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This Month's Gig: Sunday 15th February 2015 @ Chicago - Geoff Culverwell and “Geoff’s Young Guns”

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On Sunday 7th December the Club hosted a Christmas Piano Extravaganza with 19 jazz musicians and vocalists, most being members of the Club, and some welcome guests from out of town. It was a fun variety concert with the performers taking part in five groups with a most entertaining programme and presenting an excellent standard of jazz.

The programme headed off with our own Wellington Jazz Club Band led by Graham Kelly on keyboard, with Jenny Forster on vocals, Kevin Clark on trumpet, Chris Anderson on clarinet, Mark Bennett on trom, Noel Evans on bass and Bob Little on drums presenting some excellent swing standards with some lovely improvising.

Second up was a group led by John Jamieson on keyboard, with Seagar Mason on trumpet and flugel, Alfred Memelink on tenor, Chris Caudwell on trom, Peter Gregory on bass and Neville Taylor on drums presenting another selection of swing standards with more excellent improvising.

Third was a duo led by renowned jazz pianist John Wilcox (from Auckland and truly on-form) with our own lovely Janice Campbell on vocals with a selection of moving blues.

Fourth up was legendary jazzman Bill Wollerman, who presented a touching reminisce of his musical life interspersed with jazz interludes and joined by his talented grandson Max Wollerman as duo keyboardist. Last up, the ever-brilliant Terry Crayford and talented jazz vocalist and violinist Hannah Fraser wowed the audience with some great standards and some of Terry’s originals...

For the record, Group One played ‘I’m Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter’, ‘Blue Moon’, ‘Goody Goody’, ‘Fly Me to the Moon’, ‘Santa Claus is Coming to Town’, ‘You’d be So Nice to Come Home To’, ‘Let’s Do It’ and ‘It Don’t Mean a Thing’. Group Two – ‘This Can’t be Love’, ‘Days of Wine and Roses’, ‘Green Dolphin Street’, ‘I Can’t Give You Anything But Love’, and ‘Moonglow’. Group Three – ‘Summertime’, ‘It Had to Be You’, ‘St Louis Blues’, ‘All of me’, ‘How Deep is the Ocean’, and ‘Georgia’. Group Four – ‘A Smooth One’, ‘Lullaby of the Leaves’, ‘O’ Red’, ‘Central Avenue Breakdown’, ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’, ‘Hallelujah’ (in Errol Garner style), ‘Time and Again’, and ‘Fulford St’. Group five – ‘That’s What I Thought You Said’, ‘Quintology’, ‘With You’, ‘Angel Eyes’, ‘Little Beth’, ‘Tears’, ‘Black Stockings on Vivian Street’, ‘Darn That Dream’, ‘Morning Train’, and ‘After You’ve Gone’; all great standards and some of Terry’s great originals; All lent themselves to improvising (and plenty of it!), and amazingly there were no clashes!

It was a great night of fun and excellent entertainment and, due to the excellent support by Club Members who attended and the generosity of the performers, the Club was able to almost clear its net deficit for the year. See photos taken at the 2014 Christmas Party Piano Extravaganza...

After the Christmas break, Club nights resumes on Sunday 15th February 2015 with the irrepressible Geoff Culverwell with a line-up of top class jazzmen to kick off another year of the best jazz Wellington has to offer.

Subscription Notices for 2015 have been sent out with this Newsletter for those whose subs are yet unpaid. Subs rates remain unchanged and it would be appreciated if subs could be paid promptly.

A big welcome to new members Alexia Pickering J.P., Shirley Nesbitt, John and Jean Kersel, Keith Morshead, John Jamieson, Mark Bennett, Seagar Mason and Dennis Taylor. Those who are not yet members will be most welcome to join the Club in helping to keeping the jazz ball
bouncing along.

Best wishes for 2015. It’s already looking great! See y’all on Sunday 15th February 2015 at Chicago.

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


This Month's Gig: Sunday 15th February @ Chicago - Geoff Culverwell and Geoff’s Young Guns

4.00pm–4.50pm: 'Everything Trumpet' - Geoff will explain and demonstrate the horn and its place in jazz - a humorous and informative account on how to love the horn, improvisation, musical doldrums, what started the jazz, etc.

5.00pm-7.00pm: Geoff’s Young Guns - a group of startling genius, producing a concert of refreshing and eclectic music. Wellington Jazz Club will see that the future of jazz in New Zealand is in good hands. Geoff Culverwell continues his presentation of young talent within his bands and these guys are a pure pleasure to hear!

Geoff's Young Guns includes Geoff Culverwell on trumpet, flugel horn, flute and vocals; Ashton Sellers on guitar; Matt Steel on keyboard; Tom Warrington on bass (Tom played with the Buddy Rich Big Band for many years); and drummer (to be advised).

Geoff was a side man for a host of NZ & international stars and was a regular feature himself on national TV and radio and has been at the top of his game for over 40 years. He also promotes jazz in the next generation by tutoring and workshops around the country.

Geoff last performed for Wellington Jazz Club in July 2012 with his trio “Picture This”. In his review of the gig, Club President Mike Bain wrote: "... a dynamic performance of Latin swing and funky jazz... a brilliant, cool (and hot) performance by one of the capital's leading jazz groups.”



The Annual General Meeting of the Wellington Jazz Club will be held on Sunday 15th March 2015 @ Chicago Sports Cafe, 1 Queen’s Wharf, Wellington, during the March gig.



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. See our Gigs Diary...


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.