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NZSM: Bennie Maupin plays The Grand


Sat 18 Aug 2012, 8:00pm

Where: The Grand, 69 Courtenay Place, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adult: $25.00
  • Seniors / students: $15.00
  • Adults with a JazzJazzJazz ticket: $15.00
  • NZSM Staff and students: $10.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Bennie Maupin is a jazz 'giant' and brings with him the ethos, experience and expertise that comes from a lifetime playing among other stars of the jazz world. He is best known for his atmospheric bass clarinet playing on Miles Davis’ classic 'Bitches Brew' album, as well as other Miles Davis recordings such as 'Big Fun', 'Jack Johnson', and 'On the Corner'.

Born in 1940, Maupin started playing clarinet, later adding saxophone, flute and, most notably, the bass clarinet to his formidable arsenal of woodwind instruments.He was a founding member of Herbie Hancock’s seminal band The Headhunters, as well as a performer and composer in Hancock’s influential Mwandishi band. Upon moving to New York in 1962, he freelanced with groups led by Marion Brown, Pharoah Saunders, and Chick Corea, and played regularly with Roy Haynes and Horace Silver. He also recorded with McCoy Tyner, Lee Morgan, Freddie Hubbard, Jack DeJohnette, Andrew Hill, Eddie Henderson, and Woody Shaw to name only a few.

This concert rounds out the 2012 NZSM Jazz Festival. Following almost a week of masterclasses, tutorials, adjudication and workshops, and a starring role in the large scale JazzJazzJazz concert the previous evening (Friday 17 August), Bennie will play on a more intimate scale with a select combo from NZSM's Jazz faculty in the upstairs bar at The Grand.

Concert will start just after 8:00pm, but the venue is open earlier for those who want to stake a 'claim'.
Door sales only: adults $25, students/seniors $15 – but as a special NZSM Jazz Festival bonus: adults who present a JazzJazzJazz ticket can pay the student price of just $15 for this concert.
NZSM staff and students: $10

NZSM wishes to acknowledge the generous support of the Wellington Jazz Trust in helping make Bennie Maupin's visit possible.

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