MAINLAND BIG BAND
Mainland Big Band. Big Band Music at its very best. Playing at 7-30pm on the first Saturday of every month.
days. So the ages range from 10-13 years old. Tonight we have the 2018 band - we are lucky to have our graduated members back who are now in year 9 at high school to join our year 8s. We also have a brand new year 7 member who has just been playing sax for a few weeks. This Chisnallwood jazz band were lucky to play at JazzQuest last year, an event mainly for high schools held here at ARA, where they were overjoyed to receive a gold award. They also enjoyed a fabulous tour to Dunedin and Oamaru where they played at the Steampunk Festival and for gave educational school concerts. They played for a few special events such as the Big Band Festival, the opening of the City Promenade, Santa Parades and NZEI teacher graduation. They have played in the rain, in the sun, on trucks and played wearing steampunk goggles. The band has recently been invited to play in China in July. Many of the members of this band are going there to represent Chisnallwood and NZ in a youth summer music festival in Shanghai.
SOUTHERN JAZZMEN 6 Piece Dixie and Swing Band featuring Jeff Bradley on Clarinet, vocals, Kim Blackmore, Trombone , vocals, Bert Parrant, Guitar and vocals, Greg Knowles, Trumpet and vocals, Dave Pitt on Bass and Robert Zipfel, Drums. Great toe tapping music to enjoy and dance to.
The Organic Jazz Band The Organic Jazz Band was formed to perform regularly at the local vegetable market gig as known as 'Vege gig' years ago comprises of Nanako Sato on Key/vox, Rachael Traville on Saxophone and Victoria Knopp on Bass.
While the regular gig concluded its phase, we still have our sound remained and also in order to capture our sound, we released an album 'Blue Skies' in 2014.
The bassist Knopp has been making music in Canada with her husband as a duo called ‘Response’ and came back to Christchurch a couple of years ago. The OJB has been reunited this year to do some gigs and shows like Eats and Beats Festival. The band will be performing another show in August at the Nut Point Centre. The OJB is excited to perform for you at the Jazz After Work series in July.