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First Meeting in New Council Chamber

First Meeting in New Council Chamber

City Jazz pianist, Rob Glen, plays a selection of Jazz items at the end of the formal opening of the new Council Chamber, on 20 December 1979. The building was dedicated by Mr David Brown, President of the Palmerston North Minister's Association.

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December 20, 1979
Place
The Square, Palmerston North
 
The New Valley Stompers performing at the Manawatū Jazz Club

The New Valley Stompers performing at the Manawatū Jazz Club

The New Valley Stompers, a traditional jazz group from Wellington, performing at the Willow Park Tavern as part of the monthly Club Day Concert held by the Manawatū Jazz Club. L-R: Graham Kelly (keyboard/vocals) Brian Smythe (banjo) Bill West (trumpet/vocals) Barry Carter (washboard) Chris Caudwell (trombone) Dave Thompson (clarinet) and Roger Metcalfe (sousaphone). Vocalist Marian Price-Carter joined the group for a number of pieces.

 
First meeting in new Palmerston North City Council Chambers, The Square

First meeting in new Palmerston North City Council Chambers, The Square

The first meeting in the new Council Chamber for Palmerston North was presided over by the Mayor, Brian Elwood. Palmerston North jazz pianist, Ron Glen, played a selection of jazz items at the end of the formal opening of the new Council Chamber, on 20 December 1979. The bulding was dedicated by Mr David Brown, President of the Palmerston North Minister's Association.

 
The Aces Dance Band

The Aces Dance Band

In 1940s Palmerston North, dance bands were in demand to play Saturday night halls, clubs and special occasions. Mel Creighton’s band, named The Aces, is set to play at one such venue, perhaps the ANA Dance Hall (later the Astoria Ballroom) in George Street. The band played many such halls, such as the old Oddfellows Hall in Cuba Street, A&P Hall at the Showgrounds. They also were popular for country dances in smaller towns like Opiki, Rongotea and Rangiotu. The named members of the band were: Mel Creighton (piano), Jack Creighton (double bass, father of Mel), Jeff Everson (drums). The other three members remain unnamed, but they were brothers. There signature card themed decorations appear with them in this photograph.

 
The Queen City Big Band, Manawatū Jazz Festival

The Queen City Big Band, Manawatū Jazz Festival

The Queen City Big Band performing at the Anniversary Ball for the 25th Annual Manawatū Jazz Festival. Personnel includes: Georgina Duder, Jackie Field, Geraldine Kelly, Aidan McBride-Stewart, Joe Murray, Ashley Stansfield (vocals) Katerine Ingram, Aaron Penman (alto saxophones) John Callesen, Matthew Smith (tenor saxophone) Chris Knight (baritone saxophone) Hamish Arthur, Mike Young, Alistair McMillan, Nick Travaglia (trombones) Joe Allen, Russell Brooke, Dave Johnstone, Grant Langdon (trumpets) Stuart Haynes (piano) Greg Tuohey (guitar) Matt Penman (bass) Malcolm Taylor (drums) Merv Thomas (director)

 
Jazz Club poster

Jazz Club poster

Manawatu Jazz Club presents.....Jazz 81. Palmerston North Opera House. Saturday May 30th 1.30pm, Sunday May 31st 1.30pm. Door sales only. Children under 15 half price. 8pm concert featuring Roger Fox Big Band of Wellington. Watch your local paper for further details." Part of a collection of posters that were displayed in the Public Library in the 1970s - 1980s.

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May 1981
 
The Queen City Big Band, Manawatū Jazz Festival

The Queen City Big Band, Manawatū Jazz Festival

The Queen City Big Band performing at the 25th Annual Manawatū Jazz Festival. Personnel includes: Katerine Ingram, Aaron Penman (alto saxophones) John Callesen, Matthew Smith (tenor saxophone) Chris Knight (baritone saxophone) Hamish Arthur, Mike Young, Alistair McMillan, Nick Travaglia (trombones) Joe Allen, Russell Brooke, Dave Johnstone, Grant Langdon (trumpets) Stuart Haynes (piano) Greg Tuohey (guitar) Matt Penman (bass) Malcolm Taylor (drums) Merv Thomas (director)

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