Trib­ute to 47 years

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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.

Photo: KRIS DANDO

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