Raymond Bishop Trio
Feb
1
7:30 PM19:30

Raymond Bishop Trio

Hamilton-born musician, Bishop has had a diverse career driven by passion and inspiration. With ‘Music For Life’, Ray shows us that he has recently turned his gaze towards a number of new messages. The energetic single and leading track of the album, Te Reo Tuatahi, reminds us that te reo Māori is Aotearoa’s first language and that it is to be treasured

Ray has also included a more down-to-earth, singer-songwriter composition Te Pu. Produced in tandem by William Henderson and Tere Ngaeruaiti at Auckland’s Woodcut Studios, many of these tracks carry positive, inspirational messages relating to women’s rights and fatherhood.

It's perhaps a flavour you can detect when listening to Bishop's debut solo album, Music For Life, which he's just released featuring 10 original tracks.

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Bass Eats Audience
Feb
8
7:30 PM19:30

Bass Eats Audience

What does a double bass eat? Double bass don't think like humans. They don't see what we see, hear what we hear, smell what we smell, feel what we feel, much less think what we think. If they reason at all it is highly unlikely they reason as we do. They have their own wooden anatomy which requires nourishment but not from any natural food source. A double bass must have a human audience and their listening abilities. A double bass follows some sort of reasoning which goes something like, "I'm a double bass, I have an audience, let's eat!" 

Please don't allow this double bass to go hungry. Come down to Downbeat and enjoy the woody tones of compositions penned by Mostyn Cole alongside some superb and not often heard b-side jazz covers from artists including Ornette Coleman, Charles Mingus, Tony Williams, Avishi Cohen, Bud Powell and Jaco Pastorius.

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Caitlin Smith Trio
Feb
22
7:30 PM19:30

Caitlin Smith Trio

The Caitlin Smith Trio brings to you some electric entertainment that combines the best of pop, jazz and soul into one night. Accompanied by Kevin Field on keys and Ollie Holland on bass, the trio makes for a night of delight.

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Chris Melville
Jan
18
7:30 PM19:30

Chris Melville

Chris Melville

Chris discovered music at an early age, taking singing and acting roles in school plays and local theatre productions. At college he traveled from New Zealand to Australia and USA, singing with his school choir at Disneyland, the Sacramento Jazz Festival and in Hawaii. After completing a design diploma he joined a jazz vocal trio called Midas Touch; together they toured New Zealand appearing at festivals, concerts and on national TV. This experience provided the foundation for Chris to start his own jazz combo, with a residency at Wellington's Plaza International Hotel, exploring the nuances of writing, arranging and leading a band.

After moving to Auckland Chris began a guitar-based pop group and then was invited to play at the opening of a new Ponsonby bar, the 'Grand Central Bar' in 1997. A 17 year-long residency here gave Chris the opportunity to develop a popular funk/jazz/soul band with some of New Zealand's most talented musicians; together they recorded two albums of original songs and played hundreds of festivals, events and TV spots, appearing at the inaugural Vanuatu Jazz Festival. Many of Chris' songs have appeared on NZ's longest running TV series 'Shortland Street'

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Allana Goldsmith Band
Jan
11
7:30 PM19:30

Allana Goldsmith Band

Allana Goldsmith is a rare gem, the kind of artist one hears for the first time and is immediately captivated.

“In many ways she is reminiscent of the great singers of the past. What is not redolent of past singers, however, is her preparedness to tackle adventurous modern projects.” 

Allana has appeared at many of the major festivals around the country, including the Tauranga National Jazz Festival in 2014, Queenstown Jazz Festival, Wellington and Auckland Matariki Festivals.

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DOG
Jan
4
7:30 PM19:30

DOG

DOG, featuring Kevin Field, Roger Manins, Ron Samsom and Olivier Holland are some of NZ's most highly regarded Jazz musicians and their self-titled album DOG won the award for the Tui 2015 New Zealand Jazz album of the year. For this performance they will be playing some of their latest compositions!. Expect a lot of fun and energy, and support this great band at DOWNBEAT

Kevin Field - piano.

Ollie Holland - bass.

Ron Samsom - drums

Roger Manins Tenor sax

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Caitlin Smith Trio
Dec
28
7:30 PM19:30

Caitlin Smith Trio

The Caitlin Smith Trio brings to you some electric entertainment that combines the best of pop, jazz and soul into one night. Accompanied by Kevin Field on keys and Ollie Holland on bass, the trio makes for a night of delight.

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SPERB3R
Dec
21
7:30 PM19:30

SPERB3R

Composer-guitarist Dan Sperber has recorded with free/smooth jazz quartet [SPAMMERZ?] as well as his international group Dan Sperber Complex and crossover acts The Relaxomatic Project and The New Loungehead. He also hosts the popular 7am Swim radio show on Auckland’s 95bFM.

Keyboard virtuoso Alan Brown has spawned projects such as the Hammond Organ-based Alan Brown Trio, the ambient duo Alargo, the electronic pioneers Mistake Theory and the award-winning jazz-funk band Blue Train. He has also toured and performed with Nathan Haines, Cherie Mathieson and Caitlin Smith.

