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This Month's Gig: Sunday 20th September @ Meow Cafe Andrew London Trio & Friends 5pm to 7pm

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President’s Message

On Sunday 16th August the Club hosted the annual ‘Ken Avery Combo Competition’ for jazz students of the New Zealand School of Music. The event was judged by three members of the School’s teaching staff, Mark Donlon (Jazz Programme Leader), Dr Dave Lisik (Senior Lecturer Jazz Composition and Arrangements) and Lance Philip (Lecturer in Jazz Drums and Percussion). Three groups competed for a prize pool of $1,000. First up was ‘Toi Nga Whakaaro’ (Creative Ideas), a quartet comprising Eilish Wilson on alto sax, Calum Dundas on guitar, Chris Beernink on bass and Luther Hunt on drums. Next up was the ‘Jon Veitch Trio’ comprising Jon on vocals, Wynton Newman on bass and Jarrod Burns on drums. Last up was the ‘Mt Cook Volunteer Fire Brigade’, a quintet with vocalist Sophie Cooper, Louisa Williamson on tenor sax, Alexander Boulton on guitar, Oliver Bomann on bass, and Jeremy Richardson on drums.

‘Toi Nga Whakaaro’ played ‘Blues for Alice’ by Charlie Parker and ‘It Could Happen to You’ by Jimmy Van Heusen. The ‘Jon Veitch Trio’ also played ‘It Could Happen to You’ and ‘My Funny Valentine’ by Rogers & Hart. The ‘Mt Cook Volunteer Fire Brigade’ played 'Hallelujah, I Love Him So', by Ray Charles and ‘Cherokee’ by Ray Noble.

There were some very sweet vocal arrangements and very innovative, impressive and exciting improvising and excellent backing. With only three entries this year, the programme was shorter than usual, but very entertaining, and the groups received good applause from the large supportive audience.

Two group prizes were awarded: first prize went to the ‘Mt Cook Volunteer Fire Brigade’; second prize to ‘Toi Nga Whakaaro’. A third prize was awarded to the most outstanding individual player Louisa Williamson. A batch of $20 prize vouchers, kindly donated by Music Works Ltd, were issued to all the competing groups on a merit basis.

The event was successful and the Jazz Club is pleased to have this on-going liaison with the New Zealand School of Music to give opportunities for its jazz music students to gain performance experience to a discerning audience; also the Club members enjoy the high quality of jazz continually coming out of the School.

Support entertainment was provided by a Jazz Club sextet: Kevin Clark on trumpet, Chris Anderson on clarinet, Alfred Memelink on tenor, John Jamieson on keyboard, Noel Evans on bass and Bob Little on drums. They started the ball rolling at 4pm, continued while the judges were deliberating and again after the results were announced. They played a selection of well-known classics: ‘Foggy Day, ‘Aint’ Misbehavin’, ‘Green Dolphin Street’, ‘Angel Eyes’, ‘Hello Dolly’, ‘I’m in the Mood for Love’, ‘I’m Gonna Sit Right Down …’, ‘Isn’t it Romantic’, ‘Let’s Fall in Love’, Rosetta’, Softly as the Morning Sunrise’, ‘Take the A Train’, Tenderly’, ‘There Will Never Be Another You’, ‘They Can’t Take That Away From me’, ‘This Can’t be Love’, ‘Wave’ and ‘You’d Be So Nice to Come To’. There was some very nice playing and they set an excellent ambience for the main event.

Our next gig will be on Sunday 20th September, featuring the ever popular Andrew London supported by a top-class group with Nils Olsen on sax, and clarinet, Wayne Mason on keyboard, Kirsty London on bass and Lance Philip on drums. Andrew always presents an innovative and entertaining performance and this should prove to be a capacity event.

Support entertainment will be provided at 4pm by the Scots College Jazz Band. This will be the first time they have made an appearance at the Wellington Jazz Club and we are looking forward to giving them a rousing welcome. Be there early to secure a good seat.

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 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.

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


This Month's Gig: Andrew London Trio and Friends

Sunday 20th September 5:00pm to 7:00pm @ Meow Cafe, 9 Edward Street, Wellington

Singer/songwriter Andrew London presents a show for the Wellington Jazz Club accompanied by Nils Olsen (sax and clarinet), Kirsten London (bass), Wayne Mason (keyboard), and Lance Philip (drums).

The repertoire consists mostly of his own original satirical material. The song titles give some idea of what to expect: 'Speed Up at the Overtaking Lane', 'I Hugged My Mate', 'Country's Buggered', 'Don’t You Know Who I Am?’ - whimsical songs that reflect the national psyche with gentle irreverence, and playfully lampoon many of New Zealand society's obsessions and taboos.

Themes run the gamut from DIY, social media, politicians and weddings to male insecurities, technophobia, youth culture, household appliances, road rage, and various other issues of concern to the average middle-aged, middle-class, Middle-Earth-dwelling Kiwi.

The songs are wrapped up in a 1940s swing style which lures the listener in with a good-time vibe, in stark contrast to the often acerbic lyrical themes.

Recent reviewers both here and in the USA have compared him to Fred Dagg, Flanders and Swann and Tim Minchin, and after a recent appearance live on National Radio’s Afternoons Live show, one commentator remarked 'you guys are like Flight of the Conchords for Rest Homes'.

A self-taught guitarist, London grew up immersed in the blues-based rock of the ‘60s and ‘70s but drifted into jazz & swing styles in his 20s. He recorded a series of programmes for Radio New Zealand in the ‘80s and ‘90s, covering the usual American Songbook standards. One of these sessions resulted in a long-standing partnership with pianist Terry Crayford in a trio called Hot Club Sandwich. The trio, in which London and Crayford were joined by a succession of violinists, harmonica and horn-players, recorded several albums of mostly original material and travelled extensively - even as far as Saudi Arabia to play for the New Zealand Embassy in 2010.

Along with bluegrass fiddler Colleen Trenwith (Hamilton County Bluegrass Band) and bass player James Cameron (The Velox Brothers) London was also a founder member of the Cattlestops, a Tui-nominated western swing band who have produced two critically-acclaimed albums to date.

Nowadays London and his wife Kirsten are full-time musicians based on the Kapiti Coast, holding monthly residencies at several venues along State Highway One, and recording and touring extensively with a variety of musicians including those collaborating with him at Meow on 20th September.


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, jazz vocalist, 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. As Bruce explains it:

"It's gonna be me, drums, bass, guitar, doing a combo of my originals and some standards."

Bruce Brown's lyrics are his claim to fame - they are witty, sophisticated and reflect his love of the 'Great American Songbook'

Sunday 15th November 2015 The Tribute for 2015 at the James Cook. This year’s Tribute is to Roger Sellers (Drums) and Paul Dyne (Bass). Last time they performed for the Jazz Club they supported Malcolm McNeill. They have also performed regularly as the Boptet. This time they will be centre stage.

Sunday 6th December 2015 The main act of our Christmas Gig will be Hannah Fraser violinist and vocalist with Terry Crayford.

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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


Future Vacancy Wellington Jazz Club Gigs Organiser/Planner Position

Chris Caudwell has advised the Jazz Club committee that he wishes to step down from the position of Gigs Organiser/Planner at the annual general meeting in March 2016. Chris will have completed ten years in the job and now feels he needs more time to devote to other causes.

Chris describes the task as seeking out and building relationships with competent musicians willing and able to provide the quality and styles of jazz which club members want to hear. That includes agreement to pay musicians adequately so they can afford the larger groups and rehearsals which have characterised jazz club performances.

The position is entirely voluntary.

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.