Wellington Jazz Club Newsletter

November 2016

President's Message


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Wellington Jazz Club Tribute to Colin Hemmingsen

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President’s Message

On Sunday 16th October the Club hosted a tribute at the James Cook Hotel for legendary jazzman Colin Hemmingsen, whose career in classical and jazz music has extended over 50 years, and is still going strong. Colin dedicated his career to performing and teaching music in New Zealand and overseas, inspiring many other musicians, and reaching the highest standard of musicianship himself. The Jazz Club is a unique organisation able to recognize and acknowledge jazz performance of the highest calibre, and we were delighted to be able to acknowledge Colin as one of New Zealand’s jazz legends. He had already been recognised in the 2016 New Year’s Honours List for his contribution to music by the award of Membership of the NZ Order of Merit, itself a well-deserved tribute. It was especially pleasing that the Jazz Club was able to recognise Colin’s contribution while he is still going strong. I am sure we will hear a lot more from him in the future. His support musicians were all masters of jazz and we were very grateful for their support of Colin for the tribute event.

The standard of performance was brilliant, with Colin featuring on tenor and soprano Saxes and clarinet, supported by some of the country’s best jazz musicians. The first set featured Colin with Anita Schwabe on piano, Nick Granville on guitar, Nick Tipping on bass and Lance Philip on drums. The second set included Colin, Phil Broadhurst (Auckland) on piano, Patrick Bleakley on bass, John Rae on drums, and guest jazz student Louisa Williamson on tenor sax. They played ‘Weaver of Dreams’ (There’ll Never be Another You), ‘The Days of Wine and Roses’, ‘Stella by Starlight’, ‘All The Things You Are’, ‘Blue for Alice’, ‘What Is This Thing Called Love’, ‘Some Day My Prince Will Come’, ‘Body and Soul’, ‘Autumn Leaves’, and finished with an improvised and spontaneous version of ‘Take the A Train’, which brought the house down. Kelvin Roy provided a superb result on the sound desk.

During the interval, Graham Kelly and John Joyce provided an insight into Colin’s career. John played a unique recording of Colin performing jazz on the contra-bassoon, a fascinating and unusual choice of instrument for jazz, but the result was amazing; Colin made it sound as though it was built for the purpose.

I had the honour of presenting Colin with a Certificate acknowledging his service and contribution to jazz and a card granting him Honorary Membership of the Jazz Club.

Our next gig is on 20th November, back at Meow, which will feature the top-class ‘Liberty Swing Band’. This gig is a must for big band fans. The programme will be led off at 4pm by the winning Combo from the NZSM Combo Competition ‘Phlat 9 Friday’. This will be an opportunity for Club members who missed the Combo Competition to appreciate the high standard of jazz coming out of NZSM.

The Jazz Club is an excellent venue for entertaining friends and celebrating special events and listening to great jazz played by top-class musicians. Members are encouraged to organise a party and enjoy the best jazz that the Capital has to offer in convivial and friendly surroundings over a nice meal and a few tipples.

I have been remiss in welcoming some new members who have joined us this year and apologise for the omission. We are of course very pleased to have been joined by Paula Tarrant, Jocelyn Grainger, Geoff Hickling, Miriam Taylor, Margaret Carman, Yvonne Guy, Julie Lamb and Lockie Stewart, Linda Paris, Ewa and Jonathan Cumbridge, Margaret and Ian Moreland, Caroline Doust and Laura Thomas, Justine Croft, Sharon Williams, Maurice Priestley and Jenny O’Connor, Helen Hancox, and Helen Barber and Brian Barratt.

See y’all on 20th November at the Meow.

Mike Bain, President


We regret to advise that Club member Robyn Harris passed away on Friday 21st October. Robyn was a long-standing and popular member and supporter of the Wellington Jazz Club and she will be sadly missed. Sincere condolences are extended to her partner.

