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Nelson Jazz Club 2018 Annual General Meeting

The Nelson Jazz Club AGM will be held on Monday 25th June – 7pm in the Banquet Room at the Honest Lawyer.

Some of you may have heard the tentative date set for 11th June. This has had to be changed, apologies for any inconvenience.

Agenda items will include…

  • 2017-18 General Report.
  • 2017-18 Financial Report.
  • Election of officers for 2018-19.
  • Life Member Presentation.
  • 2019 Jazz Festival update.
  • Suggestions of changes to make NJC more relevant in 2018 and beyond.
  • Membership – how to best manage and update records.
  • Communication to members – web site/Facebook/email?
  • General Business.

Ian Nicholas – Treasurer NJC

Auckland and Rotorua Jazz Club October 2017 Newsletters

The latest newsletters from the Auckland Jazz and Blues Club and the Rotorua Jazz Club are available from the following links:

Auckland Jazz and Blues Club October 2017 Newsletter
Rotorua Jazz Club October 2017 Newsletter

Auckland and Rotorua Jazz Club Newsletters

Attached are the June newsletters from the Auckland and Rotorua jazz clubs.

Auckland Jazz Club Newsletter June

Rotorua Jazz Club Newsletter June

Jazz Club Minutes for February 12th, 2017

The following is a link to the minutes for the latest NJC meeting.

Minutes 12 February 2017 Web Site

Jazz Club Minutes for January 30th 2017

The following is a link to the minutes for the latest NJC meeting.

Minutes 30 January 2017

Jazz Club Minutes for December 24th

The following link is the minutes for the December 24th NJC committee meeting.

Minutes 24 December 2016

Rotorua Jazz Club Newsletter

The following is a reprint of the current Rotorua Jazz Club Newsletter:

Dear Members and Supporters,

Please find attached your Newsletter from the Rotorua Jazz Club.  Read all about Art Gecko from Hamilton who will be entertaining us this Sunday evening.  During the evening tickets will be on sale for our Boat Trip on 15th January, $40 per person.  Music and light refreshment supplied. Seats are limited, book ASAP.

Also on Sunday 6th, but in the afternoon…..

St Faiths church, Ohinemutu, is having a fund raiser Jazz and Blues Concert in the church on Sunday 6th November at 2.00pm.  Cost is $30 which includes afternoon tea/wine following the concert.  Tickets are available from City Books & Lotto (next to Webbs Shoes, Tutanekai St) Number is limited to 150.  Elisha Hulton is the concert director.
Any questions please contact:
Jo-Anne La Grouw
Mobile   +64 21 812 611

The Auckland Jazz and Blues Club has an event every Tuesday 7.30 – 10pm.  To see what is on each week go to
Their venue is at 1136 Great North Road, Pt Chevalier, Auckland.

Please show current membership cards. Visitor charges are $15 Students with ID $5
ALL CORRESPONDENCE to Mike Walker, President
Mob: 027 6122233 Email:

Rotorua Jazz Club Newsletter Nov 2016

2016 NJC Youth Jazz Band Competition Results

The Nelson Jazz Club Youth Jazz Band competition took place again this year at the Boathouse on June 17th. Another great turnout – seven bands from five schools in the region. This year there were a number of new players in bands – inevitably students move on so music teachers are faced with reinventing bands every few years. It was fantastic to see the new players – while they are still in the early stages of their jazz career they showed great potential and courage in playing in front of an audience – albeit a very friendly one.

The day started with a free workshop run by our two out of town judges – Gwynn Reynolds and Harry Harrison from Ara Music arts in Christchurch (formerly CPIT). A good turn out of students were able to get some real hand on experience improvising and playing along with Gwynn and Harry as they covered some of the basics of improvising over the blues scales.

After lunch the competition started in earnest. The two big bands started the competition with a punch, then the smaller combos came on. A mixture of styles and experience levels ensured that the large audience were entertained by over three hours of great music covering a range of different jazz genres, and including some great vocals. While the judges deliberated and totalled scores the audience were entertained with a couple of number from the Nelson Jazz Club Youth band, and then prizes and cups were awarded.

Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors we were again able to keep the competition free for schools to enter, and at the same time award cash prizes totalling $1100. Every year teachers make a point of thanking the club for the cash prizes – they are used to help pay for students to travel around New Zealand to take part in other competitions, workshops and performances.

