WJC is pleased to announce that we will be hosting award-winning artists Peter Koopman and Michelle Nicolle at the 2018 Wellington Jazz Festival. Tickets are $25 (+bf) from UndertheRadar, members price $20 (contact WJC for a promo code).

Peter Koopman Trio
Date: Wednesday 6 June 2018, 8pm
Venue: Pyramid Club, Level, 272 Taranaki St.
Tickets:  UndertheRadar – Peter Koopman

Michelle Nicolle Quartet
Date: Saturday 9 June 2018, 8pm
Venue: Pyramid Club, Level, 272 Taranaki St.
Tickets: UndertheRadar – Michelle Nicolle

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Sunday Sessions at The Third Eye

The first ever regular WJC Sunday Sessions At Third Eye starts Sunday 11 March 2-4pm.

Each week will feature compositions by great jazz artist, starting with pianist BILL EVANS. The house band will open with a couple of Bill’s tunes and then musicians will be invited up to join in. This weeks house band will be George Maclaurin, Chris Beernink, and Mark Lockett.

Did I say that Wilsons food truck will be on site poppin out some mighty tasty bites.

Date and time: Sunday 11 March 2018, 2-4pm
Venue: The Third Eye, 30 Arthur Street, Te Aro.

We have just returned from New York and I’m pleased to say that there is a lot of interest from musicians wanting to come to New Zealand including guitarist Peter Bernstein, saxophonist Danny Walsh and pianist and owner of Smalls Jazz Club Spike Wilner. So watch this space!

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George Garzone

We’re thrilled to announce Tenor sax heavyweight and renowned educator George Garzone will be visiting New Zealand in August, with gigs and workshops in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

Garzone is well-known as a sought-after jazz educator, currently teaching at the Berklee College of Music. He has also previously taught at New England Conservatory, Longy School of Music, New York University, Manhattan School of Music, Northeastern University and the New School University. He has pioneered the triadic chromatic approach and 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.

Details onhis Wellington gigs to be announced in June, so watch this space.

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Ari Hoenig

WJC is pleased to presents Ari Hoenig Group (USA) for 2 dates at the Wellington Jazz Festival. Ari is a jazz drummer, known for his unusual and intense approach to drumming emphasizing complex rhythms in direct harmony with other group members. He is widely noted particularly for his drumming not being relegated to just keeping tempo, or being a side issue to the music he plays in, but rather for elevating drumming as an indispensable part of the performance. He is also known for his unique ability to modify the pitch of a drum by using drum sticks, mallets, and even parts of his body. Using this technique, he can play any note in the chromatic scale, virtually any melody, and even improvise on a chord structure in the same way as any other instrumentalist would. For this concert Hoenig will be joined by outstanding piano/organist Nitai Hershkvits.

Ari tours worldwide and performs weekly at the legendary New York jazz club Smalls. Ari has performed/recorded with include Jean Michel Pilc, Mike Stern, Kenny Werner, Joshua Redman, Wayne Krantz, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Chris Potter, Toots Thielemans, Pat Martino.

Ari Hoenig Group
Nitai Hershkvits (k) and Ari Hoenig (d)
Date: Wed 7 Jun 2017, 8pm and 10pm and Thurs 8 Jun 2017, 8pm and 10pm
Venue: Pyramid Club, 272 Taranaki St.
Price: $34.50 per set, tickets available from under the radar.