On Sunday 17th April the Club hosted a star-studded line-up led by Nick Granville on guitar, with Ben Hunt, Mike Kirgan, Dave Lisik and Chris Selley on trumpets, Chris Fox, Mark Davey, Dave Bremner and Ben Robertson on troms, Bryn Van Vliet and Jake Baxendale on altos, Oscar Lavën and Chris Buckland on tenors and Nils Olsen on baritone sax, Anita Schwabe on piano, Nick Tipping on bass, and Lance Philip on drums. They performed a dynamic selection of classic jazz, including five of Nick’s own inspired compositions and arrangements, The band was tight, dynamic and brilliant with plenty of opportunities for impressive and exciting improvisations.
They opened with ‘Song for Bilbao (Pat Metheney)’, then ‘Play It Again’ (Nick Granville), ‘Thirty Four’ (Nick Granville), ‘KT’ (Mike Stern), ‘Matakana’ (Nick Granville), and finished the first half with ‘Mr Brown’ (Nick Granville).
The second half kicked off with ‘Corner Pocket’ (Freddie Green Arr Count Basie), then ‘Georgia’ (Hoagy Carmichael), ‘Ornette-isms’ (Nick Granville), ‘Keep Me in Mind’ (John Scofield), ‘The Girl from NZ’ (adapted from ‘The Girl from Ipanema’(Antonio Carlos Jobim arr Nick Granville) and ‘La Samba’ Ray Obiedo).
Support entertainment was provided before the main event by visiting Hawkes Bay vocalist, the lovely Jemima Rose, accompanied by Don Franks on piano, performing a selection of well-known swing standards. Jemima has an attractive stage presence and excellent singing voice to match, and Don’s accompaniment was empathetic and swingingly supportive. The items including ‘Bye Bye Blackbird’, ‘Honeysuckle Rose’, ‘Body and Soul’, ‘Quiet Night in Corcovada’, ‘Love for Sale’, ‘All the Things You Are’, ‘Blue Skies’, ‘Stormy Weather’, ‘Why Don’t You Do Right?’, ‘Meditation’, ‘S’Wonderful’, and He’s Funny That Way’. It was an excellent lead-in to the main.
Our next gig is on Sunday 15th May at Meow. Our Honorary Member Kevin Clark is putting together a programme of ‘Classical - meets – Jazz’. To quote Rodger Fox, who has had a preview of the gig, “it is a great concept and the versions of the material really works and presented in Kevin’s usual style”.
Sunday 15 May Gig - Jazz with a Classical Bent (or Bent Classical?) @ Meow Cafe, 9 Edward Street, Wellington
5pm - Multi award winning pianist composer arranger Kevin Clark and vocalist Fran Barton together with their group will present an entertaining evening of jazz at Meow on Sunday 15th May at 5.00pm
All the numbers are adapted and re-interpreted from the music of Liszt, Brahms, Chopin, Borodin, Ravel and others. See our Gigs Schedule.
4pm - Support band "Razzle Dazzle" (Frances & Daryl Prowse), a husband and wife duo based in Wellington, New Zealand - featuring the talents of multi-instrument player Daryl on some of his favourite instruments: Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet, Flugel horn, Keyboards, Guitar, Banjo, and last but not least the velvety smooth vocals of Frances.
Kevin Clark has just written and illustrated a book about his musical exploits over the past 65 years-and during the break there will be an exclusive WJC pre-launch launch. Graham Kelly and Kevin will say a few words about the book, and it will be on sale after the gig. Have some cash on hand and help support an active musician!
Wellington Jazz Club's Tribute to Colin Hemmingsen
Wellington Jazz Club's Tribute in October will be to Colin Hemmingsen. Colin decided to investigate jazz when his music teacher played the Leonard Bernstein record "What Is Jazz?". If you think you know what jazz is, listen here, or visit Colin's website.
Free to an appreciative home. The Club has been contacted by jazz fan Michael Wright, who has a large collection of jazz audio tapes including (he believes) tapes taken off the old ‘V’ discs issued for servicemen overseas during WW2 and never made for general release, which had been collected and passed on to him by the late Robert (Bob) Wood. Included in the collection are other jazz tapes, books on jazz and some jazz CDs. He is keen to see these go free to a good home and be preserved for future generations, rather than be destroyed. Contact Michael Wright on 04-905 8419, 021 0278 9987, email
Mervin Barrett brought 19 DVD's with jazz themes, kindly donated by the family of the late Mort Butler, for sale to members with the proceeds going to the Wellington Jazz Club. He suggested they be priced at $20 for a movie, $15 for a music DVD.
Movie titles @ $20 each:
Sweet Smell of Success
Diane Schuur & The Count Basie Orchestra / Kenny Drew Trio Live at the Brewhouse
The Fabulous Dorseys
Music DVD's @ $15 each:
A Tribute to Charlie Parker: Birdland
Norman Granz' Jazz at Montreux presents Benny Carter '77
Norman Granz' Jazz at Montreux presents Eddie Lockjaw Davis '77
Norman Granz' Jazz at Montreux presents Tommy Flanagan Trio '77
Jazz Legends: Art Hodes Jazz Valley: Vol 2
Jazz Legends: Art Hodes Jazz Valley: Vol 3
Jazz Legends: The Small Black Groups
Bernard Weinstein will bring them along to the May gig, please approach him during the gig, email Bernard or phone him on (04) 476 0588.