27 Mar 2013
Freshly inspired by a rewarding immersion in New York and Toronto’s buzzing jazz scenes, musician Glen Wagstaff has gathered some of Christchurch’s best jazz talent for an all-star local line-up at Ng Gallery on 1 April.
Wagstaff has drawn on his connections from his time at the CPIT Jazz School (he graduated in 2011) and the concert will feature 10 Jazz School tutors and graduates who will no doubt do justice to his original compositions.
He has also invited Wombat, an exciting new quartet of Jazz School tutors, to share the bill.
Born in the USA, Wagstaff grew up in Christchurch and credits his musical development to the Jazz School, which he signed up for after a friend recommended it.
“It wasn’t until I went to Jazz School that I realised I wanted to make a career in music,” he said. “I really enjoyed it and I was very fortunate, especially after the earthquakes when the tutors were so supportive and they held classes in their living rooms. But then they are still supportive now.”
The strength of those connections is what drew Wagstaff back to Christchurch where he plans to organise more gigs and eventually record an album.
Glen Wagstaff performing at the past Arts Festival.
“I guess I came back more inspired than ever. All the big performers love to talk to people from overseas. I met Maria Schneider, Chris Potter, Esperanza Spalding..”
His ultimate goal is to work with film directors.
“My music is inspired by film music, so it is cinematic I guess with a modern jazz influence. I would really love to get into film music.”
The Glen Wagstaff Project musicians are: George Cook (alto sax), Gwyn Reynolds (tenor sax), Iain Mclachlan (trumpet/flugel), Scott Taitoko (trombone), Tamara Smith (flute), Catherine Wells (piano), Chris Wethey (bass), Tim Sellars (drums/percussion), Alice Tanner (cello) and Sade Hutana Sanders (vocals).
Wombat is another chance to hear Jazz School tutors showing off their talents as well as their compositional skills as they play more original jazz. Wombat consists of Reuben Derrick (sax), Mike Story (bass), Darren Pickering (piano) and Joe McCallum (drums).
Tickets for the Glen Wagstaff Project and Wombat at Ng Gallery, 212 Madras St, on 1 April are just $10, door sales, and space is limited. Doors open at 5.30pm.