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HJS Newsletter November 2018


  • The Hamilton Jazz Society Committee sincerely apologises to those members who have not received their email newsletters. The problem has been identified by our domain hosting company and has, we believe, been rectified. In the future you don’t receive your email letter, please do let us know. You can access very newsletter by clicking on hjs.org.nz/newsletter-archive. Once again, our apologies for this problem. We look forward to seeing you along at our concerts soon.
  • All subscriptions are due on the 1st Jan 2018. Please grab a renewal form from the web page hjs.org.nz/join or from the desk. Early payment will help Hamilton Jazz Society’s funds.
  • Please give some thought to joining the HJS committee for 2019 at our March AGM, to replace retiring members. If you are interested, contact our president, Simon Hopewell president@hjs.org.nz, or another committee member.

Next meeting:

Sun, 25th of November

Auckland Secondary Schools Big Band
+ The Studebakers

Auckland Secondary Schools Big Band
Sun, 25th of November @ Waikato Commerce Club, 197 Collingwood Street, Hamilton. 4.30-7.30 | Adm. $20 public or $15 members.

The Auckland Secondary Schools Big Band was formed in October of last year, inviting 26 of the best young jazz musicians from secondary schools across Auckland. They rehearse at Lynfield College and last year played two gigs and recorded around 8 tracks, most of which are on their youtube channel. A large number of last year’s band have gone on to study Jazz at the Sydney Con, NZSM in Wellington, or Auckland University.

This year, the band again consists of 26 outstanding students from 11 different schools. They perform as a 20-piece conventional Big Band, with 3 different vocalists featured, and 2 complete rhythm sections sharing the role. The band have their first gig at the Auckland Jazz and Blues Club on October 23, playing arrangements recorded by the Buddy Rich Big Band, Ella Fitzgerald, Diane Schuur, Count Basie, Sammy Nestico, Rodger Fox etc.

The band is directed by Paul Norman, a brass and jazz teacher in Auckland currently teaching at 9 schools, directing around 10 different ensembles. He also directs the Auckland University Big Band and taught in the Jazz course at Massey University, Albany for 13 years. Paul played in the Rodger Fox Big Band for almost 30 years and has been performing with the Queen City Big Band for over 15 years. He plays regularly in the Auckland music scene with the band Big Ticket, but has also played with Midge Marsden, Ardijah, The Lady Killers and others.

Our supporting act this month is The Studebakers, introducing Burty Bedeux from Mauritius on keys, (some of you will have heard Burty at Nivara), he is joined by Stuart Bayes and Simon Hopewell.

Refreshments, snacks and meals are available for purchase from the Club restaurant.

Coming up:

  • Sunday 16thDecember – Christmas Concert with Art Gecko + TBA

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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