Jon Besser & the Zeskniks w/ Carolina Moon
Feb
4
6:00 PM18:00

Jon Besser & the Zeskniks w/ Carolina Moon

Wildly romantic, energetically sad, zestful and tuneful music. Jonathan Besser's Gimel music features 'methods of counterpoint' that Besser learned at the 'Mannes College of Music' in 1970's New York City. Now these old ideas mix it up with improvisation.

Peau Halapua - Violin
Iselta Allison - Viola
Finn Scholes - Vibes and Trumpet.
Eamon Edmundson - Double Bass
Alistair Deverick - Drums
Jonathan Besser - keys
with special guest vocalist - Carolina Moon

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La Luna & the Gadjos
Feb
6
to Feb 8

La Luna & the Gadjos

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From the the steamy hot clubs of Paris to the drama of Piaf, La Luna & the Gadjos perform their irreverent mix of French gypsy mayhem or 'Manouche' with the raucous sounds of New Orleans jazz.

La Luna (Caro Manins) – chanteuse
Roger Manins - tenor sax
Phillip Beatson – lead guitare
Sam Swindells – rhytme guitare
Chris Marshall – contrabass

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Bastille Day Celebrations with La Luna & the Gadjos
Jul
15
to Jul 16

Bastille Day Celebrations with La Luna & the Gadjos

A fantastic night of fun, French song, dancing and dining with NZ's premier French gypsy band, La Luna & the Gadjos. 

Chanteuse La Luna (Caro Manins) sings vintage Piaf and an irreverent mix of French gypsy Manouche from the steamy hot clubs of Paris. Sax-man Roger Manins adds a touch of New Orleans soul.

Featuring the Gypy talents of:
Phillip Beatson - gypsy guitar, Travis Hill - la pompe, James "le Prof" - burning violin, Chris Marshall - contrabass

TICKETS $45 w/ French platter & complementary bubbles/beer 

BOOKINGS: ph: 09 535 1397
We can accommodate large or small groups and have flexible seating arrangements. For Online Sales, please make group bookings under a single name for seating purposes.
ONLINE TICKETS FROM EVENTFINDA: www.

ADDRESS: Howick Lounge, 186 Wellington St, Howick.

Parking available at Vincent Street Auto Centre, 111 Vincent Street, and B Select, 115 Vincent Street.  Please no parking directly in front of the shops.

www.howicklounge.co.nz
www.caromanins.com/la-luna-gadjos/

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As Far As the Ear Can Hear
Jun
17
7:00 PM19:00

As Far As the Ear Can Hear

As Far As the Ear Can Hear features Chinmaya Dunster - sarod, guitars, and the Grateful Dads performing 'The Mystic Poets Cycle'. They are joined by special guests Basant Madhur - tabla, vocalist Carolina Moon, and Nigel Gavin and the Gitbox Rebellion in this very special concert. 

Doors open at 7pm and will be locked at 7.30pm 

Presales $28 available through Titirangi Steiner School Office 09 817 4386 or on the door if available.

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Wellington Jazz Festival with La Luna & the Gadjos
Jun
10
5:00 PM17:00

Wellington Jazz Festival with La Luna & the Gadjos

La Luna and her gypsy Gadjos are swingin on down at the Caroline Club, Saturday June 10 from 5-6pm with music from the steamy hot clubs of Paris, Chansons de Piaf, and New Orleans jazz in authentic Manouche style.

Featuring La Luna (Caro Manins) vocals, Phillip Beatson and Nick Granville – guitars, James ‘Le Prof’ Sneyd of the burning violin and Patric Bleakley - double bass

 

 

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La Luna & the Gadjos @ The Vic Lounge
Jun
2
8:00 PM20:00

La Luna & the Gadjos @ The Vic Lounge

French Gypsy Swing and Vintage Piaf

Chanteuse La Luna & her Gadjos are joined by Raconteur extraordinaire “Pierre la Bouche!” for a fabulous night of French Chanson and gypsy swing.

