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Ak Jazz & Blues Club presents Hot Club Sandwich


Tue 25 Sep 2012, 7:30pm

Where: Pt Chevalier RSA, 1136 Great North Rd, Pt Chevalier, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Non members: $10.00
  • Additional fees may apply

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Listed by: Pete McGregor

Hot Club Sandwich started out quite sensibly back in the early '90s when singer/guitarist Andrew London and pianist/bass player Terry Crayford recorded some songs for Radio NZ in the 'Hot Club' swing style popularised in the 1930s by gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt and violinist Stephane Grappelly. Such a splendid time was had that a few gigs were booked with a variety of instrumental soloists providing the Sandwich 'filling'. The turning point came about 10 years ago when London began writing whimsical songs about rugby fans, television evangelists, politicians, weddings, male insecurities, technophobia, youth culture, household appliances, pretentious socialites, coffee, and various other issues of concern to your average middle-aged, middle class Kiwi bloke.

The songs send up many of mainstream New Zealand society's obsessions and taboos with gentle affection - occasionally packing a satirical barb as if from an imaginary kindly but curmudgeonly uncle.

While the humour is immediate, the extraordinary musicianship of this versatile and experienced trio wraps it in a deceptive package. There are scorching improvised solos, finely-crafted three-part vocal harmonies, tight arrangements and infectious swinging rhythms.

HCS have played Arts and Jazz festivals all over Australasia and have released eight CDs and a live DVD. Their 2004 album, 'Toasted', rated a four star review in Downbeat USA, the world's longest-running and most widely-read jazz publication. Their songs have been used in feature length movies (Second Hand Wedding, No Petrol! No Diesel!) and year 13 Correspondence School English Courses.

In 2010 they were flown by the New Zealand Embassy to Riyadh in Saudi Arabia, to present a slice of Kiwi culture to an international audience. One of these shows represented their 1000th live performance.

The trio now describes itself as a combination of jazz, blues, country and old time English music hall with influences ranging from Nat King Cole to Gilbert & Sullivan, Django Reinhardt to Flanders & Swann.

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