APRIL 2014

President's Message

This Month's Gig: Sunday 27th April- Colin Hemmingsen Jazz Quartet

New Patron of Wellington Jazz Club

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On Sunday 16th March, the Club hosted a brilliant performance by gypsy jazz band ‘Hot Café’, led by Leigh Jackson on guitar, with Nik Brown on violin, Nick Granville on guitar and Nick Tipping on bass. They presented an exciting and dynamic performance of gypsy jazz including ‘Minor Swing’, ‘Out of Nowhere’, ‘Autumn Leaves’, ‘Nuages’, D’jangology’, ‘Isn't She Lovely’, ‘All of Me’, ‘Midnight in Moscow’, ‘’Douce Ambience’, ‘There will never be another you’, ‘’Bossa Dorado’ and ‘Summertime’. Once again, they had the capacity audience on the edge of their seats with their driving, passionate and exciting performance, leaving
us wanting more! The band had a great time and enjoyed playing for the Club and would love to do it again. I hope we can get them back soon!

Pre-concert support entertainment was provided by the ‘Jon Veitch Trio’ with Jonathan Veitch and Tom Wilson on guitars and Ollie Bowman on bass. They played a 45 minute set of excellent gypsy jazz and ably set the scene for the main event to follow. They received a great reception from the audience who had come early to support them.

The next gig on Sunday 27th April will feature Colin Hemmingsen on clarinet and sax with a top class Quartet playing a selection of Benny Goodman, Cole Porter, Woody Herman and more from that great era. This is guaranteed to be a night of great jazz and swing classics. Another ‘not to be missed’ experience! See details on page 4.

Pre-concert support band entertainment will be provided from about 4pm by our own maestros Graham Kelly and Johnny Douglas on duo keyboards with Noel Evans on bass. Come early and get a good seat and enjoy the group’s selection of easy listening jazz and swing favourites and
innovative improvising. This will be a novel and entertaining programme by three of the Club’s most skilled jazz and dance band musicians.

As I always say, the Jazz Club is an excellent venue for entertaining friends and celebrating special events and listening to great jazz played by top-class 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 tipple or two and a nice inexpensive meal.

Thanks to all who turned up for the AGM and to those non-members who patiently waited while the AGM business was quickly dealt with. The new Executive is already working hard to make sure that 2014 is going to be another year of great jazz.

Those who are not yet members will be most welcome to join the Club in helping to keeping the jazz ball up in the air.

See y’all on 27th April at the Chicago for an exciting performance by Colin Hemmingsen and Co!

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

PS: 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.

Also, don’t forget the 10% discount available to members of Wellington Jazz Club on production of their Membership Card at Music Works at 31 Ghuznee Street, Wellington.


New Patron of Wellington Jazz Club

The Wellington Jazz Club has appointed its first Patron, former Governor General of New Zealand, the Right Honourable Sir Anand Satyanand GNZM QSO KStJ . He is a former lawyer, judge and Ombudsman and a member of the Wellington Jazz Club.

The Committee of the Club received Sir Anand’s positive response to our request that he become the Club’s Patron and President Mike Bain announced this at the 2014 March Annual Meeting.

Sir Anand is a keen jazz supporter. He co-wrote the liner notes for Greg Crayford’s new CD, “Rattledog!’’ recorded during a Wellington Jazz Club concert, at the Chicago Bar and Restaurant in July 2013, when the big 6.6 earthquake struck and interrupted this recording after just 9 minutes.

He said in part, “... how fortunate we are to be part of the best live jazz in
New Zealand”.

Sir Anand was born in Auckland and attended Sacred Heart College and Otago and Auckland Universities. He is a very keen cricketer and has been a Councillor of the New Zealand Rugby League. Currently he is Chair of the Commonwealth Foundation in London.

We hope to see him and his wife Lady Susan at many more Jazz Club gigs.



Sunday 27th April 2014 @ Chicago

Colin Hemmingsen Quartet

The Wellington Jazz Club is delighted to announce the opportunity to hear
a special group assembled and led by Colin Hemmingsen. The group will feature
the immortal jazz clarinet music of Benny Goodman. Colin will also play tenor
and soprano saxophones.

Colin is taking the opportunity to return to his musical origins so to speak. It was dixieland clarinet and the big swing band clarinetists who originally
inspired him to become a musician.

He will lead a quartet including on piano, Mark Donlon the recently appointed head of Jazz at New Zealand School of Music, Cory Champion, on drums, and Dan Yeabsley on bass. Rodger Fox will be a special guest star joining the group on trombone later in the performance.

Colin has had a dual jazz/classical career for more than 30 years. He inherited
his interest in music from his father who was a Jazz and Opera fan. At around
11 years old Colin started playing the Harmonica and later at Mt Roskill Grammar
he took up the clarinet. His teacher at the time, George Hopkins, an American who had a huge influence on wind playing in New Zealand, suggested some of his more talented players should play bassoon as well.

