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.
Boptets, Hobbits & Babes
20 November 2011
Jazz Club Event – 4.45pm start
A fearsome foursome of modern jazz practitioners will be in our Chicago venue around 4.45pm Sunday 20 November --- The Drum Daddy, the Boss Bass, a towering tenorman from Oz and piano dazzler the Schwabe Babe.
They’re better known as the Boptet, and they include Roger Sellers, Paul Dyne, Tim Hopkins and Anita Schwabe, masters of their implements and mentors to many upcoming jazz players who’ll be tomorrow’s headliners after their New Zealand School of Music stints.
And they’ve been around. Roger put in time at Ronnie Scott’s famed London jazzery and idolized percussionists Dave Tough, Gene Krupa, Buddy Rich and bop drummers Max Roach, Kenny Clarke et al. Paul still talks glowingly of bassists Ray Brown & Paul Chambers and his ten years in Canada with fantastic gigs backing US saxophone legend Sonny Stitt. Anita was also in the land of hockey and polar bears where she worked with trumpeter Kenny Wheeler and dug pianist Red Garland, Wynton Kelly and of course the mad Monk, Thelonius.
As for Hopkins, it suffices to say that Kiwi keyboard icon Mike Nock chose to record with Tim. ‘Nuff said?
As soon as they finish wowing our Chicago fans they’ll be popping over to the Lido Café in Wakefield Street to continue the awesome two-decade skein of Sunday night jazz sessions about 7.30pm Two decades, a jazz player’s dream! One Boptet star I’ll miss is Vaughn Roberts, trumpet man, crooner, band leader, etc. who currently is doing one of those shipboard engagements. I sincerely hope the craft is not the Rena and that the only tune he’s playing is “Oil of Me, Why Not Take Oil of Me?”
Our very own Wellington Jazz Club band will open the Chicago festivity with their own improvisational skills. Remember – good nibbles and drinks at Chicago to cap a fine evening!
LATE FLASH! At 8pm Friday 25 November at the Mana Little Theatre in Plimmerton (for reservations ring 233 9357), pianist-trumpeter Kevin Clark and vocalist Fran Barton will do a “Jazz N’ other Stuff” concert accompanied by Rowan Clark on bass and John Rae on drums. The Barton Babe will introduce a new comedy number Kevin and I did for Fran to sing called “Here Come the Hobbits”. If you’re a fan of Frodo, Bilbo, Groucho, Chico and Harpo – whatever - come on down.