This Month's Gig: Sunday 8th December 2013 - Lindsay Meech, Dixielanders
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On Sunday 10th November, the Club hosted a stunning performance by Erna Ferry with a very moving tribute to the great Peggy Lee, backed by an excellent septet led by Rodger Fox on trom, James Wisnesky on trumpet, Chris Buckland on tenor, Nick Granville on guitar, Dan Hayles on keyboard, Rowan Clark on bass and Lauren Ellis on drums.
Erna presented an interesting review of Peggy Lee’s professional career, and performed 20 of her hits including Day in Day Out, These Foolish Things, Why Don't You Do Right, It's A Good Day, I Don’t Know Enough About You, Manana, Lover, Mr Wonderful, He's a Tramp, Black Coffee, Love Me or Leave Me, Alright OK You Win, Ray Charles Tribute, I’m Goin' Fishing, I'm a Woman, Big Spender, You Gotta Have Heart, Is That All There Is, Fever, and St Louis Blues.
The backing group provided a most empathetic and supportive accompaniment with some excellent improvising breaks and tight ensemble playing.
Erna and the Septet received an enthusiastic response from the capacity audience. Erna later confided the great influence Peggy Lee had had on her own family and how much it had meant to her to prepare the tribute in Peggy's memory and to have the opportunity to perform it to such an appreciative audience. "I know that many in the audience felt very moved as they listened to the old favourites being re-presented with such depth of feeling."
Pre-concert entertainment was provided by a young eight member group 'Metrobop' comprising 3 guys and 5 gals from Awatapu College, who had travelled down from Palmerston North with their parents, just to perform with Erna Ferry for the Jazz Club. The group comprised Jake Reid, Katelin Little, Hayley Barhesh, Amy Atkins, Kieren Murphy, David Mock, Heather Milner, Cindy Liu, and Lauren Gifford-Moore. The group had been trained by Erna and presented a most accomplished performance of jazz standards including Come Fly With Me, Don't Get Around Much Anymore, Fly Me to the Moon, I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter, Tuxedo Junction, Something’s Gotta Give, Java Jive, All or Nothing at all, Triste, Everybody's Boppin', I Can’t Give You Anything But Love, Route 66, and Choo Choo Ch'boogie. The group was well backed by Rodger Fox and the Septet and received a rapturous applause from the capacity audience, most of whom had turned up early and were well served with some excellent ensemble and solo singing.
Again, I was glad to see many Club Members coming early to support and encourage the group of young singers, who performed with confidence and panache.
On Sunday 8th December, we will be hosting one of New Zealand’s leading Dixie musicians, Lindsay Meech, with a sextet performing as 'Dixielanders' comprising trumpet/vocals, clarinet/tenor, trombone, keyboard, bass and drums. The band will be flying down from Auckland on the Sunday just to perform for the Wellington Jazz Club, and returning to Auckland the same night. Lindsay Meech is well known as a leading jazz man in Dixie circles and his group will provide a rousing happy toe-tapping performance that is guaranteed to cheer the soul. I encourage all Dixie fans to turn out for this performance, yet another meeting 'not to be missed'.
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 and a nice inexpensive meal.
The Club has been fortunate in gaining 42 new members this year and is currently up to 329 members in total. 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. A big welcome to Gillian Green.
See y’all on 8th December at the Chicago for a rousing finale to 2013.
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THIS MONTH'S GIG:Sunday 8th December 2013 @ Chicago
Lindsay Meech, Dixielanders - Christmas Special from Auckland for the Wellington Jazz Club.
The sextet was formed to pursue the Eddie Condon style of Chicago Jazz.
Lindsay Meech, cornet/vocals; Michel Salomon, clarinet, tenor saxophone; Bob Ward, trombone/vocals; John Wilcox, piano; Glyn Frewin, bass and Owen Kneebone, drums.
The band was formed to pursue the Eddie Condon style of Chicago jazz and has performed at various jazz clubs in the upper North Island including Auckland Jazz and Blues Club, Hamilton Jazz Club and Rotorua Jazz Club as well as other events such as the Easter weekend at Hampton Downs race track. David Paquette has guested with the band. Individually the guys in the band have a great deal of experience.
Michel has played in Paris, France with a variety of groups including Les Haricots Rouges and has backed American stars such as Benny Waters.
Bob has blown with a who's who of traditional jazz musos in the UK like Pat Halcox and Cuff Billett. He was also a member for many years of the Sonny Morris Delta Jazz Band and played a one year residency with Ken Colyer`s band.
John was a founder member of The Bridge City Jazz Band and has endeared himself to the female vocalists in Auckland with his sensitive backing. He has been a long serving musician on the Auckland scene and also played some time in Wellington.
Glyn is primarily known as a guy who can play a number of styles and has played on the modern scene with Tommy Adderley, Frank Gibson jnr. etc as well as subbing with the Nairobi Trio not to mention rock bands and Irish bands on bass guitar.
Owen has been a regular member of a swathe of bands in Auckland. from Mike Walker`s trio to the Society Jazzmen. He once played a duo concert with Lee Konitz! His versatility is legend and he is known for his formidable technique on the kit.
