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Nairobi Trio and The Dixieland Gipsy Band

When:

Sun 24 Mar 2013, 8:00pm

Where: Wellington Bluegrass Society, Peel Place, 54 Richmond Street, Petone, Lower Hutt, Wellington Region

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adult (no booking fee applies): $25.00
  • Member or child (no booking fee applies): $20.00
  • Additional fees may apply

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New Zealand’s iconic jazz entertainers the Nairobi Trio mark their 23rd year together, with a show featuring material spanning the group's career to date from their eight CDs - a mixture of skillfully crafted original pieces and jazz favourites - the distinctive sound and delivery which is the hallmark of the Nairobi Trio.

Nairobi Trio formed in March 1989. John Quigley, Richard Adams and Peter Koopman were at that time joined with Nigel Gavin and Ira Herscher, who went on to form the Jews Brothers Band with Linn Lorkin shortly thereafter, at which point the Nairobi Trio were joined by Andrew Dixon on soprano saxophone. Andrew toured with the band for some 15 years, before leaving to concentrate on other business interests.

In the intervening years the Nairobi Trio (Richard, John and Peter) have performed all over the country, throughout Australia, Asia, The UK and Europe and to this day perform on a regular basis around New Zealand and the world. It was during one European tour that the Nairobi Trio met The Dixieland Gipsy Band and in his capacity as Director of the Waiheke Island International Jazz Festival, John invited them to perform here in 2011. The guys loved the country so much that when the opportunity arose to return and headline the Waiheke International Jazz festival in 2013, the Dixieland Gypsy Band jumped at the opportunity.

Violin, guitar and double bass blend and weave to create the Trio's own brand of very accessible jazz. Be prepared to be drawn into their world, to be carried away by a performance as faultless as you'd expect from such experienced talents.

“These musicians from New Zealand play with a passion and flair that international audiences adore” - Stephane Grappelli

The initial plans for The Dixieland Gipsy Band were laid one spring day in April 2006 in Peter Lund's home in Hornbæk, a suburb of Randers, Denmark.

While having a cup of coffee and a cheese sandwich in Peter’s kitchen, he and Jacob Venndt discussed the potentials of a band reflecting their common admiration for Django Reinhardt and Svend Asmussen. They wanted to revive old traditions of entertaining performances carried by brilliant musical execution. Together with Lasse Høj Jakobsen and Jens Christian Kwella they formed The Dixieland Gipsy Band, a new bright star on the jazz horizon.

How may we describe this swinging, highly energetic musical bomb?

As intense violin solos, crack guitar playing and spirited, charming vocals poetically united with banjo, double bass, crisp harmonica and musical saw. The Dixieland Gipsy Band delivers a fascinating, bold and seductive experience.

A bomb of traditional jazz and swing music of the 1930s and 1940s, it hits right in the heart, leaving splinters of Reinhardt, Grapelli, Armstrong, Asmussen, Mathiesen, Thielemans, Slim and Slam, making us all yell as one: “ohhhh yeahh... and one more time!”

Performing for the Wellington Bluegrass Society on Sunday 24th March, the two bands will play separately and then converge in a crescendo of spontaneity - definitely something to behold. Don't miss this extremely rare opportunity to see these two groups perform together.

The Dixieland Gipsy Band have been brought to NZ courtesy of the Waiheke International Jazz Festival: www.waihekejazzfestival.co.nz

Bookings:
1. Accepted before the day;
2. Email bluegrass(at)paradise.net.nz;
3. Include your name, phone contact and the number of tickets you require;
4. You will receive a reply by email to confirm your booking;
5. There is no booking fee for this event.

Notes:
1. Doors open at 7:20pm for those who have booked;
2. Door sales on the day, at the venue, from 7:50pm;
3. Seating is general admission;
4. Ticket includes complimentary tea and coffee;
5. Free parking available by or near the venue.