Kevin Field (Piano, Synthesizers, Keyboards and Musical Director)
Kevin Field's early career included collaborations with saxophonist Nathan Haines on Haines' albums Shift Left, Soundkilla Sessions Vol 1, and Sound Travels. In 2003 he released his debut album Dangerous Curves documenting his compositional style within a piano trio context. This was followed by a collaborative album Irony with Canadian drummer Ron Samsom and German bassist Olivier Holland on the Rattle record label (2009). In between, Field was active as a pianist for other artists including vocalist Whirimako Black whose award winning album Sings he features on as musical director and pianist.
In 2012 Warner Music released Field's third album Field of Vision. A largely collaborative recording with Field featured on both acoustic piano and fender rhodes, this album includes performances from vocalists Kevin Mark Trail (UK), Bex Nabouta (NZ), and Marjan Gorgani (Iran/NZ). Nathan Haines also features on saxophone and produced the album.
Field has also reunited with Haines on the saxophonist's 2012 release The Poet's Embrace and 2013's Vermillion Skies both on Warner Music.
Field's album The A List recorded with New York musicians Nir Felder (guitar), Matt Penman (bass) and Obed Calvaire (drums) is due for release in mid 2015.
Clo Chaperon is an Auckland-based jazz vocalist with a distinct style; a unique fusion of jazz, soul and RnB. Since moving to Auckland from Australia, Clo has been actively performing at festivals and numerous venues around Auckland, captivating audiences with her rich tones and soulful sound. Equally at home performing standards from the Great American Song Book and contemporary jazz through to funk and neo-soul, she is guaranteed to take your breath away with an unforgettable performance.
Vocalist Marjan Gorgani has a unique sound that she has shaped over years of studying the great Motown, Pop, and R&B artists of the last 5 decades. She has recorded with some of the top musicians in the country across a range of different genres and brings a strong on-stage presence with her background in Performing Arts.
Richie Pickard (Acoustic Bass)
Richie has worked extensively in the wider New Zealand music scene for over fifteen years in a broad range of musical settings as a performer, recording artist, musical director, educator and producer.
As both an electric and acoustic bass player he has performed with some of New Zealand’s top musicians, bands, and songwriters including Breaks Co-op, Julia Deans, Dave Dobbyn, Annie Crummer, Anika Moa and Midge Marsden and with international artists including Elaine Paige and Mary Coughlan.
His recent work includes tracks for the NZ ‘X Factor’ and ‘Dancing with the Stars’, recordings with Silver Scroll nominated artists Nadia Reid and Eyreton Hall and performances with celebrated jazz artist, Kevin Field.
Steve Thomas (DRUMS)
Stephen Thomas is a professional drummer who recently received a First Class Honours degree from Auckland University in Jazz
Performance. Stephen became a working musician at the age of seventeen with the well known kiwi funk/reggae band 'Spacifix.' His drumming was featured on the bands Tui award winning 2006 release, 'Much Love' and he was featured in music videos and television appearances with Spacifix including a nine part TV2 documentary series 'From Henderson to Hollywood.' Some of his performance highlights with 'Spacifix' include playing at the famed 'The Roxy' nightclub in Los Angeles, opening for well known reggae band 'UB40' in Tonga, performing at the opening of The Vector Arena in Auckland and performing countless shows in New Zealand and Australia including the Parachute Festival and CocaCola Christmas in the Park.
More recently as a freelance performing artist Stephen has toured with NZ band Avalanche City to Manila for the 'Wanderland Festival' and around Australia for the 'Big Day Out' tour in 2013. Stephen has also recently been touring NZ with acclaimed jazz saxophonist Nathan
Haines in support of his two latest records 'Vermillion Skies' and 'The Poet's Embrace.' As a recording artist Stephen has appeared on sound recordings with artists such as Seth Haapu, Lisa Crawley, Sam Allen, Avalanche City, Spacifix, Noah Slee, Ngatapa Black and Caitlin Smith to name a few. Stephen also played on and co-produced a NZ Christmas compilation album 'A Very Kiwi Christmas,' (2010) which was nominated for a Pacific Music Award.
DIXON NACEY (GUITAR)
Widely regarded as one of the best and most versatile guitarists in the country, Dixon‘s twenty-two year music career has seen him perform with New Zealand’s top jazz and pop musicians as a backing artist and session player, and international acts touring through New Zealand. He has recorded three albums (2008, 2011 and 2013) with the ‘Samsom Nacey Haines Trio’, the first of which was a finalist in the 2009 Jazz Tui of The Year Award. He also leads The John Scofield Project, plays jazz with The Alan Brown Trio, rock-reggae with ‘dDub’, and Latin music with Santiago Soul Stars. He has recently been through USA, Australia, Canada, New Caledonia, Singapore, Fiji, The Cook Islands and Thailand with his music.