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May 3rd Nelson Jazz Club Big Band Gig at the Playhouse Cafe Cancelled

The Nelson Jazz Club Big Band had a gig booked at the Playhouse Cafe in Mapua on Saturday 3 May.  Unfortunately due to the unavailability of some key members the band have had to withdraw from the gig – the slot is therefore open for any bands that are free.  For those of you that haven’t performed at the Playhouse before, it is a wonderful cafe with a great atmosphere.  Contact the manager, Nic, directly.

Trombone Player Wanted

The Nelson Dance Orchestra, a new initiative from Chris Harris, our resident virtuoso trumpet player, is looking for a trombone player to join the band.

The band will be playing at local events, the music ranging from early jazz (tailgating) through to more modern dance music.  It is intended that the bands wide repertoire will enable it to cover corporate as well as social events.

The ideal musician would have a love of early jazz, some ability to improvise and want to be part of a fun and enthusiastic band.


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Katrina & the Heartbeats at Bar Berlin Wednesday 23 May 2012

Hello Jazz lovers,

Katrina & the Heartbeats will be at Bar Berlin this week from 7:30pm.

Hope to see you there.

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

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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.



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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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.


Tuesday Night Jazz Club Vic Roster to September 11

New Winter schedule for the Vic (Note – updated on 22 April as bands are now playing on the second Tuesday of the month instead of the first).


Apr 3   Free Wheelin’

Apr 10  Nightcaps

Apr 17  BT Groove


May 8  Katrina and the Heartbeats

June 5 Jada

July 3  MINT

Aug 7 Jasper

Sep 4 Breezin’