Hot jazz for Autumn

SAX APPEAL: Saxophonist/multi-instrumentalist Oscar Laven will be performing with guitarist/ banjo player Adrian Jensen on Sunday. Picture supplied

The Dancing and Drinking Society founder Adrian Jensen and saxophonist/multi-instrumentalist Oscar Laven combine bring swing and blues inflected jazz to Tairawhiti Museum to help celebrate Mother’s Day.

A full time performer and composer, with degrees in jazz and classical from the New Zealand School of Music, Laven is a familiar face on the New Zealand jazz scene. Artists/ensembles he has performed/recorded with include the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Steve Gadd, John Beasley’s Monkestra, and The Rodger Fox Big Band. His own 19-piece big band is Wellington-based The Neo Hot Jive Orchestra.

Jensen started his musical career in 2011 as rhythm guitarist for Black Spider Stomp, and The Roseneath Centennial Ragtime Band. In 2013 he started The Dancing and Drinking Society with Mat Enright to explore the early New Orleans style of music. He now plays as part of La Bete and The Little Blast Orchestra two bands heavily influenced by the swing music of the 30s and 40s.

The jazz duo swing into Gisborne to ignite the museum’s winter concert season on Sunday at 2pm. Entry $5 adults, children and students with ID free.

The Dancing and Drinking Society founder Adrian Jensen and saxophonist/multi-instrumentalist Oscar Laven combine bring swing and blues inflected jazz to Tairawhiti Museum to help celebrate Mother’s Day.

A full time performer and composer, with degrees in jazz and classical from the New Zealand School of Music, Laven is a familiar face on the New Zealand jazz scene. Artists/ensembles he has performed/recorded with include the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Steve Gadd, John Beasley’s Monkestra, and The Rodger Fox Big Band. His own 19-piece big band is Wellington-based The Neo Hot Jive Orchestra.

Jensen started his musical career in 2011 as rhythm guitarist for Black Spider Stomp, and The Roseneath Centennial Ragtime Band. In 2013 he started The Dancing and Drinking Society with Mat Enright to explore the early New Orleans style of music. He now plays as part of La Bete and The Little Blast Orchestra two bands heavily influenced by the swing music of the 30s and 40s.

The jazz duo swing into Gisborne to ignite the museum’s winter concert season on Sunday at 2pm. Entry $5 adults, children and students with ID free.

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