Master drummer Jason Orme has spent more than 40 years on a drum stool. He has enjoyed a long association with Alan Brown and has recorded and performed with Ross Mullins, The Nairobi Trio and countless other top jazz acts. 

Dan, Alan and Jason will play tunes from their [SPAMMERZ?] album Tear Your Together and other Sperber-penned numbers. 

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Nick Taylor Trio
Dec
14
7:30 PM19:30

Nick Taylor Trio

Bassist Nick Taylor, recently returning from the USA has been performing professionally for over 11 years, having performed with many accomplished New Zealand and international artists during his career. Artists such as Roger Fox, Ray Wolf, Alan Brown, Steve Houghton, John Fedchock, Thijs van Leer (Focus) and Kym Purling to name a few. Over the last seven years he has been touring the world primarily with recording artist Andrea Lisa. During this time he has completed many performance contracts as well as performing at festivals and well known venues such as The Royal Mougins Golf Resort in the South of France, the home of the late Pablo Picasso and Oeno Bar at the Westin Hotel in Dubai. He has had the opportunity to open up for Grammy nominated artist Jonathan Butler as well as performing on the 2017 Smooth Jazz, Blue Note at Sea and Soultrain Cruises. An expressive well rounded bass player, an exceptional accompanist with a massive sound and engaging solo’s to match. Nick Taylor will be joined by Ryan La Valette on guitar and sax and Kevin Field on keys.

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Arjuna Oakes Trio
Dec
7
7:30 PM19:30

Arjuna Oakes Trio

Jazz Pianist and Singer/Songwriter, Arjuna Oakes, has cultivated a sound that draws from many different music genres. He will be performing a mix of originals and standards, with a modern edge. Featuring Oli Holland (db) & Tom Leggett (ds).

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Raymond Bishop Trio
Nov
23
7:30 PM19:30

Raymond Bishop Trio

Hamilton-born musician, Bishop has had a diverse career driven by passion and inspiration. With ‘Music For Life’, Ray shows us that he has recently turned his gaze towards a number of new messages. The energetic single and leading track of the album, Te Reo Tuatahi, reminds us that te reo Māori is Aotearoa’s first language and that it is to be treasured

Ray has also included a more down-to-earth, singer-songwriter composition Te Pu. Produced in tandem by William Henderson and Tere Ngaeruaiti at Auckland’s Woodcut Studios, many of these tracks carry positive, inspirational messages relating to women’s rights and fatherhood.

It's perhaps a flavour you can detect when listening to Bishop's debut solo album, Music For Life, which he's just released featuring 10 original tracks.

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Caitlin Smith Trio
Nov
16
7:30 PM19:30

Caitlin Smith Trio

The Caitlin Smith Trio brings to you some electric entertainment that combines the best of pop, jazz and soul into one night. Accompanied by Kevin Field on keys and Ollie Holland on bass, the trio makes for a night of delight.

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Allana Goldsmith Band
Nov
9
7:30 PM19:30

Allana Goldsmith Band

ALANA GOLDSMITH

Allana Goldsmith is a rare gem, the kind of artist one hears for the first time and is immediately captivated.

“In many ways she is reminiscent of the great singers of the past. What is not redolent of past singers, however, is her preparedness to tackle adventurous modern projects.” 

Allana has appeared at many of the major festivals around the country, including the Tauranga National Jazz Festival in 2014, Queenstown Jazz Festival, Wellington and Auckland Matariki Festivals.

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Henrique Morales
Nov
2
7:30 PM19:30

Henrique Morales

HENRIQUE MORALES

Born in Rio Grande do Sul (south of Brazil), Henrique Morales started his musical career in 1983 when he was 8 years old. Throughout childhood and adolescence he participated in many regional music festivals in his state along with some of the most renowned and experienced artists in the region.

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SPERB3R
Oct
19
7:30 PM19:30

SPERB3R

Composer-guitarist Dan Sperber has recorded with free/smooth jazz quartet [SPAMMERZ?] as well as his international group Dan Sperber Complex and crossover acts The Relaxomatic Project and The New Loungehead. He also hosts the popular 7am Swim radio show on Auckland’s 95bFM.

Keyboard virtuoso Alan Brown has spawned projects such as the Hammond Organ-based Alan Brown Trio, the ambient duo Alargo, the electronic pioneers Mistake Theory and the award-winning jazz-funk band Blue Train. He has also toured and performed with Nathan Haines, Cherie Mathieson and Caitlin Smith.

Master drummer Jason Orme has spent more than 40 years on a drum stool. He has enjoyed a long association with Alan Brown and has recorded and performed with Ross Mullins, The Nairobi Trio and countless other top jazz acts. 

Dan, Alan and Jason will play tunes from their [SPAMMERZ?] album Tear Your Together and other Sperber-penned numbers. 

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Oct
12
7:30 PM19:30

Caoimhe Lane Trio

CAOIMHE (KEEVA)

vocalist, Caoimhe Lane (pronounced Keeva), grew up bopping her head and tapping her feet. She jumped at the chance to study music at Auckland University and, after months of hard work and study with some of the best musicians New Zealand has to offer, is thrilled to be able to present a variety of jazzy standards and arrangements at Downbeat.

