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Winter Jazz

Our first social jazz/jam night kicks off this Sunday 9th April at the Prince Albert Hotel, Nile Street, 7.30 sharp.
This is the first in a series of monthly events where members and Read More…

Tasman District Council Free Outdoor Concerts – 4pm to 8pm

Tuesday 3rd January: Washborne Gardens, Richmond
The Big Band, GrooveOn, Franchise, FunkTron, Edwina Thorne & The Moonlighters

Wednesday 4th January: Deck’s Reserve, Motueka
Edwina Thorne & The Moonlighters

Thursday 5th January: The Village Green, Takaka
Edwina Thorne & The Moonlighters

Tasman Free Concerts

Gershwin Got a Little Rhythm


It has been a longheld dream of mine to explore these Gershwin songs in a fresh and interesting way. I have enjoyed playing music by Gershwin for many years on the clarinet and saxophone, and this time I was keen to sing the songs. After discussing the idea with some musician friends and our son Dan – I left it fairly open as to how the songs might evolve.With the musical talent in this group I knew it was going to be a dream to sing with them.

We rehearsed and recorded the entire CD in 6 days with ideas contributed from every member of the band. The time-frame meant that we were listening hard to each other and working very intensely on the arrangements and solos. I have included some of the verses to the songs where they seem to enhance the chorus in some way.

Bob Bickerton provided us with a relaxed and professional recording studio which enabled us to work in a creative way. At his suggestion we gave a live concert on Day 6 to a small audience, and we have chosen 4 of these live tracks to be on this CD. These are Fascinatin’ Rhythm, Summertime, Slap That Bass and Nice Work If You Can Get It.

Gershwin Band

There is nothing like Gershwin’s music to conjure up the romance and excitement of the 1920’s and 1930s in America. It brings together so many musical styles of his day in a colourful mix of melody, harmony and especially rhythm. We all agreed that this was nice work if we could get it.

Dave, Craig, Dan, Margaret, Chris and Bob – thanks for everything – and love is here to stay.

All songs are by George and Ira Gershwin
Summertime Heyward/Gershwin

Dave Jones Lucy Rainey
Margaret Jackson Dan Rainey
Thanks to Dean Straker for the Summertime concept

Produced by Lucy Rainey
Engineered and Mastered by Bob Bickerton

All the songs were featured in the following movies except Slap That Bass

Lady be Good – Fascinatin’ Rhythm, The Man I Love
Shall We Dance – They Can’t Take That Away From Me
Damsel in Distress – Nice Work
Goldwyn Follies – Our Love Is Here Tos Stay
Girl Crazy – I Got Rhythm
Porgy and Bess – Summertime, Bess, You is My Woman Now
Oh,Kay – Someone To Watch Over Me
George White’s Scandal of 1924 – Somebody Loves Me

James Muller Jazz Quartet (Australia) – Thurs 28 July 8pm

Winter Festival Jazz Concerts: Members of the Nelson Jazz Club are asked to support the jazz concerts to ensure that top international artists continue to perform in Nelson.

James Muller Quartet Sydney based James Muller is acclaimed as one of Australia?s outstanding guitarists who has toured extensively throughout Australia and Europe. He has played and/or recorded with top jazz musicians including James Morrison, Don Burrows, Mike Nock, Chad Wakeman, Vince Jones, Dale Barlow, Steve Hunter and Sean Wayland. James has recorded 3 CD?s under his own name. The second, ?All Out? won an ARIA award for best jazz album in 2000 and the third, ?Thrum? was nominated for the same award in 2002. In 2000 James was co-winner of the National Jazz Awards held at the Wangaratta International Jazz Festival and in 2001 won two Australian Entertainment ?Mo? awards for best jazz instrumentalist and best jazz group. James recently won an APRA award for most performed jazz work 2003, and also won the 2004 Freedman Fellowship (Jazz). The James Muller Quartet consists of James Muller on guitar, Roger Mannins on tenor saxophone, Brett Hirst on bass and Simon Baker on drums.James Muller

?Few people have lit up the Sydney music scene so brightly and in such a short time as James Muller? Sydney Morning Herald.