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Tue 17 Jun 2014, 7:30pm

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

Restrictions: All Ages

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  • non members: $10.00
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Listed by: Pete McGregor

Auckland Jazz and Blues Club presents Auckland Jazz Orchestra with guest Caitlin Smith

In 2009, Mike Booth and Tim Atkinson founded the AJO with the primary intention of showcasing new and original compositions written by talented New Zealanders.
The AJO draws its membership from Auckland's and includes tertiary graduates, teachers and music professionals, all with the common goal of promoting local music and testing their collective skills in a Big Band setting.

The Big Band has performed at Auckland’s Music in Parks, at the Auckland Jazz Festival featuring Caitlin Smith, at the NZSM Jazz Concert Of The Year with international jazz performers Dick Oatts and Bennie Maupin and at the 2012 Jazz Journalist Association awards. They have also performed with International Blues organist Michele Benebeg.

Although as a primary goal the band’s repertoire is uniquely original compositions and arrangements the AJO also performs with guest artists – both singers and instrumentalists. This means a variety of styles and genres. Local featured guests have included singers, Yuli Quay, Brian Bevedge and Caitlin Smith. Instrumentalists include Pete Barwick (Trumpet) Brian Smith (Sax) Craig Walters (Sax) Rodger Fox (Trombone) and Merv Thomas (Trombone) and Nathan Haines (Saxophone).

In October last year AJO performed a “Cuban” project with Sydney based Gai Bryant. In January this year AJO performed at Music In Parks featuring Yuli Quay on vocals, premiered Tim Atkinson’s “Darkly Dreaming” Suite for Jazz Orchestra and has most recently performed it’s Ellingtonia” program at the Tauranga National Jazz Festival featuring Caitlin Smith.

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