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HJS Newsletter April 2018


  • All subscriptions were due in March 2018. Please grab a renewal form from the web page hjs.org.nz or from the desk. Early payment will help Hamilton Jazz Society’s funds.
  • Please give some thought to joining the HJS committee for 2018, to replace retiring members. If you are interested, contact our president, Simon Hopewell president@hjs.org.nz, or another committee member.

Next meeting:

Sun, 29th of April

The International 5 Jazz Band + Paul McIsaac

Waikato Commerce Club, 197 Collingwood Street, Hamilton. 4.30-7.30 | Adm. $20 public or $15 members
The International 5 Jazz Band
The International 5 Jazz Band is comprised of Yolanda (vocals) & Zimieel Jooste (piano) South Africa, Kaylan Crawford (jazz guitar) New York, Colin Beere (drums) NZ and Simon Hopewell (double bass) UK and NZ.
Yolanda and Zimieel Jooste have a natural affinity with Jazz, with their R&B and Gospel roots coming through in their music, bringing the sound of rolling piano fills and sweet vocals .
Kaylan Crawford (jazz guitar) from New York, USA, switched from worship music to Jazz, finding he has a natural feel and ability for the complicated chord structures and form of Jazz, with the influence of Joe Pass and George Benson coming through in his playing Style.
Colin Beere (drums) New Zealand, has been drumming for many years on the Jazz circuit, both here and in Australia. He has backed many well known NZ and Australian musicians. Colin has a very tasteful and laid back low volume drumming style that compliments and fits Yolanda and Zimieel's music.
Simon Hopewell (double bass) UK and NZ, needs no introduction to HJS members. Simon brings extra musical depth to complete the quintet.
Paul McIsaac
Appearing as our supporting artist this month is Paul McIsaac. A regular at the Tamahere Market, Paul surprised his parents by playing “Drummer boy” on the piano with both hands at age 5. Since then he has gone on to guest in bands. He formed a duo, The Godfathers, performing at weddings, corporate events and in Japan. Paul was also the resident pianist at “Santa Lucia” restaurant Mission bay,
Paul's distinctive style is self taught and what he calls “variety with a jazz feel” drawing on diverse influences such as Frank Sinatra, Elton John, The Carpenters, Alicia Keys, Shakatak, Rod Stewart, Van Morrison.

We are looking forward to a great afternoon of music. Do join us, it is a great way to relax at the end of the weekend.

Coming Up:

  • Sunday, May 27th - Grant Mason Connection
  • Sunday, June 24th - Tracy Hopewell and Fever

HJS committee:

Simon Hopewell - President
Philip Tinkler - Vice-President
Priscilla Wilson - Secretary & Membership
Maciek Hrybowicz - Webmaster/Newsletter
Vanessa Clark-Ward - Membership
Cynthia Gale - Treasurer
Stuart Bayes - Committee Member
David Oldfield - Committee Member
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