Top New Zealand Jazz Vocalist David Feehan returns after a very well received concert back in December 2010, with vocalist friends Corinne Imrie, Dawn Elder and Nichola King to present a mixture of standards and contemporary jazz pieces for your pleasure.
The band accompanying him will be:
Reuben Bradley, drums
Mostyn Cole, bass
James Illingworth. Keyboards
Callum Allardice, guitar
Chris Selley, trumpet and EVI
Chris Fox, Trombone
Andre Paris, Saxes
Swiss born Corinne Imrie is married to a kiwi and living in New Zealand, working and teaching with David. Teaching dance and vocals, she has performed all over Europe, North Africa and Central America before settling here in Wellington. Her repertoire includes jazz and blues and as she loves the music of Melody Gardot, DD Bridgewater and Diana Krall you are sure to hear some of those artists’ songs here.
Dawn Elder is a longstanding student both of David’s and of the prestigious Tuscany Singing Project in Italy which she has just returned from. She is currently recording her first album and will feature songs from it today.
Nichola King is a student and a tutor with David. Born on the Kapiti Coast she was a top ballet dancer in Melbourne until injury ended her career and has turned her talents instead to singing jazz and contemporary vocals. She will be singing a tribute to the late Etta James today as well as to the just visited Patti Austin
Reuben Bradley, Mostyn Cole and James Illingworth are three of the very best jazz players in the country, a fact reinforced when Reuben’s debut jazz album, which they all collaborated on, took out the best jazz album of the year award for New Zealand for 2011.
Callum Allardice is well known in Wellington as an up and coming jazz guitarist, another from the New Zealand school of Music and is well sought after. David sang with him at the 2011 Tuxedo Junction concert and was so impressed he asked him to play for him on this gig.
Chris Selley, Chris Fox and Andre Paris, are simply the best three piece horn section in Wellington and have been playing with David so long that they are an integral part of the sound, with Chris Selley doing most of the arranging for both David’s album releases and live performances. From the fantastic versatility of the EVI to the sweet solos of Trumpet, Trombone and Sax, these three turn out a beautifully polished sound to complement the rest of the band.
Finally, to David Feehan - it is a testament to his standing as a top vocalist in this country, for him to be asked to share the opening concert for this year’s 50th Tauranga Jazz Festival with some of the country’s best artists and of course the show was sold out and fantastically well received. He has sponsored the top young vocalist award there for over 20 years
He has sung all over New Zealand from modest beginnings as a church chorister to the New Zealand Opera Company then as founder member of Tapestry and long serving vocalist with Rodger Fox Big Band. David started his contemporary vocal life as so many top singers do, as a session singer along with his brothers who are also all good musicians, and parents that were also top Wellington singers in their time, plus a huge amount of music programmes on TV.
There are not many New Zealand singers that can say they have performed with distinction at Ronnie Scotts and the 100 Club in London, Carmillo’s and Disneyland in LA, Croce’s in San Diego, concerts throughout Poland, twice at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland (where incidentally Corinne has also performed), plus Singapore, Hong Kong, China, France, Canada, Mexico, throughout Australia, Italy, Chicago, New York and Boston, as well as performing with Buena Vista Social Club in Havana, Cuba.
Although just returned from performing in Hong Kong and Chongqing, China; David mostly works these days on teaching and furthering the careers of his singing students, where he and his tutors stage two concerts a year where they can be heard singing with his fabulous band.
He is in the middle of recording his 4th and 5th albums (the 5th will be a duo) of contemporary and jazz material, including writing some of his own material. His 3rd album 'Bronze' was released in 2009 to great reviews. He has also appeared on over 20 other album projects and is often asked to sit in the producer's chair or critique and work with singers in the middle of their own album projects, to help “get it right”.
Come and enjoy the music of David Feehan and his band, and friends on Sunday 19th August @ Chicago Sports Bar from 5pm to 7pm.
Support Band: Support Band entertainment starting at 4.15pm will be provided by the Wellington Jazz Club Band led by Graham Kelly (keyboard), with Chris Anderson (clarinet), Alfred Memelink (tenor sax), Chris Caudwell (trombone), Peter Gregory (bass) and (all the way from Kapiti) Denis Taylor (drums). They’ll play an easy-listening selection of well known toe-tappin’ jazz swing standards.
Come early to get a good seat and be warmed-up by this popular group.