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.

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