APRIL 2015

President's Message

This Month's Gig: Sunday 19th April 2015 @ Chicago - 5-7pm Malcolm McNeill , 4–4.50pm Louis Thompson-Munn

Wellington Jazz Festival - 3rd June to 7th June 2015

AGM 2015

Register of Club Jazz Musicians

Wellington Jazz Club Gigs Schedule

Other Jazz Gigs in Wellington

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On Sunday 15th March the Club hosted the 20-piece Aspire Big Band which presented a punchy, professional and entertaining performance of great standards. The band is led by Gavin Knight with Phil Daly, Seagar Mason, Jonathan Sangster, James Hollings and David Kyle on trumpets, Mark Bennett, Glenn Walbran, Carly Barton and Gavin on troms, Alice Taylor, Matthew Shone on altos, Phil Costello and John Gualter on tenors, Bob Feasey on baritone, Sam McLea on guitar, Michael Willoughby on keyboard, Peter Gregory on bass, Greg Crayford on drums, and Tabitha Harlow and Ruthanne Kennedy on vocals with guest vocalists Natasha Willoughby and Andrea Coulston.

The band opened with ‘A String of Pearls’, then ‘American Patrol’, ‘In the Mood’, ‘Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy’, ‘Charleston’, ‘L.O.V.E.’, ‘Route 66’, ‘Orange Coloured Sky’, ‘Almost Like Being in Love’, ‘Take The ATrain’, ‘Down for Double’, ‘Basie Straight Ahead’, ‘Miller Mambo’,
‘Chattanooga Choo Choo’ and ‘Woodchoppers’ Ball’. After the Interval, ‘Acc-cent-tchu-ate the Positive’, ‘It’s Only a Paper Moon’, ‘Cheek to Cheek’, ‘Mambo Italiano’, ‘The Look of Love’, ‘Go Daddy O’, ‘Pink Panther’, ‘Bare Necessities’, ‘Big Spender’, ‘Have You Met Miss Jones’,
‘Do Nothin’ Till You Hear From Me’, ‘That Old Black Magic’, ‘How Sweet it is to be Loved by You’, and finished with ‘Tuxedo Junction’.

The band looked professional and played tight and bright with plenty of opportunities for solo breaks and excellent vocals. The band is in top form and presented an excellent programme.

On Sunday 19th April we will host one of New Zealand’s top jazz vocalists, Malcolm McNeill, who will be backed by leading jazz musicians Terry Crayford, Paul Dyne and Roger Sellers. The Club is very fortunate to capture the availability of Malcolm McNeill for this very special ‘not to be missed’ performance and it will certainly be a great night’s entertainment. Don’t miss it! The evening will be led off at 4pm with Louis Thompson-Munn on solo piano and vocals, so come early to get a good seat and enjoy some innovative and entertaining piano leading into the main event with a nice meal and a tipple or two.

A big welcome to new members Helen Pearson and Neil and Glenda Pritchard (from Gore). Those who are not yet members will be most welcome to join the Club in helping to keeping the jazz ball bouncing along.

Wellington Jazz Club is an excellent venue for entertaining friends. 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.

There are still over 40 subscriptions outstanding and it would be very much appreciated if these could be paid this month.

See y’all on 19th April at the Chicago.

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

Support Band "Trogat" - At the end of the bar was a band named Trogat and man, they sure sounded nice. Some of them have played at the jazz club before, as in the combo competition. Through the experience of performing together, they seem to have come quite a long way since then. It was a groovy, flowing sound that was rather nicely gelled. The guitar (Jon Veitch - leader) and the trombone (Raymond Doell) stood out. It was refreshing to hear a trombone with a relaxed, melodic sense. They were supported by Wynton Newman on bass and Dexter Stanley Tauvao on drums. . Well done to Trogat. A fitting warmup from some aspiring musicians. Kelvin Roy


This Month's Gig: Sunday 19th April @ Chicago - Malcolm McNeill

4.00pm–4.50pm: Louis Thompson-Munn

5.00pm-7.00pm: Malcolm McNeill

Read more about this gig in our Gigs Diary...

Malcolm McNeill:

Born in Christchurch in 1945, jazz vocalist Malcolm McNeill grew up in a musical family and was exposed to jazz via the radio in the post-war years. At 15 he was already singing in coffee bars and restaurants around Christchurch, performing for dancers at the Latimer Dance Hall and diners at the Malando Restaurant. His musical interests are wide, but he is most at home with the great American songwriters such as Hoagy Carmichael, George Gershwin, Duke Ellington, Cole Porter, Harold Arlen and Rodgers and Hart, whose works he has performed all over the world. He lists his influences as Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Mel Torme, Charlie 'Bird' Parker, Dizzy Gillespie and Oscar Peterson. In 1970 he travelled to England where he stayed for six years, before returning to New Zealand. While he was there he formed a lasting friendship and association with John Dankworth and Cleo Laine, who helped him get established in London. He has toured with them, as well as on the festival circuit and performed with a variety of symphony orchestras and in venues such as Ronnie Scott’s and the New York Town Hall. He also recorded a popular duet album with Kiri Te Kanawa which made the US Billboard charts. His song Melissa reached the top of both the Australian and Japanese charts. However, he has always opted to live
and work in Christchurch.