Lindsay was born in Wellington and took lessons from Bob Barcham and later Gordon Webb. He started playing with Don Heap, Jack Steele, Alan Roy, Chris Anderson, Paul Kimble etc. before moving to Melbourne for a year to study the traditional styles of jazz that abounded there at the time. After a year back in Wellington he travelled to the UK in 1969 and stayed for three years. He played with The New Revival Jazzmen and toured Europe with them on five occasions. He visited New Orleans for a month in 1971 and was lucky enough to sit in with some of the legends of New Orleans jazz during this time. He also played a session with Woody Allen while there.
He moved back to Auckland in 1972 and formed the Vintage Jazzband and this band was invited to the Sacramento Jazz Festival three times. Also they played festivals in Melbourne and Perth. During the 70s and 80s the band had residencies at two Auckland hotels for 15 and 17 years playing at each once or twice a week. The VJB has backed American musicians Art Hodes and Sammy Price in Auckland and Wild Bill Davison, Tommy Saunders and Don Goldie in Sacramento.
He did two tours of UK and Switzerland with The Spirit of New Orleans band from Sydney and also toured in Australia and NZ with them.
In 2001 he joined The Louisiana Shakers of Melbourne and embarked on 5 years of touring Europe, UK and Australia with them, each tour lasting from three to five months. The band, on one trip, drove 22,000 kms! They played in England, Scotland, Wales, Belgium, Holland, Switzerland, Germany, Italy, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland and Australia.
As a guest player he has been invited to the W.A. festival three times also he has appeared in Switzerland on two occasions at the Ascona, Flumserberger and Davos festivals playing with international bands as well as a trip around the ski resorts in the Alps of Switzerland on one occasion with a Swiss band.
Since the Shakers stopped touring Lindsay has been in Australia nine times with Ray Lewis and the Dixie Heroes - a band that follows the great Condon way and this year included Paul Furniss and Lynn Wallis in its ranks.
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WELLINGTON JAZZ CLUB GIGSNormally on the third Sunday of the month but not in Nov & Dec 2013 when they are on the second Sunday @ Chicago Sports Cafe, Queens Wharf, Wellington. Main band 5pm to 7.15pm.
Sunday 10 November 2013 - Erna Ferry and band – Tribute to Peggy Lee. A school jazz choir led by Erna will perform for the first hour from 4.00pm. (Note this gig is not on the third Sunday.)
Sunday 8 December 2013 - Lindsay Meech – Dixielanders. Christmas Special from Auckland for the Wellington Jazz Club. The sextet was formed to pursue the Eddie Condon style of Chicago Jazz. Lindsay Meech-cornet/vocals; Michel Salomon-clarinet, tenor saxophone; Bob Ward-trombone/vocals; John Wilcox-piano; Glyn Frewin-bass and Owen Kneebone-drums.
Sunday 16th February 2014 - Linn Lorkin - The phenomenally talented Linn Lorkin has performed all over the world. She was featured with her own trio at the famed Ronnie Scott's jazz club in London and regularly tours in Europe and Australia as the lead singer in The Jews Brothers Band and French Toast.
NB: There will not be a Wellington Jazz Club Gig in January 2014.
TRIBUTES TO WELLINGTON JAZZ GREATS
In the tradition of Wellington Jazz Club tributes to Bob Barcham in 2011, Terry Crayford in 2012, and Rodger Fox in 2013, Wellington Jazz Club will be presenting “A Tribute to Kevin Clark” in May 2014.
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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.
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JAZZ CLUB MUSICIANS - WANT TO PLAY?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.
MUSICIAN WANTING TO PLAYClement Rioland is a French musician who recently arrived in Wellington and wishes to become involved in the Jazz scene. He has played the saxophone at a professional level in France and is keen to join a Jazz Band. clement.rioland2gmail.com
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RATTLEDOGSince its launch in 1954, Bart Howard’s “Fly Me To The Moon” has been part of the repertoire of many jazz greats, including Sinatra, Mathis, Vaughan and Tormé.
For Wellington Jazz Club members, this tune will now be unforgettable for another reason. At precisely 5:09pm on Sunday, 21 July, 2013, while this concert was being recorded, Wellington singer Simon Jones had launched into his stylish rendition when a 6.6 magnitude earthquake struck, heaving, shaking and, sadly, bringing proceedings to a complete halt. Is this a world first? A live jazz recording interrupted by an earthquake?
A month later the rerun was held at the Wellington Jazz Club, with music, instruments and equipment recovered, and again the Chicago Sports Bar was packed with fans.
Now Greg Crayford’s Pleasure Point is releasing the recording of this gig as a CD titled Rattledog. A title picked to recall the original event, named after the Norman Meehan-penned opening tune.
The CD has 19 musicians contributing to 17 tracks and is a feast of good Jazz - . The CD release party is to be at The Realm, Hataitai, 7-10 pm, 4 Dec 2013. Be there to celebrate with the artists.
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