Taking you back to the steamy ‘ot clubs of Paris, there will be a little mystery from le Raconteur, and plenty of zestful joie de vivre!

Come and join us for this special occasion @ The Vic!

Featuring La Luna (Caro Manins) – chanteuse, Pierre la Bouche – Raconteur & double bass, James ‘Le Prof’ Sneyd of the burning violin, Phillip Beatson and Sam Swindells – lead guitar and pompe.

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Carolina Moon @ Uxbridge Arts Centre
May
6
to May 7

Carolina Moon @ Uxbridge Arts Centre

Evocative songs from the Mediterranean lands radiate with the pulse of contemporary jazz and exotic grooves. Carolina’s vocals weave East and West, Early Music and Jazz into a program of exquisite ancient melodies which include traditional song from Corsica, some beautiful medieval pieces from Spain, and a French song from the courts of Champagne. Featuring the talents of multi-instrumentalists Nigel Gavin and Roger Manins.

Carolina Moon - (vocals), Roger Manins (saxophones and woodwind), Nigel Gavin (guitars, glissentar and mandolin), Tom Dennison (double bass), Ron Samsom (drumset, hand drums, cahon)

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La Luna @ Summer Days Festival - Takapuna Beach - 13 Jan
Jan
13
5:30 PM17:30

La Luna @ Summer Days Festival - Takapuna Beach - 13 Jan

La Luna & the Gadjos will be shaking it down on Takapuna Beach for the Summer Days Festival, with their unique brand of upbeat, vocal French Gypsy Jazz and Swing. 

With Caro Manins (La Luna), and Roger Manins on tenor sax and an all star line up of Phillip Beatson, Sam Swindells - guitars, and Chris Marshall on double bass

 

More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/367567053585361/

 

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Flounder @ Nelson Jazz Festival
Jan
5
12:00 PM12:00

Flounder @ Nelson Jazz Festival

‘A Berley bomb for the ears’ 

 

Flounder features Saxophonist Roger Manins, Vocalist Caroline Manins and Pianist Ben Wilcock, augmented by the heart of the Troubles' Jon Rae - drums and Patrick Bleasley - double bass. Expect some fishy interpretations of some good old swinging standards with plenty of fun and good humour….

 

PRESS QUOTES

“They’ve got their eyes on the right side of their face”

“Even when down they are always looking up”

“A ground baiting performance”

“Flounder hooks crowds”

“Never heard of ’em”  – Grant Smithies

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La Luna & the Django Junkies @ Nelson Jazz Festival
Jan
3
11:30 AM11:30

La Luna & the Django Junkies @ Nelson Jazz Festival

La Luna joins the Django Junkies @ Flounders Park for an unbridled set of Manouche and Piaf.

Featuring the best of Manouche talents from around the country: La Luna (ak) - vox, Leigh Jackson (wgtn) - lead guitar, Reuben Derrick (chch) - clarinet, Peter Rainey - (nelson), Paul Gilmour (nelson) - violin, Bradley Grainger - (wgtn) - double bass

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La Luna & the Gadjos @ Taste Festival ~ 19 November
Nov
19
12:00 PM12:00

La Luna & the Gadjos @ Taste Festival ~ 19 November

The fabulous La Luna & her Gadjos take to the Taste Festival stage on Saturday 19 Nov from 12-2pm with their unique brand of upbeat, vocal French Gypsy Jazz and Swing. 

An exuberant Caro Manins is La Luna, and Roger Manins on tenor sax takes it down to New Orleans.

A great day out and an all round feast for the senses!

