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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.



Bruce Brown, jazz vocalist

18 October 2015


Sunday 18th October @ Meow Cafe, 9 Edward Street, Wellington MAP and directions

5:00pm to 7:00pm - Bruce Brown, jazz vocalist and pianist, together with Greg Crayford (on drums), Dan Yeabsley (on bass), and Noel Clayton (on guitar), doing a combo of Bruce Brown's originals and some standards.

4.00pm to 4.45pm - Support Band 'What a Treat' (Eilish Wilson and Sophie Cooper vocals/sax/guitar)

Bruce Brown, originally from LA, USA, established himself as a highly regarded pianist, singer, and songwriter performing at all the major jazz clubs in Southern California.

Bruce arrived in New Zealand late 1998 to take up the position as Senior Vocal Jazz Tutor at Massey University's Conservatorium of Music, now Te Kōkī New Zealand School of Music.

His songs have been described as 'original standards' and reflect his love of the great American songbook. As a performer, Bruce's easy-going spontaneity establishes a natural rapport, always leaving his audience wanting more. "His songs are like potato chips, once you hear one, you'll wanna hear all of them."

Greg Crayford (drums) has been performing for more than twenty years as a jazz/show/rock musician in Wellington, Manawatu and nationally with some of the best musicians around including Rodger Fox, Colin Hemmingsen, Johnny Lippiet, Vaughn Roberts, Anita Van Dijk, Denys Mason, Lance Su’a, Jonathan Crayford and many, many others.

International acts include The Drifters, The Coasters, Mike Brignola, Bruce Paulson and national acts: Gray Bartlett, Brendan Dugan, Jodi Vaughan, and Tony Williams. Greg’s involvement in musical theatre as musical director/drummer/keyboardist/guitarist/percussionist have included Jesus Christ Superstar, Footloose, Joseph and The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat. He was a member of long-running London based kapahaka group, Ngati Ranana, as composer, guitarist and performer.

Greg is Head of Music at Rongotai College, Secretary of the NZ Jazz Foundation and member of Wellington-based jazz group, Pleasure Point.

Dan Yeabsley (bass) graduated from the Wellington Polytechnic Conservatorium of Music in 1966.

This time he will be playing bass but he is a multi-instrumentalist. With each band he appears to play a different instrument!

He regularly plays with: The Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra, Fat Freddie’s Drop, The Troubles, Jelly Rolls Trio (Ben Wilcox & John Rae), and Twinset (with twin brother Chris).

Noel Clayton (guitar) is a Wellington guitar legend. He has performed with many bands in the last two decades, including his own fine trio (‘Eel’) with Patrick Bleakley and Chris O’Connor. Noel influenced a generation of guitar players through his astonishing performances at the Lido cafe during a long-time residency with the ‘Doodletown Boptet’. Noel has also been a frequent collaborator with Anthony Donaldson (in the ‘Razorblades’, also touring with the ‘Village of the Idiots’) as well as with Patrick Bleakley and Jonathan Crayford, and John Bell in ‘Sanctus’, performing around NZ and at the Melbourne and Wellington International Jazz Festivals. Noel previously performed at Wellington Jazz Club with the Boptet.

Jonathan Veitch (guest vocalist) is a 19-year-old guitarist/singer who became interested in Jazz when he was introduced to the Young Musicians Programme up at Massey University and ever since has been interested in pursuing jazz as a career. He is currently in his second year studying jazz guitar at the NZSM and in his first year of studying 2nd instrument vocals. Jon has performed at the Club several times as the warmup Band and was a contestant at the recent Combo Competition.




How to find Meow Cafe

Meow is hidden away in the middle of the block between Manners, Willis and Victoria Streets. It is a brick building which you can see 50 meters ahead of you along Edward Street from Victoria Street. There is also a walkway through buildings from the corner of Manners and Victoria, and you can also walk under cover from Willis Street through the Food Court.

You could arrange to be dropped off at Meow but Edward Street is narrow and you cannot park there. Parking is available free in the surrounding streets, especially Willis Street and Victoria Street (beyond the present roadworks). There is plenty of parking in Wilson's multi-storey carpark (access off Willis Street) for $2 an hour (take a ticket and pay before exit).

After parking there you can take the lift to Ground and walk through the Food Court to Meow.

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