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HJS Newsletter September 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, 30th of August

Swing Easy

The Hamilton Jazz Society proudly presents SWING EASY in concert, Sunday 30thSeptember, 4.30-7.30pm at the Waikato Commerce Club, 197 Collingwood Street, Hamilton Central.

Swing Easy comprises Lorraine Havill (vocal), John Wilcox (piano), Glyn Frewin (double bass), and Owen Kneebone (drums). Lorraine and John have been musical colleagues since the early 1980s, with Glyn and Owen joining them in a quartet more recently.

Aucklander Lorraine Havill is a vocalist like no other, her singing career has seen her perform in theatre and alongside with many of the country's finest performers over the years. With a love of jazz and blues, her sultry voice is a show stopper. A long-time member of Capella choir Jubilation, this is an opportunity for fans to savour Havill's talent.

Owen Kneebone has played drums in The Society Jazzmen, among other popular bands, and John Wilcox, the band's pianist, founded The Bridge City Jazzmen. Meanwhile Glyn Frewin, the bassist, is well known for his ability to play a variety of styles.

“I now know why they are called SWING EASY – a really awesome, bluesy band. Lorraine Havill with her velvet voice just added that extra dimension. Each band member have their own wonderful talent... Individually they were great, together awesome.” Rotorua Jazz Club

Do join us. It’s a lovely way to wind down the weekend, meet up with friends and enjoy some great music.
Swing Easy

Coming up:

  • Sunday October 28thSirrah, featuring Bryan Harris and Jack Stradwick. Keyboardist Paul McIsaac will entertain us during the breaks.
  • Sunday 25thNovember, TBC - Auckland Secondary Schools’ Big Band.
Tauranga Jazz Society are hosting a concert at Hotel Armitage, Tauranga on Sunday 23 September. This concert features three Bay of Plenty bands: The Woody Woodhouse Connection, Bay Dixie, and Randy Matthews Quintet. Reminisce on dance hall days as our bands perform a classic selection of traditional jazz standards and Dixieland tunes.

Tickets are available through Eventfinda.

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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