NEWSLETTER


MAY 2015


President's Message

This Month's Gig: Sunday 19th April 2015 Greg Crayford Sextet @ D4 on Featherston 5-7pm

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

Register of Club Jazz Musicians

Play for the Valley Stompers

Wellington Jazz Club Gigs Schedule

Other Jazz Gigs in Wellington

NZSM Jazz Project 2015

Count Basie Orchestra

Download Latest Newsletter

Download Membership Application Form

Music to Your Heart

Need a Website?

Music Works

Costume Hire



PRESIDENT’S MONTHLY MESSAGE!

On Sunday 19th April the Club hosted the legendary jazz vocalist Malcolm McNeill with a top-class backing group comprising Terry Crayford on keyboard, Paul Dyne on bass and Roger Sellers on drums, who presented an excellent programme of jazz and swing standards to a capacity audience with ease and panache. Malcolm has a relaxed and good humoured stage presence and he had an easy rapport with the audience. He is a very experienced and professional vocalist and his performance was most enjoyable. Terry and Paul and Roger played brilliantly with excellent empathy and drive and plenty of opportunity for exciting solo breaks.

The band opened with a warm-up ‘On Green Dolphin Street’, then Malcolm joined them with ‘The Way You Look Tonight’ followed by ‘Where or When’, ‘Ain’t Misbehavin’, ‘One Note Samba’, ‘Got You Under My Skin’, ‘Embraceable You‘ segued into ‘They Can’t Take That Away from Me’, then ‘Georgia’, ‘Lotus Blossom’, and finished the first half with a humorous ‘You and I and George’.

The second half kicked off with ‘’Bye Bye Blackbird’, then ‘Autumn Leaves’, ‘What’s the Hurry’, ‘Fascinating Rhythm’, ‘Everything Happen to Me’, ‘Early in the Morning’, ‘Honeysuckle Rose’, ‘Skylark’, ‘Walkin’ My Baby Back Home’, and an encore ‘Love is Here to Stay’.

Support entertainment was provided by solo pianist Louis Thompson-Munn who played and sang a selection of standards. His solo performance provided excellent ambience and was most appropriate in setting the scene for the main event to follow. I hope we can get him back again.

The Club has invested in an excellent sound system which worked well to project the performance to every corner of the room. Thanks to Kelvin Roy for procuring and controlling the system.

Unfortunately, this was the last time we could enjoy the hospitality of the Chicago Sports Café, as, following the April gig they have now closed down. The Club enjoyed its five years at the Chicago since its first gig there on 21st March 2010. The management and staff at the Chicago were very supportive of the Wellington Jazz Club, and we very much enjoyed their hospitality and support. We wish them all well.

Our next gig will be on Sunday 17th May at D4 on Featherston, when we will host the Greg Crayford Sextet.

The evening will be led off at 4pm with our own Wellington Jazz Club Band led by Graham Kelly playing some easy listening jazz standards.

A big welcome to new member Connie Palmer. The Jazz Club is an excellent venue for entertaining friends and celebrating special events and listening to great jazz played by top-class musicians.

See y’all on 17th May at D4 on Featherston.

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

P.S. There are still over 20 subscriptions outstanding and it would be very much appreciated if these could be paid this month.

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This Month's Gig: Sunday 17th May 2015 5pm to 7pm - Greg Crayford Sextet and Guests

@ D4 on Featherston - Level 1, 143 Featherston Street, Wellington.* NB




In 2014, after a more than twenty year gap in formal education Greg, stalwart of the Wellington jazz scene and Head of Music at Rongotai College, was fortunate to win a national TeachNZ award, allowing one year’s full-time study.

The obvious choice was Wellington’s highly regarded NZ School of Music where he completed the post-graduate jazz programme.

The first trimester’s work focussed on the drumming of Philly Joe Jones, one of the most recorded musicians of all time. His high profile with the Miles Davis Group in the 1950s assured him a stellar career as a soloist, band leader and sideman. Each tune at Greg’s recital was linked Philly in some way.

The second trimester’s recital was based on the excellent musical arrangements by Californian pianist, Steve Abrams, who travels to NZ once a year to play with Greg in The Pleasure Point Sextet

This Gig for the Jazz Club is based on the two recitals, interspersed with favourite swing standards, performed by newcomer vocalist, Lucretia Maclean.

