The Jazz Club

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5.30pm-9.30pm Bar Open

Live Jazz from 6.00pm

Friday, 24th March 2017

Venue:  New World Theatre Bar

Entry $5.00 each






The Jazz Club 

Featuring International Jazz Artist John Leigh Calder

and the John Leigh Calder Trio



The Turner Centre Kerikeri presents a night of top International Jazz Sounds.  Our Jazz Club is very excited to present 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.


John Leigh Calder – International Vocalist/Double Bass Player/Song writer/Recording Artist.  John Leigh Calder smallJohn performs dynamic sophisticated, smooth Jazz, to up tempo swinging funky feels.  Originating from Whangarei, he started his musical career with school friend Billy Taikoko (Billy T James) and also played with many other New Zealand musical identities before pursuing a musical career overseas.

He 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 BBC1, Power Play Luxembourg, Theatre Royal Drury Lane.

John has been a regular guest at many London Jazz haunts along with numerous International festivals. He has also played in Australia with many of Sydney’s best known musicians at top Jazz Clubs and festivals.  John has also 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 on many others.


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Matt 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 in the jazz trio “About Time” as well as The Whangarei Theatre Company for shows such as Miss Saigon, Chicago and the upcoming Mamma Mia. He is also actively involved in Whangarei Youth Music, Northland Sinfonia and the Basin City Big Band.


Matt Hennessy – Drum set/Tablas/Percussion – has gigged and recorded with Matt Hennessy photo croppedmany 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 backed many other international artists. More recently 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.

As an Electronics Engineer and former Electro Sound speaker manufacturer, Matt hoped to solve all drummers’ challenge: how to carry all that big heavy gear in one go.  See him gig with his latest creation, a flat pack drum kit.


Tapas Menu

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 nights atmosphere of Jazz and good food.  


Bar opens on Friday, 24th March at 5.30pm with Live Jazz from 6.00pm. See you there!

Note: A reasonable standard of dress is required.


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