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Founders Jazz on the Green Series

The annual Founders Jazz on the Green series starts today with all shows from 1:30 – 4 pm except for the hospice fundraiser on January 14th when it is scheduled from 10:30 – 1:30.  The schedule is as follows:

Jan 7th – Raf and Baz
Jan 14th – T-Bone Kate and the Sizzlers (Hospice Fundraiser)
Jan 21st – Bourbon Street Beat
Jan 28th – no band due to the Evolve Festival
Feb 4th – Jazz Mates
Feb 11th – Freewheelin’
Feb 18th – Jazz Club Social
Feb 25th – Just Friends
Mar 4th – Hammond Eggs
Mar 11th – T-Bone Kate and the Sizzlers
Mar 18th – Nelson Jazz Club Big Band/Youth Collective

Nathan Brown Trio Touring NZ Including a Nelson Stop

The Nathan Brown Trio will be touring NZ October 21st through November 1st.  They will stop in Nelson for a show at Fairfield House on October 29th from 7:30 – 10 pm ($20).  The following is a short bio:

About Nathan Brown and The Nathan Brown Trio “This Is The Moment” album:

Upright bassist and rising jazz star Nathan Brown is one of the most in demand bassist in New York City. As a side man he has performed with an array of world class musicians including Wess “Warmdaddy” Anderson, Randy Brecker, Carl Allen, John Faddis, Wycliffe Gordon, Lewis Nash, and Paquito D’Rivera. He also performs regularly with New York based Australian and New Zealand musicians such as Mark Lockett, Matt Baker, Adrian Cunningham, JC Stylles, and Graeme Norris.

“This Is The Moment” is Nathan’s first attempt at crossing the bridge between side man and front man. For Nathan “This Is The Moment” to step in the spotlight and become recognized as a bandleader and composer in his own right.

For years Nathan’s New York trio (featuring Felix Lemerle on guitar and Peter Traunmuller on drums) have been performing a weekly residency at Cleopatra’s Needle (one of New York’s most widely recognized jazz clubs). Through these weekly shows, the trio’s style began to mature. Nathan is heavily influenced by legendry bassist Paul Chambers, Felix is influenced by the sound of guitarist Grant Green, and Peter is influenced by the drumming style of Philly Joe Jones. The questions inside of Nathan’s head while preparing to undertake this recording project was simple: what if these masters, Paul Chambers / Grant Green / Philly Joe Jones, were alive today? What if they played trio together? What songs influenced by todays music would they perform? With these questions in mind, Nathan set about writing and arranging the original music for the album and carefully selecting the cover songs.

September Jazz at The Boathouse

The Boathouse is presenting the following jazz events in September:

Fri 15th Sept – Nelson Youth Jazz Collective
Fri 29 Sept – The Nelson Jazz Club Big Band

Additional details will be available at the following like closer to the event dates:

2017 Noosa Jazz Party

The 2017 Noosa Jazz Party will be held over 10 days from August 25th – September 3rd.  The event is presented by the Noosa Heads Jazz Club and additional details are available in the flyer and website links.

Noosa Jazz Party 2017
Wonderful World of Jazz

Upcoming Jazz at The Boathouse

The Boathouse is presenting the following jazz events over the next few months:

Fri 26th May – Nelson Youth Jazz Collective
Fri 15th Sept – Nelson Youth Jazz Collective
Fri 29 Sept – The Nelson Jazz Club Big Band

Additional details will be available at the following like closer to the event dates:


Andy Sugg Group at Fairfield April 8th at 7:30 pm

Andy Sugg is a leading Australian saxophonist and band leader based in Melbourne. His musical influences are eclectic and he performs in a range of styles derived from jazz and other contemporary music.His music explores contemporary post-Trane improvisation in original compositions written for a small group setting.

While firmly grounded in its stylistic time and place,The Andy Sugg Group plays music that has left home.

It’s music in the moment, played by highly articulate musicians with something to say both as soloists and as members of a collective. The Group’s music embraces an eclectic range of compositional influences, which include contemporary jazz, funk, R&B and avantpop.

