Wellington Jazz Club Newsletter

December 2015

President’s Message

On Sunday 15th November the Club hosted a major Tribute Event in honour of leading jazzmen Paul Dyne and Roger Sellers at the James Cook Hotel. They were joined by a top-line selection of guest artists including Denise Harris on vocals, Noel Clayton on guitar, Kevin Clark on flugel and trumpet, Colin Hemmingsen on tenor, Anita Schwabe, Phil Broadhurst and Terry Crayford sharing the piano, and Julien Dyne and Lance Philip sharing the drums with Roger. Some of the guest performers travelled some distance to be with Paul and Roger for the special event; Denise came over from Brisbane; others travelled from Auckland and Christchurch.

Paul and Roger with their guests performed a selection of cool entertaining jazz with good variety and excellent and innovative improvising. It was a spectacular performance of jazz at its best, enjoyed by a full house. We managed to fit 195 into the venue and the capacity audience provided a nice buzz for the musicians to bounce off.

The group started the programme with Paul and Roger and Noel playing a sweet selection of cool jazz including ‘My Shining Hour’, ‘Little Girl Blue’ and ‘How Insensitive’, then Anita Schwabe on piano with Paul and Roger played ‘Big P's Double B’ (no guess who the big P and double B refer to), ‘The Real Sellers’ (again no guess) and ‘You and the Night and the Music’. Denise then joined the group with ‘My Romance’, ‘Like Someone in Love’ and ‘I Thought About You’.

During the interval, we took the opportunity to present framed Certificates of Acknowledgement of Paul’s and Roger’s contributions to jazz over many years as performers and teachers. Graham Kelly presented a comprehensive history of their musical experiences and Norman Meehan gave a moving valedictory for each of them. Both Paul and Roger spoke in appreciation of the gesture by the Club and the support of the event given by their many friends and jazz associates.

After the interval, Kevin on trumpet, Phil on piano and Lance on drums joined Paul with ‘No Moon At All’, ‘Lover Man’ and ‘Meditation’, then Colin on tenor and Julien on drums joined Paul and Phil with ‘Stella By Starlight’. Terry then took over the piano and with Paul and Roger played ‘The Preacher’ and ‘Body and Soul’. Finally, Colin, Kevin, Noel, Terry, Roger and Paul finished the programme with a combined rousing version of ‘Tenor Madness’.

It was a successful jazz-meet and a good opportunity to honour the two jazz masters for their long contribution to jazz internationally.

Our next gig will be on Sunday 6th December back at Meow, and will be a ‘Christmas Extravaganza’ featuring three groups with jazz vocalists: Nicole Chesterman Kircher on vocals with Bob Keeton on piano, The Raven Mavens with ‘B Sharp 5’, and Terry Crayford on piano with Hannah Fraser on violin and vocals performing as ‘Harry’.

Again, the night will be busy enough with the three groups and there will be no separate support band for this event. It should be an interesting and entertaining programme to finish the year. The performance should start at 4.00pm. Be there early to secure a good seat!

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 four. 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 6th December at Meow.

Mike Bain