President's Message

This Month's Gig: Ken Avery Memorial Jazz Combo Competition

How to find Meow Cafe

Wellington Jazz Club Gigs Schedule

Other Jazz Gigs in Wellington

Register of Club Jazz Musicians

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Club Secretary

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President’s Message

On Sunday 19th July the Club hosted master jazz guitarist Nick Granville and a group of fellow master musicians comprising combined jazz and string quartets playing a selection mainly of Nick’s own compositions. The group comprised Nick on guitar, Colin Hemmingsen tripling on soprano, tenor sax and bass clarinet, Tom Warrington on bass and Lance Philip on drums, with Tristan Carter and Elena on violins, Sophia Acheson on viola and Brenton Veitch on cello. Nick’s compositions all had a NZ theme and were evocative and inspired and brilliantly performed and received enthusiastic applause from the capacity audience. The standard of jazz was sophisticated and top class.

The items included ‘Mt. Cook’, ‘Cathedral’, ‘Newtown’, ‘Matakana’, ‘Manor Park’, ‘Punga Cove’ and ‘The Bucket Fountain’, all by Nick Granville, plus ‘Caravan’ written by Juan Tizol, ‘Dienda’ by Kenny Kirkland and ‘All Blues’ by Miles Davis, plus an encore ‘C Minor
Blues’, totally improvised.

The group had previously recorded the items on electronic media downloaded to his website and Nick re-assembled the group for the Wellington Jazz Club gig. The two quartets combined smoothly together as one and the compositions were very moving and left plenty of room for improvising by all the musicians.

Support entertainment was provided by the popular ‘Valley Stompers’, recently reformed as ‘The New Valley Stompers’, and now entering its 47th year of playing bright happy jazz to trad enthusiasts, of whom there were plenty in attendance on Sunday night. The band comprised Mike Green on trumpet, Dave Thompson on clarinet, Chris Caudwell on trom, Brian Smyth on banjo, Graham Kelly on piano and Roger Metcalfe on sousa. The band created a nice buzz and also received an enthusiastic applause from the capacity audience.

Our next gig will be on Sunday 16th August, featuring the annual Ken Avery Combo Competition for NZSM jazz students, competing for $1,000 of prize money. The Club has been co-hosting this event since August 2007 as part of its support of live jazz by young musicians and has enjoyed the high standard of jazz produced by those coming out of the NZ School of Music.

The Jazz Club is an excellent venue for entertaining friends and celebrating special events and listening to great jazz played by topclass 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 nice meal and a tipple or two. 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 August at Meow.

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


This Month's Gig: Ken Avery Memorial Jazz Combo Competition

Sunday 16th August 2015 - 4:00pm to 7:00pm @ Meow Cafe, 9 Edward Street, Wellington

This annual event is promoted by the NZ School of Music and the Jazz Club as a competition of student groups from the Jazz School. The School appoints judges (Mark Donlon, Rodger Fox and Lance Philip), and award prizes for the top three groups. Mark Donlon (Programme Leader, Jazz at the School) will be Master of Ceremony for the evening.

The Jazz Club sponsors the prizes and Wellington Music Works sponsors specific prizes.

This traditional Wellington jazz scene event is in memory of the famous local clarinetist, saxophonist, band leader, and composer renowned for elegant melodies and quirky titles such as “Paekakariki” and “The Gumboot Tango”.

The competition began in the 1980s promoted by the president of the NZ Jazz Foundation and the then president of the Wellington Jazz Club, Bill Hamer. It is open to all students studying jazz through the New Zealand School of Music system. It is funded by the jazz club with a Prize Pool of $1,000. 1st $600; 2nd $250 and 3rd $150.

A combo is a minimum of three members, maximum of eight Each group to prepare two contrasting pieces from the Jazz Standards, repertoire. Total performance time limit of 15 minutes.

Combo Competition Entrants:

Toi Nga Whakaaro, meaning 'Creative Ideas', was formed when fate brought the four members to study at the NZSM. Hailing from the far corners of NZ, Eilish, Calum, Chris, and Luther, share a passion for two-five-ones*, jazz puns, and strawberries.

Eilish Wilson (sax), Calum Dundas (guitar); Chris Beernink (bass) and Luther Hunt (drums).

Jon Veitch Trio is a group of musicians who met in their first year of jazz school in 2014.

The group consists of Jon Veitch (Guitar & vocals), Jarrod Burns (drums) and Wynton Newman (bass). They are interested in playing traditional jazz music, and will be playing ‘It Could Happen To You’ by Jimmy Van Heusen and ‘Groovin' High’ by Dizzy Gillespie.

Mt Cook Volunteer Fire Brigade
Hailing from places far and wide, this quintet of music aficionados come together often to play jazz, and keep things cool in the Mt Cook Area. Lower Hutt local Jeremy Richardson is the group’s rhythm doctor and woah, what a smooth operator he is! In control of the low frequencies and all the way from the USA is outstanding Mr Oliver Bomann. The most well-dressed of the brigade is Aussie born multi-instrumentalist Alexander Boulton, who in this group plays the guitar. Making her way from the great lake is tenor saxophone extraordinaire, Ms Louisa Williamson, and finally is vocalist Sophie Cooper.

The group will play 'Hallelujah, I Love Him So', by Ray Charles and 'Almost Like Being In Love' by Frederick Loewe and Alan Jay Lerner.

(* A Two Five One is one of the most common chord progressions in Jazz).

Support band 4:00 – 4:45 pm: Jazz Quintet from Wellington Jazz Club members, Kevin Clark (Trumpet), Chris Anderson (Reeds), Bob Little (Drums), Noel Evans (Bass), Alfred Memelink (Tenor Sax); and John Jamieson (Keyboards).


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.


Wellington Jazz Club Gigs Schedule

The Wellington Jazz Club meets and holds gigs monthly, usually (but not always) on the third Sunday of the month, with a main gig from 5pm to 7.15pm, and often a support band from 4pm to 5pm.

Sunday 16th August 2015 5pm to 7pm: Ken Avery Memorial Jazz Combo Competition. 4pm – 4.45 pm: Support band - Jazz Quintet from Wellington Jazz Club members, Kevin Clark (Trumpet), Chris Anderson (Reeds), Bob Little (Drums), Noel Evans (Bass), Alfred Memelink (Tenor Sax); and John Jamieson (Keyboards).

Sunday 20th September 2015 5pm to 7pm - Andrew London Trio and Friends. Singer/songwriter Andrew London and his wife Kirsty's show for the Wellington Jazz Club will include Nils Olsen (sax & clarinet), Kirsten London (bass), Wayne Mason (keyboard) and Lance Philip (drums).

Sunday 18th October 2015 5pm to 7pm: Bruce Brown, originally from LA, USA, established himself as a highly regarded pianist, singer, and songwriter performing at all the major jazz clubs in Southern California. Bruce arrived in New Zealand late 1998.

Please visit 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.

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


Club Secretary

Shirley Tracy, who has given enthusiastic service as club secretary for two years, has tendered her resignation which has been accepted with regret. We would like a club member to volunteer for the role. The task involves taking the minutes at monthly committee meetings held in Karori. Outside meetings most activity is conducted by email.

Please contact Mike Bain by phone(04) 934 2271 or email


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 needing a website.

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, David Feehan, Coco Favre and for Wellington Capital Performing Arts.

If you would like to find out more about having a website, please phone Marie on 022 4033 674 or email Marie and let her know you are a member of Wellington Jazz Club.