David Friesen Trio

David Friesen (USA) has recorded over 65 CD’s as a leader/ co-leader and appeared as a sideman or featured artist on more than 100 recordings. He has performed and/or recorded with Stan Getz, Dexter Gordon, Joe Henderson, Sam Rivers, Michael Brecker, Dizzy Gillespie, Freddy Hubbard, Mal Waldron, Jaki Byard, Chick Corea, John Scofield, Elvin Jones, Jack Dejohnette, and many others. 

October 2017 sees David on tour around New Zealand, promoting his latest album “another time another place”, recorded live at CJC in 2015, released through Rattle NZ. Accompanying David are band mates Dixon Nacey (guitar) and Reuben Bradley (drums), both acclaimed musicians in their own right.

David will be holding a workshop at the Pyramid Club on Friday 20 October at 5:30pm

David Friesen Trio
Featuring: 
Dixon Nacey (g) and Reuben Bradley (d) and David Friesen (b)
Date: Fri 20 Oct 2017
Venue: Pyramid Club, 272 Taranaki St.
Time: 8pm
Price: $20 General, $15 Members and Students with ID

Nick Hempton Trio

Photo Nick Hampton

Nick Hempton is an alto and tenor saxophonist, composer, and bandleader producing new music in the modern/mainstream tradition. Calling New York home since 2004, he headlines clubs throughout the city, as well as concert halls and festivals around the world. Influenced by the greats of the instrument– Dexter Gordon, Sonny Stitt, Cannonball Adderley, etc., and informed by a youth misspent playing Rhythm & Blues and Ska in his native Australia, Hempton’s jazz is original, approachable, and always swinging.

“Highly entertaining, hard-driving and solid swinging modern jazz… creative, intense and superb.”  – Edward Blanco, E-JazzNews

Nick Hempton Trio
Featuring:
Mark Lockett (d), Michael Story (b) and Nick Hempton (s)
Date: Thurs 5 Oct 2017
Venue: Pyramid Club, 272 Taranaki St.
Time: 8pm
Price: $20 General, $15 Members and Students with ID

 

 

Tal Cohen and Jamie Ohelers

Photo of Tal Cohen and Jamie Ohelars

“Innocent Dreamer” – Album Launch

One of Australia’s most prominent jazz saxophonists, Jamie Oehlers, teams up one of the hottest young jazz talents around, pianist Tal Cohen, to create some inspirational and thought provoking music.

The two have been performing together now for nearly 10 years in a variety of settings, teaming up with artists like Ari Hoenig and Robert Hurst and performing together in various ensembles. This setting allows for an exploration of melody and space, tone and dynamics.

This duo perform music from the great American songbook, as well as original material composed specifically for this project, Innocent Dreamer.

Tal and Jamie Ohelars
Featuring: 
Tal Cohen (p) and Jamie Ohelrs (s)
Date: Mon 25 Sep 2017
Venue: Pyramid Club, 272 Taranaki St.
Time: 8pm
Price: $25 General, $20 Members and Students with ID

Dave Wilson Quintet

Saxophonist and composer Dave Wilson presents a new quintet featuring Michael Taylor on trumpet, Callum Allardice on guitar, Hikurangi Schaverien-Kaa on drums, and Chris Beernink on bass.

Dave grew up outside Chicago before moving to Los Angeles, where he was based until 2016 when he moved to Wellington. He has collaborated as a player and composer across many genres of improvised music including contemporary classical music, the maqam tradition of the middle east and central Asia, and jazz, electronic, and traditional music of Macedonia and other areas of southeastern Europe. The quintet will be showcasing primarily brand new compositions along with other original music.

Dave Wilson Quintet
Featuring: 
Michael Taylor (t), Callum Allardice (g), Hikurangi Schaverien-Kaa (d), Chris Beernink (b) and Dave Wilson (s).
Date: Thurs 21 Sep 2017
Venue: Pyramid Club, 272 Taranaki St.
Time: 8pm
Price: $10 General, $5 Members and Students with ID

Interim

Interim

We are ‘Interim’. Fresh out of our honours year at the NZSM, Interim have gravitated towards a less traditional jazz repitoire and have taken a more modern, culturally diverse approach. We are ready to show our compositions and interpretations of our favourite music to the greater Wellington music appreciators!

Interim
Featuring:
Sam Smith-Nakamura (g), Fraser Walker (p), Chris Beernink (b) and Luther Hunt (d)
Date: Thurs 7 Sep 2017
Venue: Pyramid Club, 272 Taranaki St.
Time: 8pm
Price: $10 General, $5 Members and Students with ID

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

Phil Boniface

Phil Boniface is traveling from Palmerston North, unfortunately due to the extreme weather conditions Phil Boniface will not be playing at WJC tonight. Instead we will be featuring the talented Callum Allardice, Chris Beernink, Mark Lockett and Jake Baxendale (thats if his flight leaves Nelson in time).

 

Phil Boniface – To be rescheduled.

Phil Boniface

On Thursday, 13th of July, double bass player Phil Boniface will present two diverse sets of music:

Set one will bring together Phil and Taonga Pūoro practitioner Alistair Fraser with their new project of duo improvisations.  Alistair has 18 years experience in construction, performance, composition and research.  He has worked extensively both solo and collaboratively with others including Richard Nunns, Patricia Grace and The New Zealand String Quartet.  Alistair is a researcher at Otago University investigating Chatham Island Moriori and Māori Taonga Pūoro.

Set two will encompass a trio of original music and new compositions with Wellington based guitarist Callum Allardice (from ‘The Jac’ & ‘The Antipodes’) and drummer Mark Lockett, who has recently returned from NYC.

Since graduating from the Conservatorium of Music in Wellington in 2000, Phil Boniface spent 11 years residing in Vancouver, Canada where he was performed with many of Canada’s finest west coast jazz musicians.  He produced and recorded his first album ‘BaixaBlue’ as band leader in Vancouver in 2015 which was funded by FACTOR.

Review from Simon Sweetman http://offthetracks.co.nz/phil-boniface-baixablue/

Phil Boniface
Featuring:
Alistair Fraser (Taonga Pūoro), Callum Allardice (g), Mark Lockett (d) and Phil Boniface (b)
Date: Thurs 13 Jul 2017 – TO BE RESCHEDULED
Venue: Pyramid Club, 272 Taranaki St.
Time: 8pm
Price: $10 General, $5 Members and Students with ID