Tickets: Book at Eventfinda
Place: Chancellor 1 at the James Cook Grand
Chancellor Hotel. Level 16, 147 The Terrace, Wgtn
Date: Sunday 16th October 2016 - 5:00pm to 7.00pm
Our gig on 16th October at the James Cook Hotel will be a tribute concert for jazz legend Colin Hemmingsen, who will be supported by a group of leading jazz musicians. This will be a significant event for the Club, and a great opportunity to pay a tribute to a jazz man who has contributed significantly to jazz performance and education over many years.
Bookings are now open at Eventfinda. Book in early, as seating will be limited. No support group will be performing for this occasion. The whole evening will be dedicated to the tribute, which will start at 5pm.
On Sunday 18th September the Club hosted David Feehan with a full line-up of top-class musicians and vocalists performing a great selection of tribute jazz. David was supported by fellow vocalists Emma Davey, Fiona Bee, Jamie Musuva and Sean Feehan, and musos Chris Selley on trumpet and EWI, Andre Paris on saxes, Chris Fox on trom, Andy Mauafua on guitar, Paul Mouncey on bass, Phil Hornblow on keyboard and Olivia Campion on drums. All master musicians. The sound operator was Benjamin James. The whole performance was professional and polished, with excellent solo and ensemble vocals and tight dynamic ensemble playing, and excellent arrangements by Chris Selley. The sound volume was a little ‘enthusiastic’ but was clear and well balanced. David remarked that they had enjoyed performing and with the excellent response. The Club responds well to such professional performances and we are very fortunate to have musicians and vocalists of this calibre.
They played two sets featuring mainly David as solo vocalist with backing from Emma, Fiona, Jamie and Sean, including ‘What do you Want the Girl to Do’ (David Feehan), ‘She Walks This Earth’ (Sting/Ivan Lins), ‘Feeling Good’ (Michael Buble), ‘Movin’ (Mingo Fishtrap), ‘You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman’ (Aretha Franklin, featuring Emma), ‘Dr Wu’ (Steely Dan), ‘I Put a Spell on You’ (Maysa), ‘The Other Woman’ (Shemekia Copeland, featuring Fiona) and ‘Fantasy’(Earth Wind and Fire, featuring Emma with David). The second half started with ‘Circle of One’ (Oleta Adams, featuring Jamie), then ‘Kid Charlemagne’ (Steely Dan), ‘Spanish Moon’ (Little Feat), ‘Hard Hearted Hannah’ (Patti Austin, featuring Emma) ,’ Babylon Sisters’ (Steely Dan), ‘Going Back’(Renee Geyer, featuring Jamie with David), You Got to Funkifize’ (Tower of Power, featuring Sean), ‘Somas Todas’ (Ivan Lins),‘Stormy Monday Blues’ (Dianne Reeves and David Peaston, featuring Fiona with David) and finished with moving ‘Don’t Say Goodbye’ (David Feehan)’.
Support entertainment was provided by the Scots College Jazz Group led by tutor Sherelyn Philip on alto sax, comprising Louie Creig on trumpet, Giancarlo Lisi on trom, Charlie Jones, Isambard McMinn and Isaac Hooper on clarinets, Jade Fuataga, Alex Marshall, Andrew Moore, Sam Royal and Harley Davis, all on alto saxes, Locky Buchanan on guitar, George Young on bass, and Aaron Mody on drums. Their repertoire started with a very warm and rich rendition of ‘Mood Indigo’, followed by ‘Harlem Nocturne’, ‘All Blues’, ‘Wandering Eye’, ‘Earth, Wind and Fire’, ‘Dance’, ‘Tequila’ (with audience participation), and finished with ‘Gold on the Ceiling’. The band sounded great, full and rich, with good intonation and was a tribute to the instructors. The inclusion of six Saxes gave it a warm rich tone, most pleasant to the ear.
The annual NZSM Combo Competition was held at the Victoria University on Thursday 15th September. Members of the Jazz Club attended the event. Five combos of jazz students performed two pieces each, competing for a $1,000 prize sponsored by the Club. The event was a significant one in the NZSM’s calendar and the standard of jazz presented was very high. The competition was opened by John Psathas, MC’d by Berys Cuncannon, and judged by tutors Lance Philip, Dave Lisik and Dave Wilson. We were pleased to be involved as part of our active encouragement of young jazz musicians. Competing groups: ‘The Jon Veitch Quintet’, ‘Oh Ye Sextet (Project Blackfyre)’, ‘The Badfellas’, ‘The Goons’, and ‘Phlat 9 Friday’. The winning group was ‘Phlat 9 Friday’ comprising Katelin Little on vocals, Sam Smith-Nakamura on guitar, Fraser Walker on piano, Christopher Beernink on bass and Luther Hunt on drums and played ‘Goodbye Pork Pie Hat’ and ‘Harvesting Dance’. They will have an opportunity to perform for the Club at its November meeting.
I would like to warmly welcome Justine Croft as co-opted Club Secretary, and to thank Julie Bremner for acting as Minute Secretary for the last 12 months. Her willingness to help out and her contribution to the Executive was very much appreciated.
See y’all on 16th October at the James Cook.
Mike Bain, President
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