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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Ryan Bingham - The Tuning Fork - April 20 for one show only - Photos by Trevor Villers

Last here in 2014 the Texan singer-songwriter, RYAN BINGHAM, best known for penning “The Weary Kind”, the Oscar-winning theme song for Crazy Heart, once more captivated audiences with tracks off his critically acclaimed 2015 release Fear and Saturday Night.
RYAN BINGHAM, in an intimate semi-acoustic mode, played the Tuning Fork on Wednesday April 20 for one show only.  Trevor Villers popped along to take a few snaps. 

"Rodney Fisher (Goodshirt) on the undercard, together with Elizabeth Stokes (The Beths, Hipstmatics etc),  but the real action came from where you’d expect it.  Ryan Bingham very much at home in a pared down acoustic trio" - Trevor

Tel:    +  64 9 445 8356

Rodney Fisher

Ryan Bingham

Ryan Bingham

Ryan Bingham

Elizabeth Stokes

Elizabeth Stokes

Ryan Bingham


Monday, April 11, 2016

The full line up for the 2016 Wellington Jazz Festival has just been announced

The full line up for the 2016 Wellington Jazz Festival has just been announced:
Wellington Jazz Festival runs across 8-12 June 2016
Over 100 gigs will take place over five days with an unprecedented number of bars, restaurants and local venues also getting behind this winter music highlight
The now annual Jazz Festival draws a national audience of 15,000 music fans
Keep up to date by visiting our website at from 12 April or following us on Twitter @welljazzfest
Ticket prices range from $39- $79 (plus any Ticketek fees).
Pre-sale applies for Culture Club supporters from Tuesday 12 April.  Follow this link to sign up to the Culture Club for as little as $5 per month:
Tickets on sale to General Public on Monday 18 April.
Wayne Shorter Quartet (USA) Wed 8 June
Experience the searing sax style of jazz giant Wayne Shorter, performing with Danilo Perez, John Patitucci and Brian Blade. The multi-Grammy Award-winning quartet continues to win fans with dynamic compositions and electrifying improvisations. Early bird rates apply until 30 April.
Karrin Allyson with the Tom Warrington Trio (USA) Thu 9 June
Be swept away by smooth chanteuse Karrin Allyson, supported by the Tom Warrington Trio and New Zealand School of Music Big Band. Known for her impressive musical range, Karrin glides between bittersweet and sassy, covering the greats from Duke Ellington to Dizzy Gillespie. The experienced trio of bassist Tom Warrington, drummer Joe La Barbera, and guitarist Larry Koonse perform with her.
Mulatu Astatke with Black Jesus Experience (Ethiopia/Australia) Fri 10 June
The influential father of Ethio jazz Mulatu Astatke performs with the eight-piece Melbourne-based Black Jesus Experience. Together their hypnotic grooves and Afro-beat funk will seduce you.
Snarky Puppy (USA) Sat 11 June
Get down to the new jazz sound from the underground and revel in a night of raw “animal magic” (The Telegraph). This two-time Grammy Award-winning Brooklyn-based outfit is ready to bring the Festival funk with a jazzed-up rock concert of synth-driven grooves, “horn-hollering soul hooks, floor-shaking beats and punchy improv” (The Guardian).
Lisa Fischer & Grand Baton (USA) Sun 12 une
The voice that has backed the Rolling Stones for 25 years, Lisa Fischer is now stepping into the spotlight. Capable of both raw power and breathtaking subtlety, she mesmerised movie-goers in the Academy Award-winning documentary Twenty Feet from Stardom.  A humble and inventive performer, this Grammy Award-winning artist brings an intimate one-night-only show fusing gospel, soul and rock.
Borrowed, Blue, Old but New (New Zealand) Sun 12 June
Take a break with some of New Zealand’s most iconic entertainers as they jazz up the great New Zealand songbook. Led by the Rodger Fox Big Band, chart-toppers Hollie Smith (Bathe in the River), Mark Williams (Show No Mercy), Debbie Harwood (Melting Pot, When the Cats Away) and Erna Ferry will surprise you with their favourite classic Kiwi pop tunes and jazz standards.

Thursday, April 07, 2016

The CoffeeBar Kid talks to local band The Raskolnikovs

On a balmy Sunday afternoon, the CoffeeBar Kid sauntered down to Deathray Records in Newtown to check out the album launch by The Raskolnikovs.  Afterwards, they invited him round for a beer and a chat.  He was intending to interview the band but they had other ideas...

The Raskolnikovs are an impeccably dressed collection of Russian gypsy sailors from Wellington. They have been described in 'the media' as "drunken Russian polka-rock" with a sound like "a cross between some kind of Eastern European music and The Munsters".
Presenting hard-bitten tales of the sea, murder, murder-at-sea, drinking, drinking-at-sea, coal mining, and madness all wrapped up in a delightfully dark dance-ability.
Formed in 2003 by Brett Moodie, Matt Steindl, Justin Barr, Airini Beautrais & Dan Lucka.

The current line-up is: 
Brett Moodie (Guitars), Danny Todd (Violin), Justin Barr (Drums), Matt Steindl (Accordion) and Menno Huibers (Bass) - plus on the ep Jo Contag (Clarinet), Tom Watson (trumpet), Sharon Boyd (trombone). BV's by Helena Nimmo, Erin Geohegen and Warner Emery (ep's producer)

The Band will be touring:

Friday Apr 7  @ Wunderbar, Lyttleton Saturday
Apr 8 @ The Crown Hotel, Dunedin
Friday May 27 @ St Peters Hall, Paekakariki
Saturday May 28 @ Laundry, Wellington

Vinyl available from Death Ray records, Newtown:





Sunday, April 03, 2016

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