Matakana Hall 

7.30 pm



Jazz / Crossover group
Jake Baxendale - alto saxophone
Lex French - trumpet
Chris Buckland - tenor saxophone
Julian Kirgan - trombone
Callum Allardice - piano
Nick Tipping - double bass
Shaun Anderson - drums
Programme stll to be determined.


The Jac is a jazz ensemble featuring some of NZ's finest musical talent, including members of The Troubles, the Rodger Fox Big Band, the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, and the Richter City Rebels. Playing entirely original repertoire with broad crossover appeal, The Jac explores the full range of textures, dynamics and instrumentations, from duo to full 8-piece jazz band, often within the same composition. The writing of Jake Baxendale, Callum Allardice and Daniel Millward allows its members to combine the tightly controlled power of a big band with the intimacy, playfulness and interaction of a small chamber jazz group.

The Jac has released two albums on Rattle Jazz; the first, Nerve, was a finalist for the Jazz Album of the Year in 2014. The second, The Green Hour, was released in October 2015, and met with consistent critical acclaim from reviewers as diverse as Graham Reid, Simon Sweetman, and William Dart. They have successfully toured to various parts of New Zealand including Auckland, Tauranga, Blenheim, Nelson, and Christchurch, and in 2014 completed a well-received tour of Australia, which, drawing on the teaching backgrounds of its members, included a masterclass at the Queensland Conservatorium. 


Andalusia (Baxendale) 11'

Anomaly (Millward) 9' 

The Heist (Allardice) 12'

Magellan (Baxendale) 15'

Anthem (Allardice) 2'

The Green Hour (Baxendale) 8'

Sons of Thunder (Baxendale) 9'

Thieves in the Night (Baxendale) 11'


Marik (Allardice) 8'

Thieves in the Night (Baxendale) 11'

Armada (Allardice) 9'

Magellan (Baxendale) 15'

NY Axel Man (Allardice) 9' 

Andalusia (Baxendale) 11'

Major Major Major (in A minor)
(Allardice) 10'

The Green Hour (Baxendale) 8'