HJS Newsletter October 2015

We miss you! Where are you hiding?

Numbers have been down so low each Sunday we are making a major loss each time- which of course we CAN'T SUSTAIN. If we don't get more than 100 people through the door each time we can't afford the small bands, let alone save up to bring in the big or extra special ones!  This means we need to CHANGE! Your committee will be holding a special meeting in November to discuss what opportunities we have to keep the society alive in a sustainable way. To help us know what would get you back to your Jazz Society- tell us  at the October meeting! There will be a SURVEY on the door. HELP US KEEP OUR AWESOME SOCIETY ALIVE!


JFS and Banda de la Casa


What a nice start to a Sunday of jazz with JFS (new to Hamilton Jazz Society), with the fine singing from their lead vocalist and alto player Hinemoa and the 4 great instrumentalists, the band took us on a great 50-minute cruise. A nice refreshing change to see a new band taking some old standards and making them their own. Outstanding performances by all involved thanks JFS for coming along and entertaining us! We hope you will do more for us again.

Next we heard from Banda de la Casa with our very own Maciek on guitar man: he really knows how to draw you in and spellbind you with his awesome licks and improvisation. The diversity of the Hamilton jazz scene is exemplified by Carlos Pla on bass, with his rhythmic, latin, pulsating bass lines. With Freddy Limbert on skins captivating us with his awesome rhythmic playing style, we were in for a treat, but when supplemented by the super-talented Grant Mason on trumpet and flugelhorn, we were blown away! Their awesome renditions of original tunes and some great standards this is what modern jazz is all about. Thanks Banda de la Casa and their special guest for coming along and giving those who turned out to support the Jazz Society and you the chance to hear some top quality Waikato Jazz.


Coming up:

Sunday, 25th of October

At Waikato Commerce Club, 4.30-7.30.

We have two bands: first up is Dino Saxophonist one of our talented members. Next, Mira Lacey Trio whichfeatures her exquisite alto voice, backed by Waikato’s finest jazz musicians. Mira’s unique, sophisticated style is reminiscent of jazz divas. Performing her own tasteful arrangements of jazz, blues and bossa-novas, Mira creates the perfect ambience. She studied at Berklee College of Music, and after earning her Music degree she began her career in the Boston area. Over the past ten years The Mira Lacey has performed locally at numerous weddings, parties, festivals, corporate functions, bars and restaurants, receiving rave reviews at each and every performance.


Change to raffles

We're also making a great change to how the raffles work. Up for grabs will be FREE PASSES to the next meet! Each meeting membership numbers will be drawn at random, with the first two members drawn who are physically there, and have their membership card on them, win one free pass to the following meet. You could even use it to entice a friend along! You've got to be there to win so see you there! HJS at Waikato Commerce Club.


Other Events


21th of November

Sinatra: The Centenary Celebration 

The Civic, Auckland  

 ‘Sinatra: The Centenary Celebration’ salutes the greatest entertainer of his century. Known as Ol’ Blue Eyes and Chairman of the Board, Sinatra was charismatic, mesmerising and one of the best selling recording artists of our time.

For one night only, Sinatra’s music will be brought to life through one of Vegas' top entertainers, the outstanding Rick Michel, whose performance was praised by Frank Sinatra himself.



29th of November

All the way from Wellywood, the Dancing and Drinking Society. Tickets on sale now for this November session.


New Orleans Jazz Festival Vacation

Viaggio Vacations offer a …New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival vacation is one of most popular tours. You have the choice of attending all 7 days of the festival or just the final weekend. Just about every genre of music is performed at the festival from jazz, blue grass, soul, country, dixie, the blues along with rock n roll. Add the southern cuisine and the unique culture of the region and you have all the ingredients for a memorable vacation… More on: viaggio.net.nz/lifestyle-vacations