John Rae Quintet
This quintet lead by Wellington drummer John Rae features some of New Zealand’s finest musicians. They will perform a programme of jazz standards, some well known and others lost gems.
John Rae (drums) is originally from Scotland and has been a New Zealand citizen since 2016. Throughout his career he has played and recorded with some of the most famous jazz musicians in the world. John recorded his first album at the age of sixteen with the acclaimed Scottish saxophonist Tommy Smith and has subsequently recorded over 50 albums both as a leader and side man including two BBC Jazz Albums of the Year (2003 and 2004). In 2009/10 he was the Creative New Zealand/Jack C. Richards composer-in-residence at Victoria University, Wellington New Zealand and is the leader and composer for the Wellington super group The Troubles.
Colin Hemmingsen (sax) (Executant Diploma of Music, Auckland University, NZ (1968), Master of Music, New England Conservatory, USA (1973).Colin is a musician of international fame and has recorded and played with many world class musicians and is no strangers to the Wellington Jazz Club. He has had a dual jazz/classical career for more than 30 years and until 1992 was "New Zealand Symphony orchestra’s":http://sounz.org.nz/contributor/performer/1289 principal bassoonist. He won a Downbeat scholarship on tenor saxophone in 1970 to study jazz at Berklee College of Music and was subsequently awarded a scholarship to New England Conservatory. There he completed a Masters degree in bassoon with Sherman Walt as his teacher. After teaching and performing in the United States (freelance with the Boston Philharmonia and Opera and ballet companies and a one year position at Virginal Commonwealth University in a resident woowind quintet) he returned to New Zealand to work with the "NZSO" and also establish the country’s first jazz school. He has been involved in jazz education since the mid-1970s and founded the NZ Jazz Foundation in 1980.
Dan Yeabsley (sax) graduated from the Wellington Polytechnic Conservatorium of Music in 1966. He is a multi-instrumentalist and with each band he appears to play a different instrument! He regularly plays with: The Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra, Fat Freddie’s Drop, The Troubles, Jelly Rolls Trio (Ben Wilcox & John Rae), and Twinset (with twin brother Chris).
Patrick Bleakley (bass) Since his early days as a member of iconic New Zealand band Blerta, Patrick has been an active and easily recognisable figure in the Wellington and New Zealand music scene. He is a founding member of the eclectic and popular jazz ensemble, The Troubles, who performed at the Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival in 2014 and perform and tour regularly around New Zealand and the world. He is also the bassist for Brazilian singer Alda Rezendez at the iconic Latin Club in Wellington. In early 2014 Patrick played with the Jonathan Crayford Trio for Crayford’s NZ release of the acclaimed CD, Dark Light. In his early career performing around Wellington in the 1970s, Patrick played with notable musicians Bruno Lawrence, Bernie McGann, Fane Flaws and Bill Lake. More recently, Patrick travelled to Sri Lanka to teach music to youth and perform with local artists. In mid 2013 he performed with the Wellington Orchestra’s critically acclaimed Duke Ellington Symphony, Night Creature.