JUNE 2015

President's Monthly Message

This Month's Gig: Sunday 21st June 2015 5pm - 7pm Wellington All Star Big Band presents ‘A Night of Basie & Sinatra’ @ Meow Cafe, 9 Edward Street, Wellington

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On Sunday 17th May the Club hosted Greg Crayford with his brilliant sextet comprising Ben Hunt on trumpet, Oscar Laven on tenor, Nick Granville on guitar, Nick Tipping on bass, Anita Schwabe on keyboard and Greg himself on drums, with Lucretia MacLean on vocals and guest vocalist/pianist Bruce Brown. They played a great selection of jazz with mind-blowing solos by every one of the group starting with the full sextet playing ‘Bouncin With Bud’, then ‘Ya Gotta Try’ (featuring keyboard), ‘Beautiful Love ‘ (guitar feature), ‘Billy Boy’ (featuring keyboard and drums) ‘Unforgettable’ (vocals and sax feature), ‘Round Midnight’ (trumpet feature) and ‘Two Bass Hit’ (with Philly Joe transcribed solos).

After the break, Bruce Brown took over the keyboard and sang ‘When You’re Smiling’ with bass and drums as a lovely tribute to our own Terry Crayford (indisposed on the night), then the sextet re-assembled with ‘My Baby Just Cares for Me’ (vocals feature), ‘Search for the Old Land (a Steve Abrams original featuring sax), ‘Soulful Kiddy (blues), ‘Angel Eyes’ (featuring trumpet), ‘Lotus Blossom’ (a sextet burner!), and as an encore ‘Fever’ (vocal feature). The standard of jazz performed by Greg and the Sextet was top-class with brilliant improvising by everyone. It was an exciting and dynamic performance! The gig was held at the D4 Restaurant in Featherston St and was almost at capacity with just over 80 in the audience. The venue was comfortable and nice and up-market and the staff very hospitable.

Support entertainment was provided by the Wellington Jazz Club band led by Graham Kelly on keyboard with Kelvin Roy on bass trumpet, Chris Anderson on clarinet, Chris Caudwell on trom, Noel Evans on bass and Bob Little on drums and featured Bernadette Takacs on lovely vocals. The band played a selection of popular swing numbers and was well received by an enthusiastic audience. By the time Greg’s Sextet took over there was a nice buzz in the place.

Our next gig will be on Sunday 21st June at Meow Café and Restaurant, 9 Edward St, Wellington, when we will host Ben Wilcock and a top-class big band playing Basie and Sinatra favourites. The Meow Café is well set up for big band jazz and is an iconic Wellington jazz centre and it should be another brilliant night. Support entertainment will be provided by the popular Jon Veitch Trio from 4pm, so come along early and secure a good seat.

See y’all on 21st June at the Meow Cafe.

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

P.S. There are still quite a few subscriptions outstanding - perhaps they have been overlooked. The subs are important to keep the Club afloat and I hope these will be settled this month.


This Month's Gig: Sunday 21st June 2015 from 5pm to 7pm - The Wellington All Star Big Band present ‘A Night of Basie & Sinatra’ @ Meow Cafe, 9 Edward Street, Wellington.

The Wellington All Star Big Band pays tribute to two classic albums:

'The Atomic Mr. Basie' and 'Sinatra at the Sands'.

This concert will feature two of New Zealand’s leading jazz vocalists, Lisa Tomlins and Bruce Brown, along with an All Star line up of horns and brass.

Saxophones: alto - Andre Paris; tenor - Jake Baxendale and Colin Hemmingsen; baritone - Rachel Eastwood; Trombones - Damien Forlong, Kaito Walley, Rodger Fox; Trumpets - Lex French, Mike Costello, Oscar Laven accompanied by the Jelly Rolls rhythm section - John Rae, Dan Yeabsley and pianist Ben Wilcock.

John Rae: Composer, musician and band leader. Since finishing the Creative New Zealand, ‘Jack C. Richards Composerin-Residence’ at the New Zealand School of Music in July 2010 John continues to live and work in Wellington. He is leader and composer of 'The Troubles' and teaches at the New Zealand School of Music. Before coming to New Zealand, John was one of Britain's top musicians and band leaders. He recorded his first album at the age of sixteen with the acclaimed Scottish saxophonist Tommy Smith and has subsequently recorded over 30 albums as a leader and side man including two BBC Jazz Albums of the Year (2004 and 2003).

