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Merv Thomas Birthday Bash

When:

Tue 17 Jul 2018, 7:30pm

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

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Members: $5.00
  • Students with ID: $5.00
  • Non Members: $15.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: Pete McGregor

Well known trombonist and band leader Merv Thomas will celebrate his birthday in style merv has put together a huge show inviting many of the musicians and singers with whom he has colaborated over the years.

Merv Thomas Trombone with Mike Walker, Bruce King, Pete McGregor, John Wilcox, Roger Manins, Hadyn Godfrey, and many more plus special guests: Suzanne Lynch, Larry Morris, Jane Horder, Adrian Keeling, and many more.

A night to remember.

Merv Thomas Bio:
Born 13 July 1931 in Timaru. Started on Flugel Horn aged 5 under fathers tuition. Aged 10 family moved to Wanganui. Changed to trombone aged 13. Teenage years in Brass bands moving on to local dance bands at 20.

Moved to Auckland aged 24 in 1955 to play in local dance halls and in the Radio Band series. Three Christmas seasons at Mt. Maunganui with an Auckland band followed by 3 further seasons with own Dixieland Band.

Joined Frank Gibson Snr in Auckland's first RockNRoll band at the Jive Centre. Moved to the Crystal Palace in 1960 leading the Merv Thomas Dixielanders for a 4 and 1/2 year engagement. 2 years at Trillos Westhaven.

Merv Thomas Octet residency at the Peter Pan. 4 years leading the band at Harro’s Hofbrahouse. Long-time member of the Bridge City Jazz Men. 12 years with Pete McGregor’s “Prima Swing Riot”.

Multiple tours with overseas artists like, Shirley Bassey, Harry Seccombe, Bruce Forsyth, Basil Brush, Miss NZ Show, Cilla Black, Renee Geyer, Rolf Harris, John Rowles etc.

15 years Musical Director; Queen City Big Band
12 years Musical Director; 1932 Jazz Orchestra
Resident trombone; Auckland Neophonic Orchestra.

Presented by the Auckland Jazz and Blues Club.

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