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This Month's Gig: Sunday 7th November - Christmas Party Piano Extravaganza

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On Sunday 16th November the Club hosted the renowned Christchurch-based jazz pianist Doug Caldwell on a return visit with vocalist Colette Jansen, Paul Dyne on bass and Roger Sellers on drums, presenting a pristine performance of jazz standards and some of Doug’s own compositions in an excellent venue on the 16th Floor of the James Cook Hotel.

The first half of the programme included ‘It’s You or No-one else’, ‘It’s Always You’, ‘If I Should Lose You’, ‘Dancing in the Dark’, Teach Me Tonight’ and ‘Stardust’ (both featuring Colette), ‘On a Misty Night’, ‘Exactly Like You’ and ‘Close Enough For Love’.

During the interval, John Douglas paid a tribute to Doug Caldwell and we presented him with a Certificate of Appreciation for his long-time contribution to jazz in New Zealand. This gesture on behalf of the Wellington Jazz Club was enthusiastically endorsed by the capacity audience.

The group then proceeded into the second half with ‘Close Enough for Love’, ‘Groovin’ High’, ‘Try a Little Tenderness’, ‘Summer Night Dreams’, ‘Honeysuckle Rose’ (featuring Colette), ‘A Beautiful Friendship’, ‘You’ve Changed’, and concluded with Doug’s own ‘Coolin’ Off’.

The whole performance was impeccable, with excellent arrangements, very attractive improvisations and smooth-as-silk vocals by Colette. The up-market venue was specially selected and was most appropriate for the special event. It was an evening of excellent jazz performed by master musicians.

The programme was preceded by 50 minutes with the James Cook’s own pianist and Wellington Jazz Club Member Shaun Johnson, playing an easy-listening dance and popular repertoire on the lovely Yamaha grand piano. Shaun is blind, and many in the audience came early to experience this unique pianist’s excellent playing first hand.

After Shaun’s performance, Graham Kelly presented a tribute to him and we presented Shaun also with a framed Certificate to “acclaim and honour him in recognition of his outstanding contribution to live music for over 30 years”. Graham had also arranged for the Certificate to be overlaid in Braille (thanks to Julia Mosen) to enable Shaun to be able to appreciate it
himself. Graham also paid tribute to the James Cook for their continuing support of live music in Wellington, represented by Shaun Johnson’s regular performances there for some 34 years. This gesture on behalf of the Jazz Club was well endorsed by the audience.

The next meeting on Sunday 7th December (earlier than usual) will be back at Chicago, and will be a ‘Christmas Party Piano Extravaganza’, featuring some five pianists and five groups with some 19 musicians, most of whom are Club members. It will be a fun concert with great variety. It is guaranteed to be a quality night’s entertainment and a most suitable way to wind up another year of great jazz.

Wellington 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 three and a nice meal.

A big welcome to new members Yuri Sakashita, Karen Simcox and Tim Brosnahan, and our youngest new member Gilbert Roy Gapper. Those who are not yet members will be most welcome to join the Club in helping to keeping the jazz ball bouncing along.

I’ll take this opportunity to wish you all a happy and safe Christmas break.

We’ll kick it off again on 15th February 2015 and already next year is looking great! See y’all on 7th December back at Chicago.

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


This Month's Gig: Sunday 7th November 4.00pm-7.00pm - Christmas Party Piano Extravaganza

Four Pianists, 20 musicians, 2 vocalists, one violinist!!

Wellington Jazz Club’s Christmas Party will be starting at 4pm sharp (not 5pm as for past Gigs) at Chicago Sports Cafe, 1 Queens Wharf, Wellington.

The Christmas party theme will include five groups and feature five pianists. There will be around a total of 20 musicians playing on the night.

Graham Kelly and the Wellington Jazz Club Band
Kicking off the party, Graham Kelly will lead an 8 piece band, featuring vocalist Jenny Forster.

Graham had his own dance band for 26 years in Wellington and also played in the Bill West Jazz Band, on several occasions, for the Jazz Club. He features on their record made by the band in the 80s. Graham is responsible for putting together Jazz Club bands at our Gigs and leads these groups.

For this Gig the band will be: Bass Noel Evans; Drums, Bob Little; Trumpet, Kevin Clark; Trombone, Gavin Knight; Sax/Clarinet, Chris Anderson; Vocalist, Jenny Forster. They will possibly play: I’m Going to Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter, Blue Moon, Fly Me to The Moon, Santa Clause Is Coming to Town, You’d Be So Nice to Come Home To.,

Jenny Forster has an exciting and smooth sounding voice. She is a Club member, and has sung at the Jazz Club previously with other groups.

"About 25 years ago, my husband John, had a rock n roll band called "Sound Advice" which I joined. We played the clubs and pubs around the Wellington region. This developed into a love for jazz. I joined a jazz trio and did a few gigs here and there mainly having fun! I love singing and enjoy sharing it with other people."

Jenny will sing: Goody Goody, Let’s Fall in Love, It Don’t Mean a Thing.

