Tribute to 47 years
Noted pianist Kevin Clark, of Plimmerton, will be honoured by the Wellington Jazz Club at a tribute concert on May 18. Fourteen musicians will feature. Clark has made an outstanding contribution to New Zealand jazz over the past 47 years.
He has been a pianist, trumpeter, band leader, composer, arranger, recording artist and tutor.
Clark has led groups in Wellington since 1967 when the Kevin Clark Trio had a regular Sunday gig at the Tete-a-Tete.
There followed gigs at many leading cabarets and dine and dance restaurants in Wellington.
Although Clark’s primary interest has been in improvisation and jazz, he has described himself as a ‘‘bit of a chameleon’’, playing in several styles and genres.
His experimental group The 40 Watt Banana first recorded in 1968 at the NZBC studios, with 30 shows for the Concert Programme. They comprised original jazz, light music and ‘‘art’’ music.
Clark has 80 original compositions registered with the Australasian Performing Right Association. All have been recorded, released commercially or broadcast.
He has an honours degree in music, and has taught at Massey and Victoria universities’ schools of music and at high schools.
He has also played in England, South Africa, Cuba, Mexico, Uzbekistan and Australia.
Kevin Clark tribute concert, Wharewaka Function Centre, Wellington Waterfront, Sunday, May 18, 5pm. All welcome. Bookings essential, from Eventfinda.co.nz.
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