Jazz in Paekakariki


Fans of jazz and blues alike will welcome the dynamic harmonica playing of Neil Billington who will team with Wellington jazz combo Hot Club Sandwich to present a concert at the Paekakariki Memorial Hall on Saturday 29 January 2011 at 7:00 PM. Organiser Mary Gow presents the event as a fundraiser for the more classically-oriented Mulled Wine Concert Series which starts later in the year.

“Neil is such a fine harmonica player and musician” said Mary, “and when I heard he was available, I couldn’t resist the idea of having him onstage with Hot Club Sandwich, my favourite NZ group!”

Described by his friends as “mild mannered”, Billington – master of the blues and chromatic harps, turns into a different person when he steps up to the mike. Combining the raw energy of traditional Chicago blues with soaring chromatic jazz virtuosity, Neil’s electifying performances have become legendary.

Hot Club Sandwich leader is Kapiti local singer/guitarist Andrew London, who writes much of the group’s material. His songs send up aspects of New Zealand society’s customs and taboos with gentle affection with the occasional sharp barb! The songs come wrapped up in scorching improvised solos, three-part vocal harmonies and tight arrangements. Other members are pianist/bassist Terry Crayford who has toured NZ with many big-name groups and is a master of the traditional swing style and saxophonist James Tait Jameson.

Originally based around the Hot Club de Paris swing style music popularised by Django Reinhardt and Stephan Grappelli, they have moved on to a mix of jazz, blues, country, and music-hall humour. HCS have played Arts and Jazz festivals all over Australasia and have released six CD’s. They are just back from a tour of Saudi Arabia where they have played for the NZ Embassy. Living up to the “sandwich” part of their name, they enjoy inviting highly-rated musicians to perform with them, hence their welcome to Neil.

The Mulled Wine Concert Series in Paekakariki received rapturous critical acclaim and has been hailed by critics as a noteworthy addition to the Wellington music scene. The 2011 season opens on 27 March and features The New Zealand Trio with cellist Ashley Brown.

Tickets ($20) from:
Magpie at Paremata, Mana Esplanade
Darcy`s Organic Fruit and Veges, Paekakariki
Lush Design, Raumati Beach
Footnote Womens Footwear, Coastlands
Moby Dickens Bookshop, Paraparaumu Beach
Patricias Fashion, Waikanae
Otaki Veterinary Centre, Otaki
Info/bookings: marygow@gmail.com or (04) 902 2283.

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