WJC presents a rare concert featuring one of New Zealand's finest pianist. Wil Sargisson began piano lessons at age 5 in his home town of Napier, New Zealand. By age 13 he was performing solo at NZ's National Jazz Festival in Tauranga, the youngest person ever to do so. In 1998 he released his debut album Steppin' Out, which received top reviews in NZ and Australian media. NZ Musician Magazine called it: "an inspired and excellent release." In the same year he was invited to perform in New Orleans at the 'Piano Night' concert, part of the legendary New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. He received a massive ovation and was invited to perform many times. In 2008 Wil moved to Australia and soon began performing with the legendary Australian jazz group Galapagos Duck, plus luminaries that include Renee Geyer, Deni Hines, James Morrison, Jim Kelly, and Greg Lyon. Since moving to Australia he has performed at many jazz and blues festivals and has been active as a session musician, contributing to over 30 albums recorded by various artists.
For this concert, Wil will be joined by Mark Lockett (drums) and Daniel Yeabsley (bass). The trio will play a selection of tunes by the likes of Oscar Peterson, old Harlem stride ala Fats Waller & James P Johnson, Chicago Boogie Woogie, and a handful of original compositions.
Pre-purchasing tickets highly recommended, door sales $20.