Oscar Laven Quintet

Oscar Laven is an eclectic saxophonist and multi-instrumentalist based in Wellington, New Zealand. A frequently appearing personality in the New Zealand jazz scene, Laven is a busy full-time performer and composer, with degrees in jazz and classical from the New Zealand School of Music. He has performed/recorded internationally and across the country with many artists/ensembles including the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Dave Weckl, Steve Gadd, James Carter, John Beasley’s Monkestra, The Rodger Fox Big Band, Robben Ford, Lydia Pence, The Wellington Mingus Ensemble, his own 19-piece big band The Neo Hot Jive Orchestra, The Wellington City Shake ‘Em On Downers, and many more. 

For this WJC event Laven will be presenting a suite of original quintet works inspired by the younger works of Ornette Coleman & Don Cherry.

Oscar Laven Quintet
Featuring: 

Date: Thur 20 June 2019, 8pm
Venue: The Third Eye, Upstairs at 30 Arthur St. Te Aro
Price: General $20, WJC members and Students with ID $15

 

Sunday Sessions at TTE

Matthew Loveland Dennis (February 11, 1914 – June 21, 2002) was an American singer, pianist, bandleader, arranger, and writer. Dennis made six albums, which were out of print for many years. His 1953 song “Angel Eyes” (with lyricist Earl Brent) has become a frequently recorded jazz standard; less frequently recorded, but notably by Miles Davis and Sonny Rollins is “Will You Still Be Mine”. Pianist Dave Brubeck and his quartet recorded an entire album of Dennis’s compositions, released as Angel Eyes in 1965

Featured composer: Matt Dennis
House Band:  Alister Campbell (g), Christopher Yeabsley (o), Mark Lockett (d)
Date and time: Sunday, 16 June 2019, 2-4pm
Venue: The Third Eye, 30 Arthur Street, Te Aro

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Sunday Sessions at TTE

William Thomas Strayhorn (Nov 29, 1915 – May 31, 1967) was an American jazz composer, pianist, lyricist and arranger, best remembered for his long-time collaboration with bandleader and composer Duke Ellington that lasted nearly three decades. His compositions include  “Take the A Train”, Chelsea Bridge, A Flower is a Lovesome Thing and Lush Life. 

Featured composer: Billy Strayhorn
House Band: Thomas Botting (b), Brad Kang (g), Mark Lockett (d)
Date and time: Sunday, 9 June 2019, 2-4pm
Venue: The Third Eye, 30 Arthur Street, Te Aro

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TTTenor

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.

TTTenor
Featuring:
Andy Sugg (s), John Mackey (s), Roger Manins (s), Kevin field (p), Cameron McArthur (b) and Mark Lockett (d).
Date: Thur 6 June 2019, 8pm
Venue: The Third Eye, Upstairs at 30 Arthur St. Te Aro
Price: General $30, WJC members $25 and Students with ID $20
Tickets available on Eventfinda

Sunday Sessions at TTE

Joe Henderson (April 24, 1937 – June 30, 2001) was an American jazz tenor saxophonist. He dedicated his first album to his family “for being so understanding and tolerant” during his formative years. 

Featured composer: Joe Henderson
House Band:  Phoebe Johnson (b), Ben Stewart, Mark Lockett (d)
Date and time: Sunday, 2 June 2019, 2-4pm
Venue: The Third Eye, 30 Arthur Street, Te Aro

Koha