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The Mike Walker Trio

The Mike Walker Trio

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  • Fri 26 May ’17, 5:30pm – 9:30pm


Turner Centre, 43 Cobham Rd, Kerikeri


All Ages Licensed


Turner Centre

Mike Walker Trio:
The New World, Theatre Bar Jazz Club is excited and proud to present the Mike Walker Trio, 26th May 2017. Mike Walker (piano) is the President of the Auckland Jazz and Blues Club. He has been one of New Zealand’s most highly regarded pianists for over half a century.

In 1960 after spending time playing in Sydney, Australia Mike returned home to play in the Jazz clubs of central Auckland, including the Montmartre and The Embers night club. From there he moved to London playing clubs and touring as well as recordings sessions and television engagements.

Since returning to NZ in 1982 he has kept playing and promoting jazz throughout the country. Mike has toured and backed many international artists including Shirley Bassey and Leo Sayer. He also has played the piano with many of our well-known artists such as Dinah Lee, Billy T James, Tommy Adderley, and Ray Woolf who he still works with to this day. Mike Walker is truly one of New Zealand’s finest jazz musicians.

Playing bass with Mike is our very own Northland resident, studio owner, musician, producer Billy Kristian, Karaitiana. Billy moved to the Far North a number of years back setting up his second recording studio where he has recorded and played with many top artists including, Georgie Fame, and Roy Phillips of the Peddlers. He is currently working on his own album.

Billy started playing in the late 50s early 60s and was the bass player for, Max Merritt and the Meteors and Ray Columbus and the Invaders. He is the bass player on the iconic New Zealand songs “She’s a Mod,” and “Till we Kissed.” He toured Australia in the 60s with these bands. He was the resident session bass player on the NZ 60s television show, “C’Mon!”

Billy spent time playing in Hong Kong at the end of the 60s, before coming home to join Tommy Adderly’s Head Band. He moved to Australia in 1975 where he played with well-known Australian band, Billy Thorpe and the Aztecs that became the Million Dollar Bill Band, who went to America. In 1976 he went on to the UK to live and play along with recording session work.

While there, he also played at the famous Ronnie Scott’s Jazz club in London. He went back to the USA and recorded with a band called Night with fellow Kiwi, Chris Thompson, (singer with Manfred Mann’s Earth Band). Billy toured with Night, opening for the Doobie Bros. Summer Tour around America in 1979.

Back home in New Zealand in 83 Billy worked again with our well known New Zealand artists while running music studios in Auckland and was the producer for the first two albums by Kiwi band, Herbs. He has had three albums he produced for artists win in the NZ Tui Music Awards. He was inducted into the NZ Music Hall of Fame and continues to play and support NZ music. Billy would have to be the most renowned and revered bass players in New Zealand.

Bruce King is on drums. He has played with many overseas artists including famous 60s icons, Gene Pitney, Sandy Shore and Helen Shapiro. He was the resident drummer for the Auckland Neo-phonic Orchestra.

One of his first major gigs was touring with the Howard Morrison Quartet in the early 60s. He was the drummer on the big hit by Alison Durban called, “I Have Love Me a Man.”

Bruce has backed many other New Zealand artists including, Billy T James on his live television show in the 1980s called, Radio Times. You would have heard Bruce on many New Zealand recordings. He has toured Australia and has experienced all there is to see in the world of “show-business.” He still plays regularly and has been Mike Walker’s drummer for some time now.

These three musicians are the cream of New Zealand’s consummate, and experienced musicians. It is a real treat and honour to have them perform for us at the New World Theatre Bar Jazz Club, Kerikeri, on Friday 26th May 2017.

Bar opens 5:30pm, music starts at 6pm.

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