Newsletter July 2015

It was great to hear our beloved Tracy Hopewell sing with the smooth sounds of Fever at our last meeting. With Darron MacDonald on piano, Neil Reynolds on drums, Bill Forrest on saxophone, and our own Maciek Hrybowicz and Simon Hopewell on guitar and double bass, how could you go wrong! It was great to see people up on the dance floor showing off a variety of styles- bands absolutely love to see their music appreciated through a full dance floor, so even if you don’t know the steps don’t be afraid to get up and have boogie!

Rachel Skews


Saturday, 18th of July

Great Gatsby Ball

We’re all super excited about the ball held in conjunction with the Hamilton Cosmopolitan Club, and it’s only a couple of  weeks away- Saturday July 18th from 7:30- 11:30pm. It’s the best excuse to dress up to the nines in your finest finery and revel in the awesome sounds of the

Queen City Big Band!

$25 tickets available through, or ask Simon. Tickets can also be purchased at the door on the night for $40.

Light supper provided.


Sunday, 26th of July

At 4.30 pm - 7.30 pm, we have Australian jazz sensations Susan Gai Dowling and Carol Ralph tripping over the ditch to perform with New Zealand’s own Mike Walker Trio for your listening and dancing pleasure. Susan’s effortless range and Carol’s cruisy sounds combine with swinging accompaniment from the Mike Walker Trio to form an act reminiscent of the jazz of Bessie Smith- Not to be missed!


Coming up:

Sunday, 30th of August

West Coast Jazz

Jack Porima - bass, Bill Forrest - sax, Freddy Limbert - drums, Grant Mason - trumpet, Greg Taylor - piano


Other Events

Thursday, 16th of July

Banda De La Casa

At Nivara Lounge, Basement, 266 Victoria Street.  

Maciek Hrybowicz - guitar, Carlos Pla - bass, Freddy Limbert - drums, special guestCraig Edwards - drums

Banda De La Casa is is modern international jazz trio powered by a Polish/English guitarist Maciek (, Uruguayan bassist Carlos Pla with the Kiwi drummers Freddy Limbert and Craig Edwards. At Nivara Lounge they will perform a surprising and exciting variety of jazz standards and original compositions influenced by the beauty of Aotearoa where they met.
Tickets $10 on the door


7th, 8th, 9th of August

Bay of Island Jazz & Blues Festival 

Every year jazz and blues musicians gather from all over New Zealand and overseas for the annual Bay of Islands Jazz and Blues Festival.

Buy badges through,  at all Venues, B.O.I. i-SITE in Paihia 0800 363 463, Wards Music Shop in Whangarei 09 438 9063. Badges cost $50, which gives access to all venues during the weekend and shuttle buses between the venues at Paihia and Haruru Falls. Programme cost is $2.