Blend­ing jazz with the blues

Matamata Chronicle - - Motoring - DAVID HULME

Funky Auck­land jazz band Two Many Chiefs can’t wait to per­form in Mata­mata next month as part of Ro­tary Mata­mata’s third an­nual Con­cert by the Lake.

The Fe­bru­ary 19 show will be the first time the five-piece act has played on a pon­toon in the mid­dle of a lake and lead singer Lou’ana Whit­ney said the group are re­ally ex­cited about the op­por­tu­nity and those that at­tend the show can ex­pect a dis­tinct jazz-funk, soul-in­spired per­for­mance.

‘‘I just hope that ev­ery­one en­joys the mu­sic and that they can find some­thing in it that they love and can res­onate with,’’ Whit­ney said. ‘‘We play an eclec­tic range of mu­sic – clas­sics, jazz and some fun ver­sions of songs that peo­ple will know.’’

Whit­ney is joined by her part­ner Dillon Ri­esterer (key­board/vo­cals), Cam Sang­ster (drums), Ja­son Her­bert (gui­tar/vo­cals) and Cam McArthur (dou­ble bass) in a line-up which has formed from the larger, ar­guably more well­known Auck­land 11-piece funk jazz band Hip­sta­mat­ics.

‘‘We named it Two Many Chiefs be­cause we’ve all got a lit­tle bit of an ego and some­times there can be a few more chiefs than nec­es­sary so it was quite a suit­able name and it catches peo­ple’s at­ten­tion,’’ Whit­ney said.

Her own mu­si­cal style is unique – a blend of blues and jazz – and she said when she per­forms on stage it is all about singing a song with con­vic­tion and telling a story.

Two Many Chiefs will be joined on the pon­toon by leg­endary Kiwi act The Lady Killers (Tina Cross, Suzanne Lynch and Jackie Clarke) while Kiwi songstress Jamie McDell is mak­ing her third ap­pear­ance in Mata­mata.

Ro­tary Mata­mata event co-or­di­na­tor Lynette Stan­ley said the line-up was ar­guably the strong­est yet and ticket sales have been pro­gress­ing well.

Tick­ets cost $45 and can be pur­chased from Mata­mata Mitre 10, Mata­mata Pa­per Plus, Mata­mata Guthrie Bowron (for­merly Colour­plus) or by vis­it­ing the event web­site www.con­cert­bythe­

The con­cert is be­ing held on pri­vate prop­erty at 162 Jon­dor Road, RD2 Mata­mata, start­ing at 1pm.


Two Many Chiefs will per­form at Ro­tary Mata­mata Con­cert by the Lake this month,

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