It’s Andy’s blowing band; a vehicle for extended improvisation in the best traditions of contemporary jazz. The Group’s current album, “Wednesdays at M’s”, was recorded in New York City in 2016 with a stellar cast of expat and home-grown New York musicians, including Sean Wayland (piano), Nate Wood (drums) and Matt Clohesy (bass).

Musicans for Andy’s New Zealand Tour and “Wednesday’s at M’s” NZ CD launch are:

Andy Sugg sax 
Brad Kang guitar 
Bradley Grainger bass 
Mark Lockett drums;

Andy Sugg is one of Australia’s most original post-Coltrane performers –

Fairfield Ballroom Saturday 8 April at 7.30pm…Door Sales $15 adult, $10 students.

Stefan Nagler Trio at DeVille Cafe March 17th

Stefan Nagler (Germany) (organ & piano) returns to New Zealand and DeVille Cafe with a new collaboration project that includes local double bass player Bradley Grainger and Wellington drummer Hikurangi Schaverien Kaa.

Stefan has performed at various clubs and festivals throughout Europe including Germany, France, Luxemburg, Poland, Switzerland, Denmark, Netherlands and the UK. For the past three years, he performed with several national and international bands and musicians at various NZ festivals and club gigs up and down the country (Waiheke Island International Jazz Festival, Titirangi Music Festival, Christchurch Cavell Leitch Jazz and Blues Festival).

Bradley has performed with international acts such as New York based musicians Dan Bolton, Mark Lockett, Richard Thai as well as Canadian trumpet player Mike Field and in NZ jazz festivals in Christchurch, Martinborough, Nelson and Wellington.

Hikurangi’s numerous projects include jazz (Trio Reflections), salsa (C-26), samba (Alda Rezende’s Samba Society), orchestral and chamber music, klezmer (Oy Azoy), New Orleans swing (Wellington City Shake-‘Em-On-Downers), and big bands (Rodger Fox’s Wellington Jazz Orchestra, Wellington Mingus Ensemble).

Entry is free.

NJC Big Band at the Boathouse March 10th

The Nelson Jazz Club Big Band has teamed up with Seresin Estate Winery for a night of Wine and Jazz at The Boathouse this Friday, March 10th, at 8 pm.  The NJC Big Band is joined by local vocalist Dan Moon and entry is $10 at the door.

A free tasting of Seresin Estate wines is also provided from 5:30 – 6:30 pm.


Katrina Kalill Plays Six Concerts at The Suter Cafe

Katrina and Her Band of Men get a great review of their concert series at the newly revamped Suter Cafe.  The review and details of the show is available at the following links:

There are four concerts left including tonight (February 19th) from 8 pm – 10:30 pm.  Additional concerts will be held on February 23, 24, and 25.  $30 at the door or through (


Jazz Jam Sessions at East Street Cafe during the Adam Chamber Music Festival

Jazz jam sessions will be hosted at the East Street Cafe (Church St, Nelson) during the 2017 Adam Chamber Music Festival.  The sessions will be from 10pm, February 3 to 5 and 7 to 11 and will be free entry.  Additional details are available at and

Founders Jazz on the Village Green for 2017 Returns on January 8th (updated)

Following on from a wonderful Nelson Jazz Festival, the jazz continues at Founders with the Jazz on the Village Green on Sundays from 1:30pm to 4:00pm. The gigs are on even if the weather is inclement because Founders has indoor venues. Also, of course, the café is open for food and beverages or bring a picnic and enjoy the music. Entry is $2 per person at the entrance to Founders Park.  Notice the changes to Jan 29th and Feb 5th.

The music for January includes the following local bands:

January 8             Barry Korcheski and friends
January 15           Not Too Dry
January 29           Just Friends
February 5           Jazz Club Tribute to Miles Davis
February 12          Bourbon Street Beat
February 19          Jazz Club jam
February 26          Django Junkies
March 5                Nelson Jazz Club Big Band
March 12              Captain and Crew (Andrew Leachman)
March 19              Nelson Youth Jazz Collective


Nelson Youth Jazz Collective Perform at the Honest Lawyer

The Nelson Youth Jazz Collective will be performing at the Honest Lawyer this Sunday afternoon, December 11th for about an hour from 4 pm.  Come and provide support for these up and coming young musicians.