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Jazz Live on Radio New Zealand

Starts at 11:06 pm on Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Kenny Baron Trio

During Nights with Bryan Crump

This week we begin Jazz Live – a four-part series featuring live performances from a diverse range of European jazz artists and groups.

This week’s programme features pianist Kenny Barron with Kiyoshi Kitigawa, bass and Jonathan Blake, drums. Nine time Grammy award nominee Baron began his career in the 1960’s with Dizzy Gillespie and for the last 25 years has lead his own group.

Future episodes…

Wed 28 Sep – Jonathan Batiste Band
Wed 05 Oct – The Words Project
Wed 12 Oct – Portico Quartet

EBU (European Broadcasting Union)

Jazz singer Beaver dies

Well-known New Zealand jazz singer and actress Beverley “Beaver” Jean Morrison has died. The 59-year-old entertainer was known for her involvement in theatre troupe Blerta and for singing the theme song for soap opera Gloss in the 1980s. She also appeared in New Zealand films Skin Deep and Should I Be Good, about the Mr Asia drug syndicate.

Beaver died this morning after a six-year battle with sarcoma, TVNZ reported. She had two daughters with actor Bill Stalker. Her Should I Be Good co-star Hammond Gamble told NZPA he had been informed of Beaver’s death by one of her daughters this morning. Her friends and family had not expected Beaver to be with them much longer, Mr Gamble said.

The Chordwainers Jazz/world music leather band in Nelson April 18. I am a member of the Chordwainers a leather instrument ensemble based in Tasmania, Australia. We will be in Nelson April 18th, playing at Yaza! Cafe, having played in Christchurch 16-17 April 2010 for the New Zealand Leather Artisans National Conference. We are unique, the instruments are exquisite and we create wonderful original music! We are a quartet, with 2 of us playing saxophone-style instruments, a tuba/didjeridu, and percussion, plus kora.

  • The Chordwainers Leather Band
  • Unique world music concert from Tasmania, Australia.
  • Instruments by world-renowned leather sculptor, Garry Greenwood (1946-2005), with African kora and South American percussion.
  • Jazz, Middle-eastern, Latin American, West African and Celtic influences.
  • Sunday, 18 April, 4:00 p.m.
  • YAZA! Caf at The Boathouse (326 Wakefield Quay, PO Box 1174, 7040, Nelson)
  • $12

NJC Newsletter – March 2009

Hello Members
Well here we are in 2009 with another hugely successful Jazzfest behind us, and what a fantastic festival it was. With its truly international flavour in quality artists such as Mimi Fox and Mike Nock, and national acts that anchored the many events and concerts on offer. Our weekly jazz at Vic Macs Brewbar goes from strength to strength with some record attendances and great jazz presented by our members. Read More…

NJC Newsletter – December 2008

Hi Everyone
Well here we are again with Xmas and 2009 Jazzfest almost upon us. 2008 has been the best year yet with memberships at an all-time high. This success is due in no small part to the profile your club is continually creating, the hard work of your committee, the work Rowena has to put in for the Jazzfest, and of course the Vic Macs Brewbar and the clubs increasing involvement. Read More…

NJC Newsletter – October 2008

Hi everyone
Another month on and I hope you have been able enjoy some of the fantastic Jazz that we have been hosting weekly at the new Vic Macs Brewbar and it has certainly been great meeting a lot of our members out and about again. With inclusion of new and emerging jazz musicians along with the club bands on Tuesday evenings there have been some great evenings to enjoy, and you can read more about that in Nevilles report further on in this Ezine Club News. Read More…

Norfolk Island Jazz Festival

Hey cats! Dust off your Miles Davis records and adorn your black threads this December for Norfolk Island’s seventh Jazz in the Pines Festival. The creme de la creme of Australasia’s jazz artists will descend upon this Sub-tropical paradise for the seventh year running. Twenty-two performers feature in the five-day sax fest, in concerts at a variety of beauty spots between 7 and 14 December. Read More…

NJC Newsletter – September 2008

Hello Everyone

It?s all worth it! Yes that?s right! There has never been as much happening as there is at the moment. Since the last newsletter we have had the opening of the new look The Vic Mac?s Brewbar (and personally I love it!) It is fresh, comfortable and with excellent service, I am very safe in recommending to all of you to go and have a look and a sample for yourself. Read More…

Press Release – The Vic Mac’s Brewbar

Nelson | Tuesday, 19 August 2008

AT YOUR SERVICE: Roger Colville behind the pumps at the new Macs Brew Bar in Trafalgar St
Old lady scrubs up for new life

One of the grandest ladies of Nelson’s pub scene re-opens tomorrow as the South Island’s first Macs Brew Bar. Sally Kidson talks to the new owners at the Victorian Rose.

Sophistication and style are not words that are usually chosen to describe many of Nelson’s pubs, but that’s what the new owners of the Victoria Rose are promising to serve up.

Mike Thomas and Paul Davenhill, who co-own Smugglers Pub in Tahunanui, and hospitality business newcomer Roger Colville have spent the past six weeks gutting the historic building and giving the old lady a face lift for her next incarnation as a Macs Brew Bar.

The Vic Brew Bar is scheduled to open Wednesday at 4pm and the men are promising big changes from the Vic Rose of old. It is the first Macs Brew Bar in the South Island.

Thomas says the men bought the pub from Queenstown-based Frenzi Group Ltd, which owns a chain of pubs around the country.

Thomas – who owned the pub until five years ago – is too diplomatic to say why they think the drinking establishment lost a lot of its shine with Nelson locals, but says it is good the pub is back in the hands of “locals”. He also won’t say how much he spent buying the pub back, only that the “price was right”. Read More…

Club Newsletter – July 2008

Hi Everyone
Welcome to the very first Nelson Jazz Club electronic newsletter. This has taken a bit longer to develop than we would have liked, so thank you all for your patience. This will be the first of a regular newsletter update that will keep you informed of what the club and club members are doing.

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Most members will be aware that the Victorian Rose hotel has changed ownership and is currently cosed for extensive renovations in July and August. The new owners are very keen to keep Tuesday nights operating as Nelson Jazz Club night once the renovations are completed. In fact, they would be even happier if Tuesday nights became even more clubby than before. In other words, a better attendance by club members and more focus on having a fun night rather than a music concert. We have the opportunity to start a new look Tuesday night format to coincide with the refurbished Vic, but it will need your input and your support. Read More…

Big Band Gig

Nelson Jazz Club Big Band performing at The Playhouse Cafe & Theatre
The Nelson Jazz Club Big Band – performing at The Playhouse May 30th 2008. “There was a full house and we had to play two encores before an appreciative audience let us off the stage”, says Band Leader, Mike Delceg.