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Music for an Elastic Jazz Band


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10/01/06

Jasmine Lovell-Smith and The Night Dreamers Present

Music for an Elastic Jazz Band

An evening of evocative new compositions for ten musicians

February 16 -17 2006
8 p.m.
Happy, 118 Tory Street
Tickets: adult $20 / concession $15 / fringe card $10
Tickets from Real Groovy and door sales

The dream begins for young jazz composer

Ten-piece band Jasmine Lovell-Smith and The Night Dreamers make their debut in Fringe 06 with a concert of new works by Jasmine Lovell-Smith. A graduate of the Massey University Conservatorium of Music jazz programme, Jasmine has been playing tenor saxophone around Wellington for the last three years.

In creating The Night Dreamers, Jasmine has combined some of Wellington’s most creative musicians to form a diverse sound palette including vocals, woodwinds, brass, and jazz rhythm section. “I am honoured to have such a great band working for me”, enthuses Jasmine, “They all bring such a range of experience and the combined sound is something I’m really excited about.”

The performance includes both Jazz and Latin tinged instrumental pieces and atmospheric settings of modern poems, which feature the stunning vocal talents of Hannah Griffin. Hannah is well known in Wellington for her performances with the Kevin Clark Trio, Zirkus, Shaken Not Stirred and her own quartet. Another featured soloist is sax and clarinet player Nils Olsen, best known for his work with C.L Bob.

All the instrumentalists will get a chance to shine - “The music is quite carefully orchestrated, but I’ve also left a lot of space for improvisation since I have so great soloists in the band”, says Jasmine. “This concert isn’t just jazz for jazz fans - it’s a chance for everyone to experience some new music played by a unique ensemble.”

Music for an Elastic Jazz Band is on for two nights, Feb 16-17 8 p.m. at Happy (basement level, corner of Vivian and Tory Streets).

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Jasmine Lovell-Smith and The Night Dreamers
Music for an Elastic Jazz Band

The People Involved

Jasmine Lovell-Smith – Composer, Producer, Tenor Saxophonist
Jasmine lives in Wellington and has performed with the Norman Meehan Quintet, the Kevin Clark Trio and the Jasmine Lovell-Smith Trio.

Hannah Griffin – Vocals
Hannah lives in Wellington and has performed with the Hannah Griffin Quartet, Zirkus, the Kevin Clark Trio and Shaken Not Stirred.

Hugo Mintz - Trumpet
Hugo lives in Wellington and performs regularly with his band Night Train.

Nick van Dijk - Trombone
Nick lives in Wellington. He is a lecturer at the Massey Conservatorium and plays with the Deville Brothers, Niko Nezna, Zirkus and Zamba Flam.

Nils Olsen – Saxophone, Clarinet
Nils lives in Wellington. He was a founding member of C.L. Bob, and also plays with the Black Seeds and the Deville Brothers.

Anita van Dijk - Piano
Anita lives in Wellington. She is a jazz piano tutor at the Massey Conservatorium, and a great composer and bandleader.

Dave Ward - Guitar
Dave lives in Wellington. He has performed with the Interplay Trio, Niko Nezna, Super Sausage, Onomatopoeia, and as solo musician for the Indian Ink Theatre Company’s The Candlestickmaker and Krishnan’s Dairy.

Misha Marks - Guitar
Misha lives in Wellington. He has performed with Christchurch based band Mundi, Niko Nezna and the Misha Marks 4tet.

Reuben Bradley – Drums
Reuben lives in Wellington. He has performed with the Jonathan Crayford Trio, the Roger Manins Trio and the Norman Meehan Quintet.

N.B. Bass player to be confirmed.

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