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About AJO


The Auckland Jazz Orchestra Exists to Play original and contemporary jazz by New Zealand composers And arrangers, And To foster and incubate the growing talent of Auckland's musicians

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About AJO


The Auckland Jazz Orchestra Exists to Play original and contemporary jazz by New Zealand composers And arrangers, And To foster and incubate the growing talent of Auckland's musicians

About the Auckland Jazz Orchestra

 

Formed in 2009, the Auckland Jazz Orchestra has the unique mission of playing solely New Zealand composed or arranged music, in a contemporary jazz style. 

Comprised of professional musicians and talented graduates, the band is a co-operative led by two founding members, musical director Tim Atkinson, and band leader Mike Booth. 

 
 

Original & Contemporary Jazz 

The Auckland Jazz Orchestra's "book" consists solely of New Zealand compositions and arrangements by locals. We have recorded two albums of original music: Darkly Dreaming, released 2015, and Bloom in 2017.  

    Collaborations with top NZ musicians

    We frequently collaborate with guest composers, soloists and vocalists: including Nathan Haines, Wayne Senior, Caitlin Smith, Roger Manins, Annie Crummer, Esther Stephens, Bella Kalolo, Aaradhna, Tama Waipara, Gai Bryant, Glenn Wagstaff, and more.

    Performance Highlights

    • RESPECT show in Auckland Festival
    • Auckland Festival Garden (2015, 2016)
    • Tauranga Jazz Festival (Ellingtonia)
    • Music in Parks
    • Auckland Jazz Festival
    • Vodafone Music Awards
    • Numerous performances at jazz clubs around NZ
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    Our People


    Our People


    Auckland Jazz Orchestra

     

    Musical Director

    Tim Atkinson

    Band Leader

    Mike Booth

    Trumpets

    Mike Booth
    Jo Spiers
    Oliver Furneaux
    Matthew Verill

    Trombones

    Mike Young
    Glenn Bartlett
    Jono Tan
    Steve Taylor
     

    Saxophones

    Andrew Hall - alto
    Joel Griffin - alto
    David Edmundson - tenor
    Ben McNicoll - tenor
    JY Lee - baritone

    Rhythm Section

    Kenji Iwamitsu-Holdaway - guitar
    Connor Mcaneny - piano
    Cameron McArthur - bass
    Tom Leggett - drums


    Past performers

    We would like to thank all past members of the Auckland Jazz Orchestra, and regular fill-in players including:

    Chris Nielson

    Darryl
    Ross Hurley
     

    Steve Sheriff
    Callum Passells
    Andrew Baker
    Isaac Crandall-Tanner

    Cameron Sangster - drums
    Matthew Bray - guitar
    Peter Koopman Jr - guitar
    Matthew Steele - piano
    Andrea Groenewald - guitar