WE ARE ONE – A Concert For Autism 2017

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Presented by Play It Strange with Newmarket Rotary Saturday 13 May 2017 Larry Morris, Fiona McDonald, Shane Cortese, Mike Chunn, Peter Urlich, Jordan Luck and many more will be taking the stage, to celebrate difference and recognize talent and courage. Our quintet … Read More

Jenny B at the Auckland Jazz and Blues Club

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On Tuesday 15 November Jenny B returns to the Auckland Jazz & Blues Club following her stunning performance at the Club in October 2015. Jenny B brings over twenty years of experience singing in Italy, New York and various points around the … Read More

Mahurangi Regatta Prize-Giving and Dance

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On Saturday 30 January 2016, the Prohibition Big Band is again playing for the annual Mahurangi Regatta Prize-Giving and Dance at beautiful Scott’s Landing, an hour’s drive north of Auckland. The public are most welcome to attend. 1‍ ‍pm–2.30‍ ‍pm Friends of Regional Parks sand … Read More

Jenny B & Jim Langabeer with the Craig Williams Trio

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Tuesday 13th October Auckland Jazz & Blues Club 1136 Great North Road, Pt Chevalier, Auckland Music commences at 7.30pm Entry is $5.00 for members or $15.00 for non-member guests Inexpensive meals and drinks Jenny B (aka Jenny Borsola) has recently arrived in … Read More

Auckland Saxophone Quartet – Waiuku – 13 September

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The Auckland Saxophone Quartet came into prominence playing several concerts in the early 1990s. Jim Langabeer joined the group on tenor sax in the late 1990s, and continues the tradition on soprano and alto sax, along with the current members. Long-time members … Read More

A Strange Day’s Night 2015

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Trev and Stu have been seconded to provide bass and drums for one of the acts. Support “Play is Strange”! A Strange Day’s Night 2015 is a fundraising concert for the Play It Strange Trust and celebrates the 50th anniversary of The … Read More

Bevan Williams with Prohibition Jazz Experience

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Tuesday, 12 May, 7:00PM – Auckland Jazz & Blues Club – $15 Doorsales Bevan Williams Born and based in New Zealand, Bevan Williams has performed throughout his homeland and across the UK in stage productions, cabaret shows, corporate events, summer festivals and … Read More

K Road First Thursday Jazz

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Jim Langabeer and the Craig Williams Trio – This Thursday 7 May from 6pm. Beresford Square at the top of Pitt Street.

Prohibition Website Makeover

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The Prohibition Big Band website has been upgraded to ensure it complies fully with Google’s new criteria for optimising rankings in Google search results when viewed on mobile devices. While attending to the upgrade we’ve taken advantage of some new features that … Read More

In memory of Jon McKeown-Green

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All the piano-playing you can hear on the seven video clips below is by Jon! Here are some video clips from a short set that Jon did with us of Micahel Buble songs at the Viaduct in about 2013: Bevan Williams and … Read More

Prohibition Jazz is on Facebook

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We have only just gone live so are still not yet swamped with “friends”. If you are an active Facebooker please feel free to invite your “friends” to check us out. The URL is www.facebook.com/prohibitionjazz

Monica Louis with the Craig Williams Trio

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First wish; May the wind be in your back for a plain-sailing 2015 Second wish; If you can, come to Cotter House, Remuera (see poster) Third wish; If you can’t, tell your socialite friends in Auckland Hostess Gloria Poupard and European songbird … Read More

Late Night Jazz in Beresford Square

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Post by Beresford Wine Bar. Jim Langabeer, Craig Williams, Stu Johnstone and Trevor Thwaites will be performing there again on Thursday 18 December from 7.30 till 10.30pm. Check out this photo gallery of the festivities from the 2014 October and December K … Read More

K Road First Thursdays 4 December

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First Thursdays New Orleans Style 4 December 6-9pm Celebrate this Thursday!. K Road and surrounds transforms into a vibrant New Orleans style carnival, complete with jazz bands, street performances, activations in various zones all around the K Rd area, and will offer … Read More

Prohibition Band Gig Guide Nov-Dec 2014

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Vocalist John McGill and the Prohibition Swingtet have secured a residency at the Remuera CT Club starting this Friday 14 November, providing a mix of swing band classics, Frank Sinatra hits and Latin numbers. Over the next few weeks there are also … Read More

Bevan Williams: The Buble Experience

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Tuesday, 21 October, 7:00PM – Auckland Jazz & Blues Club – $15 Doorsales Born and based in New Zealand, Bevan Williams has performed throughout his homeland and across the UK in stage productions, cabaret shows, corporate events, summer festivals and touring productions. … Read More

Auckland Saxophone Quartet

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Jim Langabeer’s Auckland Saxophone Quartet playing a late autumn performance in Cornwall Park. Left to right: Markus Fritsch, tenor sax, Miles Tremlett, alto sax, Jim Langabeer, assorted saxes  and Nicola Haddock, baritone sax,

Music in the Park Summer Series

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This coming Sunday 16 March, John McGill and the Prohibition Big Band are playing from 1pm till 3pm at the Cornwall Park Band Rotunda for the 2014 Music in the Park Summer Series. Expect a couple of sets of dance numbers covering … Read More

