[ 18/04/2021 ]

 [ 21/03/2021 ]
Mike Taylor & band. Homage to Louis Armstrong.

 [ 21/02/2021 ]
Neil Billington, Harmonica and band

 [ 13/12/2020 ]
Honour to Nat King Cole

 [ 15/11/2020 ]
John Rae Trio. The Troubles.

 [ 20/09/2020 ]
The Bridget O’Shanassy Quartet

 [ 30/08/2020 ]
School of Music Combo Competion.

 [ 17/08/2020 ]

 [ 16/08/2020 ]
Jass Band

 [ 19/07/2020 ]
The Cattlestops Ride Again

 [ 21/06/2020 ]
Crayfords Plus

 [ 19/04/2020 ]
Mike Taylor Quartet

 [ 20/03/2020 ]
Mike Taylor Quartet

 [ 15/03/2020 ]
Leigh Jackson Trio

 [ 9/02/2020 ]
The Retro Pack. Andrew London

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.

Christmas Gig - Christmas Extravaganza

6 December 2015

Sunday 6th December 2015
@ Meow Cafe, 9 Edward Street, Wellington MAP and directions

Christmas Extravaganza

Sunday 6 Dec. 4:00 pm to 7:30 pm. At Meow.

The evening will feature three groups each with a female jazz vocalist.

4.0pm to 4.45pm

B Sharp Five (including The Raven Mavens) plus Neil Billington (harmonica) as special Guest. B Sharp 5 is a Dixieland jazz band but also features the two female vocalists performing as a duet. The group will perform a range of classic jazz and blues standards with a sprinkling of newer hits by female singers.

B Sharp 5 consists of: Chris Caudwell (trombone) - 16 years in the Valley Stompers; Roger Metcalf (Sousaphone) - 42 years in the Valley Stompers; Barry Carter (Banjo and Percussion); Cindy Muggeridge – (piano, vocals), Marian Carter (clarinet, vocals).

Cindy & Marian are the well-known blues duo the Raven Mavens.
See the Raven Mavens on this video.

Neil Billington has shown he is one of the leading exponents of the harmonica to come out of New Zealand, and combines a rare capacity for both the traditional blues harmonica and the less typical chromatic harmonica. He is equally at home whether playing in the ‘Chicago-style’ of Little Walter, or the more sophisticated jazz sensibilities of the Belgian jazz great, Jean ‘Toots’ Thielemans. Neil has appeared with everyone from NZ jazz maestro Rodger Fox’s big band through to jazz combos and electric blues bands, and folk and roots groups. Neil’s own band, The Neil Billington band, is a regular favourite in Wellington. They last played at the Jazz Club in Oct 2013.

5.00 to 5.45pm.

Nicole Chesterman Kircher (vocals), Bob Keeton (piano). “Me n Bob” play many classic jazz pieces made famous from Cole Porter, Bert Bacharach, Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, Sergio Mendes, Mike Shapiro, Peggy Lee, Dionne Warwick, Manhattan Transfer, Diana Krall, Natalie Cole, Meghan Trainer, Amy Winehouse, and a little current pop we turn into a swing style i.e. Lady Gaga which is so fun.

Our look is retro and based on a similar style to the Upright Piano Bar in Los Angeles - in fact a fab band called "Post-Modern Jukebox European" are very much what we aim to be”.

Bob Keeton has been playing piano around Wellington for over He has played solo piano in restaurants and hotel lounge bars, keyboards in rock, funk, swing and fusion bands; played in professional shows and as an accompanist for choirs and vocalists.

He was the keyboard player for the very successful “Benj Berryman Hiptet” and more recently played with Phil Costello and “The Five o'clock Shadows”, the Joe Cocker Tribute band “Hitchcock Railway”, “Dr Walcott’s Cold Feet Elixir” and acted as the live accompanist for Sarah Bradley on the Good Morning Show.

Bob also sometimes performs as a singer songwriter. He was primarily a guitar player as a youth but learnt pop/blues piano by ear until he was eighteen when he started learning to read music and swapped his interest to piano.

Unfortunately from this time he became consumed with sport, and music took a backseat until he was 25 when he resumed his piano studies intensely, both classical and improvising. He studied with David Farquhar at Victoria University to complete a degree in Music Composition. He also holds his LTCL in classical piano performance.

He cites his improv influences as everyone from Bach to Pinetop Smith, Fats Waller, Teddy Wilson, Oscar Peterson, Chick Corea, Keith Jarrett, and contemporary players Brad Mehldau and Fred Bob has released two digital albums “Stronger” & “Perfection” Nicole Chesterman Kircher has been a professional singer for 20 years and has worked in almost all musical genres including musical theatre/cabaret/rock bands/blues/country-rock bands. She toured with international act "The NZ Pink Floyd Experience" for 5 years.

Nicole Chesterman Kircher has been a professional singer for 20 years and has worked in almost all musical genres including musical theatre/cabaret/rock bands/blues/country-rock bands. She toured with international act "The NZ Pink Floyd Experience" for 5 years.

Nicole studied the Jo Estill Vocal Program Level 1 + 2 in Littleton, Massachusetts with Mary McDonald Klimek and the Sydney Conservatorium with Helen Tiller. More recently with David Stroud and Wendy Parr both American Vocal Coaches. She also performs as part of the following groups: ‘Rock Machine’, “Way Out West”, “The California Dreamers”.

6:00pm to 7.30pm.
HaRRY. Hannah Fraser (vocals & violin) with Terry Crayford (piano). Terry Crayford, a New Zealand jazz legend, as both a pianist and bass player, is again honouring the Jazz Club by playing with exciting jazz violinist, Hannah Fraser, as a duo called “HaRRY”.

Terry was honoured by the Jazz Club in 2012 with a Tribute to him at the West Plaza Hotel. He is one of the country’s most frequently heard composers, being responsible for televisions “Fair Go” theme. His many compositions are named after his children and grandchildren. As a member of the highly popular group “Hot Club Sandwich”, performing around New Zealand, Terry has built on his reputation since the late 1950s by playing at the Pines Cabaret and many other popular venues.

He has accompanied many famous vocalists and musicians from overseas and in New Zealand including Barbara Windsor, Reg Varney, The Seekers, sax player Ronnie Scott, and vocalists Malcolm McNeill and Beaver.

Terry worked on live shows at TVNZ Avalon Studios for TV productions including the Brian Edwards Show, the South Pacific Song Contests and for radio broadcasts and the sound track for the movie of “Good Bye Pork Pie”.

Hannah Fraser cherishes music, fine cuisine, karaoke and a gigglingly great time. After completing her composition degree at Victoria University, her career as a double Restaurateur introduced live jazz into her life. The inspiring musicians who she invited to play at her restaurants nourished her fascination with singing, violin, song-writing and playing piano, leading to several years of study at the capital's fabulous Jazz School - New Zealand School of Music.

You can find Hannah playing regularly with her cheeky war jazz band - 'The Front-Liners';
celebrated jazz band - 'The Troubles';
cult Wellington band - 'The Spines';
or starring in one of her mad 'Dirty One Night Bands' which have included 'Labyrinth Tribute Band, 'Pink Pineapple Party Band, 'Dr Bad and the Sunshine Funk Sisters';
'Evergreen Midnight Jungle Jazz Dance Band';
the frenchest - 'Martini Club'.

But of course, playing in 'HaRRY'- with the legendary and original Terry Crayford is the icing on the cake. Terry described her as stylish, cool, exciting and friendly. From the master, that’s a real compliment.

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.