Wellington Jazz Club Newsletter

August 2015

President’s Message

On Sunday 19th July the Club hosted master jazz guitarist Nick Granville and a group of fellow master musicians comprising combined jazz and string quartets playing a selection mainly of Nick’s own compositions. The group comprised Nick on guitar, Colin Hemmingsen tripling on soprano, tenor sax and bass clarinet, Tom Warrington on bass and Lance Philip on drums, with Tristan Carter and Elena on violins, Sophia Acheson on viola and Brenton Veitch on cello. Nick’s compositions all had a NZ theme and were evocative and inspired and brilliantly performed and received enthusiastic applause from the capacity audience. The standard of jazz was sophisticated and top class.

The items included ‘Mt. Cook’, ‘Cathedral’, ‘Newtown’, ‘Matakana’, ‘Manor Park’, ‘Punga Cove’ and ‘The Bucket Fountain’, all by Nick Granville, plus ‘Caravan’ written by Juan Tizol, ‘Dienda’ by Kenny Kirkland and ‘All Blues’ by Miles Davis, plus an encore ‘C Minor Blues’, totally improvised.

The group had previously recorded the items on electronic media downloaded to his website and Nick reassembled the group for the Wellington Jazz Club gig. The two quartets combined smoothly together as one and the compositions were very moving and left plenty of room for improvising by all the musicians.

Support entertainment was provided by the popular ‘Valley Stompers’, recently reformed as ‘The New Valley Stompers’, and now entering its 47th year of playing bright happy jazz to trad enthusiasts, of whom there were plenty in attendance on Sunday night. The band comprised Mike Green on trumpet, Dave Thompson on clarinet, Chris Caudwell on trom, Brian Smyth on banjo, Graham Kelly on piano and Roger Metcalfe on sousa. The band created a nice buzz and also received an enthusiastic applause from the capacity audience.

Our next gig will be on Sunday 16th August, featuring the annual Ken Avery Combo Competition for NZSM jazz students, competing for $1,000 of prize money. The Club has been co-hosting this event since August 2007 as part of its support of live jazz by young musicians and has enjoyed the high standard of jazz produced by those coming out of the NZ School of Music.

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 tipple or two. Those who are not yet members will be most welcome to join the Club in helping to keeping the jazz ball bouncing along.

See y’all on 16th August at Meow.

Mike Bain