Divas Unleashed
Sep
27
7:30 PM19:30

Divas Unleashed

 

On Friday 27th September your favourite bar “Downbeat” is treating you with not 1, not 2, not 3, no … 4 outstanding female vocalists! These four divas are the new up and coming stars, the big kahuna’s who currently study jazz music at the University of Auckland. Having made a name for themselves on a number of gigs around central Auckland, Downbeat is bringing these four to Orewa. The music will be “jazz plus”, great classics arranged in a contemporary style. Order that large COKE glass and pretend to be Simon Cowell; pick your favourite voice of the four!

The professional band behind these four idols comprises Joe Kaptein on piano and Dr. Olivier Holland on double bass.

 

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Keith Price Trio
Oct
4
7:30 PM19:30

Keith Price Trio

Keith Price is Canadian guitarist and composer who recently moved to New Zealand to join the faculty at the University of Auckland School of music. Price’s omnivorous listening habits are the foundation of his expressive musical style which combines old jazz, new jazz, folk, noise and funk. His sound is a mixture of colours, textures, and flavours from different genres, filtered on stage through the act of improvisation. Whether performing with an eight-piece band, a trio, or as a solo guitarist, Price’s musical approach focuses on openness, imagination, and the search for a shared connection with the audience. Price studied at the Conservatory of Amsterdam and the University of Manitoba before completing undergraduate and graduate degrees in music at Brandon University where he studied with internationally recognised pianist and composer Michael Cain.

‘The notes and chords he uses weaves this dream-like atmosphere in his environment. He doesn’t seem to be afraid of silence with his instrument and he knows how to use space in his playing, the result being that the atmosphere stays even though he doesn’t play constantly. The rest of the band carries the atmosphere he’s created.’ –TicketMOMster

‘I feel that, at times, Keith flies under the radar, which is a shame. In a blindfold test, his albums could hold up well with releases from anywhere in the world.’ – Keith Black

‘In 2017, guitar wizard Keith Price assembled an all-star crew of local jazz instrumentalists for his double quartet, and created a powerful record that will burrow into your brain more and more with every listen.’ – Sam Thompson of Witchpolice Radio

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Bass Eats Audience
Oct
11
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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Allana Goldsmith Trio
Oct
18
7:30 PM19:30

Allana Goldsmith Trio

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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Caitlin Smith Trio
Oct
25
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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Caitlin Smith Trio
Nov
1
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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Henrique Morales Trio
Nov
8
7:30 PM19:30

Henrique Morales Trio

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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Keith Price Trio
Nov
22
7:30 PM19:30

Keith Price Trio

Keith Price is Canadian guitarist and composer who recently moved to New Zealand to join the faculty at the University of Auckland School of music. Price’s omnivorous listening habits are the foundation of his expressive musical style which combines old jazz, new jazz, folk, noise and funk. His sound is a mixture of colours, textures, and flavours from different genres, filtered on stage through the act of improvisation. Whether performing with an eight-piece band, a trio, or as a solo guitarist, Price’s musical approach focuses on openness, imagination, and the search for a shared connection with the audience. Price studied at the Conservatory of Amsterdam and the University of Manitoba before completing undergraduate and graduate degrees in music at Brandon University where he studied with internationally recognised pianist and composer Michael Cain.

‘The notes and chords he uses weaves this dream-like atmosphere in his environment. He doesn’t seem to be afraid of silence with his instrument and he knows how to use space in his playing, the result being that the atmosphere stays even though he doesn’t play constantly. The rest of the band carries the atmosphere he’s created.’ –TicketMOMster

‘I feel that, at times, Keith flies under the radar, which is a shame. In a blindfold test, his albums could hold up well with releases from anywhere in the world.’ – Keith Black

‘In 2017, guitar wizard Keith Price assembled an all-star crew of local jazz instrumentalists for his double quartet, and created a powerful record that will burrow into your brain more and more with every listen.’ – Sam Thompson of Witchpolice Radio

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Mike Murane Trio
Nov
29
7:30 PM19:30

Mike Murane Trio

Mike Murane from Sydney Australia, now lives in Piha, West Auckland. Mike's first experience as a professional singer was in an originals rock band in Sydney but he discovered jazz, Frank Sinartra and a whole new world.

Over the last few years Mike has been featured regularly at the Tauranga Jazz Festival, the Christchurch Jazz Festival, the Auckland Jazz and Blues club and many gigs in and around Auckland. Mike sings and swings with obvious enthusiasm and talent. His style is very much that of the popular Michael Buble, with modern feel arrangements of old standards. 

Accompanying Mike will be two of the most respected jazz musicians in New Zealand: Julie Mason on piano, Alberto Santarelli on double bass & Steve Sheriff on Sax.

