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The Alibis

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  • Sat 28 May ’16, 7:30pm – 11:00pm


Swanson Memorial RSA, 663 Swanson Rd, Swanson



Ticket Information:

  • General admission: $10.25


Swanson RSA

The Alibis are a classy seven piece horn driven jump swing band playing jump, blues and swing music that appeals to music lovers and dancers alike.

The band’s music is influenced by small-group rhythm ‘n’ blues and jump blues combos of the 1950s and the neo-swing revival of the 1990s.

The Alibis perform their own brand of jump swing music covering material by the likes of Louis Jordan, Ray Charles, Count Basie, Fats Domino and Asleep at the Wheel.

They are a swinging dance band with two vocalists who can also deliver romantic torch songs with conviction.

The Alibis are:

Wayne Baird: lead vocals and lead guitar, has over 20 years experience in such bands as Rick Bryant’s Jive Bombers, The Neighbours, Hattie and the Hotshots, Sonny Day’s band, Gentle Annie and Trudi and the Exceptions.

Phil Oxenham: lead vocals and bass guitar, has wide and varied experience as a music teacher and has played in many bands including The Revivals, Bluebird Wine and the Sam Ford Verandah band.

Stephen Clarke: keyboards, started in the teen idol band The Challenge in the 60s and has played with the Teddy Boys, Sonny Day and the Blues News, The Push and Beats Working.

Mike Abbot: drums. Mike comes from a strong family tradition of drummers sharing this calling with his three brothers. He has played drums professionally around New Zealand since the 1970s and worked extensively with blues, country, rock and latin bands. Some of his previous bands include Kantuta, the Midge Marsden band and Flying Doctors. Annette Hart : Baritone sax, adds the brass and class of the Baritone to the horn section baseline. Previously played with saxophone orchestra’s, Jim Langabeer’s 15 piece “Saxestra” and 4 piece “Sax4Sound” More recently with the North Shore big band, and in February 2016 with the Midge Marsden band at a music in parks event in Blockhouse Bay.

Paul Nairn: Tenor sax, Paul has contributed to myriad live performances and recordings over the past 20 years. He has played sax in a variety of soul, blues, rock ‘n’ roll and jazz bands (including the Royal New Zealand Navy band) and occasionally leads his own jazz group at the Creative Jazz Club in Britomart, Auckland.

Terry Prince: trumpet, has worked in many big bands and, when not working with the Alibis, performs with the Queen City big band.

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