Oscar Laven and his quintet will play at the Wanganui Jazz Club

Oscar Laven plays at the Jazz Club on Sunday. Photo / Provided

It’s impossible to ignore the tumultuous events hanging over the vibrant live music culture in our city. Not only are concert halls hard hit, but the artists themselves are canceling shows. Jazz music has never backed down from adversity, and Wanganui Jazz Club embraces that spirit. Always in compliance with government guidelines, the club continues to bring important jazz talent to Whanganui during these troubled times.

This weekend marks the first Sunday of the month, and it’s Jazz Club Night at St Johns Club. We are proud to welcome back one of New Zealand’s finest young jazz musicians, Oscar Laven and his quintet.

Oscar is a dynamic multi-instrumentalist based in Wellington. An assiduous and well-dressed performer, he never fails to magnify his flamboyant and eccentric energy through the horn. He is soon releasing his first quintet album and has performed with an eclectic array of ensembles including the NZSO, Grammy-nominated MONK’estra, Rodger Fox Big Band, Wellington Mingus Ensemble, Royal New Zealand Air Force Band, Orchestra Wellington, and conducts many of his own projects.

He will be joined by Ayrton Foote (piano), Daniel Yeabsley (double bass), John Rae (drums) and Alexander Boulton (guitar, and also a chic chest of drawers) from Whanganui. Together, they will present a program mixing new compositions and interpretations of classics, inspired by the great saxophonists Coleman Hawkins, Ben Webster, Dexter Gordon and many others.

Members and non-members alike are invited to come and be inspired by the music and inspire each other in these difficult times.
• Sunday 3rd April, St Johns Club, 158 Glasgow St. Music starts at 6.30pm, with the club serving a full menu from 5.30pm. Members $15, non-members $25. Memberships are available at the door.

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