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.

WJC Sunday Sessions at TTE  – 21 April

Due to Easter Sunday, there will be no Sunday Sessions

Thursday 25 April –  Tamara Kuldin

‘Sultry, sassy, cheeky-Tamara Kuldin is all that and much more.

A jazz seductress with a honey-rich voice that soothes and captivates. ‘ 

Australian jazz vocalist Tamara Kuldin has been captivating audiences from Melbourne to Europe with her own modern, sultry yet playful twist on a diverse repertoire of reimagined standards, lesser-known vintage gems and originals.  Celebrated in Australia for her vocal prowess, charisma and musicality, Tamara has in recent years performed at various festivals and venues in Europe but is particularly thrilled to be performing for the first time in New Zealand, at the Wellington Jazz Co-op. 

With a passion and flair for various shades of jazz, blues and multilingual affairs of song, tonight Tamara will revisit songs from her latest album ‘Love, Longing & Lullabies’ which includes exquisite interpretations of much-loved tunes from The Sound of Music, Gershwin, Hoagy Carmichael, The Beatles and more. Joining her is an eclectic ensemble of New Zealand’s finest jazz musicians: Mark Donlon (piano), Chris Beernink (Double bass), Callum Allardice (guitar), Frank Talbot (tenor sax) and Lance Philip (drums). Immerse yourself in an evening’s music box of love, longing and lullabies. Don’t miss out.

Door sales: General $20, WJC members $15

WJC Jazzlab
From 6-7pm Tamara Kuldin will be facilitating a special workshop for aspiring jazz vocalists, entry $5

WJC Sunday Sessions at TTE  – 28 April, 5 May

Thursday 9 May 

Katelin Little with Chris Beernick and James Guildford-Smith

Door sales: General $15, WJC members $10

WJC Sunday Sessions at TTE  – 12 May, 19 May

Thursday 23 May –  Zela Margossian Quintet (Aus)

Zela Margossian Quintet is an ethno-jazz band based in Sydney, performing original works and arrangements carrying influences from Armenian traditional music. Comprised of talented and multi-cultural musicians from Sydney, Zela Margossian Quintet creates an exotic musical atmosphere that is sure to take you on an emotive and pleasurable journey.

The quintet features. Zela Margossian (piano,) Stuart Vandegraaff (clarinet, saxophone), Adem Yilmaz (percussion), Elsen Price (double bass) and Alexander Inman-Hislop (drums)

Tickets available on Eventfinda

Door sales: General $20, WJC members $15

Thursday 6 June –  TTTenor (Wellington Jazz Festival)

For more than fifty years the tenor saxophone has been the sound of jazz. Think Sonny Rollins or John Coltrane, Wayne Shorter or Michael Brecker, Chris Potter or even a young Kenny G. So, what could be better than a jazz combo fronted by a tenor saxophone? Easy … one fronted by three!

But three-tenor line-ups in jazz are rare. That’s one reason why the jazz combo TTTenor is so special. Another is that the saxophonists of TTTenor are John Mackey, Roger Manins and Andy Sugg. Based in Canberra, Auckland and Melbourne respectively, these tenorists represent the very best of contemporary jazz in the southern hemisphere — and on stage together they make the most exciting three-tenor jazz combo performing anywhere in the world today.

These powerhouse players shine at the very thing that makes jazz so unique and special – great solo and collective improvising. Mackey, Manins and Sugg’s experience is wide — they’ve worked with a veritable who’s who of the international jazz scene — and their understanding of the language is deep. Each pays homage to the tradition while at the same time driving it forward in exhilarating ways. Each has a strong distinctive voice, and whether using it to blend smoothly together or stand out on their own, when they appear on stage together something very special happens.

When you hear TTTenor perform you understand why jazz has had such an impact all around the world and why it’s still the most exciting music to see and hear today.

Featuring: Andy Sugg (s), John Mackey (s), Roger Manins (s), Kevin field (p), Cameron McArthur (b) and Mark Lockett (d).

Tickets available on Eventfinda

I start in the middle of a sentence and move in both directions at once. – John Coltrane