Classical goes jazz at the Globe
Chris Dann is well-known to Manawatu jazz audiences as a versatile and entertaining pianist prepared to cross musical boundaries.
Dann appeared a number of times during the Te Manawa Matinee Concert series with different performers, among them the Trio Bella ensemble, and on Sunday July 2, he returns in a programme highlighting his pianistic talent.
Introduced to jazz through attending a workshop by the Jamey Aebersold clinic, and played in the Victoria University Big Band with jazz drummer and NZSO percussionist Bud Jones.
For Sunday’s matinee con- cert he has given jazz stylings to some well-known classical pieces including a movement from a Beethoven sonata, Dvorak’s Humoresque, the famous Paganini Caprice, Schumann’s Traumerei, and Puccini’s Nessun Dorma.
He is joined by Neville Lauridsen, big-band leader and sound engineer on bass and flugelhorn, dynamic drummer Hayden Lauridsen, and classical violinist Hannah Fang.
Dann said the audience shouldn’t worry that adding a rhythm section will turn the pieces into a Hooked on Classics and promises the pieces will be treated with integrity.
‘‘It’s about having the opportunity to play with a violinist and giving Hayden and Neville the chance to play pieces they’d never normally have the chance to play,’’ Dann said.
‘‘They’ve been arranged for a quartet so we can explore and improvise around them, and give them a different breathing space.’’
Chris Dann and friends play at the Globe Theatre on Main St at 2.30pm on Sunday. Admission is by $5 donation, .
Chris Dann takes his jazz piano to the classics.