Experienced trumpeter leads season launch

Young saxophonist Isaac Randel (left)  will perform in a quintet with Mike Gaches  at the Dunedin...
Young saxophonist Isaac Randel (left) will perform in a quintet with Mike Gaches at the Dunedin Jazz Cub this Friday night. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
The Dunedin Jazz Club launches its 2024 season with a performance by the Mike Gaches Quintet featuring tenor saxophonist Isaac Randel.

The ensemble will take the stage tomorrow night, at the Dish Cafe and Bar, Stafford St.

The group is led by experienced trumpeter Mike Gaches, who brings his technical skills and distinctive solo voice to the Dunedin jazz scene. He is known for his mix of high notes and muted effects on the trumpet, as well as a range of mellow solos on the flugelhorn.

Gaches, who performed in notable Dunedin Jazz Club events last year, including the Wayne Shorter tribute concert and the Duke Ellington tribute show, recently joined the Dunedin community after learning his craft in the United States.

Collaborating with the experienced Gaches is young tenor saxophonist Isaac Randel, a familiar face in Dunedin following two successful shows last year.

With limited time in Dunedin before continuing his studies at the New Zealand School of Music in Wellington, Randel draws inspiration from jazz legend John Coltrane.

The ensemble is rounded out with Bill Martin on keyboards, Carl Woodward on drums, and Daniel Potter on double bass.

Martin, who is also Dunedin Jazz Club’s director, is excited about the mix of youth and experience in 2024’s first show.

The purpose of the club is to encourage young performers to rise among the ranks of seasoned professionals.

Doors open at 6pm, music from 7pm.