Jazz bands reunite for gig

Following a successful concert last year and numerous requests for a follow up,  two of Warkworth’s top jazz bands will perform together at the Matakana Hall this month.

The Mahurangi Ramblers will join forces with Jazz Connection.

The Ramblers, featuring clarinet, trombone, bass, keyboard and banjo, play traditional, up-tempo jazz, with music emanating from New Orleans and the American South.

Meanwhile, Jazz Connection play music from The Great American Songbook, including a lot of Glen Miller music, such as Tuxedo Junction and In the Mood, together with swing sounds from the 1930s and 40s.

“This, coupled with lots of vocal harmonies, produces a great sound,” David Spivey, who plays in both bands, says. “Why do we like this music? Because it swings and gives every member in the band a chance to shine. Apart from that, we are all good friends and laugh a lot.”

The concert is on Sunday, September 16 at 2pm. Tickets are $10 at the door.