Wellington Jazz Club Newsletter

Newsletter June 2016

Review of Sunday 15 May Gig

Sunday 19 June - Erna Ferry/Rodger Fox/Bongo Club

Sunday 17 July - RNZAF Big Band

Sunday 16 October - Tribute to Colin Hemmingsen

Gigs Schedule

Jazz DVDs and Audio Tapes

How to find Meow Cafe

Download Membership Application Form

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Review of May Gig by John Douglas

The Club's May meeting on Sunday 15th May turned out to be a real culinary delight put together by two lively and imaginative musical chefs.

The entree was a mixed platter of well-chosen standards, Show songs and other musical treats that hit the spot with the responsive audience of nearly 100. They were entranced by the mellifluous voice of Frances Prowse and the supportive piano accompaniment of her husband, Daryl. They called their partnership Razzle Dazzle, and a dip into the mix they offered will give you an idea of their versatility--Let's Do It, Basin St Blues, I've Grown Accustomed To Her Face, My Heart Belongs To Daddy, In A Mellow Tone, That Old Devil Moon, It Might As Well Be Spring, Chattanooga Choo Choo, All The Way, Dance The Samba, Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend, Anything Goes, It's D'Lovely, Sunny Side Of The Street, Tea For Two, and so on. The set rolled along at a great clip even if some of the songs might have benefited from a second chorus.
Enthusiastic applause, half-time break, and on to the Main Course.

Kevin Clark has been working away for a long time on a programme that features the great musical themes that originated in the classical field but enjoyed a second life in the world of Jazz and Pop. Nurtured by Kevin's love, and the work of a star-studded group, these old melodies came back to dance and really 'swing'. From Bach to Borodin, and Chopin to Rachmaninov, the 'best bits' of the great classics came to life!

Kevin's piano work took flight, especially in his Errol Garner-like solos. Fran Barton's vocals steered their way impeccably through these demanding items. Rowan Clark is an admirable bass player who can really make the instrument 'sing', and Lance Phillip is one of the most innovative drummers around. So, the entire performance was a delight!

This meeting also doubled as a launch for Kevin Clark's new book, "From the Bandstand," reviewing his career of 65 years in the music game--a really good read. Copies were sold out at this meeting, but are available by email


Sunday 19 June Gig - Erna Ferry with Rodger Fox and the Bongo Club

On Sunday 19th June Erna Ferry will be supported by a rhythm section and three horns presenting a selection of standards set to Latin rhythms, and some crowd pleasers like Mambo Italiano, Solamente Una Ves (You Belong to my Heart), Feelin' Good, Whatever Lola Wants.

Erna has come to jazz via years of performing in commercial and blues based bands throughout the Manawatu region in New Zealand, as well as experience in performing Theatre with roles in major musical productions the likes of Slice of Saturday Night, Hair and The Best Little Whore House in Texas.

Since discovering jazz, Erna has performed at all the leading jazz festivals throughout New Zealand, namely the Tauranga, Rotorua, Bay of Islands, Manawatu and Wanganui festivals. She has released three CD’s: ‘Devil May Care’ with the 21 piece Roger Fox Big Band (2000), ‘Big Blues’ (2004) and ‘Close Your Eyes’ (2010).

Erna last performed at the Wellington Jazz Club in Nov 2013 at which she presented a tribute to Peggy Lee.

MetroBop will perform from 4:00pm to 4:50pm

MetroBop is 7 girls from Awatapu College in Palmerston North. Led by Erna they will perform a selection of swing standards - Fly Me to The Moon, All or Nothing at all, Hit Me With a Hot Note, The Look Of Love & a couple of tunes from the Andrews Sisters: Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree and I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter.


Next Gig: Sunday 17th July - RNZAF Big Band

The Royal New Zealand Air Force Band was formed in 1935 and made its public debut on 12th May 1937, leading a procession through Wellington marking the coronation of King George VI. It functioned as a full-time unit during WWII but was disbanded after the war. In 1951 the band was reformed as a territorial unit.