Tickets and info: www.tasteofauckland.co.nz

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Nelson Jazz Festival 2017 ~ 3rd - 6th January
Nov
6
4:30 PM16:30

Nelson Jazz Festival 2017 ~ 3rd - 6th January

Pleased to announce Caro will be at the Nelson Jazz Festival with the following projects: DATES & TIMES TBC

LA LUNA & THE GADJOS - New Zealand's premier vocal gypsy group, featuring Caro Manins (La Luna) and Leigh Jackson (wgtn) - guitar

FLOUNDER
Roger Manins - tenor saxophone
Caro Manins - vocals
Ben Wilcock - piano
Patrick Bleasley - double bass
John Rae - drums

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Auckland Jazz Festival Presents: Caro Manins Trio | Sun 16 Oct
Oct
16
to Oct 17

Auckland Jazz Festival Presents: Caro Manins Trio | Sun 16 Oct

Caro Manins sings a multi-lingual program of jazz era classics, zesty swing and Latin grooves, with exquisite harmonic contributions from the likes of Monk, Joni Mitchell and John Taylor. With some off her favourite musicians on the bill: Roger Manins on tenor saxophone and Jonathan Crayford on keyboards, expect a night of beautiful and exciting music.

Caro (aka Carolina Moon) is a jazz vocalist originally from the UK. Her jazz style is filled with musicality, joy and passion with the ability to cut to the heart of a lyric. She has lived and performed in London, Sydney and Auckland, and worked around the world with some exemplary names in jazz. 

Roger is an award-winning saxophonist with some 40 albums to his credit. He has lived and performed in New York, Sydney and Auckland and is in hot demand as an international artist. The amazing Jonathan Crayford is one of New Zealand's best known musical exports.

one dynamite singer from the City of Sails who was simply fantastic when she sang at the Mount
— The Weekend Sun, Tauranga Jazz Festival

“Carolina has a flawless vocal range and brings to each a song a freshness of approach so different from most singers. Her interpretations are spacious, musically interesting and totally absorbing as she uses her voice like a musical instrument to weave in and out of the music with beautiful improvisations. 
— Angela Crawford, Wanganui Jazz Club

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Auckland Jazz Festival Presents: Luca Ciarla with Carolina Moon and Nigel Gavin (Italy/NZ) | Sat 15 October
Oct
15
7:30 PM19:30

Auckland Jazz Festival Presents: Luca Ciarla with Carolina Moon and Nigel Gavin (Italy/NZ) | Sat 15 October

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Auckland Jazz Festival and the Titirangi Festival of Music present:

One of the most creative violinists today, Italian Luca Ciarla creates a moving soundscape in the atmospheric Te Uru Gallery. His sound is a natural synthesis between contemporary jazz and the Italian folk tradition, tempered by a beautiful gypsy touch.

Luca performs solo with loops, then is joined by vocalist Carolina Moon and multi-instumentalist Nigel Gavin, together presenting a program of traditional song from the Mediterranean.

Luca Ciarla - violin (Italy)
Italian violinist Luca Ciarla transcends the boundaries among genres creating a balance between written compositions and improvisation, traditional and contemporary sounds. He has performed in jazz, classical and world music festivals and concert series in more than forty countries and on every continent, from the Montreal Jazz Festival, Melbourne, Singapore, South Africa to Singapore and New York.

“Luca Ciarla has wooed the classical, jazz and folk crowds with his originality” Cover Magazine (Hong Kong)

Carolina Moon - vocals (NZ)
Carolina Moon aka Caro Manins is a UK born singer and composer, whose project palette draws inspiration from a range of medieval, traditional world musics and jazz. Caro has walked a personal and intimate path through the lore and traditions of medieval and world song, traveling and studying in India and France. Her Sephardic CD Mother Tongue has received critical acclaim and has toured nationally and internationally.

Nigel Gavin - guitars (NZ)
Multi-instrumentalist and ex New Yorker, Nigel Gavin is one of New Zealand’s musical treasures. The eccentric range of his musical projects is matched only by his astonishing virtuosity with stringed instruments and his prodigious musical imagination.

A unique and one off collaboration,  this is a meeting of minds that shouldn’t be missed.