Personnel: Ben Hunt, trumpet; Oscar Lavën, saxophone; Anita Schwabe, piano; Nick Granville, guitar; Nick Tipping, double bass; Greg Crayford. Drums and special guests: Terry Crayford, piano; Lucretia Maclean, voice.

4.00pm-4.50pm Support Band: Wellington Jazz Club Band led by Graham Kelly playing some easy listening jazz standards

Note change of venue! 'Chicago' no longer exists. We will now meet at the ‘D4 on Featherston’, Level 1, 143 Featherston Street (corner of Featherston and Brandon Streets). We have had gigs there previously. If you require elevator access please ask Bernard Weinstein at the door and you will be escorted to the elevator. The D4 is named after the Irish postcode 'Dublin 4' and is a leading Wellington Irish Bar/Pub and high quality restaurant.


D4 on Featherston - website

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Play for the Valley Stompers


The Valley Stompers are looking for enthusiastic banjo and clarinet players who have a knowledge and experience of playing Dixieland or New Orleans jazz

If you would like to play with the Valley Stompers, please email sue.roger@vodafone.co.nz



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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 Michael Bain to advise your bio and contact details.


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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.

These meetings/gigs were usually held at Chicago at the Wellington Waterfront. However, as Chicago no longer exists, these meetings/gigs will now be held at D4 on Featherston, Level 1, 143 Featherston Street (corner of Featherston and Brandon Streets), Wellington.

Sunday 17 May 2015 5pm to 7pm Greg Crayford Sextet @ D4 on Featherston.

4.00pm-4.50pm Support Band: Wellington Jazz Club Band led by Graham Kelly.

Sunday 21st June 2015 5pm to 7pm Ben Wilcox @ D4 on Featherston.

Ben Wilcox will lead a Big Band performing Count Basie and Frank Sinatra favourites. Chris Caudwell, the Club's Gigs Manager heard this band (under different leadership) perform at the Meow and recommends them.

Please visit our Gigs Diary...


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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.


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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. (Closed 25.12.2014 to 17.01.2015.)

GROOVE RADIO - now streamed on broadband.



NZSM Jazz Project 2015

The NZSM Jazz Project 2015 takes place from 3–5 June as part of the Wellington Jazz Festival.

Formerly known as the NZSM Jazz Festival, this year sees an exciting new collaboration between NZSM and the Wellington Jazz Festival which takes place from 3–5 June in Wellington.

Registration is now open for the NZSM Jazz Project 2015. 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.

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Count Basie Orchestra

The living embodiment of swing, one of the most elegant and irresistible sounds that ever shook the western world, The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra will bring their 80th Anniversary Tour to Australia and New Zealand in May 2015.

Featuring the remarkable vocals of Carmen Bradford, who was hand chosen by The Count himself.
Read more...

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DOWNLOAD MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION FORM

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DOWNLOAD LATEST NEWSLETTER

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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

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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


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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.

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Music to Your Heart

From www.toyourhealth.com

They say music can soothe the soul, but did you know it may also improve your heart health? Research presented at the 2009 European Society of Cardiology Congress in Barcelona, Spain suggests music therapy reduces blood pressure, heart rate and anxiety in patients with acute coronary syndrome - any of a collection of symptoms, such as chest pain, brought on by sudden reduced blood flow to the heart.

Even more significantly, the researchers found that music therapy was also effective at reducing the incidence of future heart-related events, including the big one: sudden death.

All of the patients in the study had heart issues serious enough to necessitate revascularization, a surgical procedure designed to restore blood flow where it has been compromised or limited. That meant they were at risk for a future coronary event not only because of their heart health status, but also because the fear of a potential repeat surgery likely increased their stress and anxiety, which is never good for the heart.

And what type of music did the patients listen to during the study? Classical music appeared to be the general preference, but the lead author of the study emphasizes that music therapy may actually have a negative effect if patients are forced to listen to music they don't like, suggesting that the type of music (within reason) is not as important as whether you enjoy listening to it and how it affects your overall mood and stress levels.

So, whether you've been diagnosed with high blood pressure, heart disease or a related heart condition, are at risk for any of the above, or just want to keep your cardiovascular system in the best shape possible (why wouldn't you?), charge up your iPod and let your favourite tunes lead you down the road to a lifetime of health and wellness.




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