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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)

Chet Baker hits the NSOM Winter Festival

Like Someone in Love is a thrilling combination of beautifully melodic music, raw dialogue and insight into the heart of jazz legend Chet Baker.

Not to be missed this Friday at the Nelson School of Music Winter Festival.

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 Vic Mac’s Brewbar Makeover

Your definitive guide to live jazz in Nelson…

The Victorian Rose has had a major makeover … now called?”The Vic Mac’s Brewbar”?owned and operated by Paul Davenhill and Mike Thomas (also owners of Smugglers Pub & Cafe, 8 Muritai Street, Tahunanui). Pop down for a delicious diinner (best steak in town!) and check out the new decor .. just smashing..Breez\'n

Featured bands and solo acts are held on a regular basis on Tuesdays.?Watch this space for regular updates on who’s performing and when. The first Sunday of every month the club holds a “Social Sunday” at The Vic Mac’s Brewbar, an opportunity for members to join in and perform. So get a few tunes together, play an instrument or just come along and relax over dinner or a wine or coffee and enjoy the entertainment. Contact Ken (03 545 8381) for details.

Big Band 1959

This is the elusive pic from 1959 Robbie Bruce, Noel Evans, Dave [Bruno]
Lawrence, Dave Thompson, BRS. VIC “A” social on the Terrace, 1959. Submitted by Brian Smythe.

Musical Links

By Mr Music
Looking for song lyrics?
Ever found yourself humming a tune that you really like, but just can’t work out the lyrics to go with it? Irritating isn’t it? Well, gnash your teeth no longer. There is a website with a huge list of lyrics to help you track down the words that you’re after. Now, if I could only sing in tune…

Facts about songs
If there’s one website that’s likely to get you muttering, “well, well, well – I never knew that” then this is probably it. It’s a simple idea: find a song you know, and then be amazed Read More…

A brief history of jazz…

By Merv Burton, pianist
A question often asked of me is do I play jazz and if so what is jazz? My answer to the first question is “a bit” but answering the second question is not so easy. This is because Jazz is a part retrospective Read More…