On Sunday 21st August the Club hosted gypsy jazz band ‘Black Spider Stomp’ playing an exciting programme in the Django Rheinhardt style with Sam Thurston, James Quick and Adrian Jensen on guitars, Scott Maynard on upright bass and Oscar Laven on clarinet and soprano sax. The sound operator was Mike Ainsworth. The playing was tight, driving and dynamic, with excellent soloing and tossing of the lead effortlessly from one to the other, and some brilliant (and at times frenetic) clarinet and sax by Oscar. The sound system was great They played two sets, including originals by James or Sam (*). The first set started with ‘Topsy’, followed by ‘Proud Thieves*’, ‘Gin’, ‘Blue Drag’, ‘Scratch*’, ‘Billet Doux’, ‘Valse des Niglos*’, ‘Chainsmoking Blues*’, ‘Petite Fleur’ (featuring Oscar on clarinet), ‘Mabel’, ‘September Song’, and ‘Patrimonio’. After the interval, the second set included ‘Porto Cabello’, ‘Russian Lullaby’, ‘Oriental Shuffle’, ‘Bhageera Kiplingi*’, ‘Tiger Rag’, ‘Bric a Brac*’, ‘Sweet Sue’, ‘Matello Swing*’ and finished with ‘Mixture’.
Support entertainment was provided by the Rongotai College Jazz Group led by tutor Daryl Prowse on trumpet and alto sax, comprising Emil Visser on recorder, Ryder Smith on alto, Connor Waszak on tenor, Isaac Thomson-Gregg, Tom Cole and Nihal Patel on troms, Cameron Young on guitar, Thomas Moore on bass guitar, Leo Greer on piano, and Jason Giannoutsos on drums. Their repertoire included; ‘Watermelon Man’, ‘Peter Gunn’, Mercy’, ‘Cantaloupe Island’, ‘In the Mood’, ‘Te Quila’. It was great to see the boys giving it their best shot.
Our next gig is on Sunday 18th September at Meow. We will host popular jazz vocalist David Feehan with a top-class backing line-up. The last time Dave performed at the Club it was described as an excellent variety performance with great singing and very good backing.
Support band entertainment will be provided by the Scots College Jazz Group. This will be their second appearance at the Jazz Club. It will be great to see these young up-and-coming jazz musos gaining performance experience. Come early and give them plenty of encouragement.
Club members are encouraged to come to the annual NZSM Combo Competition, to be held at the Victoria University on Thursday 15th September. See details. The event will be enhanced by attendance of as many of the Club members as possible. Please come and support it.
Also, bookings will soon open for our Tribute Concert for jazz legend Colin Hemmingsen, who will be performing with a star-studded line-up at the James Cook Hotel on Sunday 16th October. Book in early, as seating will be limited. It will be the highlight of a brilliant year of jazz and a tribute for one of our great jazz men. BOOK YOUR TICKET
See y’all on 15th September at NZSM and 18th September at Meow.
NEXT GIG: Sunday 18th September at Meow 5:00pm David Feehan
Support Band at 4:00 pm Scots College Band
Two years ago David Feehan performed to a full house. Now he’s back, “This time with my own band who for the first time are all available.”
Last year David released his 4th solo album “Cuatro”, (although having appeared on over 20 albums released in NZ) making the charts at #12, a testament to this singer/songwriter/vocal tutor who has performed all over NZ, and in places like Ronnie Scott’s and the 100 Club in London, Camillo’s in LA, The Tuscany Project in Italy, a Polish tour with the RFBB, Montreux Jazz Festival (twice) and in Havana with Buena Vista Social Club; along with many TV and stage shows including playing Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar.
This time he will emphasise his love of popular contemporary jazz and the correlation with pop/blues/soul and R&B. Harmonies have always been a big thing with the David Feehan Band and David will be featuring regular band vocalists Fiona Bee, Emma Davey and Jamie Musuva.
Artists like Steely Dan, Patti Austin, Ivan Lins, Allen Toussaint, Tower of Power, Earth Wind and Fire, Brian Setzer and Joe Jackson, often seen as “Pop” and often discarded by jazz aficionados, (even though their roots were all in jazz); have had a real resurgence in the last few years (Earth Wind and Fire and Patti Austin headlined at the 50th Tauranga Jazz Festival). David will be bringing some of their songs to the stage along with tributes from the more jazzy side of Maurice White, Carole King and David Bowie, plus some songs off the new album, whilst still playing a few of the standards we all love.
