WJC Sunday Sessions at TTE

Jacob Bruskin Gershowitz (September 26, 1898 – July 11, 1937) Brooklyn, New York. Gershwin dropped out of school and began playing piano professionally at age 15. Within a few years, he was one of the most sought after musicians in America. A composer of jazz, opera and popular songs for stage and screen, many of his works are now standards.

Featured composer: George Gershwin
House Band: Aleister J. Campbell (g), Daniel Yeabsley (b), Mark Lockett (d)  
Date and time: Sunday, 19 May 2019, 2-4pm
Venue: The Third Eye, 30 Arthur Street, Te Aro

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WJC Sunday Sessions at TTE

Kenny Barron (born June 9, 1943) is an American jazz pianist, who has appeared on hundreds of recordings as leader and sideman and is considered one of the most influential mainstream jazz pianists since the bebop era.

Featured composer: Kenny Barron
House Band: Leonardo Cogonhini (p), Johnny Lawrence (b), Mark Lockett (d)  
Date and time: Sunday, 12 May 2019, 2-4pm
Venue: The Third Eye, 30 Arthur Street, Te Aro

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WJC Sunday Sessions at TTE

Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington (April 29, 1899 – May 24, 1974) was an American composer, pianist, and leader of the famous Duke Ellington Jazz Orchestra, which he led from 1923 until his death in 1974.

Featured composer: Duke Ellington
House Band: Noel Clayton (g), Paul Dyne (b), Mark Lockett (d)   
Date and time: Sunday, 5 May 2019, 2-4pm
Venue: The Third Eye, 30 Arthur Street, Te Aro

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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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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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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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Sunday Sessions at TTE

Sunday 31 March –  Sunday Sessions at TTE

Mulgrew Miller (August 13, 1955 – May 29, 2013) was an American jazz pianist, composer, and educator. As a child he played in churches and was influenced on piano by Ramsey Lewis and then Oscar Peterson.  Aspects of their styles remained in his playing, he added the greater harmonic freedom of McCoy Tyner and others in developing as a hard bop player and then in creating his own style, which influenced others from the 1980s on.

Featured composer: Mulgrew Miller
House Band: Ben Stewart (p), Wynton Newman (b), Mark Lockett (d)   
Date and time: Sunday, 31 March 2019, 2-4pm
Venue: The Third Eye, 30 Arthur Street, Te Aro

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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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