The Jazz Club

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Bar Opens 5.30pm-9.30pm

Live Jazz from 6.00pm

Friday, 20th October 2017

Venue:  New World Theatre Bar

Entry $5.00 each






The New World Theatre Bar Jazz Club is proud to present: 


The John Leigh Calder Trio


featuring International Jazz Artist John Leigh Calder (Bass/Vocals)

Matt Watson (Piano)

Matt Hennessey (Drums)



Friday, 20th October 2017


The Turner Centre, Kerikeri, presents a night of top International Jazz Sounds. Our Jazz Club is very excited to welcome back the John Leigh Calder Trio featuring John Leigh Calder (Bass and Vocals), Matt Watson (Piano) and Matt Hennessy (Drums) for a night of cool Jazz on Friday 20th October 2017.  Our bar opens at 5.30 pm with live Jazz from these well accomplished, world class musicians starting at 6.00pm in the relaxed New World Theatre Bar.

CR2A1271.jpgJohn Leigh Calder
International Vocalist/Double Bass Player/Song writer and Recording Artist
has just returned from jazz gigs in the UK and Sydney.  John performs dynamic sophisticated, smooth Jazz, including up tempo swinging funky grooves.   Originating from Whangarei where he started his musical career with school friend Billy Taikoko, (Billy T James) and following on he has played with many other New Zealand musical identities before pursuing a musical career overseas.

John has worked throughout the UK and Europe with top UK Musicians including John Critchinson (Ronnie Scott’s Pianist) and Colin Wood (Acker Bilk’s pianist).  Credits include: Record of the week on BBC Radio 1, the Power Play Luxembourg and Theatre Royal Drury Lane.

He has been a regular guest at many London Jazz haunts along with numerous International festivals. He has also played in Australia making a name for himself alongside many of Sydney’s best known musicians at top Jazz Clubs and festivals.  John has composed music for feature films such as “Bitter and Twisted” and 3D Film – “Stood Still“.  He has recorded four albums of his own and worked as a session musician on many others.


Matt Watson smallMatt Watson is a Whangarei based Jazz Pianist/Trumpet and French horn player and is involved in many different groups and events across Northland and Auckland.

Matt regularly accompanies instrumental and vocal soloists and groups including the Bay of Islands Singers and performs with his own jazz trio “About Time” as well as The Whangarei Theatre Company for shows such as Miss Saigon and Chicago. He is also actively involved in Whangarei Youth Music, Northland Sinfonia and the Basin City Big Band.

Matt is the favourite musician for many other musicians and listeners alike.



Matt Hennessy photo croppedMatt Hennessy
– Drum set/Tablas/Percussion – has gigged and recorded with many well known New Zealand jazz and blues groups. Originally from USA, Matt has lived in New Zealand for the past 30 years. He is an ex-Northlander now based on Auckland’s North Shore.

Some may remember Matt in the early days of the Bay of Islands Jazz Fest playing with Mike Nettmann, Kokomo, Roy Philips (“The Peddlers”), Red Wilson, “Smokestack”, “Viva Jazz”, and has backed musically many other international artists. More recently he has played around Northland with “Lounge Sweet” and “About Time Jazz Trio”.

His roots are in St Louis – playing all genres from his most loved modern jazz to his first influences, the three Bs: Bach, Brubeck, and Beatles.  He is most at home with jazz, funk, fusion, rock, and blues.

This man has rhythm!


Tapas Menu – Click Here

Our chef tonight James Coleman of The Fig Café will be providing an exciting menu of tapas options.  James and family moved up to Kerikeri in 2000 and owned the Rocket Café for 5 years, then became the head chef for Marsden Estate and recently runs The Fig Café in Kerikeri. The food is wonderful and will add to the night’s atmosphere of Jazz and good food.  

Bar opens on Friday, 20th October at 5.30pm with Live Jazz from 6.00pm. See you there!


A reasonable standard of dress is required.




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