Coming up at WJC

WJC is an artist-run non-profit project established to promote and encourage new original music influenced by the jazz genre.


20 October 2017 – David Friesen Trio (USA/NZ)

“Once in a great while, a musician emerges with such authority and such seemingly effortless originality that his place in the front ranks of his instrument is unquestioned. So it is with David Friesen.” Nat Hentoff

“David Friesen is doing for the bass what Pythagoras did for triangles.” Patrick Hinely/Jazz Magazine

David Friesen (USA) has recorded over 65 CD’s as a leader/ co-leader and appeared as a sideman or featured artist on more than 100 recordings. He has performed and/or recorded with Stan Getz, Dexter Gordon, Joe Henderson, Sam Rivers, Michael Brecker, Dizzy Gillespie, Freddy Hubbard, Mal Waldron, Jaki Byard, Chick Corea, John Scofield, Elvin Jones, Jack Dejohnette, and many others.

October 2017 sees David on tour around New Zealand, promoting his latest album “another time another place”, recorded live at the Creative Jazz Club (Auckland) in 2015, released through Rattle NZ. Accompanying David are band mates Dixon Nacey (guitar) and Reuben Bradley (drums), both acclaimed musicians in their own right.

David will be running a workshop at the Pyramid Club at 5:30pm on Friday 20 October. Workshop fee $15 or $10 is you pre-purchase your ticket for the evening gig.

Date: Fri 20 Oct 2017
Venue: Pyramid Club, 272 Taranaki St.
Time: Doors open at 7:30pm, gig starts approx. 8pm
Entry: pre-purchase your ticket on UnderTheRadar for General $20 (+bf)


31 October 2017 – Nathan Brown Trio (US/NZ)

Every so often a musician and his ensemble come along and stamp their name on today’s musical landscape. With their new release “This is the Moment” , led by bassist Nathan Brown, the trio does just that. The new release is a collection of original compositions along with interpretations of selections from Walter Davis Jr, Grant Green, Leslie Bricusse and Frederik Hollander. Jump on board with the Nathan Brown Trio and enjoy the ride.

Date: Tue 31 Oct 2017
Venue: 
Pyramid Club, 272 Taranaki St.
Time: 
Doors open at 7:30pm, gig starts approx. 8pm
Entry: 
 pre-purchase your ticket from UnderTheRadar for $20 (+bf)


02 November 2017 – Melancholy Babes

Adventurous Jazz trio the Melancholy Babes have been performing their incendiary improvised music in New Zealand for over 15 years. The band of  saxophonist Jeff Henderson, bass player Tom Callwood and drummer Anthony Donaldson are due to release a new album in November of live material recorded at the 2017 Wellington International Jazz Festival, the album ‘Bootleg’.

Date: Thur 02 Nov 2017
Venue: 
Pyramid Club, 272 Taranaki St.
Time: 
Doors open at 7:30pm, gig starts approx. 8pm
Entry: 
 General admission $10, WJC members and student (with ID) $5


16 November 2017 – Hetty Kate and James Sherlock

For this special concert, visiting Australian artists Hetty Kate (voice) and James Sherlock (guitar) will perform a selection of compositions by some of the most influential cool and bop pianists in jazz history.

These timeless compositions are full of colour, and often began as instrumentals, with lyrics being only added later by trusted collaborators. Occasionally they were written with a singer in mind, but with or without voice, all of them found their way into the repertoires of jazz musicians around the world. Composers include Tadd Dameron, Thelonious Monk, Bill Evans, Dave Brubeck, Horace Silver and more.

Date: Thur 16 Nov 2017
Venue: 
Pyramid Club, 272 Taranaki St.
Time: 
Doors open at 7:30pm, gig starts approx. 8pm
Entry: 
General admission $20, WJC members and student (with ID) $15


30 November 2017 – Wellington Mingus Ensemble 

The Wellington Mingus Ensemble is back, in all its ruthless glory. Join this full-strength big band for their debut obliteration of the Wellington Jazz Cooperative as they perform the beautifully dangerous music of visionary prophet Charles Mingus. Fierce, spontaneous and brimming with vibe, The Wellington Mingus Ensemble is a jazz orchestra not to be missed.

Date: Thur 30 Nov 2017
Venue: 
Pyramid Club, 272 Taranaki St.
Time: 
Doors open at 7:30pm, gig starts approx. 8pm
Entry: 
 General admission $10, WJC members and student (with ID) $5


14 December 2017 – Paul Van Ross 

Photo Paul Van Ross

Paul Van Ross is an Australian born saxophonist / flutist and composer. He has performed, studied and recorded with top musicians in the USA, Cuba, Japan, Colombia, Germany, Australia and New Zealand. Teachers have included George Garzone, Ari Hoenig, George Coleman, Seamus Blake & Jamie Oehlers.

Paul has delighted audiences in New Zealand on more than 14 occasions. His long standing collaboration of 15 years with colleague Mark Lockett (drums) is known to produce music that is highly interactive, energetic, and engaging.

Paul’s compositions are influenced by jazz, classical, Cuban and folk traditions, producing music that’s rich in detail, varied in character, yet remaining uniquely personal. His music simultaneously pays tribute to the Jazz greats whilst being highly energetic and reflecting personal life experiences.

 “On ballads, (Paul) could wring a tear from a walnut and when playing up tempo he navigates the terrain with ease. His compositions are engaging.”John Fenton

 “Hard fast and exciting playing…with great ideas….that’s what I like about Paul Van Ross and his music…check him out.” – George Garzone

Date: Thur 14 Dec 2017
Venue: 
Pyramid Club, 272 Taranaki St.
Time: 
Doors open at 7:30pm, gig starts approx. 8pm
Entry: 
 General admission $20, WJC members and student (with ID) $15


 

Pyramid Club

 

WJC would like to thank Pyramid Club for hosting WJC gigs.
Pyramid Club, 272 Taranaki St.
http://www.repertoire.co.nz/