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Verity Burgess and Ben Fernandez

Verity Burgess and Ben Fernandez

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  • Sun 9 Dec ’18, 5:30pm – 8:00pm


Spencer on Byron Hotel, 9 Byron Avenue, Takapuna


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Free Admission

Come and join us this Sunday at SmokePit & Buoy for some live jazz! SmokePit & Buoy also holds their summer BBQ buffet dinner from 5:30pm, so what better way to end the weekend than some delicious dinner and jazz!

Vocalist, Verity Burgess along with pianest Ben Fernandez have performed many gigs together here in NZ before Verity re-located to the UK. Both Verity and Ben are very accomplished and well experienced musicians. They play light jazz, swing, Latin, pop tunes with a jazz twist and many other styles.

Verity relocated from the North Shore of Auckland to the UK in 2010 to gain her Masters at Guildford School of Acting. She is a classically trained singer and dancer with a Bachelor of Music Degree in Jazz vocals and was a Junior Associate at the New Zealand School of Dance in contemporary and ballet

Verity's theatre credits include: West Side Story, understudy 'Anita' Royal Shakespeare Company. West End, Dominion Theatre and #1 UK Tours with Bill Kenwright Ltd in Evita, Really Useful Group/Royal Caribbean where she played 'Demeter' in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cats.

Currently understudying the part of ‘Evita’ for their tour of Germany in January. Verity is excited to be taking a break in NZ for Christmas and catching up with friends and family.

Ben Fernandez is a classically trained jazz pianist, composer and arranger based in Auckland, New Zealand. He has a Masters Degree in Music majoring in Jazz performance from the University of Auckland.

Ben has performed at concerts and events in over 25 countries and is an award-winning composer for jingles, TV shows and movies. His music is available on iTunes, Spotify, Amplifier, Google Play and more. Ben is also an educator and conducts regular workshops on improvisation in New Zealand and overseas.

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