This is the Events Diary of gigs and events hosted by the Wellington Jazz Club, as well as other jazz gigs and jazz events around Wellington. To book tickets and tables go to Booking page on top menu.
30 October 2011
The name Hot Café may be familiar to Wellingtonians who were around in the 80s, as the original band was very active on the jazz scene, being one of the only groups playing gypsy jazz.
After 20 years of the original band breaking up the original violinist, Nik Brown decided to reform the band with the best local players he could find in the style.
Joining forces with acoustic guitarists Leigh Jackson and Nick Granville and double bass player George Packard "Hot Cafe" was reborn.
Nik Brown's passionate violin playing, combined with the hot gypsy rhythms and soaring solos of the guitars makes for a passionate, exciting blend of jazz, paying homage to Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappeli in the style the Hot Club of France.
Leigh Jackson has just returned from spending summer in Holland, France and Belgium studying and playing gypsy jazz with some of the best players in Europe.
Nick Granville is a very well known guitarist on the jazz scene for his involvement in his own trio and countless other projects, including the Wellington Jazz Orchestra.
Bass player George Packard is the foundation for the band and has been involved as an acoustic bass player with countless Wellington groups over a twenty year period. George is undoubtedly New Zealand's foremost expert at the "slap" technique on acoustic bass which is featured regularly in the band.
All in all this is one of the finest groups in New Zealand at the moment playing it's part in the Gypsy Jazz revival.