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Jazz up your Lunchtime!

Pedro Olding

Pedro Olding

This was the invitation on the poster, and it came from Lopdell House who are currently in exile in New Lynn while their old building is undergoing “seismic strengthening”. Right in front of their current premises is Todd Triangle (whose brick sculptures by Peter Lange have graced these pages earlier). And all the facilities are there to have a wonderful party.

Tuesday, April 30, was a good date, as it marked International Jazz Day. And the Bourbon St Jazz Band were willing and able to provide great musical entertainment: Peter Fielding (saxophone), Lance McNichol (guitar), Pedro Olding (bass), Rod Redgrave (drums).

Some more pictures are here.

Peter Fielding

Peter Fielding

Lance McNichol

Lance McNichol

Rod Redgrave

Rod Redgrave

Bourbon St Jazz Band

Bourbon St Jazz Band

Mo Tenei Wa (Tony Brown)

Tony Brown

Tony Brown

Last night was the opening of an exhibition of paintings by Tony Brown at the Upstairs Gallery of Lopdell House in Titirangi. The title of the show is “the time is now – MO TENEI WA”, and the images are testimony of the artist’s endeavour to acknowledge and affirm his Maori roots and ancestry.

That’s Tony above with one of his works (acrylic on board), entitled Matauranga (a Maori word that encompasses knowledge, wisdom and understanding). The exhibition is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. until Sunday, July 4.

Tony’s website is www.tonybrown-artist.blogspot.com. Tony Brown is a resident artist at Corban Estate Arts Centre, his studio space is in the historic winery buildings at the estate.

Pedro, Angela and Mark, shown below (from left), provided fine musical entertainment for the evening. Their group is called Chillele (“cello, ukulele, sweet guitar and lush vocals to enhance your celebratory experience” says their card, and I would happily agree — Phone numbers: 817 1019, 027 216 6824, 817 4163). They are from nearby Parau, and are available for hire at functions of any kind.

Chillele

Chillele

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