Jazz orchestra call for musicians

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The Dunedin City Jazz Orchestra is on the hunt for more musicians, musical director Calder Prescott, MNZM, says.

The 18-piece jazz big band, which he had conducted since its inception in 1988, had played a variety of jazz pieces at numerous events and occasions around Dunedin, he said.

“We play all that’s best in big-band jazz.”

The DCJO was not looking for “any specific instrument” to join its ranks, and trumpeters, saxophonists, trombonists, pianists, guitarists, bass players and drummers – as well as singers – were all welcome to get in contact with the group, he said.

“We’d just like to see who’s out there.”

The band, which had played throughout New Zealand, as well as in the United States, England and Australia over the years, rehearsed at Logan Park High School every Monday evening, he said.

The DCJO most recently performed as part of the Dunedin City Council-organised Sunday Sounds concert series at the Dunedin Botanic Garden on February 19, as well as at Thieves Alley Market Day the weekend before.

The orchestra also played regular concerts at the Robbie Burns Pub before it closed indefinitely at the end of last year.

Those interested in joining the Dunedin City Jazz Orchestra can phone Calder Prescott on (03) 477-6742 or email calder.prescott@gmail.com.