After leaving school, he worked as a free-lance musician while studying at Auckland University and during this time became the principal bassoonist in the Auckland Sinfonia. Colin also played in the Auckland Neophonic Jazz Orchestra, other Auckland jazz groups and recorded on various programmes for National Radio and TV. He won a Downbeat Scholarship on tenor saxophone in 1970 to study jazz at Berklee School of Music in Boston and was subsequently awarded a scholarship to New England Conservatorium. There he completed a Masters degree in bassoon with Sherman Walt as his teacher. After teaching and performing in the United States (freelance with the Boston Philharmonia and Opera and ballet companies and a one year position at Virginia Commonwealth University in a resident woodwind quintet). He returned to New Zealand in 1974 to work with the NZSO as principal bassoonist.

He has been involved in jazz education since the mid-1970s, established the country’s first jazz school and founded the New Zealand Jazz Foundation in 1983 and was a Trustee of that body until recently. He retired from NZSO in 1991 and took up a teaching position at Massey
University School of Music until the end of 2013 when he retired from full-time teaching to now work at the University on a part-time basis.

Colin featured in a thirty-minute radio New Zealand Jazz Footprints interview on Wednesday 13 June 2012:

Mark Donlon has recorded CDs and given recitals of his Jazz/Contemporary Classical crossover compositions to critical acclaim in the press. He is also particularly known as a specialist in Latin Music.

Mark has established a profile as a respected teacher and academic, having taught and examined at leading conservatoires such as Trinity Laban, The Guildhall School of Music and Drama, the DIT Conservatoire in Dublin and The Royal Academy of Music. He also held senior academic positions at Leeds College of Music. He founded the highly successful CUK Big Band
in 2004 and was presented with an award for excellence in Jazz Education by the IAJE in Toronto in 2008 in recognition of that undertaking. As well as releasing a number of CDs he has had works published for solo piano, small jazz ensembles and Jazz orchestra.

Daniel Yeabsley - graduate of NZSM. Daniel plays saxophone and bass. He has been part of the Wgtn music scene for over ten years. He currently plays in Twinset (with his twin brother Chris), The Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra, The Dancing And Drinking Society, The Jellyrolls, The Soldiers Of The Pharoah, The Boogaloos, Nikita The Spooky And A Circus Of Men, The Eggs etc.

Cory Champion is a recent graduate of the New Zealand School of Music, having just completed his bachelor of music degree with honours in jazz performance. He engages in many contemporary styles within and beyond jazz music including Soul, Electronic and Alternative music regularly and is currently busy working as a free-lance musician in Wellington.

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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.



Normally on the third Sunday of the month but not in Nov & Dec 2013 when they are on the second Sunday @ Chicago Sports Café, Queens Wharf, Wellington. Main band 5pm to 7.15pm.

Sunday 27th April 2014 – Colin Hemmingsen; Clarinet Playing Benny Goodman, Cole Porter, Woody Herman and more of that era. (NB: This is the 4th Sunday and not the 3rd Sunday of the month.)
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Sunday 18th May 2014 - Tribute to Kevin Clark. This will be held at Wharewaka on the waterfront Odlins Square, Taranaki Street, Wellington.
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Sunday 15th June 2014 5pm @ Chicago Sports Cafe - Boptet
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Sunday 20th July 2014 5pm @ Chicago Sports Cafe - James Tait-Jamieson
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Sunday 17th August 2014 - 5pm @ Chicago Sports Cafe - Ken Avery Combo Competition
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Sunday 7th September 2014 - 5pm @ Chicago Sports Cafe - Rod Andrew's "Dixie Street"
(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 Sports Cafe - Dave Sheehan
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Sunday 16th November 2014 - 5pm @ Chicago Sports Cafe - Doug Caldwell
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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.

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.

A selection of the regular gigs is listed below. Please Contact Us if there are any changes or if you know of other gigs or a venue that you would like to see listed.

  • Mondays 8.30pm - Big Bands at Meow café and restaurant at 9 Edward Street, Wellington.

  • Last Tuesday of each month: Jazz at The Grand with Rodger Fox’s Wellington Jazz Orchestra at The Grand, 69 Courtenay Place.

  • Last Wednesday of the month - The Session Wellington, free at The Matterhorn, 106 Cuba Street

  • Sunday Afternoon Jazz 4-6pm at the Rogue and Vagabond Garrett Street (off Cuba Street), Wellington. Sunday 24 Nov Anita Schwabe; Sunday 30 Nov Black Spider Stomp; Sunday 1 Dec Twin Tenors;

  • Sundays 7.30pm-9.30pm: Live Jazz at the [Public] Bar and Eatery, 48 Courtenay Place, Wellington - usually features pianist James Illingworth and his Quartet--sometimes replaced by other groups.

  • Sundays at 9.00pm: “The Troubles” at Meow café & restaurant at 9 Edward Street, Wellington.

For further information on these gigs please check the venue websites listed or see

  • Edward Street Festival - Ben Wilcox, a Wellington Jazz pianist, advises that three bars in the Edward Street area (Meow, Little Bear Quarter and Viva) will be hosting 23 Jazz Gigs on March 9-16.


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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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