Sunday Sessions at TTE

Paul Laurence Dunbar Chambers, Jr. (April 22, 1935 – January 4, 1969) was a jazz double bassist.  A fixture of rhythm sections during the 1950s and 1960s, his importance in the development of jazz bass can be measured not only by the extent of his work in this short period, but also by his impeccable timekeeping and intonation, and virtuosic improvisations. He was also known for his bowed solos. Chambers recorded about a dozen albums as a leader or co-leader, and as a sideman, notably as the anchor of trumpeter Miles Davis’s “first great quintet” (1955–63) and with pianist  Wynton Kelly (1963–68).

Featured composer: Paul Chambers
House Band: Callum Allardice (g), Phoebe Johnson (b), Mark Lockett (d)  
Date and time: Sunday, 24 March 2019, 2-4pm
Venue: The Third Eye, 30 Arthur Street, Te Aro

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Sunday Sessions at TTE

Arthur Edward Pepper Jr. (September 1, 1925 – June 15, 1982) was an American alto saxophonist and very occasional tenor and clarinetist. A longtime figure in West Coast jazz, Pepper came to prominence in STan Kenton’s big band. He was known for his emotionally charged performances and several stylistic shifts throughout his career.

Featured composer: Art Pepper
House Band: Daniel Hayles (p), Chris Beernink (b), Mark Lockett (d)  
Date and time: Sunday, 17 March 2019, 2-4pm
Venue: The Third Eye, 30 Arthur Street, Te Aro

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Reinier Baas and Ben van Gelder

Guitarist Reinier Baas and saxophonist Ben van Gelder are prominent figures in the Dutch musicscene , and long time collaborators. They have played over 200 shows together in the past years, performing as a duo, as a trio with drum legend Han Bennink and with both their quintets. Their joint efforts have resulted in a collaboration with the multiple Grammy Award winning Metropole Orkest entitled ‘Smash Hits’, which will be released in October 2018, as well as a duo record, which will be released in the spring of 2019. 

An active bandleader, Reinier Baas has toured with his quintet ‘The More Socially Relevant Jazz Music Ensemble’ in Europe, Japan, New Zealand and Australia. His second album ‘Mostly Improvised Instrumental Indie Music’ received the prestigious Edison Award in 2013. As a soloist, he has performed with the Metropole Orkest, Jazz orchestra of the Concertgebouw, New Rotterdam Jazz Orchestra, National Youth Orchestra, and the National Youth Jazz Orchestra. In 2016, Baas released his fourth studio record “Reinier Baas vs. Princess Discombobulatrix, a ‘mostly instrumental opera’. This collaboration with illustrator Typex and a line-up of 15 prominent improvisers and classical musicians received wide-spread critical acclaim – “Ravel, Prokofiev, Poulenc, Baas, truly!” – VILLA D’ARTE – and earned him a second Edison Award in 2017. Reinier has received composition assignments from the North Sea Jazz Festival, November Music Festival, Südtirol Jazzfestival, and Pynarello. 

Ben van Gelder is an authority on the alto saxophone and a composer with a contemporary view. His music is rooted in tradition but is distinguished by a unique blend of “lyricism, energy, grace, and rhythm.” His albums ‘Frame of Reference’ and ‘Reprise’ garnered outstanding reviews in the Dutch and international press. The album ‘Reprise’ was named ‘best jazz album of the year’ by de Volkskrant. Van Gelder has won various awards, such as the Deloitte Jazz Award and the Stan Getz/Clifford Brown fellowship, and more recently a composition assignment from the Jazz Gallery in New York. He has collaborated with outstanding musicians such as Mark Turner, AmbroseAkinmusire and Aaron Parks. His latest outing ‘Among Verticals’, a record inspired by the painting of Frantisek Kupka, received 5-star reviews in Dutch newspapers NRC and Volkskrant. Ben van Gelder is on the faculty at the Conservatory of Amsterdam.

Reiner and Ben
Featuring:
 Reinier Baas (g) and Ben van Gelder (s)
Date: Thur 14 March 2019, 8pm
Venue: The Third Eye, Upstairs at 30 Arthur St. Te Aro
Price: General $25, WJC members $20, Students with ID $15

WJC Sunday Sessions at TTE

James Stanley Hall (Dec 4, 1930 – Dec10, 2013) was an American jazz guitarist, composer, and arranger. Premier Guitar magazine stated that “It could be argued that the jazz guitar tree is rooted in four names: Django Reinhardt, Charlie Christian, Wes Montogomery, Jim Hall.

Featured composer: Jim Hall
House Band: Alexander Boulton  (g), Seth Boy (b), Mark Lockett (d).  
Date and time: Sunday, 10 March 2019, 2-4pm
Venue: The Third Eye, 30 Arthur Street, Te Aro

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WJC Sunday Sessions at TTE

Sunday 3 March –  Sunday Sessions

Gerald Joseph Mulligan (Apr 6, 1927 – Jan 20, 1996) was an American jazz saxophonist, clarinetist, composer and arranger. Though Mulligan is primarily known as one of the leading jazz baritone saxophonists – playing the instrument with a light and airy tone in the era of cool jazz – he was also a significant arranger, working with Claude Thornhill, Miles Davis, Stan Kenton, and others. 

