JULY 2014

President's Message

This Month's Gig: Sunday 20th July 2014 James Tait-Jamieson, Sons of Sinatra, Vocals + Sax

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Well, I think I can re-use some of my previous superlatives, like smooth, excellent and professional! On Sunday 15th June the Club hosted The Alda Rezende Quintet led by excellent Brazilian Jazz vocalist Alda Rezende supported by The Boptet comprising Paul Dyne on bass, Roger Sellers on drums and Noel Clayton on guitar with Bruce Brown on keyboard. They performed an entertaining programme starting with some contemporary jazz, then moved into Latin American music from Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Cuba, Peru and her native Brazil dedicated to music of Brazilian composer Antonio Carlos (Tom) Jobim. Alda sang mainly in her natural Portuguese, which most appropriately captured the ambience of the fascinating repertoire of Brazilian songs.

The trio of Paul, Roger and Noel started with some smooth playing of jazz standards ‘Moanin’ (Bobby Timmons) and ‘The Thumb’ (Wes Montgomery), then Bruce joined them with ‘My Shining Hour’ (Harold Arlen) and ‘Donna Lee’ (Charlie Parker) and some great improvising. Then, after that great build-up, Alda came on stage and sang a programme of Tom Jobin’s works ‘A Felicidade’, ‘Inutil Paisagem’ (Useless Landscape), ‘Medititacao’ (Meditation), ‘Dindi’, ‘Ligia’, ‘Bonita’, ‘So Tinha Que Ser Com Voce’, ‘Anos Dourados’ (It Looks Like December), ‘Fotografia’, ‘Desafinado’, ‘O Morro Nao Tem Vez’, ‘Piano Na Mangueira’ and the finale, the best known of Jobin’s works ‘Garota De Ipanema’ (Girl From Ipanema). Alda has a very attractive presence and rich voice enhanced by the ambient Portuguese lyrics and the Quintet.

It was Paul’s initiative to offer the Quintet including Alda to perform for the Club, and the exposure to Tom Jobin’s works by fellow Brazilian Alda Rezende was a rare treat. Support entertainment was provided by the Rongotai College Jazz Group comprising Jethro Jones-Long and Darren Cederman on saxes, Kiran Richards on guitar, Taira Dyell-Waretini on bass, George Heath on drums, Luke Honiss on keyboard, and led by Tutor Daryl Prowse on flugel, flute, and alto sax on some numbers and Staff Member Jessica Murphy on keyboard and vocals. The group’s ensemble playing was very good, solid and tight also with some very good improvising. They played ‘Cantaloupe Island’, ‘Night Train Bb Blues’, ‘Wayne’s Thang’, ‘Summertime’, ‘Footprints’ and ‘Watermelon Man’. It was great to see the young up-andcoming jazz musos performing with such confidence and with good leadership, and they received a great reception.

The next meeting on 20th July will feature top jazz saxophonist and vocalist James Tait-Jamieson presenting a programme entitled ‘Sons of Sinatra’ with backing by a seven piece group led by Rodger Fox. James has completed a two and half years stint in Las Vegas, and this performance is sure to be professional and entertaining.

The meeting on 17th August will be at Expressions, Upper Hutt in support of the New Zealand Jazz Foundation and the New Zealand Youth Jazz Orchestra.

A big welcome to new members Virginia Barton-Chapple and Mary Shadbolt, Kim Workman, Chris Prowse, Robyn Henley, and Sean and Angeline O’Connor.

See y’all on 20th July at Chicago.

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.

PPS: Also our Club is also now actively supported by Creative Showoff Costume Hire, 1st Floor, 89 Thorndon Quay, Wellington. They have a great range of costumes for any occasion, and have offered a 10% discount to members of Wellington Jazz Club on production of their Membership Card.



Sunday 20th July 2014 James Tait-Jamieson, Sons of Sinatra, Vocals & Saxophone

Sons of Sinatra is a high-energy, Las Vegas-style musical tribute to the young lions of jazz singing, who today uphold the marvellous vocal tradition set out by the one and only Frank Sinatra! Featuring the best of jazz vocal superstars Michael Bublé, Harry Connick Jr., Jamie Cullum, and others. Performed by vocalist James Tait-Jamieson, and an incredible 7-piece jazzband led by Rodger Fox!

You'll hear all your favourites such as I've Got You Under My Skin, New York New York, It Had To Be You, (I could only) Whisper Your Name, Sway, Moondance, Twentysomething and All At Sea. Burnin’ swing numbers, sexy salsa grooves, beautiful ballads and authentic Las Vegas humour! This show has it all!

For this concert James will put down his mic, pick up his saxophone and play a set of his favourite jazz standards with the rhythm section!

Rodger Fox (trombone); Lex French (trumpet); Chris Buckland (tenor sax); Dan Hayles (piano); Conway Jeune (guitar); Romily Smith (bass); Lauren Ellis (drums).

Support Band: Liz and the Underground Sound 4.00pm – 4.50pm

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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 20th July 2014 5pm @ Chicago - James Tait-Jamieson
Recently returned from a two-and-a-half-year stint in Las Vegas, Nevada, James Tait-Jamieson is one of Wellington’s top jazz performers, rare in that he sings and plays the sax equally well. An expert band leader, James loves entertaining people and is absolutely at home in front of an audience. Extremely comfortable in a range of musical style from jazz to pop, James has something for everyone.
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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 - 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 @ 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 @ Chicago - Doug Caldwell, Paul Dyne, Roger Sellers & Colette Jansen
Doug Caldwell (from Christchurch especially for the Jazz Club) will present a programme of Jazz standards with 'just a couple of Be-bop things’ on the grand piano at The James Cook. He will be accompanied by Paul Dyne, Roger Sellers and joined by Colette Jansen with vocals. Paul and Roger performed at the club in June as the Boptet. Doug Caldwell, jazz pianist, composer, musical director, recording artist and arranger is one of the country’s foremost jazz musicians.
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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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