Mukhlisa

Tim Sellars is a drummer and percussionist based in Christchurch. He is involved heavily in the Jazz, musical theatre, pop, and World percussion scene and is excited to bring his band Mukhlisa to WJC.

Mukhlisa is a World music group that blends Western instruments and Jazz harmony with the percussion instruments of the Middle-East. This makes for an exciting, fresh sound with plenty of energy and passion. Mukhlisa was first showcased at Christchurch’s New Music Collective “World of Jazz” night in 2012. Since then, they have featured in other NMC events, various Jazz and Blues festivals in Christchurch, and have played in Auckland twice as part of the CJC concert series. Mukhlisa recently recorded and released their first studio album, “The Puzzle”.

More information on Tim can be found at www.timsellarsdrums.com

Mukhlisa
Featuring:
Tim Sellars (p), Tamara Smith (f), Brad Kang (g), and Michael Story (b)
Date: Thurs 24 Aug 2017
Venue: Pyramid Club, 272 Taranaki St.
Time: 8pm
Price: $10 General, $5 Members and Students with ID

George Garzone – 18 August

Unbelievable. It’s absolutely incredible that George Garzone, considered by many, to be the best Tenor Sax player on the planet, will be playing at WJC.

He is the Master of the Sax. His Sax is monumental, majestic….searing.

He pioneered a unique method of improvisation….the Triadic Chromatic approach. Teaches Jazz students how to keep the momentum going. Keep the music in motion. When you are a soloist you pick up the sound & make it happen. Never let it settle.

We expect tickets to sell out very fast. DON’T WAIT. This is your last chance to see George in Wellington otherwise you will have to travel to Christchurch for his final NZ gig at Orange Studio on Saturday 19 August 2017.

George Garzone
Featuring: 
George Garzone (s), Kevin Field (p), Mostyn Cole (b), and Mark Lockett (d)
Date: Thurs 18 Aug 2017
Venue: Pyramid Club, 272 Taranaki St.
Time: 8pm
Price: $34 tickets available from UndertheRadar.co.nz

George Garzone – 17 August

George Garzone

The most highly renowned musician and educator, Garzone visits New Zealand for the first time for a series of intimate shows in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

A veteran jazzman, George Garzone has appeared on more than 20 recordings. In addition, Garzone has guested in many situations, touring Europe with Jamaaladeen Tacuma and performing with Danilo Perez, Joe Lovano, Jack DeJohnette, Rachel Z, and John Patitucci among others. He is a member of the Grammy-winning Joe Lovano Nonet, and performed and recorded with this group at the Village Vanguard.

Garzone is well-known as a sought-after jazz educator, who, in addition to teaching at Berklee, has taught at the New England Conservatory, Longy School of Music, New York University, and the Manhattan School of Music. Students of his have included Joshua Redman, Branford Marsalis, Teadross Avery, Luciana Souza, Mark Turner, Donny McCaslin, Doug Yates, and Danilo Perez, to name a few.

George has pioneered a unique method of improvisation, the Triadic Chromatic approach, and will also be giving lectures and workshops demonstrating this concept.

George Garzone
Featuring:
George Garzone (s), Kevin Field (p), Mostyn Cole (b), and Mark Lockett (d)
Date: Thurs 17 Aug 2017
Venue: Pyramid Club, 272 Taranaki St.
Time: 8pm
Price: $34 tickets available from UndertheRadar.co.nz

Mark Donlon Ensemble

Mark Donlon

‘UK Pianist Composer Mark Donlon’s ensemble features young emerging New Zealand talents including Singer Lauren Nottingham who has recently returned fresh from Europe. The music will include original music and music by Kenny Wheeler and UK pianist/composer John Taylor.’

Lauren Nottingham is a vocalist from New Plymouth whose serious interest in jazz began in 2011 after she won the award for Most Outstanding Vocalist at the inaugural New Zealand School of Music Jazz Festival.  This led her to study Jazz Performance at NZSM from 2012 – 2014 where she established a profile as a promising young musician. Alongside her love for jazz is her love for choral singing. Lauren was a member of the 2014–2016 New Zealand Youth Choir, who went on a European Landmark Tour last July, and won the Grand Prix in the 2016 IFAS in Pardubice Czech Republic and also all four categories it competed in. Other recent projects include featuring alongside Jamie Oehlers in Mark Donlon’s latest album release ‘Shadowbird’, and releasing an album as the lead singer of Multiplayer – a band showcasing the original works of the outstanding American pianist/composer Matt Sagen.

 New Zealand Musician Magazine commented last year: “…quick fire lyrics, skilfully sung by Lauren Nottingham… skilful and smooth jazz with a mixture of scat and rapping”

After spending the past year living in Berlin, Lauren is back home continuing to develop her own musical collaborations.

 

Mark Donlon is a British pianist, composer, conductor and educator based in New Zealand. He is an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music (ARAM). Recent and upcoming album releases include ‘Southern Shift’, which is an album of improvised solo piano pieces and ‘Between Moons’ – a duo album with New-York based, Grammy Award winning trumpeter Alex Sipiagin. 2017 will see the release of ’Tales From The Diaspora’ – a quintet album recorded in New York and featuring Seamus Blake, Alex Sipiagin, Boris Kozlov, Mark Donlon on piano and Donald Edwards on drums. 2016 also saw the release of the debut album ‘Shadowbird’ by his Australasian group which features Australian saxophonist Jamie Oehlers.

As a solo pianist he has recorded CDs and given recitals of his Jazz/Contemporary Classical crossover compositions to critical acclaim in the press. He is also particularly known as a specialist in Latin Music .

In the field of Higher Education he has established a profile as a respected teacher and academic , having taught and examined at leading conservatoires such as Trinity Laban, The Guildhall School of Music and Drama, the DIT Conservatoire in Dublin and The Royal Academy of Music. He also held senior academic positions at Leeds College of Music and Victoria University, Wellington. He is a tutor and assessor for the National Youth Jazz Collective. He moved to New Zealand in 2013 where he is Head of Jazz at the New Zealand School of Music, Victoria University Wellington. He was awarded an ARAM by the Royal Academy of Music in 2017 in recognition of his distinguished contribution to the music profession.

He founded the highly successful CUK Big Band in 2004 and was presented with an award for excellence in Jazz Education by the IAJE in Toronto in 2008 in recognition of that undertaking. As well as releasing a number of CDs he has had works published for solo piano, small jazz ensembles and Jazz orchestra.

Mark Donlon Quartet
Featuring:
Lauren Nottingham (v) and Mark Donlon (p)
Date: Thurs 3 August 2017
Venue: Pyramid Club, 272 Taranaki St.
Time: 8pm
Price: $10 General, $5 Members and Students with ID