JULY 2015

Vice-President's Message

This Month's Gig

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Wellington Jazz Club Gigs Schedule

Other Jazz Gigs in Wellington

Register of Club Jazz Musicians

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Vice-President’s Message

The club’s June gig at Meow was an historic occasion in the sense
that it was the first time we have used a dedicated live music venue,
permanently equipped with both a stage and sound system. Meow
also has convenient ground floor access for musician’s instruments
and amplifiers. From the club committee’s point of view there are
numerous benefits in using such a venue. It reduces the number of
boxes we need to tick for every gig.

The All Stars Big band played very well indeed. Having played in
various big bands over the years I know how hard it is to get that
tight, hard swing going. They are a very experienced and professional
group of people. I was impressed that they had rehearsed especially
for our gig. On a per musician, per hour, basis a big band fee does not
go very far at all especially when one factors in rehearsal time.
Thank you All Stars musos.

Saxophones: alto - Andre Paris; tenor - Jake Baxendale and Colin
Hemmingsen; baritone - Rachel Eastwood;
Trombones - Damien Forlong, Kaito Walley, Raymond Droell, Chris

Trumpets - Lex French, Mike Costello, Oscar Laven
Accompanied by the Jelly Rolls rhythm section - John Rae, Dan
Yeabsley and pianist Ben Wilcock.

Jon Veitch, as we have come to expect, had put together a superb new
and well-rehearsed line up for the support band. Congratulations to
Jon and his group. Jon Veitch (guitar), Lauren Armstrong (vocals)
and Wynton Newman (bass), Jeremy Richardson (drums).

We acknowledge that, as might have been expected, there were one or
two issues on the night, with sound and seating, for example. We
have taken them on board as “work ons” (as winning rugby captains
say on TV after the game). In the meantime we will take the win.
Congratulations also to Meow for the quality and affordability of the
food. Unbelievably tender, genuine Arapawa Island mutton for
$14.00. Wow!

As usual we welcome feed-back from members. How did you all get
on with parking? It should be easier when the Victoria St upgrade is

Our thanks to Damian Jones and his people at Meow.

Chris Caudwell,
Vice president and Gigs organiser

The set played by the All Stars included:
The Kid from Red Bank; Duet; Flight of the Foo Birds; Whirlybird;
Teddy the Toad; Lil Darlin; Splanky; Corner Pocket; April in Paris;
Makin Whoopee; I’ve got you under my Skin; Come Fly with me; My
Kind of Town; Fly me to the moon’; Get me to the church on time;
April in Paris; I want to be happy.

Comment from Johnny Douglas, the MC for the gig
The main act at five o’clock, the aptly named Wellington All Star Big
Band had a star of Wellington Music sitting in every chair.
Calling the tune was John Rae on drums, a Meow Veteran and doing
a Basie act on the piano was Ben Wilcock who’s arrived safety
through the storm from Rotorua especially for the occasion.
When the Big Band sound hit the air it was exhilarating – quite a
thrill. The Band worked quickly through a set of Basie charts based
on one of his best albums – really top notch solos and ensemble =

The second half saw a change of focus to the vista of Frank Sinatra
with the Band joined by singers Lisa Tomlins and Bruce Brown. A
few teething problems showed up by a lack of fold-back sound for the
vocalists, but let’s put that down to first night gremlins.
On to a big finish, and of course it had to be the old Basic signature
tune “April in Paris” complete with multiple endings. Standing
ovation for a great musical night, and warm thanks to the outstanding

John Douglas


This Month's Gig: Nick Granville Group

Sunday 19th July 2015 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
4:00pm to 4:45pm - New Valley Stompers
@ Meow Cafe, 9 Edward Street, Wellington

Playing Nick Granville's 2015 album 'Home' with arrangements written specifically for this concert for Jazz Quartet and String Quartet. This album is a collection of tunes written by Nick Granville about New Zealand locations, and featuring some of the country's best musicians. The song titles are named after favorite places with significant meaning. Nick has reassembled the musicians for this performance at The Jazz Club.

Drums: Lance Philip; Bass: Tom Warrington; Guitar: Nick
Granville; Sax/Clarinet/Flute: Colin Hemmingsen;
String Quartet: Brenton Veitch: Cello; Sophia Acheson: Viola;
Tristan Carter: Violin; Elena: Violin.

Listen to Nick’s ‘Home’ on
It can be downloaded for whatever you want to pay at

Nick Granville is an expert guitarist, teacher and session musician
who has worked with artists as diverse as Chris de Burgh, Ronan
Keating, Delta Goodrem, Steve Smith, Mike Stern, Joey Defrancesco,
Eric Marienthal, Kurt Elling and with the band on New Zealand's
"Dancing with the Stars".

Nick leads his own groups which play regularly around Wellington,
and around New Zealand at the major jazz festivals. He is a founding
member of the Wellington Jazz Orchestra. Nick has released four
CD's as a band leader and has played on many recordings, film scores,
television and radio programmes.