It is with much regret that we advise that Club member Mrs Claire Haywood passed away on Saturday 8th October. Claire and her husband Ken have been joint members of the Club since February 2008 and were regular and keen attenders together at practically all of our gigs. Claire will be sadly missed and our sincere condolences are extended to Ken.

Gigs Organiser

Chris Caudwell has organised Club gigs for the last ten years. He now wants an assistant to eventually take over. You need an appreciation of Jazz and the ability to pick quality performers. The rewards are not monetary but the satisfaction of helping jazz musicians earn a living and jazz club members appreciate quality performances.

For the full job description phone Chris 04 9733204

Next Gig

Sunday 20th November 2016 - 5:00pm to 7.00pm

The 18 piece Liberty Swing Band was formed in 2005 by professional and semi-professional musicians from throughout the greater Wellington area, all sharing a love of performing Big Band music. Vocalist, 5 saxophones, 4 trombones, 4 trumpets, piano, guitar, bass and drums.

The Band specialises in the punchy standard jazz and dance arrangements from all eras. Under the music direction of John Jones, it has performed concerts, fund-raising events, balls, private functions, corporate functions and dance competitions from Rotorua to Christchurch and plays for dancing on the first Sunday of every month in the Porirua Club.

The Wellington Jazz Club Concert

The programme will be compered by well-known television personality Ian Johnstone. The Liberty Swing Band, with vocalist Jo-Anne Gibbs, will feature a broad range of hits of the Big Band Swing era of the 30s and 40s. Enjoy the music from some of the great arrangers, band leaders and vocalists who created that memorable Big Band sound such as, Benny Goodman, Glen Miller, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Tommy Dorsey, Peggy Lee, Ella Fitzgerald etc.

Visit www.libertyswingband.co.nz for more information.

Compere: Ian Johnstone

Vocalist: Jo-Anne Gibbs

Trumpets: Nicholas Garrett; Chris Selley; Hayden Richardson,

Andrew Stewart

Trombones: Brent Garrett, Matt Hurnen, Dave Conning, Maxine Love,

Dave Merrall (Bass)

Saxophones: Ron Pledger (Alto), Teresa Sharp (Alto),

Derek Evans (Tenor), Richard Jones (Tenor), Bryan James (Baritone).

Piano: Craig Newsome

Guitar: Charles Hazlewood

Bass: Dave Priestley

Drums Dave Adams

Support Band. 20th November 4:00 to 4:50pm.

Phlat 9 Friday is a contemporary five piece ensemble comprising students currently studying at the New Zealand School of Music. The group's members are Katelin Little on vocals, Sam Smith-Nakamura on guitar, Fraser Walker on piano, Christopher Beernink on bass and Luther Hunt on drums.

Throughout their time at NZSM these students have performed with each other on numerous occasion and the group has developed a musical appreciation and understanding of one another. Whether it be finger snapping swing, soulful hip-hop or brutal progressive jazz, these musicians embrace any chance they can get to create music with each other and plan to continue doing so for years to come.

For the Jazz Club, the band will include the two pieces they played for the Combo Competition:

"Goodbye Pork Pie Hat" composed by Charles Mingus with lyrics written by Joni Mitchell. The jazz standard was originally recorded in 1959 and released on his album "Mingus Ah Um". Written as an elegy for the saxophonist Lester Young who sadly died two months prior to the recording session, the piece is a lament to the man who was known to wear a broad-rimmed pork pie hat. It is one of Mingus's best-known compositions and has been recorded by many jazz artists throughout the years.

"Harvesting Dance" written by New York based jazz pianist, Aaron Parks. The composition first appeared on Terrence Blanchard's 2005 album 'Flow, however Parks revisited the tune on his 2008 Blue Note debut album 'Invisible Cinema'. Parks describes the piece as a sweeping drama with hints of rock anthem and admits that he based the song on ideas from Estonian composer Arvo Part's 'Fratres I'. It is jazz that rocks.

Sunday 4th December at 4.00 to 7.00 pm Double Dixie Delights.

City Jazz and The New Valley Stompers.
Please note this is not the third Sunday.


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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.


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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.








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