WJC at the Wellington Jazz Festival 2021

Award-winning international pianist Duncan Haynes curates another instalment of his Directions in Jazz project, this time concentrating on the classic Hard Bop repertoire of the 50s and 60s. Featuring the hard-blowing, all-swinging lineup of Mike Costeloe, Umar Zakaria, and Mark Lockett.

Food Available at the venue.

Doors open at 6.30pm. 1st set starts at 7.30pm, 2nd set approx 8.30pm

Pre-purchasing tickets highly recommended. Door sales if available $20/$15

PLEASE NOTE: some seating has restricted viewing

Directions in Jazz: The Hard Bop Sessions
: Duncan Haynes (p), Mark Lockett (d), Umar Zakaria (b), Mike Costeloe (t), Roger Manis (s)
Date: Thur 10 June 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

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For more than fifty years the tenor saxophone has been the sound of jazz. Think Sonny Rollins or John Coltrane, Wayne Shorter or Michael Brecker, Chris Potter or even a young Kenny G. So, what could be better than a jazz combo fronted by a tenor saxophone? Easy … one fronted by three!

But three-tenor line-ups in jazz are rare. That’s one reason why the jazz combo TTTenor is so special. Another is that the saxophonists of TTTenor are John Mackey, Roger Manins and Andy Sugg. Based in Canberra, Auckland and Melbourne respectively, these tenorists represent the very best of contemporary jazz in the southern hemisphere — and on stage together they make the most exciting three-tenor jazz combo performing anywhere in the world today.

These powerhouse players shine at the very thing that makes jazz so unique and special – great solo and collective improvising. Mackey, Manins and Sugg’s experience is wide — they’ve worked with a veritable who’s who of the international jazz scene — and their understanding of the language is deep. Each pays homage to the tradition while at the same time driving it forward in exhilarating ways. Each has a strong distinctive voice, and whether using it to blend smoothly together or stand out on their own, when they appear on stage together something very special happens.

When you hear TTTenor perform you understand why jazz has had such an impact all around the world and why it’s still the most exciting music to see and hear today.

Andy Sugg (s), John Mackey (s), Roger Manins (s), Kevin field (p), Cameron McArthur (b) and Mark Lockett (d).
Date: Thur 6 June 2019, 8pm
Venue: The Third Eye, Upstairs at 30 Arthur St. Te Aro
Price: General $30, WJC members $25 and Students with ID $20
Tickets available on Eventfinda

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Award winning jazz vocalist, Michelle is not only known as an improvising musician. (Mo Award 2001, 2003 & 2004, National Jazz Award (1998) winner and A.R.I.A Finalist 2001, 2004, 2009). She is known for her ability to get to the heart of a song, stripping away the inessential and finding new meaning in lyrics written in a bygone era.  

The Michelle Nicolle Quartet are critically acclaimed as one of the most prolific and inventive jazz ensembles in the country. For the last 15 years they’ve released seven CDs and touring extensively throughout Australia and internationally – in 2015 to South Korea, Finland, and Czech Republic. This will be their debut performance in Wellington where the band will perform music from their 2017 award winning album “A Flower Is A Lovesome Thing” featuring songs from Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn.

“I have loved Michelle Nicolle’s singing perpetually and without ceasing since first I heard her [in 1998]. Michelle is a singer born to charm, enlighten and seduce through music. I only wish she lived in the States somewhere so I could manage to hear her more often.”                                                                                              Kurt Elling 2012

“ an Australian jazz singer ready to command a world stage.”
                                                                               Sydney Morning Herald, 2016

Michelle Nicolle Quartet
 Michelle Nicolle (v), Geoff Hughes (g), Ronny Ferella (d), and Tom Lee (b)
Date: Sat 09 June 2018
Venue: Pyramid Club, Level, 272 Taranaki St.
Time: 8pm
Price: Tickets available on Undertheradar.co.nz

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Since leaving behind the lush, verdant countryside and rolling hills of Drury, north of the mighty Waikato for the hot, suburban sprawl of Sydney in 2011, guitarist Peter Koopman has become a regular fixture on Australia’s music scene. This jaunt to NZ will see him reunited with long-time and long-suffering housemate, bassist Thomas Botting. Both Tom and Pete were award-winners on their respective instruments at the prestigious National Jazz Awards at the Wangaratta Jazz Festival, which included a cash prize but this, alas, has been spent. Recent releases include “Honest Oblivion”, the second album from djazz pioneers Scoredatura and the self-titled debut from COAST.

Peter Koopman Trio
 Peter Koopman (g), Thomas Botting (b) and Shaun Anderson (d). 
Date: Wed 06 June 2018
Venue: Pyramid Club, Level, 272 Taranaki St.
Time: 8pm
Price: Tickets available on Undertheradar.co.nz

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Ari HoenigSee event listing for 7 June for more details.

Ari and Nitai will be play CJC (Auckland) on 9 June,  tickets available from Event finder. The Christchurch show is at Orange Studios on 10 June, tickets available from Cosmic Ticketing.

Ari Hoenig Group
Nitai Hershkvits (k) and Ari Hoenig (d)
Date: Thurs 8 Jun 2017, 8pm and 10pm
Venue: Pyramid Club, 272 Taranaki St.
Price: $34, tickets available from under the radar.

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 Hoenig Group
Nitai Hershkvits (k) and Ari Hoenig (d)
Date: Wed 7 Jun 2017, 8pm and 10pm
Venue: Pyramid Club, 272 Taranaki St.
Price: $34, tickets available from under the radar.

Ari will also be holding a workshop at Musicworks  6pm Wed 7th. Tickets $15 from Musicworks Wellington.