Pianist John Jamieson leads a Club Band – 4.30pm-5pm

The second group will feature John Jamieson on keyboard, who last played for the Jazz Club in 2006. He will be joined by a sextet comprising – Bass, Peter Gregory; Drums, TBA; Trumpet, Seager Mason; Trombone, Chris Caudwell; Sax/Clarinet, Alfred Memelink.

After piano lessons, starting at the age of 11, he then developed the skill of playing by ear. John is a talented pianist who has a love of jazz and likes to play requests. He particularly enjoys accompanying vocalists.

The band will possible play: This Can’t Be Love, Days Of Wine & Roses, Green Dolphin St, I Can’t Give You Anything But Love, Moonglow, Rosetta, Softly As In The Morning Sunrise.

These bands will set the tone for a fun filled night of music from the jazz repertoire. Your holiday fun and games starts here.

John Wilcox and Janice Campbell

Janice Campbell (vocalist) and a member of the Jazz Club, and John Wilcox (keyboards), will present a selection of jazz standards from the American Song Book, including ‘Summertime’, ‘It Had To be You’, ‘How Deep is the Ocean’, ‘All of Me’ and ‘Georgia on My Mind’.

Janice, first sung with John, in his trio, while they were at Auckland Teachers College (and at his wedding). Over the years she has also sung in musicals, including The King & I, Salad Days, Our Miss Gibbs & Salad Days.

Janice says that she loves jazz and has had a hankering to perform in public again. She said she is delighted that John is specially coming down from Auckland to accompany her.

John Wilcox is a talented professional pianist. He last played for our Club last December with the Vintage Jazz Band.

He was founder of the Bridge City Jazz Band and has endeared himself to female vocalists of Auckland with his sensitive backing on keyboard.

He has been a long serving musician in the Auckland scene following some time in Wellington. He is also an accomplished banjo player.

Bill Wollerman

In 1937, while still at primary school, Bill learnt to play piano and got hooked on jazz. Swing Bands were near their peak — Benny Goodman, Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey, The Count and Duke, Cab Calloway, Jimmy Lunceford, Chick Webb, "Wingy" Manone, plus Fats, Ella and others.

In New Zealand however "Swing" (and its exponents) was viewed with suspicion, especially by the ultra-conservative State Radio Service.

Only after grovelling to its Director-General was a single jazz programme reluctantly introduced — "Turntable", Fridays, at 10 pm - often cancelled for "more important" content, to the fans' disgust! (For more revelations read Laurie Lewis's great book "Nights at the Turntable".)

After two years learning, Bill had quit playing entirely, but fortunately brother Ian (a jazz buff) persuaded him to play again, by showing him how to "vamp" with his left hand (a crude version of "Stride" style). This provided a rhythm bass, essential for playing jazz/pop tunes. Bill resumed piano, and thus began a lifetime of playing our favourite music! (Thank to Bro! says Bill).

With musicians met in the Army in Japan he formed “The Dixielanders” in 1948 and he now performs frequently for charitable events around Eastbourne.

Bill will be playing some of his favourites — with a few anecdotes thrown in.

Terry Crayford will top the bill as “ HaRRY”*

Terry Crayford, a New Zealand jazz legend, as both a pianist and bass player, is again honouring the Jazz Club by playing with exciting jazz violinist, Hannah Fraser, as a duo called “HaRRY”.

They will be performing numbers like ‘Round Midnight’ and ‘Cry Me a River’ from the American Song Book. Included in their repertoire will be Gypsy, French and Celtic jazz.

Terry was honoured by the Jazz Club in 2012 with a Tribute to him at the West Plaza Hotel. He is one of the country’s most frequent heard composers, being responsible for televisions “Fair Go” theme. His many compositions are named after his children and grandchildren.

As a member of the highly popular group “Hot Club Sandwich”, performing around New Zealand, Terry has built on his reputation since the late 1950s by playing at the Pines Cabaret and many other popular venues.

He has accompanied many famous vocalists and musicians from overseas and in New Zealand including Barbara Windsor, Reg Varney, The Seekers, sax player Ronny Scott, and vocalists Malcolm McNeill and Beaver.

Terry worked on live shows at TVNZ Avalon Studios for TV productions including the Brian Edwards Show and the South Pacific Song Contests and for radio broadcasts and the sound track for the movie of “Good Bye Pork Pie”.

Hannah Fraser played in the band “The Troubles” as a feature artist. They have played regularly at Meow Bar and Restaurant in Wellington. She also has played at Jazz Clubs around New Zealand. Hannah competed in the Ken Avery Combo Competition at the Jazz Club in Sept 2012.

Hannah is an inspirational and dynamic entertainer. She plays violin with abundant energy and enthusiasm.

Terry described her as stylish, cool, exciting and friendly. From the master, that’s a real compliment.

  • Hannah + Terry = HaRRY


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...

  • NB: There is no gig planned for January 2015. Our next newsletter will be published by 30th January 2015 with our first gig of the year on Sunday 15th February 2015 featuring Geoff Culverwell.


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 the Club's website and continues to maintain it for the Club, has kindly offered a 20% discount to all members of the Wellington Jazz Club and the chance to have their own website.

You can contact Marie via her website or phone Marie on (04) 976 2158.