On Sunday 30th October we hosted Hot Café, who presented a brilliant performance of gypsy jazz. Nik Brown’s dynamic violin with brilliant playing by Leigh Jackson and Nick Granville on guitars and George Packard on Bass kept the audience on the edge of their seats. It was a driving, passionate and exciting performance and left us wanting more. The audience was rapt! I hope we can get them back again soon!
We were also treated to a pre-concert programme of big band jazz from the 17 x piece Aspire Academy Band who played a good selection of standards ‘How High the Moon, In the Mood, It Don’t Mean a Thing, I’ve Got You Under My Skin, My Funny Valentine, Night and Day, Route 66, Something’s Got to Give, Sway and They Can’t Take it Away from Me’.. The band was led by Philip Hawkey (MD), and Rick Godenho (Manager) and comprised Geoff Hooper and Tony Jenkins on trumpets, Gavin Knight (tutor) and Simon Wright on troms, David Burns eupho, Paul Caddis and Jim Szymnkowiak altos, Rick Godenho and David Tuck tenors, Paul Langham baritone sax, Keryn Campbell clarinet, Emma King piano, Steve Limmer guitar, Allan Holden bass, Colin Chase drums and Andre Coulston vocals. The band played well and received a great reception from the audience and proved that the era of big band jazz is still popular. It was good to see young musicians playing big band jazz so well. The band was located beside the open doors and could be heard clearly outside the venue, which added to the excitement of the evening’s entertainment.
The Aspire Academy Band is active in performing for community events and is available for musicians wanting exposure to big band jazz. Both the Academy band and the Aspire Big Band are always on the lookout for keen musicians.
On 20th November we will be excited to welcome the reknowned ‘Boptet’, who have agreed to perform for the Jazz Club prior to their regular appearance at the Lido. They will be starting at the earlier time of 4.45pm to enable them to meet their other commitment later. The group comprises Tim Hopkins on tenor sax, Anita Schwabe on keyboard, Paul Dyne on bass and Roger Sellers on drums. They are all most experienced and skilled jazz musicians and will introduce bebop by example of the role of each instrument in this fascinating genre. This is guaranteed to be an informative and most entertaining night of jazz of the highest quality. Not to be missed!
On 11th December we will celebrate the Festive Season with some dixie and swing presented by City Jazz and happy trad jazz by The Valley Stompers, both back by popular request. It should be a fun toe-tapping event to suitably finish another year of great entertainment.
See you all on 20th November and again on 11th December at the Chicago. They will both be nights to remember. Try not to miss them!
The first gig next year will be the Club’s ‘Tribute to Terry Crayford’, to be held at West Plaza Hotel, Wakefield St, on Sunday 19th February. This will be a very auspicious event which has already attracted leading jazz musicians from all over the country, keen to be part of it. The venue has plenty of room and it will be a memorable event in the life of Wellington Jazz Club and the wider jazz community. It will be another event ‘not to be missed’.
Welllington Jazz Club is an excellent venue for entertaining friends and celebrating special events. Organise a party to come with you 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.
If you are not yet a member, then please join the Club in helping to keeping jazz ball bouncing along in the Capital.
A big welcome to new members Toni and Ashley Houghton, and Raewyn and Keith Taylor.
If I don’t get the opportunity again, please accept the Committee’s best wishes for a safe and happy Christmas and New Year.
We are already looking forward to more top-quality jazz in 2012.