15 August 2018 - Watson Meets Ward @ Backbeat Bar

15 August 2018 - Watson Meets Ward @ Backbeat Bar
15 August 2018 - Watson Meets Ward @ Backbeat Bar
100 Karangahape Rd
Presale Tickets
$15 Door charge
$10 CJC members / students
$5 Student members


Neil Watson - guitar & pedal steel
David Ward - guitar & banjo
Cameron Allen - saxophone
Cameron McArthur - bass
Chris O'Connor - drums

Two creative NZ guitarists, Neil Watson and David Ward, collaborate to share and evening of original and not so standard standards marinated in such juices as Monk, Coleman, Mingus, Frisell and Ribot. Joined by an exciting group of musicians this gig will push some buttons for sure.

David is a diversely creative guitarist and banjo player who composes for theatre and original projects. He has performed in numerous musical settings, touring extensively in NZ, Singapore, Australia, India, Germany and the U.S.A. David writes music that is melodic, humorous, rhythmic and joyous. From twisted tango and carnivalesque romps to disheveled swing and free tunes.

Neil has performed with jazz masters such as Michael Brecker, Diane Shuur and Mike Nock along with pop artists such as The Finn Brothers, Anika Moa, Randy Crawford and most recently Tami Neilson. In February 2017 Neil released his second album Studies in Tubular which encapsulates and unifies a unique hybrid of approaches from New Orleans style clave rhythms, hard-bop ‘Coltrane changes’, Boogaloo grooves reminiscent of Lee Morgan’s ‘The Sidewinder’ and influences from 70’s funk, surf-rock and Country music’s.

CJC Creative Jazz Club Aotearoa

Every Wednesday CJC presents a featured member artist or international guest.

Doors open approx 7.30pm

Backbeat Bar