WJC Sunday Sessions at TTE

Downbeat Magazine credits Moreno as “One of the most compelling guitarists in jazz today,” while the New York Times describes him as “A versatile and increasingly prominent guitarist,” who is “drawn to mystery and euphony.” The JazzTimes describes Moreno’s sound as “lyrical,” containing “spacious phrasing and luminous tone.”

Featured composer: Mike Moreno
House Band: Luca Sturny (g), Chris Beernink (b), Mark Lockett (d)   
Date and time: Sunday, 28 April 2019, 2-4pm
Venue: The Third Eye, 30 Arthur Street, Te Aro

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Tamara Kuldin Sextet

Sultry, sassy, cheeky-Tamara Kuldin is all that and much more. A jazz seductress with a honey-rich voice that soothes and captivates. ‘ Australianjazz.net 

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.

Tamara Kuldin Septet
Featuring: Tamara Kuldin (v), Mark Donlon (p), Chris Beernink (b), Callum Allardice (g), Frank Talbot (s) and Lance Philip (d).
Date: Thur 25 April 2019, 8pm
Venue: The Third Eye, Upstairs at 30 Arthur St. Te Aro
Price: General $20, WJC members and Students with ID $15

WJC Jazzlab – Jazz Vocals with Tamara Kuldin

Acclaimed Australian jazz vocalist Tamara Kuldin will be facilitating a special workshop for aspiring jazz vocalists.

Having graced various stages from Europe to Australia, her focus is on creating an intimate and engaging musical experience for all audiences-small and large. For this workshop, Tamara is happy to share her experiences and answer any questions you may have about touring, audience interaction and vocal technique.

You are encouraged to bring a lead chart of a standard/tune you love singing. This will be an informal and playful workshop where participants will have the chance to really think about their approach to singing, their unique styling and technique, how to interact with both band members and their audience, before joining audience members for Tamara’s concert.

Date: Thur 25 May 2019, 6-7pm
Venue: The Third Eye, Upstairs at 30 Arthur St. Te Aro
Price: $5

WJC Sunday Sessions at TTE 

Barry Doyle Harris (born December 15, 1929) is an American jazz pianist, bandleader, composer, arranger and educator and exponent of the bebop style.

Harris began learning the piano at the age of four. His mother was a church pianist and had asked if Harris was interested in playing church or jazz music. Having picked jazz, he was influenced by Monk and Bud Powell. Harris was based in Detroit through the 1950s and worked with musicians such as  Miles Davis, Sony Still and Thad Jones.  Briefly, in 1956 he toured with Max Roach after the group’s resident pianist Richie Powell (younger brother of Bud Powell) died in a car crash. 

Harris relocated to New York City in 1960, where he collaborated with Dexter Gordon, Yusef Lateef and Hank Mobley.  Harris continues to perform and teach worldwide. When he is not traveling, he holds weekly music workshop sessions in New York City and kicks the butts off vocalists, students of piano and other instruments. 

Featured composer: Barry Harris
House Band: George Maclaurin (p), Daniel Yeabsley (b), Mark Lockett (d).   
Date and time: Sunday, 14 April 2019, 2-4pm
Venue: The Third Eye, 30 Arthur Street, Te Aro

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Steve Barry Trio

Based in Sydney since relocating from Auckland in 2009, Barry’s music continues to reflect his parallel interests in jazz and classical art music – where the intricately composed meets free-wheeling interplay.

Barry’s 2018 quartet release Blueprints & Vignettes received 4-stars in the Sydney Morning Herald and was long-listed for the 14th Australian Music Prize.

The Blueprints trio – tonight featuring Nick Tipping on bass and Lauren Ellis on drums – continues to mine the terrain established by this record, dancing between chromatic counterpoint, propelling rhythmic cells and a colourful spectrum of harmonic hues, all the while paying homage to good old straight-ahead jazz. Tonight’s show is part of a 12-date tour of Australia and New Zealand in advance of recording a follow-up album of new material.

…besides carving some challenging notated figures for his collaborators, he allows the music to unravel into pools of free improvisation in which mood and interaction predominate over any predetermined concepts. The album becomes a dialogue between the concrete and the abstract, and not always with the composed elements fulfilling the former role and the improvised the latter. 

— John Shand, Sydney Morning Herald, 11 May 2018

Barry is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Bell Award for Young Australian Jazz Artist of the Year (2013), 2nd place in the National Jazz Awards (2013), and a BBM Travel Scholarship (2011). He was a finalist in the 2017 APRA Professional Development Awards and a nominee for the 2016 Freedman Fellowship. Barry received his PhD in composition in 2018, and currently lectures in jazz piano and improvisation at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

Steve Barry Trio
Featuring: 
Steve Barry (p), Chris Beernink (b), Lauren Ellis (d)
Date: Thur 14 April 2019, 8pm
Venue: The Third Eye, Upstairs at 30 Arthur St. Te Aro
Price: General $20, WJC members and Students with ID $15

WJC Sunday Sessions at TTE

McKinley Howard “Kenny” Dorham (August 30, 1924 – December 5, 1972) was an American jazz trumpeter, singer, and composer. Dorham’s talent is frequently lauded by critics and other musicians, but he never received the kind of attention or public recognition from the jazz establishment that many of his peers did. For this reason, Dorham’s name has become “virtually synonymous with underrated. Dorham composed the jazz standard  “Blue Bossa”, which first appeared on Joe Henderson’s album Page One.

Featured composer: Kenny Dorham
House Band: Alex Boulton (g), Christopher Yeabsley (o), and Mark Lockett (d)   
Date and time: Sunday, 7 April 2019, 2-4pm
Venue: The Third Eye, 30 Arthur Street, Te Aro

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