Phil Hornblow (Keys): Phil has been with the David Feehan Band for some years and is a huge asset to the band with his strong playing. He teaches music at Whitireia Polytechnic Music Conservatorium and has his own studio, Vision Studios, producing and arranging music in a variety of genres from recording work with NZSO and classical choral ensembles to music production work for the TV series “Karaoke High”.
Olivia Campion (Drums): Olivia, from Hawkes Bay studied piano, flute and drums before graduating from NZSM with Batchelor of Music (Hons) on drums. She is a strong, thinking drummer, able to play all styles from the softest jazz ballad to the strongest rock sounds, and always with an ear to the vocals.
Andy Mauafua (Guitar): His skills in every facet of music are legendary as a session and tour guitarist with many top NZ performers, travelling all over the world from Philippines to Glastonbury in UK. He shines on stage with his solos but is just as much at home playing quiet songs on the acoustic as he is the electric guitar. A tutor at Whitireia Polytechnic Music Conservatorium Andy has also studied at the prestigious Berklee Music School in USA. He also has a wonderful duo, “Scarlet” with his partner, Amanda Hanna-Doull playing jazz and blues songs in a softer jazz idiom.
Paul Mouncey (Bass): Paul began learning bass, guitar and drums whilst at Logan Park High School, Dunedin. He studied Double Bass at Massey University, Wellington, graduating in 2002 with a BMus (Perf). Paul was with the top band Odessa and is a regular performer, both with the David Feehan Band and many other top local bands. Paul is equally at home playing rock, funk, Latin or jazz, and on either double or electric bass.
Andre Paris (Saxophone): Originally from Auckland, Andre has been involved with music since picking up the alto saxophone at age 9. He was a member of the Aotea Youth Symphony and Queen City Big Band, performed with the Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra as well as winning Most Outstanding Saxophonist at the annual Tauranga Jazz Festival. Completing a BMus from Massey University in Wellington, he has been involved as a saxophonist and teacher, playing in small group jazz, big bands, dance/wedding bands, salsa, original dub/reggae groups, musicals and concert band music. Andre is also currently with the Central Band of the RNZAF and has performed with many of New Zealand’s top artists.
Chris Fox (Trombone): Chris has been playing with the David Feehan Band (and before that, Tapestry) for years and is an integral part of the David Feehan horn section. Part of the Rodger Fox Big Band, Chris and David grew together in Jazz playing all over the world and throughout New Zealand. Chris has been active in Brass Bands in Porirua with the Fox family and has a high reputation as a trombonist, releasing his own CD and a mainstay of the Rodger Fox Big Band and the four David Feehan albums.
Chris Selley (Trumpet and EWI): Chris has been an integral part of the David Feehan Band as well as a member of the RFBB and the Mingus Ensemble. A trumpet tutor in high schools and colleges throughout Wellington, he also arranges the horn charts for the band and David’s albums, as well as the NZ Army Band. Chris has played with Patti Austin, Bill Cunliffe, Alan Broadbent and Mike Stern. As well as on the soundtrack to Gayle Preston’s movie “War Stories Our Mothers Never Told Us”. Chris also plays the EWI which gives him the ability to cover string and other parts required to complete the arrangements of many songs, adding a huge dimension to the band. These instruments are not easy to play and Chris is one of only a handful in New Zealand who regularly use them.
Sean Feehan (Percussion and Vocals): Sean is a multi-instrumentalist who specialises in drums and percussion but who is becoming a sought after vocalist. Besides playing percussion for DFB Sean is also drummer & lead vocalist for his own band Prizm where he writes and arranges most of the material. Sean is also an accomplished dancer and actor with several projects to his credit including the Black Comedy “Chicken”. Sings duet with David on “Respect Yourself” on the new “Cuatro” album.
Emma Davey (Vocals): A graduate of Whitireia Music Conservatorium, Emma has been in DFB for many years besides having her own band and an album to her credit, ‘The Court of Love’. Entirely self-penned, released in 2015. Emma has an amazing voice and can sing in all genres, with fantastic harmony abilities, and is highly respected as a vocal tutor. Has sung both lead, and harmonies on recording projects with David, and the 3 successful Julie Lamb albums and appears on a duet with David on “Bronze”, his third album.
