While we are at the current COVID restrictions we are only able to sell 20 tickets to WJC concerts. Lovebite has limited seating so it is highly recommended that you arrive early in order to secure a seat.

We are fortunate to have the support from Rattle Records who provide WJC with CDs from their Jazz collection.

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WJC Sunday Sessions to continue throughout the Christmas/New Year season.

The Sunday Sessions is a weekly jam run by WJC Art Director, Mark Lockett. The session includes a changing house band and features compositions by a great jazz artist. The set opens with a couple of tunes of the featured artist and then musicians are invited up to join in.

Date/Time: each Sunday 2.30pm – 4.30pm, 
House Band: Hosted by drummer Mark Lockett.
Venue: Library Bar, Courtney Place, Te Aro

Each week the session features compositions by a great jazz artist. The house band open with a couple of tunes and then musicians are invited up to join in.

Featured composer: Bill Evans
Date/Time:
14 November 2021, 2.30pm – 4.30pm
House Band:
Ayrton Foote (P), Scott Maynard (B), Mark Lockett (D)
Venue:
Library Bar, Courtney Place, Te Aro

Striking Moments

“…that’s my way of preparation – to not be prepared. And that takes a lot of preparation!” – Lee Konitz

What does it mean to prepare to be unprepared? Lee Konitz’s deft paradox represents a challenge to the improviser: how can one practice and prepare for improvising, while simultaneously aspiring to spontaneity, newness and the unexpected in its performance?

Drawing on his recently completed Masters research, Jake Baxendale explores this idea through original compositions, jazz standards and free improvisation,  with a brand new ensemble in this one-off performance for the Wellington Jazz Cooperative!

Jake Baxendale – Stricking Moment
Featuring: Jack Harré – trumpet, Phoebe Johnson – bass, Rick Cranson – drums and Jake Baxendale – reeds
Date: Thur 11 November 2021, 7.30pm
Venue: Lovebite, 2 Forresters Lane
Price: Tickets available on Eventfinda.co.nz

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Each week the session features compositions by a great jazz artist. The house band open with a couple of tunes and then musicians are invited up to join in.

Featured composer: Arthur Schwartz
Date/Time: 7 November 2021, 2.30pm – 4.30pm, 
House Band: Louis Thompson-Munn (p), Daniel Yeabsley (b), Mark Lockett (d)
Venue: Library Bar, Courtney Place, Te Aro

As a regular member of the Rodger Fox Big Band, Royal New Zealand Air Force Band and Julie Lamb Outfit, as well as playing with many shorter projects including twice touring Europe with the JM Jazz World Orchestra, Frank Talbot is a stalwart of the local scene. 

Having completed jazz and classical training at the New Zealand School of Music (as well as hobby playing heavy metal guitar), Talbot incorporates a range of styles and influences into his music. In the intimate setting afforded by the WJC he’ll be presenting a variety of exciting, emotional, intense and sombre moods including some brand new works accompanied by some of Wellington’s finest musicians.

Joining Frank will be Ayrton Foote (p), Phoebe Johnson (b) and Hikurangi Schaverien-Kaa (d)

“New Zealand produces many good tenor players and judging by Talbot’s confident performance, he will go from strength to strength” – John Fenton, Jazz Local 32

Frank Talbot Quartet
Date: Thur 4 November 2021, 7.30pm
Venue: Lovebite, 2 Forresters Lane
Price: Tickets available on Eventfinda.co.nz

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Each week the session features compositions by a great jazz artist. The house band open with a couple of tunes and then musicians are invited up to join in.

Featured composer: Frank Sinatra
Date/Time: 31 October 2021, 2.30pm – 4.30pm, 
House Band: Alex Bolton (g), Seth Boy (b), Mark Lockett (d)
Venue: Library Bar, Courtney Place, Te Aro

Three time winner of Jazz Composition of the Year award, Callum Allardice, presents his original music, including some fresh new compositions.

Callum Allardice Quarte
Featuring: Callum Allardice – Guitar, Leonardo Coghini – Piano, Johnny Lawrence – Bass, Hikurangi Schaverien- Kaa – Drums
Date: Thur 28 October 2021, 7.30pm
Venue: Lovebite, 2 Forresters Lane
Price: Tickets available on Eventfinda.co.nz

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Each week the session features compositions by a great jazz artist. The house band open with a couple of tunes and then musicians are invited up to join in.

Featured composer: John Coltrane
Date/Time: 24 October 2021, 2.30pm – 4.30pm, 
House Band: Ayrton Foote (p), Patrick Bleakley (b), Mark Lockett (d)
Venue: Lovebite, Forresters Lane, Te Aro