David Feehan & Friends at Chicago - 5pm Sunday 19th October 2014
David Feehan & Friends will be performing for the Wellington Jazz Club at Chicago on Sunday 19th October 2014. David’s friends consist of Dawn Elder and Coco Favre (Vocalists) and a seven piece band.
At the time of David Feehan's last gig at Wellington Jazz Club in August 2012 Graham Kelly reported:
"A packed audience at the Jazz Club’s August concert heard an outstanding mixture of standards and contemporary singing for David Feehan and friends, accompanied by a seven piece backing band of leading professional musicians.
Wellington is fortunate to have such an artist in its ranks and Wellington Jazz Club will welcome back David Feehan and his band and friends again."
David Feehan has been heavily involved in the Music industry since the age of seven and over nearly six decades since has contributed hugely to the New Zealand and international music scene.
From Church and School Choirs, New Zealand Opera Company, Rock Bands and Big Bands through to International recording, Song writing, Vocal producer and session Vocalist, David is one of New Zealand's most acclaimed male vocalists. He has been a vocal Tutor at Wellington's Whitireia Polytechnic and Massey University’s Wellington Music as well as teaching privately, and has also held vocal workshops all over the country. He worked as a guest tutor with the prestigious Tuscany Music Project when they held their NZ clinic in Nelson in 2011 and has attended the Project course in Italy twice, and studied in New York, Havana and San Diego. The top young jazz vocalist prize at the Tauranga Jazz Festival, the world’s oldest continuous jazz festival, is the David Feehan Trophy; such is his mana as a Jazz singer/tutor in NZ.
His style varies from jazz rock, to R&B, to soul to wonderful versions of jazz standards, besides once playing Jesus in the acclaimed “Jesus Christ Superstar”. He has sung with some amazing world artists ( Buena Vista Social Club, Jon Papenbrook and and Bill Reichenbach spring to mind) and has performed at places like Ronnie Scotts in London and the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland (twice) as well as touring throughout the world in places like Poland, Canada, USA, UK, Mexico and Cuba. David is applying the finishing touches to his fourth solo album, “Cuatro” and will be performing some of the tracks off this and his earlier three albums at this concert.
Coco Favre was born and raised in Switzerland into a very musical family. Multi-talented, she started off as a dancer at the age of 9 and became lead singer of her first covers band by the age of 13. She performed as a singer/hip hop dancer in many countries, including Europe, Mexico and North Africa. Coco has worked as a session singer in Geneva, Switzerland and New Zealand and danced at the BROADWAY DANCE CENTRE in New York and taught American Jazz Dance to young students in Lower Hutt. Coco loves teaching and is currently a vocal tutor, under the wing of acclaimed singer David Feehan. Coco has been in numerous bands all over the world, including THE FROSTED PENGUINS, DEBORAH, CLAVE LATINA and THE DAVID FEEHAN BAND and hot 6-piece band MOCHA CHOCO LATTE. Multi-linguistic, Coco not only speaks French, Spanish, German and English but she also sings in those languages. Coco loves the sultry Jazz, Blues, Latin, Soul and French genres but has been rapping and yodelling in the past. An apprentice Drummer since 2011, Coco has also started writing her own songs for her duet CAPRICORN CONNECTION. Coco will be singing several songs from her new Jazz album due to be released this November, so keep an eye out for it.
Dawn has been a longstanding student of David’s and specialises in adapting Jazz Standards. Based in Wellington, She has also studied, like Coco, and David, at the prestigious Tuscany Vocal Workshop in Italy and in fact has just returned from studying and singing there again.
She finished her first CD late last year and released it to critical acclaim. Dawn will be singing songs from that album at this concert, for you to enjoy.
Phil Hornblow : Keys:
Phil has been playing keyboards with the David Feehan Band for some years now and is a huge asset to both David, and the band with his strong playing. Phil currently teaches music at Whitireia Polytechnic Music Conservatorium and has his own studio. He is well known as an arranger and top producer, with his own studio.
Olivia Campion, Drums:
Olivia has come in to the band replacing Reuben Bradley who has taken some time out due to the recent birth of his first child. Olivia is studying finals at NZSM, Wellington and is a strong, thinking drummer, great at all styles from the softest jazz ballad to the strongest rock sounds. She is highly respected in Wellington’s music community and the band is lucky to have her playing for them this year.
Andy Mauafua, Guitar:
Andy has been playing with the David Feehan Band for longer than anyone can remember but for at least 10 years. 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 like Bella Kololo amongst others, travelling all over the world from Philippines to Glastonbury in UK.
Andy shines on stage with his often soaring solos and is just as much at home playing quiet songs on the acoustic as he is the electric guitar.
A top tutor at Whitireia Polytechnic Music Conservatorium Andy also has set up a very successful tutorial for teaching younger musicians how to get into music with his “Cover Band” programmes. He 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. A top musician.
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 band Odessa and is a regular performer in Wellington, both with the David Feehan Band and others, and is currently touring on board cruise ships.
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.
He then completed a bachelor of music from Massey University in Wellington, and since then has been involved with the Wellington music scene as a freelance saxophonist and itinerant 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 Royal New Zealand Air Force the David Feehan Band and the Bella Kololo group. He has also performed with many of New Zealand’s top artists including John Rowles, the Yandall Sisters, Jackie Clarke, and many others.
Chris Fox:- Trombone
Chris has been playing on and off 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 albums.
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 Rodger Fox Big Band.
A trumpet tutor in high schools and colleges throughout Wellington, Chris also arranges the horn charts for the band and David’s albums, as well as the NZ Army Band in Wellington.
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. If you hear a harmonica sound in the concert have another look, it will probably be Chris on the EWI.