome to new member Phil McKinstry. Those who are not yet members will be most welcome to join the Club in helping to keeping the jazz ball bouncing along. Download membership application form.

See y’all on 17th August at Expressions, Upper Hutt.

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

PS: Don’t forget the Members’ 10% discount available at Music Works in Ghuznee St on production of Club Membership Card.



Sunday 17th August 2014 5pm - New Zealand Youth Jazz Orchestra 2014 @ Expressions Theatre, 836 Fergusson Drive, Upper Hutt.

4.00pm – 4.45pm Support Band: Wellington College Jazz Band

Wellington Jazz Club has been fortunate to partner with New Zealand Jazz Foundation to promote a concert of big band music from the New Zealand Youth Jazz Orchestra with New York based trombonist Luis Bonilla.

The New Zealand Youth Jazz Orchestra is selected annually by way of audition, and have completed auditions from under 19 year olds throughout New Zealand. They have been assessed by the two Musical Directors Dave Lisik and Rodger Fox and the selection has been made. Read more


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



Members of the Wellington Jazz Club can get a professional looking website at a fraction of the cost. Marie, who built and maintains the WJC website, has kindly offered all our club members a $50 discount and the chance to have their own website.

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 17th August 2014 - 5pm @ Expressions in Upper Hutt - NZ National Youth Jazz Orchestra 2014
Wellington Jazz Club has been fortunate to partner with NZ Jazz Foundation to promote a concert of big band music from NZ Youth Jazz Orchestra with New York based Trombonist Luis Bonilla. This will be instead of the gig normally held at the Chicago. The venue will be at Expressions in Upper Hutt at the normal gig time of 5.00-7.15pm.
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Sunday 7th September 2014 (First Sunday not the third) - 5pm @ Chicago - Rod Andrew's "Dixie Street"
Rod Andrew’s “Dixie Street”– a seven piece traditional jazz band from Australia. The band repertoire spans the golden years of early jazz from late 1800s to the revival years of the 1960s. The classic jazz repertoire of Clarence Williams, Jelly Roll Morton, King Oliver and Louis Armstrong are featured. If you were at their performance at the Jazz Club in November 2011 you will not want to miss this return visit.
(Note this is not on the third Sunday of the month as it is part of their New Zealand tour.)
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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 21st December 2014 - 5pm @ Chicago
The December gig is to be a real jazz standards gig. Nominate your favourite jazz number and from the nominations will be selected the play list for the gig. The next newsletter will contain details of how to send your choice. If your memory needs nudging go to Wikipedia and select the decade and choose.

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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.



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