The Wellington City Shake-’Em-On-Downers


The Wellington City Shake-’Em-On-Downers will open a portal to a parallel universe where syncopation is currency and jive is the nation’s most beloved contact sport, captivating the country with their big band-era swing and New Orleans second line sound. The Wellington City Shake-‘Em-On-Downers deliver the most scintillating swing, the most dapper Dixieland and the nastiest ole New Orleans sound to be found outside of a speakeasy. 

The Wellington City Shake-’Em-On-Downers are the Strait city’s most swinging septet, bringing you energetic and iconoclastic interpretations of vintage jazz classics. As well as standards from the New Orleans and swing songbook, they also perform raging new compositions inspired by the era.

This debonair seven-piece is made up of prolific NZSM graduates Hikurangi Schaverien-Kaa (drums), Emma Wollum (accordion and vocals), Michael Costeloe (trumpet and vocals), Robert Henderson (double bass), Oscar Laven – with hat – (saxophone, clarinet and vocals), Cameron Kidby (trombone) and Jacqui Nyman (guitar).

Check them out on Facebook and buy their CD’s on Bandcamp.