Wanganui Jazz Club

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Club Day Sunday 3 April 2022

This weekend marks the first Sunday of the month, and that is Jazz Club Night at the St. Johns Club. We are proud to welcome back one of New Zealand’s finest young jazz musicians, Oscar Laven and his quintet. Oscar is a dynamic multi-instrumentalist based in Wellington. A hard-working, sharp-dressing performer, he never fails to magnify his flamboyant, eccentric energy through the horn. He has his debut quintet album coming out soon, and has performed with an eclectic array of ensembles, including the NZSO, the Grammy-Nominated MONK’estra, Rodger Fox Big Band, Wellington Mingus Ensemble, Royal New Zealand Airforce Band, Orchestra Wellington, and leads many of his own projects. Joining him will be Whanganui’s own Ayrton Foote (Piano), Daniel Yeabsley (Double Bass), John Rae (Drums) and Alexander Boulton (Guitar, and also a snazzy dresser). Together they’ll be presenting a program that mixes new compositions with interpretations of classics, inspired by the great saxophonists Coleman Hawkins, Ben Webster, Dexter Gordon and more. Members and non-members alike are invited to come and find inspiration from the music and each other in these difficult times. Sunday 3 April, St Johns Club, 158 Glasgow St. The music begins at 6:30, with the club serving a full menu from 5:30. Members $15. Non-members $25. Memberships are available at the door.

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