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So Danco Samba at Bar Berlin, Wednesday June 4th

If you are in the mood to listen and dance to wonderful South American music, then be sure to set aside the evening of June 4th to see “So Danco Samba” who will have you dancing from 1930 to 2230 at Bar Berlin.

So Danco Samba consists of:

Chris Harris  – Trumpet, Percussion, and vocals.
Dai Minamizawa – Piano.
Marcio Molinari – Guitar, Percussion, and vocals.
Hector Chirinos – Percussion and vocals.

So Danco Samba” was created by Chris Harris to offer the Latino and Brazilian community of Nelson a small ensemble that offered a variety of South American dance styles and another opportunity for the community to gather somewhere socially. The band  performs the Samba, Bossanova, Pagode, Gafieira, Forro, Montuno, Mambo, Bolero, Tango, Rhumba, and takes requests.

So Danco Samba“s line-up  can vary according to need and budget, but the core players are Chris Harris (Brass and Percussion/ Musical Director), Dai Minamizawa (Piano/Arranger), Marcio Molinari (Guitar, Percussion, and vocals), and Hector Chirinos (Percussion and vocals). The bands core personnel are (respectively) from New Zealand, Japan, Brazil, and Venezuela.

So Danco Samba” appeared  most recently at the opening of the Brazilian Reel Film Festival,  at the closing of the Film Festival, and currently has bookings around the Nelson/Picton area. While the band caters musically to the South American/Cuban community, anyone is welcome to gigs  and will enjoy the warm but highly energetic atmosphere that is guaranteed!

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Freewheelin’ at Bar Berlin Wednesday, May 7th

Freewheelin’ will be playing at the monthly Jazz Club gig at Bar Berlin this coming Wednesday 7th May from 8:00pm.

The line-up for the night is Chris Harris on trumpet, Annabel Boyes on tenor sax, Dai Minamizawa on keys, Drew Matheson on drums, and Paul Gilmour on double bass.

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Jada at Bar Berlin Wednesday, December 5th at 8 pm

Jada will be playing at Bar Berlin this Wednesday at 8 pm.  The band plays easy listening, mainly jazz standards of the 30’s and 40’s usually with a swing element. Jada’s line up is:

Bass – Neville Claughtan
Keyboard – Warren Fenemor
Drums – Tony Bowater
Sax – Iain Clark
Clarinet – Dave  Jack
Trumpet and vocals – Dave Powdrell
Vocals – Michelle Edwards

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Freewheelin’ at Bar Berlin Wednesday, November 6th at 7:30 PM

Freewheelin’ welcomes guest vocalist Mike Murphy to the stand for their November 6 night at Bar Berlin. Expect a selection of Mike’s favourite standards that were originally recorded by the likes of Chet Baker. On rhythm are Dai Minamizawa on keys, Jak Karaitiana on bass, and Drew Matheson on drums, with Chris Harris and Annabel Boyes on trumpet and tenor sax.

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Bourbon Street Beat at Bar Berlin Wednesday October 2nd

Bourbon Street Beat is back and with new members!  Come and join us at Bar Berlin Wed, October 2nd at 7:30 pm for an evening of fantastic jazz with some of Nelson’s finest musicians.


Several  Musicians recently new to Nelson are keen to fill the empty chairs.

Ian Clark, Sax and Clarinet,

  • Dai Minamizawa, piano,
  • Raffaele Bandoli, trumpet,
  • Dino Novara bass,

and from the old Band,

  • Ian Nicholas trombone

and Manager

  • Rupert Winter drums,
  • Jane Winter vocals.

Chris Harris , trumpet is helping out on Club night.

The band produced two CD’s. The first one was used to audition Bourbon Street Beat  for the New Orleans Jazz Festival and later in the Eureka California Jazz festival which was accepted in both places, however New Orleans was abandoned due to lack of sufficient finance.

Nelson City Council called Rupert to a meeting to see if we could go to Eureka and finance ourselves. Nelson City Council were told we could.

In 2004 Nelson City Council representatives, along with Our Mayor at the time and the Bourbon Street beat arrived in Eureka. We combined to make an effective gesture of Sister City oneness.

There have been many changes in personnel over the years, however it has always been amazing to see the support our Nelson musicians have given the band.

A Bio for this Band would need a book to include the sheer fun of it. Festivals, Concerts, Charities supported ,visits to West Coast, Queenstown, Blenheim, Wineries, Country parties and un-believable locations the list just goes on…

AND last but certainly not least Jane Winter has given us the use of Soundstage for our rehearsals.


Notes compiled by Rupert Winter


Daisuke at Bar Berlin Wednesday, August 7th

A reminder that this Wednesday, 7 Aug, Daisuke will be playing at Bar Berlin from 7pm.

DAISUKE play a combination of Smooth Jazz and Latin, featuring:

Ron Weiss / Flute, percussion
Daisuke Minamizawa – Keys
Des Wilson – Guitar
Xavier Birch – Drums
Jak – Bass

Come down to show your support and enjoy some great music.

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JADA at Bar Berlin Wed, July 3rd at 7 PM

The jazz night at Bar Berlin this Wednesday features Jada Jazz.  Jada is Dave Jack on clarinet, Daisuki Minamizna on keyboard, Murray Hendrikson on drums, Neville Claughton on bass, Ian Clark on Tenor Sax and Dave Powdrell on cornet & vocals.  Join us for an wonderful evening of music at a great venue.

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Hot Pompe at Bar Berlin, Wed June 5th

Hot Pompe will be playing at Bar Berlin Wednesday night June 5th.  Come and join us at 7 PM and enjoy the wonderful Hot Club style of jazz with some of Nelson’s best Gypsy Jazz musicians including Pete Rainey, Dean Straker, and Ivan Outram.

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Panama Boys at Bar Berlin Wed, May 1st at 8 PM

The band for the Nelson Jazz Club gig night at Bar Berlin on Wednesday, May 1st at 8:00 pm is Panama Boys – join us for an enjoyable evening of great music.

Update: The Panama Boys will have Raffaele Bandoli on trumpet joining the group as a special guest for the evening.

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BT Groove at Bar Berlin Wed, March 6th

The band for the Nelson Jazz Club gig night at Bar Berlin this Wednesday at 8:00 pm is BT Groove – join us for an enjoyable evening of great music.


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The New Freewheelin’ at Bar Berlin December 5th

This week’s performance of Freewheelin’ Wednesday night at Bar Berlin features the lineup of Rachel Fallows on vocals, Annabel Boyes on tenor, Chris Harris on trumpet, Dai Minamizawa on keyboards, Drew Matheson on drums, and Trevor Hunter on bass.

Raffaele Bandoli, who sat in with Freewheelin’ recently at the Boathouse, has also promised to make an appearance on cornet.


Trudi and Jasper at Bar Berlin October 3rd

Trudi and Jasper will be playing at Bar Berlin this week from 7:30pm to treat us to yet another night of great jazz in that lovely venue.