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The Standard Duo
Sep
20
7:30 PM19:30

The Standard Duo

The Standard Duo

In a collaboration spanning more than 40 years Mike Booth (Trumpet) and Craig Williams (Piano) perform a fresh take on familiar standards and old favorites. Their style is easy listening, inventive and appealing. Freelancing on Piano and Bass Craig will be a familiar face to many as he has backed a multitude of Auckland entertainers. Mike plays with the Auckland Jazz Orchestra, Phil Broadhurst Quintet and many other familiar names.

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MGN Trio
Sep
13
7:30 PM19:30

MGN 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.

Dr. Oli Holland (db), Dr. Kevin Field (pno), Raymond Bishop (dms/vox), Denis Hepi (gat/vox)

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Julie Mason Trio
Sep
6
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.

Featuring Mike Booth - Trumpet/Flugelhorn & Alberto Santarelli - Double Bass

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Manins, Brown & Cole
Aug
30
7:30 PM19:30

Manins, Brown & Cole

The trio returns with an improvised approach to a range of songs and styles including jazz standards, pop classics, traditional and original repertoire. Ambient, Middle Eastern and contemporary ECM jazz influences come together in an exploratory sound meme.

Caro Manins - Vocals

Alan Brown - Piano

Mostyn Cole - Upright Bass

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Clo Chaperon Trio
Aug
23
7:30 PM19:30

Clo Chaperon Trio

Clo Chaperon is an Australian born jazz singer who has been part of the Auckland music scene for the last 10 years. Her repertoire consists of an eclectic mix of jazz standards, contemporary jazz, pop and soul all of which contribute to her distinctive vocal sound and style. Clo performs regularly around Auckland and has performed at several festivals around New Zealand including the Tauranga, Waiheke and Wellington jazz festivals.


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Bass Eats Audience
Aug
9
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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Keith Price Trio
Aug
2
7:30 PM19:30

Keith Price Trio

Keith Price is Canadian guitarist and composer who recently moved to New Zealand to join the faculty at the University of Auckland School of music. Price’s omnivorous listening habits are the foundation of his expressive musical style which combines old jazz, new jazz, folk, noise and funk. His sound is a mixture of colours, textures, and flavours from different genres, filtered on stage through the act of improvisation. Whether performing with an eight-piece band, a trio, or as a solo guitarist, Price’s musical approach focuses on openness, imagination, and the search for a shared connection with the audience. Price studied at the Conservatory of Amsterdam and the University of Manitoba before completing undergraduate and graduate degrees in music at Brandon University where he studied with internationally recognised pianist and composer Michael Cain.

‘The notes and chords he uses weaves this dream-like atmosphere in his environment. He doesn’t seem to be afraid of silence with his instrument and he knows how to use space in his playing, the result being that the atmosphere stays even though he doesn’t play constantly. The rest of the band carries the atmosphere he’s created.’ –TicketMOMster

‘I feel that, at times, Keith flies under the radar, which is a shame. In a blindfold test, his albums could hold up well with releases from anywhere in the world.’ – Keith Black

‘In 2017, guitar wizard Keith Price assembled an all-star crew of local jazz instrumentalists for his double quartet, and created a powerful record that will burrow into your brain more and more with every listen.’ – Sam Thompson of Witchpolice Radio

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Allana Goldsmith Band
Jul
26
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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Downbeat Disco!!!
Jul
20
to Jul 21

Downbeat Disco!!!

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Downbeat Restaurant & Bar brings to you a sequel to Retro Night, DOWNBEAT DISCO!

A night jam packed with lots of great 70’s & 80’s disco classics that will get your feet moving to the beat. $55 a head includes a 3 course meal, complimentary drink & an opportunity to win a $50 voucher for best dressed & best dancer! So come along, get dressed up and enjoy a wonderful evening at your local Jazz venue, good music as always promised with a warming atmosphere packed with friendly staff, great food & quenching drinks.

Evening starts 5pm with the band on at 8pm - 11pm.

!!!!Bookings Essential!!!

Co-Hosted by Soul9Yards, a great 4pc Jazz trained covers band who are more than set in the tradition of replicating those groovy tunes that you grew up with. Featuring Allana Goldsmith (Vox), Nathan James (Gat), Alex Griffith (Bass), Wez Lomu (Drms).

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Chris Melville
Jul
12
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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Caitlin Smith Trio
Jul
5
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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Clo Chaperon Trio
Jun
28
7:30 PM19:30

Clo Chaperon Trio

Clo Chaperon is an Australian born jazz singer who has been part of the Auckland music scene for the last 10 years. Her repertoire consists of an eclectic mix of jazz standards, contemporary jazz, pop and soul all of which contribute to her distinctive vocal sound and style. Clo performs regularly around Auckland and has performed at several festivals around New Zealand including the Tauranga, Waiheke and Wellington jazz festivals.