A list of our sponsors:
• The Boathouse (thanks Ali and the team – another great day)
• Beggs Musicworks – a tireless supporter of the jazz club, sponsoring both the adult Big Band and the Youth and, and providing equipment for use at the Youth Competition
• Prices pharmacy
• Kuske eyewear
• Southwind Services
• Smith Painting Services
• Creative Communities NZ – part of their sponsorship also goes to the Youth Band so we are very grateful for their ongoing support.

Finally, the results. With a number of prizes and cups most bands win something every year but it is pleasing to see that several bands comprising new players were able to win a prize – hopefully inspiration for them for next year.

Large Group Category (Nine or more players)
• First place – Nelson College for Girls
• Second place – Motueka High School (Mr Walkers Big Band)

Small Group Category (Less than nine players)
• First place – Waimea College Senior band
• Equal second place Motueka High School – (Billy and Max’s Last Outing)
• Equal second place – Nelson College

• Nelson Jazz Festival Cup (best individual performer) Billy Bathgate, Drums (Motueka High School)
• Tom Rainey Cup (best bass player) Max McAlpine (Motueka High School)
• Ara music cup (best band in competition) Waimea College Senior band
• Ryan Cup (best keyboards) Stuart Gordon
• Ian Clarke Cup (best woodwind) Harvey Barron

Thanks again to all our sponsors, volunteers, supporters and performers – we’ll see you all next year.

Dave North
Nelson Jazz Club

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2013 Nelson Youth Jazz Competition Update

Preparations are continuing for the 2013 Nelson Youth Jazz Competition. The date is Sunday 30 June, the venue is the Boathouse at 326 Wakefield Quay.

We are privileged this year to have Scott Taitoko, from Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology Jazz School, coming up to be one of the judges. Scott, a leading NZ trombonist and CPIT Jazz School tutor is a talented and accomplished trombonist in a wide variety of genres. His reputation has made him the player of choice for numerous ensembles around New Zealand and overseas. He has also worked around the world as a musical director, arranger and trombonist on board cruise ships for four years, and has worked with many popular local and international artists like Diana Krall, Patrick Swayze, James Morrison, Bill Cunliffe, Scott Hartman, Bobby Shew, Don Burrows, Gordon Brisker, The Adults (Julia Deans, Shayne Carter & Jon Toogood), Holly Smith, Salmonella Dub, Whirimako Black, Ruia Aperahama and the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra. He plays in Oval Office – a regular band at the Nelson Jazz Festival.

The other judges are our very own Liam Ryan and Annabel Boyes. Liam is well known in Nelson, as the co-organiser (with his wife Amanda) of the Nelson Jazz Festival, as the keyboard player in MINT, and as a tutor in the Nelson Marlboro Institute Technology Music Programme. Annabel is also well known in Nelson as a performer. She plays saxophone for Freewheelin – one of our local jazz bands, and is also lead tenor saxophone for the Nelson Jazz Club Big Band. The mother of three school age children, she is well versed in the trials and tribulations of encouraging Jazz among youthful performers!

We have a busy day lined up:

10:30 – 12:00
Scott will be holding an improvisational masterclass, open to all. Free to students and Jazz Club members, gold coin donation for others. Participants are encouraged to bring their own instrument, and singers are welcome. We will be working on a couple of tunes that the Big Band will perform later in the evening (see below) and we hope some of the students in the competition will be able to join in the performance. Please come along – this is a great opportunity to work with an accomplished Jazz musician.

12:00 – 6:00
Competition. With more than $1000 in prize money, and trophies up for grabs, the competition will be an opportunity to hear some of the great upcoming talent in the Nelson region.

7:30 – 9:00
The Nelson Jazz Club Big Band will perform, featuring Scott Taitoko. Scott will also be playing with a small combo featuring some of Nelsons best Jazz players. We hope that students will join the Big Band in the last few numbers, showing off their talents and new skills picked up earlier in the day at the improvisational masterclass.

Keep an eye on the website for further updates, but in the meantime – put the 30 June in your diary. This is an event not to be missed – a fantastic day of Jazz with some of Nelson and New Zealand’s finest musicians.

