Hi there everyone.
Welcome to Southland's own Jazz website. The original website was Jazmataz, this, our second morph, is called Jazzmataz. To hear the latest gossip and local jazz news check our News and Calendar pages.
The current loose federation of players and listeners, which we could call a club, began in 2003. We have performed at a number of venues on a regular basis over the years. Here's a summary of our history since 2003.
Since February 2003 we've had over 100 monthly jazz club sessions at five venues (Tillermans, Kiwi Legends, Cactus Jack's, Sopranos and the Paddington Arms). The format has changed slightly over the years - early on bands were booked to play, then the evenings evolved to jam sessions. Now we play in various line-ups under different names at a range of venues. Overall about 40 musicians have been involved, in addition to those of the Crazy Rhythm Big Band and the Verdon College Jazz Band. From May 2009 until the end of 2013 we also had around 200 performances on Friday evenings at EAT on Windsor. Just about every jazz muso in Invercargill got to play there and a few others not normally associated with jazz. A number of groups made their debut at EAT and it was a proving ground for many. The Friday evening sessions continue in the Emberz Bar at the Ascot.
Other jazz also takes place locally: There were a number of concerts and gigs at the 2009 Arts' Festival and most years since then. Various individuals and groups play their own gigs around the province. There are the regular Invercargill City Big Band (aka Crazy Rhythm) concerts and practices, occasional concerts held at the Civic, Centre Stage and elsewhere and in the past jazz was included at the Summer Festival. The Blues Club, at least until recently, also occasionally featured jazz.
There is the JazzSouth newsletter, originally put out by Christine Hainstock, now by me, which has regressed to an information only format via email. If you'd like to receive the newsletter just leave a message on the website or contact me at email@example.com and you'll be added to the mailing list.
Many thanks to Lynley Dear for her many atmospheric photographs, also thanks to Bruce Chilton for photos of The Crazy Rhythm Big Band and Southern Dixie and Lesley Treweek for ones from the Hospice Charity Concert.
If you'd like to book a jazz band for any occasion, whether you'd like cool or hot, mellow or sophisticated you can phone me, Russ Dear, at 03 213 0058 and I'll be able to pass you on to someone who can help.
Jazz at the Ascot is not back!!
Despite what the punters said last year (see below) the management of the Ascot has decided to discontinue with jazz. This coincides with a swag of jazz performers switching to other genres or leaving town so we would be hard put to conjure up any jazz to play on a regular basis. We have to hope this situation is just temporary.
WHAT THEY SAID:
We've now had nine months jazz at the Ascot and feedback has been tremendous. Here are some of the comments: 'It helps make a lovely atmosphere', 'At last we have a sophisticated venue with sophisticated music to enjoy in Invercargill', 'Lots of fun', 'It's like a New York night club', 'Superb music', 'All the bands are fantastic', 'What a great combination - great bar and great music,' 'Some (of the bands) have built up quite a following', 'Invercargill needs something like jazz at the Ascot, rock’n roll and head bashers abound but there’s very little subtle, easy-listening music about’, 'Perfect music and perfect venue for relaxing after a hard week's work.'
Reg Alteo continues his web notes (and chat page about jazz) on this site .... read on!
The Jac were in town:
The jazz afficiandos of Invercargill had a treat on Sunday afternoon of 14th May 2017 when the Wellington based group The Jac played a concert in the SIT Theatre. This 8 piece group with an alto sax, tenor sax, trumpet and trombone frontline, and piano, guitar, bass and drum kit rhythm section, played music mainly of their own compositions. Jake Baxendale (alto) was the leader and had done most of the arrangements, which were modern West Coast (cool, in my opinion) in their style. There was scope for extended solos, particularly for alto and tenor (Chris Buckland) saxes. The trombonist, Matthew Allison, 2nd trombone of the NZSO, pianist (Daniel Millward), guitarist (Callum Allardice), and bassist (Nick Tipping) also had soloing opportunities. The trumpeter, Lex French, is from Canada, and his technique while soloing would have impressed any brass player (like me) attending the concert. In fact, all the musicians were experts on their instruments. Nick Tipping (PhD in Musicology) told me later most of them were students of his from the Victoria University Jazz School, who he thought were much better musicians than he was. The audience (nearly a full house!) clearly enjoyed the concert as The Jac were received with an extended round of applause at the concert's conclusion, with several people giving standing ovations.The Jac have two CD's available from their website www.bandcamp.co.nz
Nick Tipping has a jazz radio broadcast, Inside Out, on RNZ Concert (5pm - 7pm Saturdays) which is repeated on RNZ National on Wednesdays 11.06pm - 12 midnight.
There's jazz at Louie's once a month - A band from SIT calling itself Get Some Jazz In Ya! starts playing at 9.30 p.m. and is followed by guests, that's anyone who wants to play. If you'd like to perform contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Keep an eye out in the Southland Express for notice of which dates in the month but it looks as though it's the last Friday.
And there's still more good jazz news:
The Invercargill City Big Band is performing a mid-year concert.
The Invercargill City Big Band presents 'An Evening of Jazz'. Featuring vocalist Michelle Reynolds and The Jazz Prophets. There will be local artists performing as well
at the Richmond Grove Church, cnr Margaret and Yarrow Streets on Wednesday 24 May at 7pm;Cost Adults $10, children free.
Bands that have played at the club (various venues) since 2003 have included:
A few solo artists have also performed: