Concert promises smooth jazz

The Jazz Connection and Mahurangi Ramblers. From left, Bob Ward (trombone), Dana Fergusson (vocals), David Spivey (banjo), Eric Krey (bass), Val Couling (keyboards), Brian Leigh (drums), Phil Thornton (sax) and Mike Nisbet (clarinet).

Following a hugely successful concert last year, two local jazz bands, Mahurangi Ramblers and Jazz Connection, have teamed up again and will perform a new programme.

Last year, the bands packed out the Matakana Hall. This year they have moved to the Warkworth Town Hall, which holds twice as many people.

Jazz Connection will provide a variety of smooth jazz from the 1930s, including numbers by Duke Ellington, Glen Miller and other artists of the great swing era, and featuring the impressive vocal style of Dana Fergusson.

Mahurangi Ramblers, who collectively have more than 300 years of playing semi-professionally, have a programme of early jazz music that makes people want to dance.

Spokesperson for the bands, David Spivey, says there is a real resurgence in people listening to jazz music.

The bands will perform at the Warkworth Town Hall on Sunday, May 5, from 2pm to 4.30pm. Tickets $10 at the door.


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