Dave North
NJC President

Minutes – Nelson Jazz Club Committee Meeting Monday, 13 May 2013

The Nelson Jazz Club Committee Meeting took place on Monday, 13 May. Here is a brief overview of what was discussed:

The role of Coordinator was discussed and it was decided that Simon Williams and Mike Rhodes will share the role. Simon will organize that Band Roster and liaise with Bar Berlin and Mike will continue updating the website.

We have a new band added to the roster, Daisuke with Jack Karitiana

Discussions continued about some new events to provide great opportunities for club members and the public in general to enjoy Jazz in Nelson. Further information to follow as details come.

Organisation of the Youth Jazz Competition on June 30 is well under way and it’s promising to be a great day.


Kind regards,


Minutes – Nelson Jazz Club Committee Meeting Monday April 15, 2013

The Nelson Jazz Club Committee Meeting took place on Monday 15 April. Various agenda items were covered and new discussions started. The following is a brief overview:

  • Officer’s positions were confirmed: President – Dave North, Secretary – Karina Miller, Treasurer – Deb Fish with Mike Rhodes assisting with the Coordinator position.
  • Iain Clark reported good progress on the 2013 Youth Jazz Competition. The Club has received sponsorship for this event from Beggs Music Works Nelson and Prices Pharmacy. The venue will be confirmed at the next meeting.
  • The Festival would like to sponsor a Festival Cup which is to be an award given to top performer at Youth Jazz Competition.
  • Discussions were started about different types of club events that might appeal to the members. We currently have only a once-per-month club gig at Bar Berlin and the committee is researching other possible venues for both paid gigs and a regular club get-together-and-jam session. Any ideas and suggestions would be welcome.
  • Simon Williams and Chris Harris are making progress with the proposed Youth Jazz Orchestra and will report back at the next meeting.

Karina Miller


Presidents Annual Report – 2013

President Report                              21st March 2013

2012-13 has been another challenging year for many businesses, individuals and the Nelson Jazz Club.

The loss of a regular weekly “Gig” at the Vic Mac’s Brew Bar and Bar Berlin is a reflection of the economy and I’d like to acknowledge both venues for their support and financial contribution to the Club.

Thank you to The Radio Network who have until recently, generously provided the use of their facilities for rehearsal space and club rooms. The committee has been looking at “Club Room” options with nothing suitable being found to date. This would be a task for the new committee.

I’d like to especially acknowledge Mike Murphy for his outstanding time and effort in representing the club, liaising with the bar venue owners and The Radio Network.

It’s been a busy twelve months in which the committee has succeeded in

  • Community Profile – visibility has grown with the success of the Jazz and Blues Festival, the Youth Jazz Competition and the Big Band.
  • Improving the Database management.
  • Web-site – considerable time and effort has gone into the club managing and maintaining a more responsive site for everyone.
  • Financial Administrator – my thanks to Amanda Ryan for her time working with WHK, keeping our records consistently updated and transparent.

The Jazz and Blues Festival was a tremendous success thanks to the dedication and hard work of both Liam and Amanda Ryan. I would like to thank them for their dedication and commitment to staging what has become an iconic event within the Nelson community.

The Youth Jazz Band Competition grew to another level and proved to be a highly successful event. My congratulations to Dave North, Andrew Leachman and their team on driving this wonderful event. My thanks also go to The Honest Lawyer for providing the venue.

Commercial Partners

  • Thank you to the Canterbury Community Trust, Nelson City Council, Tasman District Council, Pub Charity and the New Zealand Community Trust for their Grants and donations for the financial year.
  • The Honest Lawyer.
  • Sponsors – all sponsors

I have tendered my resignation from the committee. I have had a fantastic time being part of an amazing team, encouraging and supporting the appreciation of Jazz in the community.

I have had incredible support from my committee and I wish to thank them for their time and contribution, especially Club Secretary, Mike Murphy. My thanks also go to the band Leaders, Dave North for his commitment to the Big Band and dedicated club members.

Given 2012-13 has been a challenging year; a huge amount has been achieved. The club is strong financially; we have closer bonds with our existing major sponsors and have succeeded in developing new relationships to take us forward.

My thanks for the support of the members of the Jazz Club over the past year.

Mike McElhinney
President, Nelson Jazz Club