As a leader he has recorded The Big If Smiles Again, Celtic Feet, Beware the Feet, Magic Feet and Miraculous Meetings. From 2000-2003, John was the drummer for the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra and in 2005 was awarded a prestigious 'Herald Angel' at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

As an educator he has taught for many years and has a vast experience of running workshops and clinics. He is a member of the International Association of Jazz Educators In 2003, in partnership, he formed a company – ‘Thick-Skinned Productions’. The objective of the business is to specialize in music education programmes focused around jazz and

In 2004 he formed a 35 piece ensemble Big Feet and was commissioned to write the music for a full performance. It was an amalgamation of a jazz big band with a traditional Scottish pipe band and a unique opportunity to mix two diverse music styles. Big Feet was performed on the island of Islay (Scotland) with the Isle of Islay pipe band and went on to perform in Glasgow and Edinburgh concert halls.

John was appointed the Musical Director and composer for a specially commissioned and choreographed modern dance piece in 2004. Commissioned by the national school of dance in Scotland, Dance Base, this critically acclaimed production entitled Off Kilter was performed at the Edinburgh Festival Theatre and mixed Scottish traditional dancing with modern dance, hip-hop and traditional Indian dance. Part of this piece was performed at the opening ceremony of the Scottish National Parliament and in New York.

Ben Wilcock: Ben hails from Hamilton and has been a regular on the Wellington scene since 1999. After five years in the UK playing in Jazz clubs and hotels, Ben returned to NZ in 2008 and began performing with vocalists such as Bella Kalolo, Hollie Smith, Louis Baker and Lisa Tomlins. He is a graduated of The New Zealand School of Music and has been the Coordinator of the Foundation Certificate in Jazz. His trio The Jelly Rolls released their debut album last year 'Sneaky Weasel'.

Ben makes regular appearances at jazz festivals throughout New Zealand and overseas, often with his show - The Duelling Pianos, or with The Jelly Rolls.

Since re-settling in New Zealand Ben has performed with many of New Zealand’s finest artists including; Rodger Fox, Colin Hemmingsen, The RNZAF Central Jazz Band, John Rae, Tim Hopkins, Reuben Bradley and many more. He has also played and workshopped with top international
jazz acts visiting New Zealand such as Bennie Maupin.

Ben has performed at festivals such as Glastonbury, City of London, Origins (London), AWME, Tauranga Jazz festival, G Taranaki, Wellington International Arts Festival, Sounds Aotearoa, Taranaki and Nelson Arts festivals.

Currently Ben is co-director of a company called ‘myJazz’ which develops jazz educational apps for the iPad and iPhone. He has also been commissioned to compose music for e-books, concerts and albums since his return to New Zealand. His latest group to regularly fill the Wellington bars and clubs with music is ‘The Jelly Rolls’ – a 1930s stride piano trio
with ‘Twinset’s’ Dan Yeabsley and ‘The Troubles’ John Rae. He will be touring New Zealand as part of Chamber Music NZ's Encompass tour scheme in 2016. He currently lives in Rotorua working at Waiariki Institute of Technology as a music lecturer.

Bruce Brown: "Bruce Brown, originally from LA, established himself as a highly regarded pianist, singer, and songwriter performing at all the major jazz clubs in Southern California. His songs have been described as 'original standards' and reflect his love of the great American songbook. Holding all the lyrics in place is a beautiful, almost invisible architecture. His words flow in careful trickles, clever bursts and soulful yearns.

In 2000 Bruce recorded 'I Believe It' in Sydney with fellow Americans Gordon Brisker and Don Rader, and Sydney's own Hamish Stuart and Jonathan Zwartz. His second album 'Love Finds You' was recorded in his home town of LA in early 2005 with a circle of his lifetime friends and
jazz peers including Larry Koonse - guitar, Dave Carpenter - bass, Ron Stout - trumpet"

Lisa Tomlins: "She may well be New Zealand's hardest working session singer and is in fact the most sought-after in the country" - TV3 News. Lisa has worked with Rhombus, Wandering Eye, Hollie Smith, Emma Paki, Twinset, Shapeshifter, Fly My Pretties, and is currently backing vocalist for Neil Finn. She is one of NZ's most sought after vocalists and is steeped in the rich history of jazz vocals.

4.00pm-4.50pm Support Band: Jon Veitch Trio - Jon Veitch (guitar), Lauren Armstrong (vocals) and Wynton Newman (bass).


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.


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

The Wellington Jazz Club meets and holds gigs monthly, usually (but not always) on the third Sunday of the month, with a main gig from 5pm to 7.15pm, and often a support band from 4pm to 5pm.

Sunday 21st June 2015 5pm to 7pm - Wellington All Star Big Band, Ben Wilcock & John Rae presents 'A Night of Basie and Sinatra'.

Sunday 19th July 2015 5pm to 7pm - Nick Granville Group + Strings, Playing Nick Granville's album 'Home' with arrangements written specifically for this concert for Jazz Quartet and String Quartet.

Please visit our Gigs Diary...


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.