Hayden Chisholm and Unwind

Hayden Chisholm might be a native of Taranaki, but these days lives in Europe where he has made his home for more than 25 years. Since moving to Germany in 1993 to study at the Cologne College of Music, he has performed his music in Europe, Asia, the Americas, Africa and of course – when the chance arises – around Aotearoa. That opportunity has arisen again this summer when he will perform around New Zealand with his local group Unwind. Joined by New Zealand music legends Paul Dyne (bassist with Malcolm McNeill, Rodger Fox, Sustenance) and Julien Dyne (drums with Fat Freddy’s Drop, Ladi6) along with pianist/composer Norman Meehan, Hayden will be performing original music that might know about jazz, but also dances with Indian raga, chamber music, and folk traditions.


Although he has purposely kept a low profile in the last few years, preferring to spend time with his family in Belgrade where he now lives, he has built a reputation as one of the most individual and outstanding voices on his instrument worldwide and has gathered a collection of important prizes and accolades. He has also been active as a producer and festival director and worked hard in promoting young talent throughout Europe. His yearly master classes in Greece and Germany have come to attract some of the world’s best young saxophone talents from across the globe.

While Hayden may have lived away from Aotearoa for a long while, he still feels his music is connected to the country. He said ‘A good half of my life I have been based in Europe, but I still feel very much like a New Zealander. You carry that with you wherever you go. I think the strongest underlying current you take with you, as a New Zealander, is the feeling of the land you get growing up here: being bare-foot on the grass; the colours and the smells. That connection to the land is a very powerful thing, and while that will not necessarily pull you back here, it will define you in a strong way.’

Hayden Chisholm and Unwind
Featuring: 
Paul Dyne (b), Julien Dyne (d), Norman Meehan (p), Hayden Chisholm (t)
Date: Tue 20 Feb 2020, 8pm
Venue: The Third Eye, Upstairs at 30 Arthur St. Te Aro
Price: General $15, WJC members and Students with ID $10

John Rae’s Lighthouse Album Release

Concert and album launch in collaboration with the Wellington Jazz Collective and Thick Records NZ, John Rae’s Lighthouse was recorded in 2019 and is a homage to the music of Japan.

The evening will feature a quintet that includes some of Aotearoa/New Zealand’s finest musicians Michael Barker vibes (The John Butler Trio and Split Enz. Swamp Thing), Ben Wilcock piano (Bella Kalolo, Aaradnha, Louis Baker), Dan Yeabsley sax (The Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra, Fat Freddie’s Drop, The Troubles, Jelly Rolls Trio, Twinset), Pat Bleakley bass (The Troubles) and award-winning musician and composer John Rae drums.

John Rae’s – Lighthouse album release
Date: Tue 11 Feb 2020, 8pm
Venue: The Third Eye, Upstairs at 30 Arthur St. Te Aro
Price: General $15, WJC members and Students with ID $10

Alex Ventling Trio

A special concert from an exciting young European jazz piano trio. Alex Ventling, a Swiss/New Zealander and emerging pianist, brings home his trio after six years living and studying abroad. This is the first international tour of the trio since Alex graduated with his Masters degree in Switzerland, and a premiere for New Zealand.

The personal and dynamic colours in Alex’s compositions deliver a bold statement with European elegance – a refreshing addition to what we may know as ‘jazz’. Expect playful interaction, continuous shaping of the moment, risk-taking, amongst beautiful melodies and sometimes explosive rhythms. Completing the band is double-bassist James Krüttli (Switzerland) and drummer Phelan Burgoyne (UK). Through their improvisations, the three communicate as only old friends can.

Alex Ventling Trio
Featuring: 
Alex Ventling (p), James Krüttli (b), Phelan Burgoyne  (d)
Date: Thur 6 Feb 2020, 8pm
Venue: The Third Eye, Upstairs at 30 Arthur St. Te Aro
Price: General $20, WJC members and Students with ID $15