Belters, Ballads, Boogie and Banter

All happening in Paekakariki

Neil Billington

Jumpin’ the Blues, will be at Paekakariki’s legendary St Peters Hall on Saturday 10 June at 8pm, as part of the Wellington’s International Jazz Festival. Tickets are only $20.

The headliners are three of New Zealand’s best-known bandleaders:


James Cameron

~ the harmonic wizard and vocalist Neil Billington, recently returned from a tour of Japan

~ bassist James Cameron of Velox Brothers and Cattlestops fame

~ singer-guitarist and songwriter Andrew London.

The trio are supported by drummer Anje Glindemann and guest pianist Gilbert Haisman.

Covering a range of genres

The show will draw on several blues-inspired genres, according to Andrew London.  “There’ll be rowdy blues covers and originals, poignant jazz standards, favourites from the swing era, and maybe some satire.”

Andrew London

“There’s something indestructible about these traditions.  They’ve been going strong in New Zealand since the thirties, and they are still renewing themselves with new influences―especially in Wellington where a wonderful crop of young jazzers is rediscovering ragtime and Dixieland.”

London is a big fan of his collaborators. ”James Cameron is a great songwriter and humorist, and his bass is just the best foundation.  And Billers―that’s Neil Billington―is one of New Zealand’s leading harmonica players.

He’s totally at home with traditional blues harp, and with the chromatic harmonica styles of Stevie Wonder, the Belgian jazz great Toots Thielemans, and Larry Adler.

Add Anje Glindemann and Gilbert Haisman, also favourites of mine with their own followers, and you can’t go wrong.

Admission to the BYO event is $20.  Bookings are through Eventfinder, and there will be limited door sales.  Doors open at 7.30 pm.

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