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This Month's Gig: Sunday 7th September - Dixie Street Jazz Band

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As September’s gig is on the first Sunday of the month this newsletter is published prior to the August gig of the New Zealand National Youth Jazz Band at Expressions Upper Hutt. Hence it is not possible to include President Mike Bain’s review of the Youth Jazz band. Mike’s review and message will be sent separately.

To obtain the Dixie Street Jazz Band the date of the September gig needed to be adjusted to fit into their month long New Zealand tour.

At their last visit to Wellington Jazz Club in August 2011 Mike Bain’s review said:

“Rod Andrew had gathered together a group of experienced musicians for a trad tour of New Zealand. They connected quickly with the audience and played standards with a bright relaxed style and with some lovely improvising.

See y’all on Sunday 7th September at Chicago.



Sunday 7th September 2014 5pm - Australia's Dixie Street Jazz Band @ Chicago Sports Bar, Queens Wharf, Wellington.

4.00pm – 4.45pm Support Band: The Dual Pianos of Graham Kelly & Johnny Douglas

The Band: Dixie Street is a band of thoroughly decent, well-ripened larrikins who formed an ensemble from some of the very best musicians from various States in Australia. When Piano, Sousaphone, Banjo, Drums, Trombone, Trumpet and Reeds get together, the result is the nerves in your feet twitch whilst some rare musical gems from around 1900 simply grab your whole body and give it a good shake.

The musicians bring to their performances ample quantities of good humour which overflows to their audiences, young and old. There are a number of vocalists who also add their colour to each performance.

Jazz exists primarily at the ‘moment of performance’. You can make a sound recording of it, and transcribe the notes onto a score. But the next live performance won’t sound like that record or that score. Beyond its historical significance, the music itself is sometimes punchy, full of flair and subtle when required, with much of it being irresistibly happy. Our concerts invite you to experience the ‘moment of performance’ where the collective improvisation of the group provides that special sound of surprise that can only be experienced live.

The band has delighted audiences for many years both overseas and within Australia with their extensive Jazz repertoire. This is a band for the dancers and listeners alike. Read more...


What is Dixieland jazz?

Dixieland is the name given to the style of jazz performed by early New Orleans jazz musicians. The name is a reference to the "Old South," specifically anything south of the Mason-Dixon Line. Dixieland, which was developed in New Orleans, is one of the earliest styles of jazz music. The style combined earlier brass band marches, French Quadrilles, beguine, ragtime, and blues with collective, polyphonic improvisation. While instrumentation and size of bands can be very flexible, the "standard" band consists of a "front line" of trumpet (or cornet), trombone, and clarinet, with a "rhythm section" of at least two of the following instruments: guitar or banjo, string bass or tuba, piano, and drums.

The term Dixieland became widely used after the advent of the first million-selling hit records of the Original Dixieland Jass Band in 1917.

The music has been played continuously since the early part of the 20th century. Louis Armstrong's All-Stars was the band most popularly identified with Dixieland, although Armstrong's own influence runs through all of jazz.

The definitive Dixieland sound is created when one instrument (usually the trumpet) plays the melody or a recognizable paraphrase or variation on it, and the other instruments of the "front line" improvise around that melody. This creates a more polyphonic sound than the extremely regimented big band sound or the unison melody of bebop.

The swing era of the 1930s led to the end of many Dixieland jazz musicians' careers. Only a few musicians were able to maintain popularity. Most retired.

With the advent of bebop in the 1940s, the earlier group-improvisation style fell out of favor with the majority of younger black players, while some older players of both races continued on in the older style. Though younger musicians developed new forms, many beboppers revered Armstrong, and quoted fragments of his recorded music in their own improvisations.

There was a revival of Dixieland in the late 1940s and 1950s, which brought many semi-retired musicians a measure of fame late in their lives as well as bringing retired musicians back onto the jazz circuit after years of not playing (e.g. Kid Ory and Red Nichols). Many Dixieland groups of the revival era consciously imitated the recordings and bands of decades earlier. Other musicians continued to create innovative performances and new tunes. For example, in the 1950s a style called "Progressive Dixieland" sought to blend traditional Dixieland melody with bebop-style rhythm. Spike Jones & His New Band and Steve Lacy played with several such bands early in his career. This style is sometimes called "Dixie-bop".



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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Our Club is also now actively supported by Creative Show Off Costume Hire. They have a great range of costumes for any occasion. They have offered 10% discount to members of Wellington Jazz Club on production of their Membership Card.

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