Bevan Williams – The Buble Experience

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Tuesday 25th February 7pm Auckland Jazz and Blues Club – Pt Chev RSA Born and based in New Zealand, Bevan Williams has performed throughout his homeland and across the UK in stage productions, cabaret shows, corporate events, summer festivals and touring productions. … Read More

Auckland Saxophone Quartet

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Tuesday 10th September 2013 7.30pm Auckland Jazz and Blues Club Pt Chevalier RSA The Auckland Saxophone Quartet (ASQ) will be joined by special guests Rosie Langabeer, piano, Trevor Thwaites, drums and Stu Johnstone, bass, at the Auckland Jazz and Blues Club this … Read More

KBB Music Festival

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From the Festival Trust Chairperson “Kia ora and welcome to the KBB Music Festival. Now in its thirtieth year, the KBB Festival has attracted many of New Zealand’s finest young musicians performing in secondary school orchestras, concert bands, jazz bands and chamber … Read More

Website upgrade

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Over Queen’s Birthday weekend I upgraded the Prohibition Big Band website as it was looking a bit tired and was not responsive to tablets, smart-phones and varying size browsers. Some images that were on the old site have gone as the sizes … Read More

Prohibition Swingtet at Themed 1920s Speakeasy

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The Prohibition Swingtet is enjoying a busy March. On Thursday the band set the tone and rhythm for a corporate function themed as a Chicago “speakeasy”, that showcased the Candy Lane Dancers and dancers from the Jitterbug Dance Studio. Next week the … Read More

Cornwall Park Music in the Park 2013

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This Sunday 3 February the Sisters of Swing and the Prohibition Swingtet will be playing songs and tunes from the 1940s at the Band Rotunda in Cornwall Park from 11am. The Jitterbug Dancers will also be in action. Cornwall Park Military Heritage … Read More

Scott’s Landing Mahurangi Regatta Party

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This year’s annual Auckland Anniverary Weekend Dance Party at Scott’s Landing for the Mahurangi Regatta was fun for the crowds that turned out as well as for the band. The place was rocking! A few live recordings from the event: Jump Jive … Read More

Jazz at the Auckland Zoo Band Rotunda

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Summer Zoo Lates 13, 20, 27 February and 6, 13, 20 March Discounted entry from 4.15pm The zoo will be staying open until 7.30pm most Wednesdays in February and March. Early evenings are a magic time to be at the Zoo, so … Read More

Note from Andy Shackleton

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I’m sorry to have tell you that Bruce Morley (drummer extraordinaire) passed away on Thursday 22nd November. Another sad day for NZ music. I will create a Tributes page for Bruce shortly, so if you would like to post a tribute to … Read More

Bruce Morley (R.I.P.)

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Sorry to hear that Bruce passed away on Thursday 22 November at Mercy Hospice. A celebration of his life is being held at the Parnell Tennis Club at 1pm Tuesday 27 November. Check the Herald for details.

Free Bublé Experience Concert

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Everyone is welcome to attend a free concert by Bevan Williams and The Bublé Experience on Tuesday 30 October in the Music Auditorium at the Faculty of Education, Epsom, Auckland. The progamme kicks off at 6.30pm with a short set of swing … Read More

How to dance in time and when to start dancing

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If you are a dancer who has trouble finding a “right” beat to start dancing on, or difficulties keeping dancing in time with the music, then you are certainly in the majority of the population, in the majority of beginner dancers, and … Read More

The Bublé Set

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If you could be interested in attending the free event management exhibition at the Viaduct Events Centre (Wynyard Quarter) on Tuesday 1 May, check out the link below. Trev, Stephen, Jon and Stu are playing as “The Bublé Set” from 10.30 till … Read More

Rakino Island Jazz and Art Festival 2012

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This year we took only a septet and trio to play the festival, with Maddison Cooper on vocals. Here’s a clip of the Prohibition Swingtet in action: Stephen, Trev and Stu (a.k.a. Crystal Silence) opening the festival:

Prohibition Big Band at Cornwall Park

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There were patches of drizzle but that didn’t deter the hundreds of attendees, many of whom danced (some holding umbrellas), to our song list of the day that covered many of the hits of Frank Sinatra, Michael Buble, Bobby Darin, Benny Goodman, … Read More

New CD by Trevor Thwaites

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Trevor’s new album “A Bridge to Somewhere – Jazz Perspectives of Auckland” has been released. The CD comprises nine Trevor Thwaites compositions, including “Jazz Waiata” performed by Bruce Morley’s Emergency Exit Band, “Millenium Samba” and title track “A Bridge to Somewhere” performed … Read More

Gospel Concert for CanTeen

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Members of the Prohibition Big Band will be providing a nine piece backing group for a gospel concert to be held on Wednesday 20 July at the TelstraClear Event Centre in support of CanTeen to raise funds to aid teenagers who are … Read More

opening prohibition big blog

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Welcome to our new website. We’ve retained everything that was on the original site, but the replacement is a jazzed up version complete with blog. Hope you all enjoy it. Cheers Stu a.k.a. admin