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Caitlin Smith Trio
Jun
21
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 Trio
Jun
14
7:30 PM19:30

Allana Goldsmith Trio

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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DOWNBEAT RETRO NIGHT
Jun
8
5:00 PM17:00

DOWNBEAT RETRO NIGHT

Introducing for the first time ever, Downbeat Retro Night. We are hosting our very own Mid-Winter Christmas Retro Night, 4pc 30’s Swing Band along with a 3 course meal for $55pp & a complimentary drink for diners.

Band includes; Lindsay Meech (Cornet/Vox), Travis Hill (Guitar), Doug Robertson (Guitar) & Graeme Saker (Bass)

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Bass Eats Audience
Jun
7
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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Michael Gianan - MG 4
May
31
7:30 PM19:30

Michael Gianan - MG 4

Michael Gianan is an Auckland based guitarist found playing all across NZ with a myriad of different groups and bands. Expect some groovy numbers, original contemporary jazz and re-imaginings of songs we all know and love.

Bringing his signature jazz-style and flair to Downbeat, he will be joined by Kevin Field (Piano), Wil Goodinson (Bass) and Ron Samsom (Drums).


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The Standard Duo
May
24
7:30 PM19:30

The Standard Duo

The Standard Duo

In a collaboration spanning more than 40 years Mike Booth (Trumpet) and Craig Williams (Piano) perform a fresh take on familiar standards and old favorites. Their style is easy listening, inventive and appealing. Freelancing on Piano and Bass Craig will be a familiar face to many as he has backed a multitude of Auckland entertainers. Mike plays with the Auckland Jazz Orchestra, Phil Broadhurst Quintet and many other familiar names.

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Allana Goldsmith Band
May
10
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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Clo Chaperon Trio
May
3
7:30 PM19:30

Clo Chaperon Trio

Clo Chaperon is an Australian born jazz singer who has been part of the Auckland music scene for the last 10 years. Her repertoire consists of an eclectic mix of jazz standards, contemporary jazz, pop and soul all of which contribute to her distinctive vocal sound and style. Clo performs regularly around Auckland and has performed at several festivals around New Zealand including the Tauranga, Waiheke and Wellington jazz festivals.


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Paul Naim Trio
Apr
26
7:30 PM19:30

Paul Naim Trio

Paul Naim, a exceptional Sax and flute player from the outer ridges of Auckland. He brings along with his trio some great arrangements of Jazz standards as well as some takes on pop tunes. Paul displays flawless technique, great harmonic awareness, a beautifully poised sense of time and a massive emotive sound.

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Nick Taylor Trio
Apr
19
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 Arjuna Oakes on keys and Tom Leggett on drums.

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Caitlin Smith Trio
Apr
12
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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Clo Chaperon Trio
Apr
5
7:30 PM19:30

Clo Chaperon Trio

Clo Chaperon is an Australian born jazz singer who has been part of the Auckland music scene for the last 10 years. Her repertoire consists of an eclectic mix of jazz standards, contemporary jazz, pop and soul all of which contribute to her distinctive vocal sound and style. Clo performs regularly around Auckland and has performed at several festivals around New Zealand including the Tauranga, Waiheke and Wellington jazz festivals.


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Caitlin Smith Trio
Mar
29
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
Mar
22
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
Mar
15
7:30 PM19:30

SPERB3R

S P E R B 3 R.

Four quick-witted musicians give simple, witty songs a countrified jazz-pop treatment yet somehow dodge actual country, jazz and pop. The band features songwriter Dan Sperber on vocals and guitar, Neil Watson on pedal steel guitar, Cameron McCurdy on drums and Dr Olivier Holland and double bass. S P E R B 3 R has just released its debut LP, Think On Your Feet on Rosier Records.

Dan Sperber co-founded the award-winning band The New LoungeHead and The Relaxomatic Project, hosts 7am Swim on 95bFM and is the programme Director for The Titirangi Festival Of Music.

Neil Watson performs with Tami Neilson and has backed Michael Brecker, Diane Schur, Anika Moa, Tim Finn and many others. He recently released the acclaimed album Studies In Tubular.

Cameron McCurdy writes and performs with 2018 National Battle Of The Bands champions Blu Fish. They have just released their debut EP Schments.

Dr Olivier Holland has performed with a range Grammy-winning artists and is a senior lecturer in music at the University Of Auckland. His latest solo release The Big Ticket is out now.

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