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Big Band Jazz at the Boathouse – Friday 22 June

Nelson Jazz Clubs very own Big Band will be playing at the Boathouse on friday 22 June, starting at 7:00pm.  Some new material as well as some favourites will ensure a great evening.


See you all there

BB poster june 22

Freewheelin’ at the Boathouse – Friday 11th May 2012

Proudly presents

Nelson’s Premier Jazz Band



Playing live

Friday 11th May. 7.30 –


Enjoy a relaxing meal with indoor/outdoor dining, wonderful sea views and great music.





Katrina Kallil at the Vic – Tuesday 8th May 2012

Here’s one to put in your diary.  Katrina and the Heartbeats will be at The Vic next Tuesday 8th May from 7:30pm.



Latin Jazz Workshop, 28 April 2012

Hi everybody,

The Latin jazz workshop that Kevin Clark presented today was excellent. I spoke to most participants and all said that they had advanced their knowledge and skills, and had a good time doing so. I certainly enjoyed it as a privileged spectator.

Doug Stenhouse organised the use of the music facility in G Block at NMIT, which is equipped with a drum kit, back line equipment and a PA. It also has similarly-equipped practice rooms attached although all 14 participants stayed in the main room and played the assigned pieces together.

It was great to see Kevin build each session, as you would expect, from the rhythm section up until everybody was involved with the horns and piano taking solo turns. The programme included Brazilian and Cuban forms with the latter proving particularly challenging but everybody appeared to have immense fun getting it together.

I hope that we can present similar workshops in future, particularly with the availability of the superb performance facility at NMIT.

Best regards,

Mike Murphy
546 7297

Bar Berlin gig 25 April

Hi everybody,

The Bar Berlin gig last night was excellent with Urgent and Marlo telling me that it was exactly what they wanted to compliment the warm jazz club/cocktail bar atmosphere they have created – a nice mix of standards led by Cass on vocals and Andrew on saxes with solid support from Martin (guitar), Trevor (bass) and Chris Pierson (drums).

Deb and I enjoyed great pizzas, a couple of nice drinks, the music and the good company of several of the club regulars. Our hosts have offered us a wonderful opportunity to truly be a jazz club and I want to encourage you as strongly as I can to come along on Wednesday evenings.

Freewheelin’ are on next week and I have heard that there might just be a special sit-in guest available to join the front line. More on that when I send out a reminder early next week.

Best regards,

Mike Murphy
546 7297

Katrina Kallil at Bar Berlin on Saturday April 28th 2012

Celebrate a special evening with Katrina Kallil as she returns to stage with her new show ”Cabaret Noir”, a unique performance inspired by the wild and creative times of the ’20s and ’30s across Germany and Paris. The songs from this nostalgic era were intimate, heart-rending, sensual and socially liberating.
Katrina’s sultry voice and sharp satirical tongue, accompanied with the avant-garde musical arrangements of pianist Barry Korcheski blends a sassy mixture of cabaret, jazz, blues and comedy. So this is your chance to march in to Bar Berlin and join the crowd for a great evening of music, life and cabaret.
”Cabaret Noir”! One night only…  Bar Berlin – 8 Church Street, Nelson – – 021 898 125
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Nelson Jazz Club Committee Meeting Report – April 16, 2012

Report from the Nelson Jazz Club committee meeting of 16 April

The committee addressed quite a long agenda at the meeting, including items concerning the following matters:

1.     The committee is enthusiastic about the new relationship with Bar Berlin, which launches this Wednesday evening, 18th April. Discussion centred round encouraging club members to support this excellent opportunity. We hope that you will help make it a success with regular attendance at the gigs and the jazz jam that is planned for every third Wednesday from mid-May.

2.     Stuart Hebberd of Prices Pharmacy has made a generous donation towards the prizes that we will be awarding at the Youth Jazz Band Competition to be held at The Honest Lawyer on 24th June. The committee has written to Stuart to express its appreciation of his kind gesture and please consider adding to that appreciation if you happen to be at Prices Pharmacy.

