On Sunday 7th December the Club hosted a Christmas Piano Extravaganza with 19 jazz musicians and vocalists, most being members of the Club, and some welcome guests from out of town. It was a fun variety concert with the performers taking part in five groups with a most entertaining programme and presenting an excellent standard of jazz.

The programme headed off with our own Wellington Jazz Club Band led by Graham Kelly on keyboard, with Jenny Forster on vocals, Kevin Clark on trumpet, Chris Anderson on clarinet, Mark Bennett on trom, Noel Evans on bass and Bob Little on drums presenting some excellent swing standards with some lovely improvising.

Second up was a group led by John Jamieson on keyboard, with Seagar Mason on trumpet and flugel, Alfred Memelink on tenor, Chris Caudwell on trom, Peter Gregory on bass and Neville Taylor on drums presenting another selection of swing standards with more excellent improvising.

Third was a duo led by renowned jazz pianist John Wilcox (from Auckland and truly on-form) with our own lovely Janice Campbell on vocals with a selection of moving blues.

Fourth up was legendary jazzman Bill Wollerman, who presented a touching reminisce of his musical life interspersed with jazz interludes and joined by his talented grandson Max Wollerman as duo keyboardist. Last up, the ever-brilliant Terry Crayford and talented jazz vocalist and violinist Hannah Fraser wowed the audience with some great standards and some of Terry’s originals...

For the record, Group One played ‘I’m Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter’, ‘Blue Moon’, ‘Goody Goody’, ‘Fly Me to the Moon’, ‘Santa Claus is Coming to Town’, ‘You’d be So Nice to Come Home To’, ‘Let’s Do It’ and ‘It Don’t Mean a Thing’. Group Two – ‘This Can’t be Love’, ‘Days of Wine and Roses’, ‘Green Dolphin Street’, ‘I Can’t Give You Anything But Love’, and ‘Moonglow’. Group Three – ‘Summertime’, ‘It Had to Be You’, ‘St Louis Blues’, ‘All of me’, ‘How Deep is the Ocean’, and ‘Georgia’. Group Four – ‘A Smooth One’, ‘Lullaby of the Leaves’, ‘O’ Red’, ‘Central Avenue Breakdown’, ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’, ‘Hallelujah’ (in Errol Garner style), ‘Time and Again’, and ‘Fulford St’. Group five – ‘That’s What I Thought You Said’, ‘Quintology’, ‘With You’, ‘Angel Eyes’, ‘Little Beth’, ‘Tears’, ‘Black Stockings on Vivian Street’, ‘Darn That Dream’, ‘Morning Train’, and ‘After You’ve Gone’; all great standards and some of Terry’s great originals; All lent themselves to improvising (and plenty of it!), and amazingly there were no clashes!

It was a great night of fun and excellent entertainment and, due to the excellent support by Club Members who attended and the generosity of the performers, the Club was able to almost clear its net deficit for the year. See photos taken at the 2014 Christmas Party Piano Extravaganza...

After the Christmas break, Club nights resumes on Sunday 15th February 2015 with the irrepressible Geoff Culverwell with a line-up of top class jazzmen to kick off another year of the best jazz Wellington has to offer.

Subscription Notices for 2015 have been sent out with this Newsletter for those whose subs are yet unpaid. Subs rates remain unchanged and it would be appreciated if subs could be paid promptly.

A big welcome to new members Alexia Pickering J.P., Shirley Nesbitt, John and Jean Kersel, Keith Morshead, John Jamieson, Mark Bennett, Seagar Mason and Dennis Taylor. Those who are not yet members will be most welcome to join the Club in helping to keeping the jazz ball
bouncing along.

Best wishes for 2015. It’s already looking great! See y’all on Sunday 15th February 2015 at Chicago.

Mike Bain
Wellington Jazz Club
Phone: (04) 934 2271