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 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. And they are coming back again to Jazz in Martinborough.

“The ‘Shakes are a funky, fun, talented group from Wellington who bring energy, excitement and expertise to their renditions of New Orleans swing jazz,” says Festival Publicist Lee Quayle. “They are a joyful group of youthful musicians who have wowed audiences throughout the country with their infectious humour and talented musicianship. We are more than happy to have them back again in 2016.

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).

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You will need a ticket to this gig if you remain in The Village Cafe after 6pm