 

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Jonathan Besser & The Zestniks w Carolina Moon ~ Aug 7th
Aug
7
to Aug 8

Jonathan Besser & The Zestniks w Carolina Moon ~ Aug 7th

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Wildly Romantic, Zestful Jewish Music by Jonathan Besser & The Zestniks featuring vocalist Carolina Moon.

In this Concert the 'Zestniks will be performing 'Besser's complete 'Gimel 1 Suite'.

'Gimel Music' is wildly romantic, energetically sad, zestful and tuneful music. Gimel music features 'methods of counterpoint', that Besser learned at the 'Mannes College of Music' in 1970's New York City. Now these old ideas mix it up with improvisation.

All the suites in Besser's 'Gimel series' have one thing in common Three. 'Gimel' is the third letter in ancient Hebrew Alphabet. It's Besser's intentions to approach composing all the Gimel music Suites thinking conceptually, using the number three as the guiding 'musical form' (bringing three to the fore). Such as: Three Bar phrases, three Chords (with three inversions) repeating, in 3/4 timings etc. Besser says that he's liberating his Gimel music from music's more common 'square' 4 bar Phrases, in 4/4 timing.

Besser's 6 piece band the 'Zestniks' have been performing together for well over a year. The 'Gimel 1 suite' has already been toured nationally in 2012 and was performed in the Sydney at the 'Shir Madness Jewish Music festival'.

These days the Zestniks 'personnel' are always 'up dating' themselves - keeping the music fresh and vibrant. Vocalist Carolina Moon takes us into a different orbit.

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Carolina Moon & Roger Manins Quartet ~ NEW CALEDONIAN TOUR ~ 11-17 July
Jul
11
to Jul 17

Carolina Moon & Roger Manins Quartet ~ NEW CALEDONIAN TOUR ~ 11-17 July

‘Jazz Français et Européen’ 

L'AMJ-BECA présente le 'Carolina MOON & Roger MANINS Quartet' du 11 au 17 juillet en tournée à Nouméa (Auckland – Nouvelle Zélande) - ‘Jazz Français et Européen’   AVEC:

Carolina MOON ( chant NZ )
Roger MANINS ( saxophone NZ )
Carl LOCKETT ( guitare USA )
SHEM ( chant NC )
Michel BENEBIG ( orgue hammond NC )
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Programme :
*Mardi 12 juillet à 19h ‘Atelier/Concert’ au Centre Culturel du Mt Dore ‘Petit Théatre’ ( infos au 76 69 34 ou 41 73 99 )
*Mercredi 13 juillet à 20h au ZANZIBAR ( Nouméa Centre Ville )
*Jeudi 14 juillet à 19h au CODE BAR ( Nouvata – Anse Vata )
*Vendredi 15 juillet à 18h 30 au MERIDIEN ‘Latitude22’ ( Anse Vata )
*Samedi 16 juillet à 20h au FLEX ( Centre Ville ) 

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Caro Manins - Joni Mitchell 'Mingus' Experience @ CJC - Wed 29 June
Jun
29
to Jun 30

Caro Manins - Joni Mitchell 'Mingus' Experience @ CJC - Wed 29 June

The music of Joni Mitchell and Charles Mingus for a special CJC concert.

Caro Manins - Vocals
Roger Manins - Tenor Saxophone
Jonathan Crayford - Piano
Cameron McArthur - Double Bass
Ron Samsom - Drums

Joni Mitchell's Mingus album, a seminal recording in the jazz vocal world was one of the most loved and influential recordings in Caro Manins' early musical life.

Mingus composed 6 songs for Mitchell who writes, "It was as if I had been standing by a river, one toe in the water, feeling it out and Charlie came by and pushed me in - sink or swim - him laughing at me dog paddling around in the currents of black classical music".

Mingus got to hear all the songs except for 'God Must Be a Boogie Man', which was completed two days after his death.

