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James Tait-Jamieson's Lounge Lizards


Sun 3 Dec 2017, 5:30pm–8:15pm

Where: Napier Sailing Club, 63 West Quay, Ahuriri, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Hawke's Bay Jazz Club Members: $5.00
  • Public: $20.00
  • School Students: $0.00
  • Additional fees may apply

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Listed by: ianhunt

Inspired by 'The Retro Cocktail Hour’ late night show on National Radio, James Tait-Jamieson’s Lounge Lizards bring back the sound of the ‘Swingin’ '60s and the Exotic ‘50s.

Frank Sinatra, Louis Prima, Henry Mancini, Burt Bacharach and contemporaries. Crooned vocals and famous melodies from a golden age of recorded music.

Palmerston North born saxophonist and singer James Tait-Jamieson fell in love with jazz in his teens and went on to study at the New Zealand School of Music and then on to the graduate program at the University of Nevada Las Vegas.

Living in “The Entertainment Capital of the World”, James had the opportunity to perform regularly on the Las Vegas Strip and beyond, honing his craft in front of audiences at Caesar’s Palace, The Bellagio, Wynn Las Vegas and Four Seasons at the Mandalay Bay, but to name a few.

After graduating from UNLV and moving home to New Zealand he quickly started working with Wellington lounge band Shaken Not Stirred and did a year-long stint as saxophonist in The Bobptet at the Lido Café with Roger Sellers and Paul Dyne (New Zealand’s longest running jazz gig).

In 2007 James debuted his musical review show Sons of Sinatra with internationally renowned trombonist and band leader Rodger Fox. The show has featured regularly at jazz festivals and concert venues all over New Zealand since then.

In 2010 James joined legendary Wellington musical comedy trio Hot Club Sandwich and started teaching Contemporary Performance Music at UCOL in Palmerston North, before joining the Rodger Fox Big band on alto sax in 2015.

Highlights over the past few years have been two month-long Arts On Tour New Zealand tours and a week in Norfolk Island with Hot Club Sandwich, two trips to Fiji to perfom with blues singer Mahia Blackmore’s Paradise Band and a performance at the 2017 Monterey Jazz Festival in California with the Rodger Fox Big band.

James is currently residing in Brooklyn, Wellington where he performs regularly with his own groups as well as The Andrew London Trio, The Wellington Heads, C26 salsa band, the RFBB; all while working on his first recording under his own name - a Michael Bublé-style jazz vocal album with big band and strings.

The Lounge Lizards are:
- James Tait-Jamieson - voice, sax and flute
- Chris Dann - piano
- Phil Boniface - double bass
- Hayden Lauridsen - drums

Cash Bar and Christmas Buffet Meal available.

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