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Annemarie Nelson “If You Could See Me Now” Album Launch

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Annemarie Nelson “If You Could See Me Now” Album Launch
Annemarie Nelson “If You Could See Me Now” Album Launch

Time & Location

05 Jul 2024, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Dunedin, 8 Stafford Street, Central Dunedin, Dunedin 9016, New Zealand

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Anne Marie Nelson “If You Could See Me Now” Album Launch

Annemarie Nelson, a gifted jazz and pop vocalist, performs tunes from her debut album “If You Could See Me Now” at the Dish with some of Dunedin’s finest jazz musicians. Originally recorded in Melbourne in 2008 and arranged by pianist Mark Fitzgibbons, the album showcases Anne Marie’s sultry and breathy vocal style, which is explored through a variety of jazz standards from the Great American Songbook. Influenced by singers such as Diana Krall, Dianne Reeves, Betty Carter, listeners can hear Anne Marie developing her own style on this album and she has hand picked a band of local musicians to realise it on the stage for the first time since being released digitally in 2022.

Anne Marie began her vocal career in Dunedin, performing with well known groups such as the Oxo Cubans, but went to study jazz performance in Christchurch and ended up with an eight year residency at the Blue Note in that city. The album was recorded during her time in Melbourne, but she also had a stint in London and on cruise-ships in the Mediterranean. Nelson sings in a variety of styles, including straight ahead swing, ballads and Latin numbers. Repertoire includes a laid back Latin version of the Horace Silver tune “Song for my Father”, the moody ballad “If You Could See Me Now”, the tango “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” and straight ahead numbers such as “Tight” and “Devil May Care”. 

Nelson has assembled an all-star band for the gig, including club director Bill Martin, who will perform piano on most of the tunes and tenor saxophones on those numbers where Anne-Marie will accompany herself on keys! American trumpeter Mike Gaches will add another solo voice to the mix, a player who has featured at the Dish and Hanover Hall in recent times. Making his Dunedin Jazz Club debut will be double bassist Simon Eastwood, who is currently the Mozart Fellow at the University of Otago and a highly capable jazz musician from the Wellington scene. Holding it all together will be the ever reliable Carl Woodward, who will have the challenge of recreating some of those interesting grooves from Anne-Marie’s recorded album.

Personnel:

Anne Marie Nelson (vocals, keys)

Bill Martin (piano, tenor saxophone)

Mike Gaches (trumpet)

Simon Eastwood (double bass)

Carl Woodward (drums)

More Info:

Anne Marie-Nelson “If You Could Hear Me Now” album launch

Friday, 5 July, The Dish Cafe and Bar

8 Stafford Street, Central Dunedin, Dunedin 9016

Timings: 6pm doors open, 7pm Set One, 8pm Set Two, 9pm finish.

Tickets from www.dunedinjazz.club

Adult $23 including GST  ($25 on the door)

Uni Student / Unwaged $17.25 including GST ($20 on the door)

Child $11.50 including GST ($15 on the door)

Full Bio:

Annemarie uses her rich, sultry voice to beautiful effect, giving her own memorable treatment to tried-and-true standards by artists ranging from Diana Krall to Sting and Stevie Wonder. The lead vocalist with the Oxo Cubans during the late-1990s, Annemarie went on to perform in Hardware Lane, Melbourne, at Rubens Palace Hotel and The Milestone, both in London, the Crown Plaza Hotel, in Amman, Jordan, and on the Aegean Odyssey cruise ship in the Mediterranean. She also had an eight year residency at the Blue Note, in Christchurch, also played at Ombrellos, in Dunedin, and Terrace Downs Golf Resort, in Canterbury. 

Links:

Feature on RNZ’s “Inside Out”:

https://www.rnz.co.nz/concert/programmes/inside-out/audio/2018844947/annemarie-nelson

Tom McKinlay article in the ODT:

https://www.odt.co.nz/entertainment/music/hear-last

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