Featured composer: Gerry Mulligan
House Band: Daniel Yeabsley (s), Christopher Yeabsley (o), John Rae (d).  
Date and time: Sunday, 3 March 2019, 2-4pm
Venue: The Third Eye, 30 Arthur Street, Te Aro

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Jay Rodriguez

Grammy Nominated reedman, Jay Rodriguez has brought his sound and musical experience to many genres and generations from co-founding the Groove Collective in NYC to recording and playing with artists like Chucho Valdez, Celia Cruz, Prince, Elvis Costello, The Roots, Miley Cyrus, to Craig Harris to name a few.

 www.jayrodriguez.com

Mr. Rodriguez plays with an unreserved flexibly on the tenor, alto and soprano saxophones; flute; and bass clarinet. He has worked with artists from Prince to Elvis Costello to Marc Ribot. On his own forthcoming album, ” Mr. Rodriguez moves between idioms and energies as easily as he switches instruments… – Giovanni Russonello (The New York Times)

Jay Rodriguez
Featuring:
 Ray Rodrigues (s), Mark Lockett (d), Patrick Bleakley (b)
Date: Thur 28 February 2019, 8pm
Venue: The Third Eye, Upstairs at 30 Arthur St. Te Aro
Price: General $15, WJC members and Students with ID $10

WJC Sunday Sessions at TTE

John Lenwood “Jackie” McLean (May 17, 1931 – March 31, 2006) was an American jazz alto saxophonist, composer, bandleader, and educator, and is one of the few musicians to be elected to the DownBeat Hall of Fame in the year of their death. 

Featured composer: Jackie McLean 
House Band: Alex Bolton (g), Chris Yeabsley (o), Mark  Lockett (d)
Date and time: Sunday, 24 February 2019, 2-4pm
Venue: The Third Eye, 30 Arthur Street, Te Aro

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WJC Sunday Sessions

Jazz guitarist Peter Bernstein (b. 1967, New York City) has been a part of the jazz scene in New York and abroad since 1989. During that time he has participated in over 200 recordings and numerous festival, concert and club performances with musicians from all generations. He got his first break while attending the New School when he met the legendary guitarist Jim Hall. Hall asked Peter to participate in his Invitational Concert as part of the 1990 JVC Jazz Festival. The event featured such guitarists as John Scofield and Pat Metheny and was released as “Live at Town Hall Vol. 2” by Music Masters. Hall noted that Peter “…has paid attention to the past as well as the future. He is the most impressive guitarist I’ve heard. He plays the best of them all for swing, logic, feel and taste.”

Featured composer: Peter Bernstein
House Band: Cullam Allardice (g), Phoebe Johnson (b), Shaun Anderson (d). 
Date and time: Sunday, 17 February 2019, 2-4pm
Venue: The Third Eye, 30 Arthur Street, Te Aro

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Matt Penman and Will Vinson

WJC is super proud to present one of New Zealand’s most in-demand jazz exports.

Renowned bassist Matt Penman brings his friend and frequent collaborator, saxophonist Will Vinson, to New Zealand for the first time.

Matt & Will have played together since 2003, appearing on multiple recordings together, and they will be drawing from Penman’s recent album Good Question, alongside some of Vinson’s compositions.

Matt Penman and Will Vinson
Featuring:
 Matt Penman (b), Will Vinson (s), Mark Lockett (d)
Date: Sun 17 February 2019, 7pm & 9pm
Venue: The Third Eye, Upstairs at 30 Arthur St. Te Aro
Price: General $45/80, WJC members $35/60, Students with ID $30/50.

Simona Minns

SIMONA MINNS (NYC)

Simona is a New York-based jazz vocalist, composer, and zitherist originally from Lithuania. Her style is known for its unique theatrical flavor, genre-bending, and virtuosic vocal scat improvisation. Her latest work, “A Hunger Artist,” blends her haunting vocals with elements of jazz, musical theater, Lithuanian folk and even rock music to convey the narrative of Franz Kafka’s short story by the same title.

Classically trained on Lithuanian zither, Simona earned her BA in jazz vocals at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theater. Shortly after receiving the European Touring Scholarship, she moved to the United States to study at Berklee College of Music where she majored in Contemporary Composition and Production. She received the Berklee Outstanding Jazz Vocalist Award and regularly performs and presents workshops in the US, Australia, New Zealand, and Europe. Her compositions have been written for drama plays, string quartets, orchestras, and big bands. Simona’s latest compositional work is a string quartet score for the silent film “The Passion of Joan of Arc”.

www.simonaminns.com

Simona Minns
Featuring:
 James Feekes (d), Leonardo Coghini (p), Chris Beernink (b)
Date: Thur 14 February 2019, 8pm
Venue: The Third Eye, Upstairs at 30 Arthur St. Te Aro
Price: General $15, WJC members and Students with ID $10