Nick has taught at the New Zealand School of Music, Goodtime
Music Academy, Musicworks retail stores, Christchurch Jazz School
(CPIT), Otago University, Auckland University and at jazz festivals
all around NZ. Nick has performed around the world and recorded in
the best studios (including Capitol Recording Studio A, Los Angeles).
Nick has a Master’s degree with first class honours in jazz
performance from the University of Auckland.

Support band. 4:00 – 4:45 pm.

The New Valley Stompers. Dixieland Band

Michael Green: trumpet; Roger Metcalf: Sousaphone; David
Thompson: Clarinet; Bob Little: drums; Brian Smyth: banjo; Graham
Kelly: Keyboards; Chris Caudwell: Trombone.
Dixie jazz comes from way down South in New Orleans where this
foot-stomping music called “jazz” grew out of spirituals and marches
of the Bourbon Street.

Stomp is a term variously applied in early jazz to rhythmic swing or,
as in blues, to a heavy, strongly marked beat. It is undoubtedly
derived from ’stamp’ and its use in jazz arises from the dances
associated with ragtime and early blues forms, which were
characterised by stamping steps. The word was frequently used in
titles such as Jelly Roll Morton’s King Porter Stomp (1906), Black
Bottom Stomp (1925) and Edgar Sampson’s Stomping at the Savoy
(1934). Attribute: Gunther Schuller


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.


Register of Club Jazz Musicians

During the year the Club received occasional requests from members of the public for contact with jazz musicians or combos for specific events. It is proposed to establish a register of local jazz musicians and combos with contact details. Members of the Wellington Jazz Club who are active musicians and would like to be included on this register, please contact Mike Bain, Phone: (04) 934 2271, to advise your bio and contact details.


Wellington Jazz Club Gigs Schedule

Wgtn Jazz Club Gigs Schedule – main band 5pm to 7.00pm.
Often a support band from 4:00pm. Normally on the third Sunday of
the month. For details on gigs and performers please see GIGS page

WJC 16th August 2015. 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm.

Ken Avery Memorial Jazz Combo Competition

This annual event is promoted by the NZ School of Music and the
Jazz Club as a competition of student groups from the Jazz School.
The School appoints judges and award prizes for the top three groups
plus individual prizes for Soloists. Mark Donlon (Programme Leader,
Jazz at the School) will be Master of Ceremony for the evening.
The Jazz club sponsors the prizes and Wellington Music Works
sponsors specific prizes.

It would be appreciated if individual club members wished to sponsor
individual prizes or contribute to the prize pool. Sponsor will be
given publicity (if they wish) on the night, in the newsletter and

Please contact Chris Caudwell. 04-9733204,

Please visit our Gigs Calendar Page...


Other Jazz Gigs in Wellington

Hummingbird Cafe & Bar, 22 Courtenay Pl, Wellington - Sunday Jazz 7.30-9.30pm. 10% off food and drink to members of Wellington Jazz Club by showing your membership card.

The Rogue & Vagabond - Free Jazz on Sundays 4-6pm

Veni Vidi Vici Italian Restaurant, 156 Cuba Street, Te Aro, Wellington - Live music every Wednesday & Friday from 7pm

The Realm Restaurant & Bar, 7 Moxham Ave, Hataitai, Wellington - Friday Nights in the Liars Bar.

GROOVE RADIO - now streamed on broadband.



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Music Works

Music Works at 31 Ghuznee Street, Te Aro, Wellington are offering a 10% discount to members of Wellington Jazz Club on production of their Club Membership Card.

Opening Hours:

Monday - Friday 9:00am - 5:30pm

Saturday 9:00am - 4:00pm

Sunday 11:00am - 4:00pm


Costume Hire

Our Club is supported by Creative Showoff Costume Hire at 89 Thorndon Quay, Thorndon, Wellington, who have a great range of costumes for any occasion.

Creative Showoff Costume Hire are offering a 10% discount to members of Wellington Jazz Club Club on production of their Membership Card.

Shop hours:

Monday - Friday: 12pm - 6pm
Thursday: 12pm - 7.00pm
Saturday: 10am - 3.30pm
Sunday: Closed


Need a website?

Marie Ribeiro, who built this website for the Wellington Jazz Club in early 2009 and continues to maintain it for the Club, has kindly offered a 20% discount to all members of Wellington Jazz Club needing a website.

Her creative team at Amethyst Sky Web Design takes care of all your website needs, offering full web management services: website hosting, design, development and ongoing support.

She has also built websites for notable musicians such as Geoff Culverwell, David Feehan, Coco Favre and for Wellington Capital Performing Arts.

If you would like to find out more about having a website, please phone Marie on 022 4033 674 or email Marie and let her know you are a member of Wellington Jazz Club.