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Malcolm McNeill

20 March 2016


Sunday 20th March 2016 @ Meow Cafe, 9 Edward Street, Wellington

Malcolm McNeill, Jazz Singer - 5:00pm to 7.00pm

Supported by Mark Donlon, Lance Philip and Chris Beernink


4:00 to 4:50pm - Wellington Jazz Club band:

Graham Kelly (piano)
Alfred Memelink (sax)
Mike Bain (clarinet)
Chris Caudwell (trombone)
Noel Evans (bass)
Denis Taylor (drums)



New Zealand's internationally regarded, premier jazz singer of Great American Songbook, and contemporary and original songs, has recently returned from overseas and will be supported by the cream of Wellington’s musicians. He has long been considered one of New Zealand's finest jazz singers, and for over 30 years his unique artistry and intelligent approach have earned him the enthusiastic and loyal following of aficionados both in his own country and around the world.

Growing up in Christchurch, he sought out from an early age the recordings that caught his ear: Singers such as Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Mel Torme and instrumentalists like Bird, Dizzy, Oscar Peterson and other jazz greats. At 15 he was already singing in Christchurch coffee bars and restaurants. From 1970 he spent six years in England where he formed a lasting friendship with Cloe Lane and John Dankworth and toured with them. He has performed with a variety of Symphony orchestras and in venues such as Ronny Scott’s and the New York Town Hall. However he has opted to live and work in Christchurch He recorded a popular duet album with Kiri Te Kanawa which made the Billboard Charts. Listen on YouTube

His song ‘Melissa’ reached the top of both The Australian and Japanese charts. Hear this on YouTube

On New Zealand radio, jazz was not often heard or played back then, and Malcolm became, literally, a unique voice – pioneering the sound of vocal jazz in New Zealand's music scene.

Recognition for his achievements include the 1990 New Zealand Commemoration Medal for services to music and the Trust Bank Arts Excellence Award. He last appeared at the Wellington Jazz Club in April 2015 with, Terry Crayford, Roger Sellers, & Paul Dyne.

For the 2016 gig he will be accompanied by Mark Donlon (keyboards) - a Senior Lecturer in jazz at NZSM, Lance Philip (drums) - a lecturer in Jazz at NZSM, and Chris Beernink (bass) - a postgraduate Jazz student at NZSM.




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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