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.
The Bridget O’Shanassy Quartet
20 September 2020
At Meow Sunday 20 Sept 5:00 to 7:00.
The Bridget O’Shanassy Quartet will come to together for a feel-good afternoon of music by the great vocalists of Jazz, including Ella Fitzgerald, Carmen McRae, Nancy Wilson; modern Jazz singers like Diana Krall, Jane Monheit, Erin Boheme and contemporary artists like Stevie Wonder, Joni Mitchell, Barry Manilow and Wham!.
Wade and Bridget regularly gig together as a Jazz duo, performing in the last two Wellington Jazz Festivals and at JJ Murphy’s. They are delighted to add stellar rhythm players - Paul Mouncey and Thomas Friggens. Be ready for a bit of everything; from swing, to latin to pop classics!
B. App.A, Dip Tchg.
Bridget began singing in her Dad’s Church Choir at the age of 6. It took her a while to graduate….at 40, she began her solo career, exploring Jazz, R & B and soul music. She currently spends most her time teaching the craft of singing to others and occasionally sharing her talents on stage. Although her career in teaching barbershop and choir takes up most of her time, she much prefers to hog the limelight for herself and smash out a few 70s and 80’s classics at any opportunity.
Paul Mouncey (Bass)
Paul Mouncey - Graduated from Massey University in 2004 and promptly stopped playing jazz. He then pursued the rock and roll dream with Indie Funk band OdESSA, with mild success. After realizing he needed to earn a living of some kind, Paul headed out onto the high seas working on the cruise ships. Currently Paul performs in a few local ensembles, The David Feehan Band, The Shenanagins Irish band and Latin Jazz band Son Clave as well as plenty of freelancing.
Wade began playing professional gigs in 1992, aged 18, and has carved out a career as a journeyman musician, playing many styles in many places.
He has recently been playing a fortnightly duo gig at JJ Murphy's, accompanying a smorgasbord of singers; regular gigs with disco/funk/R&B/pop band 'The Hustle', including Toast Martinborough and Porirua Summer Concert Series; irregular but spectacular gigs with 8 piece '80s band 'ULTRASOUNZ', including Wellington Gardens Magic, Tora Tora, CubaDupa, and both Weta Digital Titan 8 Deep Spaceport and Weta Workshop Senior Prom Class of 2019 Christmas parties.
His working life has been full with the sensuality of playing live music.
Thomas Friggens (Drums)
Thomas Friggens is a Wellington based drummer, percussionist. With a strong foundation in Scottish Pipe Band Drumming, Thomas pursued music the New Zealand School of Music, graduating with a B.Mus on Drumset. In 2012 he gained a position in percussion ensemble ‘Strike’ and toured New Zealand extensively for 5 years. During this time Thomas began work as a session musician, and performing for the World of Wearable arts franchise.
He's written two through-composed shows for the Wellington Jazz Festival, one being an adaptation on the West Side Story and the other a fusion of Thelonious Monk’s compositions and the styles of American prog rock group Mars Volta. Current acts include Sea Mouse, Edie, and Shades of Shakti. Thomas is defined by his genre-defying attitude towards music. From Balkan folk music, to South American funk, he honours the music by engaging in the roots of it to understand how to approach it on his instrument. After which he enjoys bringing it into the present context of his own voice, giving a unique sound and deep emotion to any project he is part of.