Sunday 18th September 5pm at Meow Cafe- David Feehan
Two Years ago David Feehan performed to a full house for us. Now he’s back, and in David’s words “This time with my own band who for the first time are all available.”
Last year David released his 4th solo album “Cuatro”, (although having appeared on over 20 other albums released in NZ) making the charts at #12, a testament to this international Wellington singer/songwriter/vocal tutor who has performed all over NZ, and in places like Ronnie Scott’s and the 100 Club in London, Camillo’s in LA, The Tuscany Project in Italy, a Polish tour with the RFBB, Montreux Jazz Festival (twice) and in Havana with Buena Vista Social Club; to name just a few, along with many TV and stage shows including playing Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar.
David has previously played a menu of standards with a few contemporary jazz songs thrown in. This time however he is reversing that process and will emphasise his love of popular contemporary jazz and the correlation with pop/blues/soul and R&B.
Harmonies has always been a big thing with the David Feehan Band and David will be bringing with him, and featuring for the first time, regular band vocalists Fiona Bee, Emma Davey and Jamie Musuva.
Artists like Steely Dan, Patti Austin, Ivan Lins, Allen Toussaint, Tower of Power, Earth Wind and Fire, Brian Setzer and Joe Jackson, often seen as “Pop” and often discarded by jazz aficionados in the past, (even though their roots were all in jazz); have had a real resurgence in the last few years (Earth Wind and Fire and Patti Austin headlined at the 50th Tauranga Jazz Festival and are bringing more people to the world of jazz. David will be bringing some of their songs to the stage along with a few tributes from the more jazzy side of Maurice White, Carole King and David Bowie, plus some songs off the new album, whilst still playing a few of the standards we all love.
The David Feehan Band has been around for 25 years and many of the players have been with the band for a number of those years. This is an opportunity to hear them play the music they especially love to play, blending the various mixes of R&B/Soul/Pop/Blues/Latin into an evening of contemporary jazz with heaps of harmonies and loads of sweet horns thrown in.
Phil Hornblow (Keys):
Phil has been playing keyboards with the David Feehan Band for some years and is a huge asset to both David and the band with his strong playing. He currently teaches music at Whitireia Polytechnic Music Conservatorium and has his own studio, Vision Studios, producing and arranging music in a variety of genres from recording work with NZSO and classical choral ensembles to music production work for the TV series “Karaoke High”.
Olivia Campion (Drums):
Olivia, originally from Hawkes Bay was bought up studying piano, flute and drums before graduating from NZSM with Batchelor of Music (Hons) on drums, she has been the drummer for DFB for several years now besides performing and teaching in the Wellington region and is a strong, thinking drummer, able to play all styles from the softest jazz ballad to the strongest rock sounds, and always with an ear to the vocals.
Andy Mauafua (Guitar):
Andy has been with the DFB for a long time. His skills in every facet of music are legendary and he is widely used as a session and tour guitarist with many top NZ performers, travelling all over the world from Philippines to Glastonbury in UK. He shines on stage with his solos but is just as much at home playing quiet songs on the acoustic as he is the electric guitar.
A tutor at Whitireia Polytechnic Music Conservatorium Andy has also studied at the prestigious Berklee Music School in USA. He also has a wonderful duo, “Scarlet” with his partner, Amanda Hanna – Doull playing many jazz and blues songs in a softer jazz idiom.
Paul Mouncey (Bass):
Paul began learning bass, guitar and drums whilst at Logan Park High School, Dunedin. He studied Double Bass at Massey University, Wellington, graduating in 2002 with a Bmus(perf). Paul was with the top band Odessa and is a regular performer in Wellington, both with the David Feehan Band and many other top local bands. Paul is equally at home playing rock, funk, latin or jazz, and on either double or electric bass.
Andre Paris (Saxophone):
Originally from Auckland, Andre has been involved with music since picking up the alto saxophone at age 9. During his school years he was a member of the Aotea Youth Symphony and Queen City Big Band, performed with the Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra as well as winning Most Outstanding Saxophonist at the annual Tauranga jazz festival.
