Wellington Jazz Club Newsletter

Newsletter July 2016

President's Message

Next Gig Sunday 17 July: RNZAF Jazz Orchestra

Gigs Schedule

Anne Toft Bequest

Jazz DVDs and Audio Tapes

Dawn Chorus, a monthly eNewsletter

How to find Meow Cafe

Download Membership Application Form

Minute Secretary Wanted

Want A Website?

President's Message

On Sunday 19th June the Club hosted popular jazz vocalist Erna Ferry with a star-studded line-up led by Rodger Fox on trom with Bryn van Vliet on tenor sax, Nick Granville on guitar, Dan Hayles on keyboard, Rowan Clark on bass and Lauren Ellis on drums, performing under the name ‘Bongo Club’. Their repertoire included ‘Ain’t Misbehavin’, ‘C’est Si Bon’, ‘Black Orpheus’, ‘Caravan’, ’Bye Bye Country Boy’, ‘That Old Black Magic’, ‘Meglio Stasera’, ‘Mambo Italiano’, ‘Better Left Unsaid’, ‘Dust My Broom’, ‘St James Infirmary’, ‘Eso Beso’, ‘Whatever Lola Wants’, and finished with a rousing ‘Got My Mojo Workin’ with enthusiastic audience participation. Erna is an accomplished vocalist with an engaging personality and excellent rapport with audience. She was backed by a group of top-class musicians with tight well-arranged ensemble work and some brilliant solo breaks.

Support entertainment was provided by ‘MetroBop’ a group of 10 of Erna’s vocal students from Awatapu College, Palmerston North. The group comprised Giang Nguyen, Maria Reiche, Heather Milner, Aimee Dredge, Rebekah Drake-Shailer, Jasmine Kupa, Jessica Tyler-Whiteman, Emma Beattie, Pheonix Reid and Cindy Liu. They also featured 12 year old soloist Eden Brown from Palmerston North Intermediate Normal School. The group’s repertoire included, ‘Gonna Sit Right Down’, ‘Dream a Little Dream’, ‘Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree’, ‘Everybody’s Boppin’, ‘Coming Back as a Man’, ‘Hit Me with a Hot Note’, ‘The Look of Love’, ‘Lullaby of Birdland’ and ‘Don’t
Get Around Any More’, and added a sax solo ‘Choo Choo Ch’Boogie’. They sang superbly with backing by the ‘Bongo Club’ and received a hearty applause.

Our next gig is on Sunday 17th July at Meow. The 14-piece RNZAF Jazz Orchestra, is based in Wgtn and is at great strength with excellent players, including tutors at NZSM Jazz School. In June 2007 they gave a great performance for The Club, and since then their complement has gained leading jazz musicians. We expect the performance to be right up there with the best.

Support band entertainment will be provided by a group from the NZSM Young Musicians Programme, trained by Rodger Fox. The standard of jazz presented by YMP musos is always excellent, and this performance will be well worth coming early to enjoy.

See y’all on 17th July at Meow.

Mike Bain


Next Gig Sunday 17th July: RNZAF Jazz Orchestra presents The Big Band Greats - A Short History of Big Band Jazz

The RNZAF Jazz Orchestra is a subsidiary of the greater concert band and boasts some of the top jazz professionals in the country.

This concert will feature the Big Band Greats. It’s essentially a short history of Big Band music through the ages. It will be featuring music from Glenn Miller through to Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Stan Kenton, Thad Jones and Mel Lewis.

Presenting as a standard Big Band line up, it is currently boasting a “who’s who” of the Wellington Jazz Scene. It includes members of The Wellington Mingus Ensemble, The Richter City Rebels, The Wellington City Shake ‘em on Downers, The D.A.D.S., Shapeshifter, Hollie Smith and Shaken Not Stirred to name a few.

Trumpets: Lex French; Ben Hunt; Mike Costeloe
Trombones: Chris Fox (guest performer); Michael Ashton (guest performer from the Navy Band); Ben Robertson
Saxes: Nils Olsen; Oscar Lavën; Hayden Hockly; Simon Brew (DMUS); Kim Hunter.
Rhythm Section:
Keys: James Illingworth; Bass: Alistair Isdale
Drums: Darren Mathiassen

The Band’s membership includes people from all walks of life. Many of its members are professional, free-lance musicians, or students studying classical or jazz music at the New Zealand School of Music.

Outside of RNZAF Band duties, members often play with ensembles that include the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra Wellington.

The Jazz orchestra has performed all over the country including performances at the Tauranga Jazz Festival, a capacity crowd at the Wellington Botanical Gardens in 2015 and of course for many years, has performed along-side The Beat Girls at ‘We’ll Meet Again’, the always sold out Anzac Day tribute concert held in Wellington.

Support Band at 4.15pm: Rodger Fox will present a performance by the Music School Young Musicians Programme. These are promising secondary school age students selected to attend regular classes at Victoria University.


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 17th July RNZAF Big Band

Sunday 21st August Black Spider Stomp

Sunday 18th September Dave Feehan

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


Anne Toft Bequest

In May 2013, the Wellington Jazz Club received a bequest of $5,000 from a long-standing and loyal member, the late Mrs Anne Toft, who was a regular attender at our Jazz Club meetings and an enthusiastic supporter and encourager of live jazz and up-and-coming jazz musicians. We set aside Anne’s bequest into a Reserve Account in her name, to be drawn on for specific events that we feel that she would have been be keen to support. For instance, in April this year we drew on Anne’s bequest to subsidise an extra $440 to Nick Granville in recognition of his outstanding compositions and performance at the April gig.

In June this year, we drew another $575 from Anne’s bequest to cosponsor a project organised by the NZ School of Music involving over 200 secondary school students in three days of combos and big bands, workshops, competitions and masterclasses. As a part of our sponsorship, we also encouraged them to get combos together, get some jazz standards organised, and to let us know if they if they are good enough and would like to perform as support groups for the Club. We are sure Anne would have approved.

So, to the late Anne Toft, a big thanks. Her memory remains with us and her generous bequest is being put to good use.

Mike Bain, President


Dawn Chorus

Te Kōkī New Zealand School of Music publishes Dawn Chorus, a monthly eNewsletter highlighting recent news and imminent events connected with the School, both Classical and Jazz. The eNewsletter is sent to subscribers by email, usually at the end of each month.

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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.


Minute Secretary Wanted

The Wellington Jazz Club wants a Minute Secretary.


  • Attend monthly meetings in the evening on the Tuesday after a gig and enjoy a scrumptious supper and be home by 10pm; and

  • Email out minutes.

Please phone president Mike Bain on (04) 934 2271.


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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