The Woods

The Woods’ are a quartet from Wellington, NZ, playing original instrumental music. Their influences are broad, taking in jazz artists like Pharoah Sanders and Henry Threadgill, the blues of John Lee Hooker, Zimbabwe highlife, Peruvian mountain music, Ethio Jazz etc. Members of ‘The Woods’ have featured in a number of Wellington bands including The Noveltones, Mean Bones, Kita, Little Bushman, The Phoenix Foundation

Their debut EP ‘Manyana’ and follow up EP ‘Magic Ocean Tree’ are both available on bandcamp: https://thewoods4.bandcamp.com/

“A burst of big healthy vibes. A high-intensity chill-out. It’s laid back and cool, but always solid in its groove. I love the range, from sultry blues to pagan ritual, with pretty much everything in between. It’s like latter-day troubadours have come to town. These are great earthy, singable tunes, and everyone of them with a unique twist.  The writing and playing are constantly inspired. This is an awesome dose of positively-energised music.” 

– John Psathas, Composer (Athens Olympic ceremonies) 

The Woods
Featuring
: Blair Latham (Tenor Sax, Bass Clarinet, Flute, Guitar), Joe Callwood (Guitar), Tom Callwood (Bass), Rick Cranson (Drums) 
Date: Thur 15 Apr 2021, 7.30pm
Venue: Lovebite, 2 Forresters Lane
Price: Tickets available on Eventfinda, Door sales: General $20, WJC members $15, and Students with ID $10

Sunday Sessions at The Cross

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: Cole Porter
House Band: Ayrton Foote (P), Daniel Yeabsley (B), Mark Lockett (D)
Date and time: Sunday, 11 Apr 2021, 2.30-4.30pm
Venue: The Southern Cross, 39 Abel Smith Street, Te Aro

Adrienne McKay Trio

Born in New Zealand into a musical family, Adrienne acquired her first organ in 2003 when she imported a Hammond C3 from Canada. She taught herself to play by copying recordings by Jimmy Smith, Joey DeFrancesco, Groove Holmes and Jack McDuff. In 2008,after performing clubs and festivals throughout New Zealand and Australia, Adrienne moved to the USA sharing the stage with Joey Defrancesco, Ronnie Cuber, Bruce Forman, Victor Jones, Tony Monaco, Sherrie Maricle and headlined jazz clubs including Cliff Bells (Detroit), The Blue Wisp (Cincinnati, OH), Jazz Central (Dayton, Oh) and Night Town (Cleveland, OH).  Now based in New York City performing in clubs such as Minton’s, The Garage, Smoke, Showman’s, Red Rooster, and BB Kings.

Adrienne McKay Trio
Featuring
: Adrienne McKay (o), Mark Lockett (d) and Callum Allardice (g). 
Date: Thur 1 Apr 2021, 7.30pm
Venue: Lovebite, 2 Forresters Lane
Price: Tickets available on Eventfinda, Door sales: General $20, WJC members $15, and Students with ID $10

Sunday Sessions at the Cross

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: Pat Matheny
House Band:
Duncan Haynes (P), Umar Zakaria (B), Mark Lockett (D)
Date and time:
Sunday, 28 Mar 2021, 2.30-4.30pm
Venue:
The Southern Cross, 39 Abel Smith Street, Te Aro

Sunday Sessions at The Cross

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: Toshiko Akiyoshi
House Band:
Alexander Bolton (g), Seth Boy (b), John Rae (d)
Date and time:
Sunday, 21 Mar 2021, 2.30-4.30pm
Venue:
The Southern Cross, 39 Abel Smith Street, Te Aro

Oscar Laven Quartet

Eclectic saxophonist and multi-instrumentalist Oscar Lavën presents a suite of new works inspired by the immortal essence of John Coltrane’s quartet.

Oscar Laven Quartet
Featuring
: Oscar Laven (S), John Rae (D), Patrick Bleakley (B) and Ayrton Foote (P). 
Date: Thur 18 Mar 2021, 7.30pm
Venue: Lovebite, 2 Forresters Lane
Price: Tickets available on Eventfinda, Door sales: General $20, WJC members $15, and Students with ID $10

Sunday Sessions at The Cross

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.

Kenny Barron.

Featured composer: Kenny Barron
House Band: Duncan Haynes (P), Patrick Bleakley (B), Mark Lockett (D).
Date and time: Sunday, 14 Mar 2021, 2.30-4.30pm
Venue: The Southern Cross, 39 Abel Smith Street, Te Aro

Sunday Sessions at The Cross

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: Emily Remler
House Band: Alexander Boulton (G), Seth Boy (B), Mark Lockett (D).
Date and time: Sunday, 7 Mar 2021, 2.30-4.30pm
Venue: The Southern Cross, 39 Abel Smith Street, Te Aro

Leonardo Coghini Trio

Extraordinary (pianist) composer and bandleader Leonardo Coghini brings his innovative and exciting new trio to perform a special concert at WJC for the first time. Coghini is a relatively newcomer to the New Zealand music scene and is fast making a name for himself not only in the club’s but also in the pop world.

For this concert, the trio will be performing a selection of standards and arrangements with some original compositions thrown in the mix.

Leonardo Coghini Trio
Featuring
: Leonardo Coghini (P), Seth Boy (B), James Feekes (D) 
Date: Thur 04 Mar 2021, 7.30pm
Venue: Lovebite, 2 Forresters Lane
Price: Tickets available on Eventfinda, Door sales: General $20, WJC members $15, and Students with ID $10