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BBC aka Bay Blues Company


Sun 29 Apr 2018, 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: $15.00
  • School Students: $0.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: ianhunt

The BBC, aka Bay Blues Company, plays a mixture of Blues and Shuffle with the emphasis being to project a happy ‘foot tapping’ sound.

The inspiration for this group is based upon the original sounds of ‘New Orleans’ being the birthplace of Jazz, with two of the members having performed ‘on stage’ at the New Orleans jazz festival

Rob Smith - Tauranga, Leader/Tenor sax/Vocals: Rob started playing gigs in the late fifties in one of Tauranga’s first ‘pop’ bands ‘The Four Fours’ - In the late sixties Rob formed his own band ‘The Rob Smith Sextet’ which performed Jazz/rock music for over a decade, members over the period included well known NZ Musicians, bassist Peter McGregor, trumpeter the late Barry Neilson, and for quite a few years Robs drummer was ‘Father Dave Hall’ the founder of the Tauranga Jazz Festival.

Rob continued playing a mixture of jazz and rock when he became the permanent tenor player with the Dr Jaz band. He has performed with many well know American, European, Australian and NZ Jazz musicians and has recorded over 50 jazz tracks with both overseas and NZ musicians.

Dave Proud - Dave started with Rob many years ago as lead trumpet player however subsequently decided to play his favourite instrument the Trombone. His performances over the years have established him as one of the leading proponents of jazz in the area. Dave has also appeared at festivals in the USA, Australia and of course is well know at NZ jazz festivals.

Jeff Smith - Jeff is no stranger to Jazz clubs and has performed his own brand of music with his own band 'Thats Life'. He was just made for the style of music that the BBC performs which is supported by just how many years Jeff has been part of the Rob Smith set.

Jimmy Gibb - If you are looking for the best time keeper then you cannot go past Jimmy - His years of ‘drumming’ experience both overseas and right here in NZ have produced a drummer who is constantly listening to the front line supporting it with measured beats that complete the overall flavour of New Orleans music.

Doug Harvey, Is another fine musician who grew up with the pop sounds of the sixties and seventies and then in later life has devoted his energy towards jazz sounds, not however losing site of the music he grew up with - I think you will understand when you catch renditions of tunes such as ‘Hello Dolly’ etc

Chris Sang - Has a long musical career and his years with the Dr Jaz band make him the ideal person to perform jazz with the BBC - Chris is a refreshing bass player who is able to place the minimum of good notes just at the right time.

Cash bar and meals available. All welcome.

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