Jazz musicians unite for Adults in Motion

The Mahurangi Ramblers entertain at AIM, from left, Bob Ward (trombone), Mike Nisbet (clarinet) and David Spivey (banjo).

Jazz bands Mahurangi Ramblers and Jazz Connection will join forces for another Warkworth Town Hall concert on Sunday, March 1.

The concert will raise money for Adults in Motion (AIM) – a local charity that assists young adults with disabilities.

Band leader David Spivey volunteers at AIM, calling in at its Warkworth centre every week to play banjo or guitar.

David says he sometimes introduces new songs, but the young people will usually not let him go until he plays old favourites such as She’ll Be Coming Round the Mountain.

“They are lovely kids,” he says.

David says his efforts are nothing compared to AIM’s dedicated staff.

He adds that as a small charity, it’s often difficult for AIM to secure sponsorship and raise money. Currently, the organisation is seeking funding for trips out and for a new minibus.

Last time the Mahurangi Ramblers and Jazz Connection played at the Town Hall, the place was packed and the bands are hoping for the same enthusiastic response for their upcoming concert. The concert kicks off at 2pm and tickets are $15 at the door.