Caro Manins brings this project to CJC as a homage to the great man and the great lady, and with a killing band of Manins, Crayford, McArthur and Samsom.

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Jonathan Besser and the Zestniks @ CJC
Jun
15
8:00 PM20:00

Jonathan Besser and the Zestniks @ CJC

New York composer Jonathan Besser performs his wonderful GIMEL suite at the Creative Jazz Club.

Jonathan Besser - piano
Finn Scholes - trumpet / vibraphone
Asher Trupmann-Lattie - clarinet
Iselta Allison - viola
Carolina Moon - vocals
Eamon E Wells - double bass
Yair Katz - drums

'Gimel Music' is wildly romantic, energetically sad, zestful and tuneful music. Gimel music features 'methods of counterpoint', that Besser learned at the 'Mannes College of Music' in 1970's New York City. Now these old ideas mix it up with improvisation.

All the suites in Besser's 'Gimel series' have one thing in common Three. 'Gimel' is the third letter in ancient Hebrew Alphabet. It's Besser's intentions to approach composing all the Gimel music Suites thinking conceptually, using the number three as the guiding 'musical form' (bringing three to the fore). Such as: Three Bar phrases, three Chords (with three inversions) repeating, in 3/4 timings etc. Besser says that he's liberating his Gimel music from music's more common 'square' 4 bar Phrases, in 4/4 timing.

Besser's 6 piece band the 'Zestniks' have been performing together for well over a year. The 'Gimel 1 suite' has already been toured nationally in 2012 and was performed in the Sydney at the 'Shir Madness Jewish Music festival'.

These days the Zestniks 'personnel' are always 'up dating' themselves - keeping the music fresh and vibrant. Vocalist Carolina Moon takes us into a different orbit.

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Carolina Moon / Nigel Gavin - Inside Out
Apr
13
7:00 PM19:00

Carolina Moon / Nigel Gavin - Inside Out

Carolina Moon and Nigel Gavin, in an intimate concert for the Writer's and Poets gathering Inside.out, perform a set of beautiful medieval melodies from Sephardic Spain and France as well as some original pieces.

Carolina is a UK/NZ vocalist who specialises in ancient and new music synthesis. Her musical partnership with Gavin has spanned 10 years, 2 albums including the critically acclaimed 'Mother Tongue', and national and international performances including Womad NZ, Centre Culturel Noumea, Thredbo World Music Festival and SIMA Australia, Creative Jazz Club Aotearoa.

Open mic starts 7pm
Carolina and Nigel 8pm - 8.30pm
Evening closes 10pm

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La Luna Gypsy Swing
Mar
20
1:00 PM13:00

La Luna Gypsy Swing

La Luna Gypsy Swing will be swinging Auckland Domain on 20 March. Join us for an afternoon of French gypsy manouche, Chanson and New Orleans style jazz.

La Luna - vocals (Caro Manins)
Roger Manins - tenor saxophone
Michael Kovalov - lead guitar
Phillip Beatson - rhythm guitar
Djordje Nikolic - double bass

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Caro Manins @ Parr Jazz, Liverpool, UK
Dec
15
to Dec 17

Caro Manins @ Parr Jazz, Liverpool, UK

CARO MANINS returns to Liverpool after a long, long absence in the Antipodes.

Caro studied with John Harper at Mabel Fletcher in the 80’s and even has happy memories of singing in Les Bolger’s guitar ensemble.

Life happened in between .....

and she resides happily in Auckland, New Zealand with husband, saxophonist Roger Manins, and daughter. 

Caro has several musical projects and continues to perform nationally and internationally. She comes back to England every couple of years. On her last trip, she had the pleasure of singing with Jeff Lewis and the Speakeasy Bootleg Band and sitting in at Parr St. She’s looking forward to getting into singing some good swinging standards with a couple of choice ballads in there too.

http://www.parrjazz.co.uk/

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