Completing a Bmus from Massey University in Wellington, has been involved in Wellington as a saxophonist and teacher, playing in small group jazz, big bands, dance/wedding bands, salsa, original dub/reggae groups, musicals and concert band music. Andre is also currently involved with the Central Band of the RNZAF and has performed with many of New Zealand’s top artists including John Rowles, the Yandall Sisters andJackie Clarke.
Chris Fox (Trombone):
Chris has been playing with the David Feehan Band (and before that, Tapestry) for years and is an integral part of the David Feehan horn section. Part of the Rodger Fox Big Band, Chris and David grew together in Jazz through their time together playing all over the world and throughout New Zealand.
Chris has also been heavily active in Brass Bands in Porirua with the Fox family and has a high reputation as a top trombonist, releasing his own CD as well as being a mainstay of all the Rodger Fox Big Band and the four David Feehan albums. He has played with Johnny Mathis, Kurt Elling, Patti Austin and Arturo Sandaval, to name just a few and like David has also recorded at Capitol Recording Studios in LA.
Chris Selley (Trumpet and EWI):
Like Chris Fox, Chris Selley has been an integral part of the David Feehan Band as well as a member of the RFBB and the Mingus Ensemble. A trumpet tutor in high schools and colleges throughout Wellington, he also arranges the horn charts for the band and David’s albums, as well as the NZ Army Band in Wellington. Chris has played with the likes of Patti Austin, Bill Cunliffe, Alan Broadbent, Mike Stern and has also recorded with RFBB at Capitol, LA. as well as on the soundtrack to Gayle Preston’s movie “War Stories Our Mothers Never Told Us”
Chris also plays the EWI which gives him the ability to cover string and other parts required to complete the arrangements of many songs, adding a huge dimension to the band. These instruments are not easy to play and Chris is one of only a handful in New Zealand who regularly use them.
Sean Feehan (Percussion and Vocals):
Sean is a multi-instrumentalist who specialises in drums and percussion but who is becoming a sought after vocalist in his own right. Besides playing percussion for DFB Sean is also drummer/lead vocalist for his own band Prizm where he writes and arranges most of the material.
Sean is also an accomplished dancer and actor with several projects to his credit including the Black Comedy “Chicken”. Sings duet with David on “Respect Yourself” on the new “Cuatro” album.
Emma Davey (Vocals)
A graduate of Whitireia Music Conservatorium, Emma has been in DFB for many years besides having her own band and an album to her credit, entirely self-penned, released in 2015.
Emma has an amazing voice and can sing in all genres, with fantastic harmony abilities, and is highly respected as a vocal tutor. Has sung both lead, and harmonies on recording projects with David, and the 3 successful Julie Lamb albums and appears on a duet with David on “Bronze”, his third album.
Fiona Bee (Vocals):
From Kapiti, Fiona is a graduate in Performing Arts from Christchurch and is a well-known Vocal Teacher on the Kapiti Coast besides joining David and Emma in producing the Tapestry Singers Concerts twice a year (35 concerts so far and growing) in Wellington for up to 30 students each time. She joined DFB in 2015 after recording with him on his last two albums and is much sought after as a harmony singer but has her own incredible voice as well, specialising in Jazz/Blues and huge ballads and featuring in a duet with David on “Bronze”.
Jamie Musuva (Vocals):
Jamie is the latest to join DFB on a permanent basis, but has been involved with the band and the singers concerts for several years. With an amazing soulful voice, she is church trained so has a great gospel-type harmony voice, blends well with the other singers in the band and has also been involved in the last recording project. A huge asset to the band and a very versatile singer, Jamie and David will perform their Duet “Going Back” which will appear on David’s fifth album to be released in 2017.
How to find Meow Cafe
Meow is hidden away in the middle of the block between Manners, Willis and Victoria Streets. It's a brick building which you can see 50 meters ahead of you along Edward Street from Victoria Street. There is also a walkway through buildings from the corner of Manners and Victoria, and you can also walk under cover from Willis Street through the Food Court.
You could arrange to be dropped off at Meow but Edward Street is narrow and you cannot park there. Parking is available free in the surrounding streets, especially Willis Street and Victoria Street (beyond the present roadworks). There is plenty of parking in Wilson's multi-storey carpark (access off Willis Street) for $2 an hour (take a ticket and pay before exit). After parking there you can take the lift to Ground and walk through the Food Court to Meow.