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.

Sunday 20 January –  WJC Sunday Sessions at Third Eye

Roosevelt “Baby Face” Willette (September 11, 1933 – April 1, 1971) was a hard bop and soul-jazz musician most known for playing Hammond organ. Baby Face started out playing the piano for various gospel groups and spent his early career traveling across the US, Canada, and Cuba. 

Featured composer: Baby Face Willette
House Band: Callum Allardice (g), Chris Yeabsly (o), Mark Lockett (d).  
Date and time: Sunday, 20 January 2019, 2-4pm
Venue: The Third Eye, 30 Arthur Street, Te Aro

Thursday 8 February –  The New Theak-Tet

One of Australia’s most distinguished bandleaders and tenor saxophonists, David Theak, debuts this exciting new project at WJC. Featuring the young guns of Australian jazz, plus a ring-in NZ bass player, this band will feature some incredible young Sydney based musicians led by Theak, who is a mentor to a whole generation of Australian musicians as director of the Sydney Conservatorium Jazz Course and leader of Sydney’s Jazzgroove Mothership Orchestra and the Australian National Jazz Orchestra. Expect the unexpected…

Door sales: General $15, WJC members $10

Thursday 14 February –  Simona Minns


Simona is a New York-based jazz vocalist, composer, and zitherist. Originally from Lithuania, her style is known for its unique theatrical flavor, genre-bending, and virtuosic vocal scat improvisation. 

Door sales: General $15, WJC members $10

Sunday 17 February –  Matt Penman and Will Vinson

Matt & Will have played together since 2003, appearing on multiple recordings. They will be drawing from some of Vinson’s compositions and Penman’s recent album Good Question. 
Two shows 7pm & 9pm.
Tickets: General $45/$80, Students $30/$50, WJC members $35/$60, WJC Student members $20/$40. Tickets available on Eventfinda
Current WJC members and Student to email WJC for a promo code.

Thursday 28 February –  Jay Rodriguez

Grammy-nominated, Jay Rodriguez has brought his sound and musical experience to many genres and generations from co-founding the Groove Collective in NYC to recording and playing with artists like Chucho Valdez, Celia Cruz, Prince, Elvis Costello, The Roots, Miley Cyrus, to Craig Harris to name a few and now he’s bringing his sound to Wellington

Thursday 14 March –  Reinier Baas & Ben van Gelder

Guitarist Reinier Baas and saxophonist Ben van Gelder are prominent figures in the Dutch music scene and longtime collaborators. They have played over 200 shows together in the past years, performing as a duo, as a trio with drum legend Han Bennink and with both their quintets. Their joint efforts have resulted in a collaboration with the multiple Grammy Award-winning Metropole Orkest entitled ‘Smash Hits’, which will be released in October 2018, as well as a duo record, which will be released in  2019

Door sales: General $20, WJC members $15

Thursday 28 March –  Troubles Do Bela

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