Bar Opens 5.30pm-9.30pm
Live Jazz from 6.00pm
Friday, 30th June 2017
Venue: New World Theatre Bar
Entry $5.00 each
The Jazz Club presents:
The New World Theatre Bar Jazz Club is pleased to present the smooth jazz sounds of sophistication at its best with ‘Blue Pearl.’
Auckland based Jazz Fusion group Blue Pearl hits the sweet spot, blending the ‘feel good’ grooves and melodies of soul with a fresh jazz perspective and superbly executed improvisation. Developing originals are complimented with tunes from the soul classics (Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Al Green) and more recent inspirations (Jill Scott, Roy Hargroves, Incognito).
The band features singer/songwriter/percussionist Makareta Umbers, trumpeter and pianist Matt Watson, guitarist Nathan James, bass player Aaron Coddel and drummer Neil Williamson. Blue Pearl have played the NZ Jazz Festival circuit over the last few years and are regulars at inner city boutique bars, wineries and summer park events.
Makareta Umbers -Vocals
Northland singer/songwriter/percussionist/actor/performing arts tutor with a passion for mentoring talented youth. Margaret Umbers (Makareta) has performed throughout Australasia in film, television, theatre and a countless variety of music groups. Velvet-voiced and a consummate entertainer, she sings swing, bossa, blues, ballads, waiata and soul. She is also a self confessed ukulele addict. Her original jazz album ‘Love on a Swing’ was released in 2014.
Matt Watson – Trumpet/Piano
Matt is a well-loved jazz pianist, trumpet and French horn player and shines in many different groups and events across Northland and Auckland. Matt regularly accompanies instrumental and vocal soloists, the Bay of Islands Singers, performs in the piano jazz trio “About Time”, and the John Leigh Calder Trio. He is also actively involved in Whangarei Youth Music, Northland Sinfonia and the Basin City Big Band.
Aaron Coddel – Bass
Aaron is a versatile freelance musician, photographer and educator. He has played bass for jazz greats such as Cleo Laine, Mark Murphy and George Coleman. Additional engagements include: King Kapisi, Annie Crummer, Hello Sailor, Tama Waipara, Hammond Gamble, Jan Hellriegel, Peter Urlich, Caitlin Smith, Karen Hunter, Jennifer Ward-Lealand, The Darlings, Chicago Smokeshop, Mojo Flyset, Tim Hopkins, Comedian – Phil Nicholl, Tim Beverage, Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra and an extended list of cutting edge theatrical productions.
Nathan James – Guitar
Nathan is an Auckland based guitarist whose style fuses jazz, blues, funk and soul with plenty of groove. Having completed his jazz degree a number of years ago he has since been hard at work on the national and international gigging circuit, honing his skills playing a plethora of shows both stylistically and in terms of venue. From playing jazz standards in Devonport to headlining the Samoa Jazz festival, Nathan is gaining a reputation as a young high level performer.
Neil Williamson – Drums
Neil is an experienced session musician/performer and gifted music tutor who originally studied with New Zealand drumming pioneer, Frank Gibson Jnr. He moved to the NSW Conservatorium of Music in Australia where he received tutelage from David Jones and was exposed to a diversity of musical influences. He is a fluent reader, with impeccable facility, and has backed many artists including Ray Woolf, Edwina Thorne, Tom Sharplin, Jerome Hendrix, The Mike Walker Trio, Kiri Eriwata, Marian Burns, Peter Woods, Larry Morris and many more.
The New World Theatre Bar Welcomes such a high caliber of musicianship to our Jazz Club night on the 30th June, door opens at 5.30pm with live Jazz from 6pm
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, 30th June at 5.30pm with Live Jazz from 6.00pm. See you there!
Note: A reasonable standard of dress is required.