Summer Sunday Jazz 2014 - Band Schedule

Summer Sunday Jazz 2014
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12-Jan                                  Allana Goldsmith & Dave Fisher
19-Jan                                  Chris Mason-Battley Group
26-Jan                                  Trudy Lile and Mojave
2-Feb                                    Maria O'Flaherty & Ben Fernandez Quartet  - Impressions
9-Feb                                    Blue Jaffas
16-Feb                                  Trudy Lile and Mojave
23-Feb                                  Chris Mason-Battley Group
2-Mar                                    Maria O'Flaherty & Ben Fernandez Quartet - Impressions
9-Mar                                    The De Sotos
16-Mar                                  Danni Bear & Westwood Terrace
23-Mar                                  The Mira Lacey Trio 
30-Mar                                  Carolina Moon
6-Apr                                     Lewis McCallum 
13-Apr                                   June Hayes Set
Sunday 20-Apr                       Maria O'Flaherty & Ben Fernandez Quartet - Impressions                       
Monday  21-Apr                     Trudy Lile and Mojave

The Summer Sunday Jazz Bands
The Blue Jaffas                                                                                                                                 
This widely experienced quartet plays cool rhythms  that  blend flavours of Soul and Jazz with a sprinkling of the US South.  The Jaffas are : Keith Prictor…guitar & vocals, Rick Cotter…drums & vocals, Greg O’Donnell…bass & vocals, Mal Smith…keyboards.   Their song list is a mix of original tunes and Jaffa versions of selected favourites, with the focus always being on the heartbeat of the music.

Trudy Lile & Mojave                                                                                                
New Zealand born jazz flutist and vocalist Trudy Lile is well known to audiences around New Zealand jazz festivals, and has been a regular feature to Coopers Creek audiences.  Performing with her band Mojave who are considered some of New Zealand’s finest professional jazz musicians. The repertoire is a fresh, sophisticated and energetic blend of great things jazz and latin with a warm infectious groove delivered with cheek and wit!
Maria O’Flaherty & Ben Fernandez Quartet – Impressions                     
Their repertoire stretches from lively renditions of jazz standards and a mix of bebop, blues, sambas, bossa novas and funk.  This polished band is full of energy and a highlight at many jazz festivals.  Featuring the  gorgeous tones of Maria O’Flaherty and keyboard virtuoso Ben Fernandez, Master on Violin Nick Jones, accomplished bass player Russell McNaughton and solid time keeper Alain Koestier on drums.
The Mira Lacey Trio                                                                                                                                
Mira is rapidly gaining recognition for her exquisite alto voice and lush renditions of jazz ballads, bossa-novas, boleros, swing and blues.  An honours graduate of the prestigious Berklee College of Music, Mira brings a wealth of experience, depth and passion to each performance.  Mark Baynes, on keys, is a well respected musician and teacher at Auckland University and Massey University, who has worked with many top performers both locally and internationally.  Rounding out this talented trio is the inimitable Aaron Coddell on double bass.

Chris Mason Battley Group                                                                                           
Fusing diverse influences from jazz-funk to world music, CMB Group creates innovative modern jazz with a distinctive New Zealand flavour. With 3 albums released to date, numerous performances at arts and music festivals and over 1 million downloads of their songs, CMB Group is one of New Zealand’s leading jazz groups.
Lewis McCallum                                                                                                                                                      
Lewis McCallum is one of Auckland’s most versatile and exciting saxophonists. He fuses his deep knowledge of jazz with modern forms of dance and beats culture to form a truly unique sound. Lewis has enjoyed success both in New Zealand and overseas. In 1995 he won New Zealand’s Best Young Saxophonist and has since gone on to play with the likes of the late Ray Charles and Manhattan Transfer as well as New Zealand’s Opensouls, Hollie Smith, the Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra and highly acclaimed group Relaxomatic Project.
Danni Bear & Westwood Terrace                                                                                                                     
Danni Bear & Westwood Tce were born at 1 Westwood Tce in Ponsonby.  They are an Auckland-based 4 piece ensemble, playing a mixture of their own original music as well as well-known covers. Its members are all accomplished and passionate musicians, with many years of experience.  Danni Bear has recently released 2 new singles currently gaining momentum in the NZ music scene.  Her gorgeously soulful voice simultaneously transports you to a smoke-filled room and your warm bed on a rainy Sunday morning.  The ensemble is made up of: Danni Bear (lead vocals and guitar), Andrew Rudolph (backing vocals and guitar), Stuart Hellier (electric bass) and Rob Barrington (drums)