Turner Centre Jazz Club presents the John Leigh Calder Quartet


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Date: Friday, 25 January 2019

Time: 5:00pm – Doors open | 6:00pm – Live music

Venue: New World Theatre Bar - Our outside terrace is set for a wonderful summer night’s atmosphere.

Tickets: $10 entry at the door

Note: A reasonable standard of dress is required



The John Leigh Calder Quartet


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The Turner Centre, Kerikeri, presents a night of top International Jazz Sounds. Our Jazz Club is very excited to have the John Leigh Calder Quartet return, with John Leigh Calder (Bass and Vocals), who has recently returned from London. Featured alongside John is saxophonist Walter Bianco. We also welcome back two of our favourite musicians, Matt Watson (Piano) and Matt Hennessy (Drums) for a night of cool Jazz on Friday 25th January. Our bar opens at 5.30 pm with live Jazz from these very accomplished, world class musicians starting at 6.00pm in our relaxed New World Theatre Bar.

John Leigh Calder; International Vocalist/Double Bass Player/Song writer and Recording Artist. John performs from dynamic sophisticated, smooth Jazz, to up tempo swinging funky grooves highlighting his unique voice. 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 including The Pizza Express Jazz Club, Pimlico Jazz Wine Bar and Booties Jazz Bar, along with numerous International festivals. He has also played in Australia making a name for himself alongside many of Sydney’s best known musicians such as Col Nolan, Errol Buddle and been vocalist with Galapagos Duck appearing at numerous 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 has worked as a session musician on many others.

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Matt Watson; who many of you know is a Whangarei based jazz pianist/organist/trumpet and French horn player who 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; 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!

Walter Bianco; Saxophone. – Walter was born in Italy and spent his early musical career working on cruise ships around Europe and the Mediterranean. He came to New Zealand in the 1970s and has since played in many Auckland night clubs and bars. He has been a session musician on many NZ recordings for over 30 years. He has played with Herbs, Tina Cross, Suzanne Lynch, Howard Morrison, Prince Tui Teka, Hello Sailor, The All Stars Play The Blues, and Prima Swing, to name a few.
Since retiring to Whangarei Walter says he has enjoyed the privilege of playing music with John Leigh Calder. We at the Jazz Club welcome the soulful sounds of Walter’s saxophone.

The Jazz Club are once again incredibly honoured and excited to bring these wonderful musicians to the Turner Centre. 

A selection of delicious tapas will be available on the night.

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