Fiona Bee (Vocals): From Kapiti, Fiona is a graduate in Performing Arts from Christchurch and is a well-known Vocal Teacher on the Kapiti Coast besides joining David and Emma in producing the Tapestry Singers Concerts twice a year (35 concerts so far) in Wellington for up to 30 students each time. She joined DFB in 2015 after recording with him on his last two albums and is much sought after as a harmony singer but has her own incredible voice as well, specialising in Jazz/Blues and huge ballads and featuring in a duet with David on “Bronze”.
Jamie Musuva (Vocals): Jamie is the latest to join DFB, but has been involved with the band and the singer’s concerts for several years. With an amazing soulful voice, she is church trained so has a great gospel-type harmony voice, blends well with the other singers in the band and has also been involved in the last recording project. A huge asset to the band and a very versatile singer. Jamie will perform with David, their Duet “Going Back” which will appear on David’s fifth album to be released in 2017.
Sunday 16 October 4pm to 7pm @ Chancellor 1 at the James Cook Grand Chancellor Hotel, Level 16, 147 The Terrace, Wellington.
Colin has had a dual career in classical and jazz music for more than 50 years. This was recognized in the 2016 New Year’s Honours list with the awarding of Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to music. In this tribute concert, for the Wellington Jazz Club, Colin will play Sax and Clarinets.
In support he has chosen prominent jazz musicians with whom he has enjoyed playing:-
Piano: Phil Broadhurst, Anita Schwabe, Ben Wiicock
Bass: Nick Tipping
Drums: John Rae, Lance Phillip
Guest: Dave Lisik - Trumpet
How to Get Your Tickets for this Special Tribute Concert
Bookings are essential. Last year our Tribute Concert was sold out!
Internet Bookings can be made on line at Eventfinda from 6 September. Tickets are $30 General Admission, $22 Wellington Jazz Club Members and $10 Students. All plus booking fees.
Postal Booking Service, Application to Wellington Jazz Club, c/o PO Box 22332, Khandallah, Wellington 6441. Apply early to allow for any postal delays. Postal booking method tickets are: $33 General Admission, $24.50 for Wellington Jazz Club Members and $10 for Students (All includes booking fee). Please include a cheque made out to Wellington Jazz Club and a stamped, self-addressed envelope for the tickets to be sent to you. If you have any questions please phone Brian Hasell 479 2068.
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 18th September David Feehan. Dave will take you down a lane of contemporary jazz with a few standards thrown in for good measure, but featuring some of the more modern jazz/pop jazz/R&B artist like Steely Dan, Paul Simon, Joe Jackson, Patti Austin, Tower Of Power, and Earth Wind and Fire plus our Pat Metheny written tribute to David Bowie just for starters.
Sunday 16th October Wellington Jazz Club's Tribute to Colin Hemmingsen. Colin’s father encouraged him to play any musical instrument. He started lessons on the clarinet at the age of 14. In his first job out of school Colin was employed in NZBC programming. His boss was John Joyce. John will be at the tribute to explain how Colin went to the United States to study Jazz Saxophone but along the way studied the clarinet, bass clarinet, tenor & soprano sax, and bassoon. He plays these in both classical and jazz. Colin decided to investigate jazz when his school music teacher played the Leonard Bernstein record "What Is Jazz?” If you think you know what jazz is, listen on YouTube
This year the Combo Competitions will be coordinated by the NZ School of Music and be held at the School at Victoria University, rather than at the Jazz Club. The 2016 competition will be re-named the ‘NZSM Combo Competition, supported by the Wellington Jazz Club’. ENTRY IS FREE. As with previous years, the Jazz Club will sponsor the event by prize money totalling $1,000.
Directions to Studio SU310: - Walk into the Victoria University Kelburn Campus through Gate 3 (off Kelburn Parade- near the second signalised pedestrian crossing going uphill). The Student Union Building is on your left at the top of the rise. Take the lift or stairs down one level where you will find Studio 310.
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 022 432 7202 or through her website and mention that you are a member of our club.