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I just found this notice on the Auckland Event Finder web-site.     A double billing starring the Tom Warrington trio (Tom Warrington, Larry Koonse, Joe La Barbera) and Bruce Forman who have all been to New Zealand before.    Larry and Tom feature together on the earlier clip I posted from the ‘Bruce Wyble’ tribute concert in LA.

Masonic Hotel – 29 King Edward Parade – Devonport  – 27th May 2011 – 7 pm – 11:30 pm

– Door charge   Adult: $25.00 – Student: $15.00

‘The ultimate double bill.

Direct from the USA – The Tom Warrington Trio. Featuring Tom Warrington – bass, Joe LaBarbera – drums and Larry Koonse – guitar. These three have performed with some of the biggest names in jazz. Buddy Rich, Woody Herman, Freddie Hubbard, Tony Bennett, Bill Evans, Cleo Lane to name but a few.

Bruce Forman – Pinto Pammy and Cowbop 
“It’s hot, jazzy and has a drawl!” –San Francisco Chronicle 
Mix swingin’ grooves, thrilling riffs, sweet and hot vocals, acoustic western sensibilities and tons of fun and you have only begun to describe Cowbop. Formed in 2003 by internationally acclaimed jazz guitarist Bruce Forman, the cowboy jazz and western bebop band has toured extensively throughout the world, exciting audiences with their unique and infectious brand of music. The band’s collective experience crosses the spectrum of American music, from the hottest jazz and the coolest swing to the fiercest bluegrass and most down-home honky-tonk.

Comfortable in diverse settings, from Carnegie Hall to roadside taverns, the band always hits the stage with an electrifying and entertaining assortment of music and frolic. Along with Bruce Forman on guitar, the band features PintoPammy on vocals, whose talent and the experiences range from big band swing, old-time country and musical theatre, and fiddlin’ Phil Salazar, who lights up the stage with his world-renown swing, Americana, bluegrass and jazz stylings. Put that on top of a rhythm section of Alex King, bass, and Jake Reed, drums, that are as swingin’ and rockin’ as rodeo bronc, but as sure-footed as a prized pack mule and you get Cowbop.’

That will be three concerts in a fortnight featuring international artists.    We are certainly being spoilt this year, but I for one have no complaints at all.


Below is clip from the LA Jazz Collective featuring Larry Koonse, Gary Foster, Putter Smith. This is ensemble playing that would have made Lennie Tristano proud.

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