A classy afternoon of jazz, high tea and champagne at the Taihape Musicians Club featuring world class jazz diva Margot Pierard, accompanied by Wil Sargisson on the piano. Think Nina Simone and Billy Holiday, with a little funk and soul thrown in for good measure. Ticket includes high tea and drink on arrival.
Vocalist Margot Pierard and pianist Wil Sargisson first worked together in 2005, as members of the Napier funk band Tropical Downbeat Orchestra. A couple of years later Margot & Wil recorded a duo album of classic jazz & blues songs at Napier's Century Theatre. Wil moved to Australia to pursue work as a session musician in 2008 and it wasn't until the Covid lockdown of 2020 that he and Margot were able to rekindle their duo act.
A recent sold out performance at 'The Sitting Room Sessions' in Haumoana was reviewed by renowned Kiwi music journalist Simon Sweetman, who called the performance "sublime" and "world class." Their repertoire runs the gamut from so-called 'jazz standards' (Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Hoagy Carmichael) through to pieces by Billie Holiday, Nina Simone, Etta James, and Donny Hathaway. Margot and Wil are vastly experienced in these genres and able to perform comfortably here with minimal preparation.