3.     The continuing relationship with The Vic Mac’s Brew Bar was discussed and this seems like an appropriate point to remind club members of the support The Vic has provided the club bands for many years and through several owners. Although gig numbers have been reduced for the winter period, you will receive the usual reminders of when they are and which band is playing. Again, we hope that you will help those gigs to be a success for all concerned by attending as often as you can.

4.     Amanda Ryan presented a comprehensive report on the club’s financial situation and is clearly on top of the tasks involved in being Treasurer with a proposal that we subscribe to a software service that will significantly reduce the time, effort and cost of preparing accounts and conducting a range of transactions. With that and the recent switch to Internet banking, we appear to be leaping into the 21stcentury!

On behalf of the committee, I wish you an enjoyable month until our next report and I look forward to seeing you at the Tuesday and Wednesday evening gigs.


Mike Murphy


Nelson Jazz Club

MINT at Bar Berlin on Wednesday 18 April

Hi everybody,

I am sure that those of you who were there will know why I litter what I write below with superlatives. The first gig of our new relationship with Bar Berlin was truly fantastic. I could hardly believe how good it was and I remarked to Trevor Hunter, who, like me, had beamed with delight throughout the evening that if either of us had smiled any more our faces would have fallen off.

MINT began the evening with some deliciously-arranged standards and compositions as the audience gradually grew in numbers. The entire first set was delivered at the high standard these guys displayed at their last gig and the bar’s owners, Urgent and Marlo, were clearly delighted with it.

Then, for the second set, Craig Walters, who had been at the National Jazz Festival in Tauranga and has been briefly visiting Nelson, joined the band and helped to lead a truly exceptional performance that they all sustained for the rest of the evening. At one point I remarked to Smiley that I had not realised that we needed to be set up to record the gig. I wish we could have.

As expected, the venue is ideal and the first Jazz Club gig confirmed that it is an appealing place to go and play, and listen to, and enjoy jazz. It has a cosy atmosphere, the staff are friendly, the drinks and meals are reasonably priced and there is a good selection of both. It was good to see the number of club members who came and who were rewarded with a wonderful evening of jazz, but I have to add that there was room for plenty more.

On behalf of the club, I want to thank Urgent and Marlo for inviting us into their lovely venue and for supporting our musicians. I can hardly wait for next Wednesday.

Best regards,

Mike Murphy

Mint – playing at Bar Berlin, Wednesday 18 April

MINT Bar Berlin 18-04-12

This Wednesday is the first of the Nelson Jazz Club’s gigs at Bar Berlin with MINT launching the new relationship from 7:30pm. The bar is cosy and the band is great, so why not come along for an enjoyable evening.

Apr 18   MINT
Apr 25   Nightcaps
May 2    Free Wheelin’
May 9    BT Groove
May 16  Club Jam Evening
May 23  Katrina and the Heartbeats

Freewheelin’at the Vic – Tuesday 3 April 2012



Proudly presents


Playing live

At The Vic Macs Brew Bar Nelson City.

Tuesday 3rd April. 8 – 10.30pm.


Rachel Fallows on Vocals.

A Cabaret style evening of entertainment.


2012 Membership Subscriptions due

Membership subscriptions were due on 1 February.  If you have not renewed your membership, you will need to do so soon to remain on the list. You can pay subs at:


·         The Vic Mac’s Brew Bar

·         By posting them to P.O. Box 7188, Nelson 7042

·         or by paying directly into Westpac Nelson 030703-0400457-00.


A reminder that band members playing at the Vic on Tuesday nights are required to be club members.

2012 Nelson Jazz Club Committee

President: Mike McElhinney

Secretary: Mike Murphy

Treasurer: Amanda Ryan

Co-ordinator: George Jury

Committee Members:

Iain Clark, Deb Fish, Andrew Leachman, Mike Rhodes, Dave North

Liam Ryan is an ex-officio committee member in his role as Festival Director.