Malcolm McNeill is considered New Zealand's internationally regarded, premier Jazz Singer of Great American Songbook, contemporary and original songs. In 1990 he received the Commemoration Medal for Services to Music and Trust Bank Excellence Award.

“That's my kinda music” said Bill Clinton when Malcolm McNeill sang at a Presidential dinner in Christchurch. "A terrific singer and a really great voice". Malcolm McNeill has a way of getting inside a great song and handing it to you as fresh as the day it was written. That's what President Clinton heard: not just a superb voice but also a natural interpreter. Give
this masterly performer a Cole Porter standard or a Jobim Bossa Nova and he'll sing it so you've got it under your skin.

Malcolm will be supported by the crème de la crème of Wellington Jazz; Paul Dyne, (Bass); Roger Sellers, (Drums) and Terry Crayford, (Keyboard). These three need no introduction.

Louis Thompson-Munn:

Louis Thompson-Munn is a pianist and vocalist, specialising in performance, composition, arranging and is a music educator. Originally from Newcastle in Australia, Louis moved to New Zealand in December 2006 and attended the New Zealand School of Music through Victoria University in Wellington. Receiving a Bachelor's degree in Music with a major in Jazz Performance on piano, Louis also has a Graduate Diploma in Education, teaching in High Schools and privately. He will perform a variety of tunes from New Orleans, stride piano to some Jazz standards.


AGM 2015

The Annual General Meeting of the Wellington Jazz Club was held at on Sunday 15th March 2015 at Chicago Sports Cafe at
1 Queen’s Wharf, Wellington, chaired by Michael Bain. 60 members were present and the existing committee was returned unopposed.

Michael presented his annual report and the financial statements for the year ending 31st December 2014. These were accepted by the meeting. There were no items of general business raised.


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.

To try and meet those requests in future, 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 such register email Mike Bain with your bio and contact details.


Wellington Jazz Club Gigs Schedule

Wellington Jazz Club meets monthly, usually (but not always) on the third Sunday of the month at the Chicago Sports Cafe situated at the Wellington Waterfront. Our Club gigs are open to the public and normally begin at 4:15pm with a support band, followed by the main event at 5:00pm.

Sunday 19 April 2015 5pm to 7.15pm @ Chicago Sports Café - Malcolm McNeill with Terry Crayford, Roger Sellers, & Paul Dyne.

Malcolm is New Zealand's internationally regarded, premier Jazz Singer of Great American Songbook, Contemporary and original songs. He has recently returned from overseas and will be supported with the cream of Wellington’s musicians.

Sunday 17 May 2015 5pm to 7.15pm @ Chicago Sports Café - Greg Crayford Sextet.

The Wellington Jazz Club band, led by Graham Kelly, will perform from 4:00 pm. If you would like to play with them, please contact Chris Caudwell, Ph: (04) 973 3204.

Please visit our Gigs Diary...


Wellington Jazz Festival - Wednesday 3rd June to Sunday 7th June 2015

The annual mid-winter Wellington Jazz Festival is heating up in the capital with 100 gigs over five days from 3rd to 7th June - enhanced by great music, food, wines and craft beers.

The Festival will be featuring major international headliners as well as top local musicians, with festivities spilling out onto the streets.

If you've enjoyed the performers at our Wellington Jazz Club gigs, such as David Feehan and Coco Favre, etc - make sure you mosey down to their space in the city for some great revelry!

It's a great opportunity for jazz lovers to find their groove, and explore New Zealand's coolest capital city!

For a full line-up of local gigs, visit this page on the Wellington Jazz Festival website from April 15. In the meantime you can follow the Festival on Facebook and stay in the loop!

The New Zealand School of Music Jazz Project 2015 takes place from 3–5 June as part of the Wellington Jazz Festival. This annual event brings together high school students from around the country to take part in contests for Improvisers, Combos and Big Bands, to attend workshops given by New Zealand School of Music Faculty and guest artists, and to immerse themselves in the world of jazz.

Formerly known as the NZSM Jazz Festival, this year sees an exciting new collaboration with the Wellington Jazz Festival. In addition to participating in the Jazz Project students, teachers and parents will be able to attend the huge array of events on offer – The Big Band contest and the JazzJazzJazz concert take place in the Wellington Opera House on Wednesday June 3rd, the Combo contest at the NZSM’s Mt Cook campus on Thursday June 4th and the workshop day and Improvisation Contest on Friday 5th June, also at Mt Cook.


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. (Closed 25.12.2014 to 17.01.2015.)

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


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 gratis, has kindly offered a 20% discount off the build fee of any website to all members of Wellington Jazz Club.

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 and David Feehan and for Wellington Capital Performing Arts (CPA) which she also continues to maintain.

You can take a look at some of her websites and read what some of her clients have to say.

If you would like to find out more about having a website, please phone Marie on (04) 976 2158 or 022 432 7202 and let her know you are a member of Wellington Jazz Club.