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Andrea Lisa
Oct
5
7:30 PM19:30

Andrea Lisa

A multi-dimensional performer, Andrea is solidifying her status as a Jazz and RnB songstress and guitarist. This she now wants to take to the USA and the rest of the world.

Her latest release ‘Studio Sessions’ is a fine example of the different directions Andrea can take you with her song writing. ‘Missing Pieces’, (co-written with Lenny Church) is a melodic, groovy love song with elements of Soul and RnB. Her rendition of soul is innovative with a natural soulful voice that cuts cleanly and crisply through the music. The groove slices directly to the heart.

2017 has been an exciting year for her and the band as they were the resident jazz band on board the ship that hosted all the major music cruises. Here they had the privilege of performing on the Smooth Jazz, Blue Note at Sea and the Soul Train cruises where they received a great reception from music lovers on board. On this platform, Andrea rubbed shoulders with some of the best musicians in the business including the likes of Marcus Miller, Kirk Whalum, Peter White, David Sanborn, and many of her all-time favourite musicians.

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Caitlin Smith Trio
Sep
28
7:30 PM19:30

Caitlin Smith Trio

The Caitlin Smith Trio brings to you some electric entertainment that combines the best of pop, jazz and soul into one night. Accompanied by Kevin Field on keys and Ollie Holland on bass, the trio makes for a night of delight.

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Julie Mason Trio
Aug
31
7:30 PM19:30

Julie Mason Trio

JULIE MASON

Auckland-based jazz vocalist/pianist Julie Mason (B.Mus.) is a very high profile artist who has performed extensively throughout New Zealand, appearing at all the major arts & jazz festivals and playing with this country’s foremost jazz musicians. She has performed with top Australian musicians at the Manly Jazz Festival, Sydney and the Magnetic Island Jazz Festival, Queensland, and played at some of Paris’ exclusive jazz clubs in 2005 & 2007, and in Berlin 2003 & 2007. She has been a regular artist at Auckland’s Montana Winter Jazz Series, and at Auckland’s Aotea Centre with “The First Ladies of Jazz”. She formed the vocal group “Julie Mason and The Jazz Divas” in 2005 for festival concert appearances nationwide, from Tauranga’s National Jazz Festival through to Christchurch’s International Jazz Festival and the Nelson Jazzfest.

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 Caitlin Smith Trio
Aug
24
7:30 PM19:30

Caitlin Smith Trio

The Caitlin Smith Trio brings to you some electric entertainment that combines the best of pop, jazz and soul into one night. Accompanied by Kevin Field on keys and Ollie Holland on bass, the trio makes for a night of delight.

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Chris Melville
Aug
17
7:30 PM19:30

Chris Melville

Chris Melville

Chris discovered music at an early age, taking singing and acting roles in school plays and local theatre productions. At college he traveled from New Zealand to Australia and USA, singing with his school choir at Disneyland, the Sacramento Jazz Festival and in Hawaii. After completing a design diploma he joined a jazz vocal trio called Midas Touch; together they toured New Zealand appearing at festivals, concerts and on national TV. This experience provided the foundation for Chris to start his own jazz combo, with a residency at Wellington's Plaza International Hotel, exploring the nuances of writing, arranging and leading a band.

After moving to Auckland Chris began a guitar-based pop group and then was invited to play at the opening of a new Ponsonby bar, the 'Grand Central Bar' in 1997. A 17 year-long residency here gave Chris the opportunity to develop a popular funk/jazz/soul band with some of New Zealand's most talented musicians; together they recorded two albums of original songs and played hundreds of festivals, events and TV spots, appearing at the inaugural Vanuatu Jazz Festival. Many of Chris' songs have appeared on NZ's longest running TV series 'Shortland Street'

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SPERB3R
Aug
10
7:30 PM19:30

SPERB3R

Composer-guitarist Dan Sperber has recorded with free/smooth jazz quartet [SPAMMERZ?] as well as his international group Dan Sperber Complex and crossover acts The Relaxomatic Project and The New Loungehead. He also hosts the popular 7am Swim radio show on Auckland’s 95bFM.

Keyboard virtuoso Alan Brown has spawned projects such as the Hammond Organ-based Alan Brown Trio, the ambient duo Alargo, the electronic pioneers Mistake Theory and the award-winning jazz-funk band Blue Train. He has also toured and performed with Nathan Haines, Cherie Mathieson and Caitlin Smith.

Master drummer Jason Orme has spent more than 40 years on a drum stool. He has enjoyed a long association with Alan Brown and has recorded and performed with Ross Mullins, The Nairobi Trio and countless other top jazz acts. 

Dan, Alan and Jason will play tunes from their [SPAMMERZ?] album Tear Your Together and other Sperber-penned numbers. 

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Caitlin Smith Trio
Jul
27
7:30 PM19:30

Caitlin Smith Trio

The Caitlin Smith Trio brings to you some electric entertainment that combines the best of pop, jazz and soul into one night. Accompanied by Kevin Field on keys and Ollie Holland on bass, the trio makes for a night of delight.

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