With its considerable membership and instrumentation, the RNZAF Band is the largest and only full symphonic band in the country.

The Band is based in Wellington and takes part in State and ceremonial events providing music for openings of Parliament, Guards of Honour, royal visits and official functions. The Band parades and performs concerts for community and charity events around the country.


Wellington Jazz Club Gigs Schedule

Main band 5.00pm to 7.00pm. Often a support band from 4:00pm. Normally on the third Sunday of the month and normally at the Meow. But for artists and location of gig see Gigs Schedule

Sunday 19th June 5:00pm Erna Ferry with Rodger Fox and the Bongo Club, 4.00–4.50pm MetroBop.

Sunday 17th July 5:00pm RNZAF Big Band.

Sunday 16th October 5:00pm Wellington Jazz Club's Tribute to Colin Hemmingsen


Wellington Jazz Club's Tribute to Colin Hemmingsen - Sunday 16 October

In many countries what Colin Hemmingsen has done all his life could not be considered so unusual, but in New Zealand he has been a rarity. A musician who had successful careers in both classical music and jazz.

Hemmingsen was for many years the principal bassoonist in the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra but also worked playing extensively playing Jazz Saxophone (tenor and soprano). He also plays clarinet and bass clarinet on albums under his own name, and with the likes of pianist Phil Broadhurst (in the band Sustenance), drummer Frank Gibson and Mike Nock. He was a soloist on Kevin Clarke’s award-winning “Once Upon a Song I Flew” in 2003 and his own album “The Rite of Spring” was a finalist in the New Zealand Music Awards, Jazz Section in 2006.

Colin decided to investigate jazz when his music teacher played the Leonard Bernstein record "What Is Jazz?". If you think you know what jazz is listen here


Donated DVD's with jazz themes available for sale at the next gig

Mervin Barrett brought 19 DVD's with jazz themes, kindly donated by the family of the late Mort Butler, for sale to members with the proceeds going to the Wellington Jazz Club. He suggested they be priced at $20 for a movie, $15 for a music DVD.

Movie titles @ $20 each:
Second Chorus
Sweet Smell of Success
Diane Schuur & The Count Basie Orchestra / Kenny Drew Trio Live at the Brewhouse
The Fabulous Dorseys

Music DVD's @ $15 each:
A Tribute to Charlie Parker: Birdland
Norman Granz' Jazz at Montreux presents Benny Carter '77
Norman Granz' Jazz at Montreux presents Eddie Lockjaw Davis '77
Norman Granz' Jazz at Montreux presents Tommy Flanagan Trio '77
Jazz Legends: Art Hodes Jazz Valley: Vol 2
Jazz Legends: Art Hodes Jazz Valley: Vol 3
Jazz Legends: The Small Black Groups

Bernard Weinstein will bring them along to the next gig, please approach him during the gig, href="mailto:bernardwe@paradise.net.nz"> email Bernard or phone him on (04) 476 0588.

Jazz Audio Tapes - Free to an appreciative home

The Club has been contacted by jazz fan Michael Wright, who has a large collection of jazz audio tapes including (he believes) tapes taken off the old ‘V’ discs issued for servicemen overseas during WW2 and never made for general release, which had been collected and passed on to him by the late Robert (Bob) Wood. Included in the collection are other jazz tapes, books on jazz and some jazz CDs. He is keen to see these go free to a good home and be preserved for future generations, rather than be destroyed. Direct contact may be made to Michael Wright (Phone) 04-905 8419, (Mobile) 021 0278 9987, (Email) , or 132c Pope St, Camborne, Porirua 5026.



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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.

Food at Meow. In addition to snacks and toasted sandwiches ($8 to
$12) the Meow has a 3 course dinner menu with mains at $14.


Want a website?

Members of the Wellington Jazz Club can get a professional looking website at a fraction of the cost. Marie, who built and maintains the Wellington Jazz Club website, has kindly offered all our club members a $50 discount and the chance to have their own website. Websites start at $200 plus hosting.

You can contact Marie on 022 4033674 or through her website and mention that you are a member of our club.








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