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Gemco Jazz featuring Ben Wilcock and the Jelly Rolls


Sat 14 Feb 2015, 4:00pm–6:00pm

Where: Havelock North Domain, Napier Rd, Havelock North, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: pitsch4

Ben Wilcock and the Jelly Rolls will be a fantastic treat at the Gemco Jazz on the Village Green Free concert series. (Ben Wilcock, John Rae and Dan Yeabsley

A little about Ben...
He is one third of the Jelly Rolls, with the debut album out in August 2014!
Ben is also the keyboardist for soul sensation Bella Kalolo, performing at festivals such as Glastonbury, Java Jazz festival, Sydney festival, City of London, AWME ,Sounds Aotearoa, Rugby World Cup, Tauranga Jazz Festival, Manawatu Jazz Festival and opening for the likes of Mos Def and Dave Dobbyn.

About John Rae
John is a composer, musician and band leader.

Since finishing the Creative New Zealand/Jack C. Richards Composer-in-Residence at the New Zealand School of Music in July 2010 continues to live and work in Wellington, New Zealand.

Leader and composer of 'The Troubles' and teaches at the New Zealand School of Music.
Recorded first album at the age of sixteen with the acclaimed Scottish saxophonist Tommy Smith and has subsequently recorded over 30 albums as a leader and side man including two BBC Jazz Albums of the Year (2004 and 2003).

Before coming to New Zealand, John was one of Britain's top musicians and band leaders.

As a leader he has recorded The Big If Smiles Again, Celtic Feet, Beware the Feet, Magic Feet and Miraculous Meetings.

From 2000-2003, was the drummer for the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra and in 2005 was awarded a prestigious 'Herald Angel' at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

In 2004 formed a 35 piece ensemble Big Feet and was commissioned to write the music for a full performance. It was an amalgamation of a jazz big band with a traditional Scottish pipe band and a unique opportunity to mix two diverse music styles. Big Feet was performed on the island of Islay (Scotland) with the Isle of Islay pipe band and went on to perform in Glasgow and Edinburgh concert halls.

Was appointed the Musical Director and composer for a specially commissioned and choreographed modern dance piece in 2004. Commissioned by the national school of dance in Scotland, Dance Base , this critically acclaimed production entitled Off Kilter was performed at the Edinburgh Festival Theatre and mixed Scottish traditional dancing with modern dance, hip-hop and traditional Indian dance. Part of this piece was performed at the opening ceremony of the Scottish National Parliament and in New York.

Toured all over the world with a number of musicians and groups

Dan Yeabsley
Bass player extraordinaire with credits on too many albums to mentioned but they range from Trinity Roots, Lisa Tomlins, Fat Freddy's drop and of course Wellingtons eclectic Twin set Jazz trio.

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