Nathan Haines Quartet and Special Guests at Ponsonby Social Club Announced

Chris Cudby
/ Tuesday 23rd November, 2021 11:20AM


World class pioneer of acid-jazz sounds in Aotearoa, Nathan Haines is helping usher in the forthcoming new traffic light era of live shows in Tāmaki Makaurau with a newly announced weekly residency series at Ponsonby Social Club. Kicking off on 9th December and happening every Thursday up until Christmas, Haines will be assembling an "all star line up of great musicians for a night of jazz flavours and groovy sounds" — the ideal antidote to our present interminably long break between gigs in the super city. Grip the details below, plus note the new Vaccine Pass will be required to access the venue (more info on how to request yours HERE)…

Nathan Haines Quartet And Special Guests Live
Ponsonby Social Club, Auckland

Thursday 9th December
Thursday 16th December
Thursday 23rd December

Tickets available HERE via UTR

Here’s Haines’ spectacular 2003 collaboration with Damon Albarn (Blur) aka 2D of Gorillaz, covering Steely Dan’s ‘FM’…

Louis Baker Drops Love Levitates EP

Annabel Kean / Friday 18th June, 2021 2:34PM


Louis Baker‘s shiny new offering Love Levitates has materialised today, the hotly awaited follow-up to his well lauded 2019 debut album Open. Not that Baker’s been resting on his laurels, the Pōneke neo-soul songwriter has cropped up on features with Anna Coddington and Team Dynamite in the past year alone, and has clearly been plugging away at today’s delightful seven-track EP with producer and multi-instrumentalist Devin Abrams (Drax Project, Pacific Heights). To celebrate the new release, Louis Baker and a few choice special guests zip around the country next month "to sing together, groove together" to old songs and new. Catch the velvet-voiced Silver Scroll and Taite Music Prize-nominated act with support slots from Arjuna Oakes, Gee Clifford and Marley Sola, as well as a guest spot from jazz champ Nathan Haines for the Tāmaki show. Dates, deets and tunes below…

Louis Baker Love Levitates Tour

Saturday 3rd July – Hollywood Theatre, Auckland w/ Arjuna Oakes, Nathan Haines

Friday 9th July – Theatre Royal, Nelson w/ Arjuna Oakes

Saturday 10th July – James Hay Theatre, Christchurch w/ Gee Clifford, Marley Sola

Saturday 17th July – Opera House, Wellington w/ Arjuna Oakes

Tickets via

Press release:

Today, Louis Baker releases his much-anticipated Love Levitates EP ahead of a nationwide release tour this July. See supports artists announced below.

The brand new EP takes Baker’s signature brand of modern-soul and wholehearted lyrics to bright, new territory. Working with producer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Devin Abrams (Drax Project, Pacific Heights), Love Levitates is a journey of self-exploration and focuses on themes of heritage, love, friendship, and observation.

Baker’s release comes two weeks before a nationwide tour featuring a full band that commences in Auckland on July 3rd with special guest Aotearoa Jazz legend Nathan Haines. Supporting artists on the tour are Wellington singer and multi-instrumentalist Arjuna Oakes for Auckland, Nelson and Wellington; and Christchurch musicians Gee Clifford & Marley Sola for Christchurch. The band features Cory Champion (Borrowed Cs, Mara TK, Glass Vaults) on drums, Johnny Lawrence (Hollie Smith, Name UL) on bass, James Illingworth (Rob Ruha) on keys, along with Kirsten Te Rito and Moana Leota on backing vocals.

Following Baker’s sold-out show with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra (APO) in February, the Silver Scroll and Taite Music Prize-nominated artist is relishing the thought of performing around the country next month. “I’m very excited to take this record on the road with my band. I can’t wait to sing together, groove together, get deep on songs from my previous records and celebrate by sharing the new songs from this new EP,” says Baker.

Nathan Haines Auckland Shows Announced

C.C. / Monday 25th May, 2020 11:49AM


Tāmaki Makaurau’s Ponsonby Social Club have grabbed the bull by the horns in our post-lockdown era, with a programme of stellar events to wet your live show whistle already lined up for the near future. Jazz legend Nathan Haines will take over the central city venue in mid-June for a special two night headline run, fresh from the recently remastered re-issue of his 1994 opus Shift Lift. He’ll be joined on the first night by Jonathan Crayford (Two Farben) and tabla player Manjit Singh, and on the following Saturday by Polish born pianist Michal Martyniuk, drummer Stephen Thomas and bassist Cameron McArthur. As is the rule of thumb during Level 2 alert status Aotearoa, these shows will be strictly limited, seated affairs unless the government says otherwise– we recommend you do not sleep and snap up tickets while you can…

Nathan Haines

Saturday 13th June – Ponsonby Social Club, Auckland w/ Jonathan Crayford and Manjit Singh – tickets available HERE via UTR 
Saturday 20th June – Ponsonby Social Club, Auckland w/ with Michal Martyniuk, Stephen Thomas and Cameron McArthur – tickets available HERE via UTR 

Take in Nathan Haines’ superb cover of Steely Dan’s ‘FM’, from 2003’s Squire For Hire, featuring Damon Albarn of Blur and Gorillaz on vocals!

Press release:

Nathan Haines puts together a star line up of great musicians for TWO nights of jazz flavours and groovy sounds in the new Ponsonby Social Club cabaret style stage.
Join us for the following nights:

June 13:

Nathan Haines, Jonathan Crayford and Manjit Singh (tabla)

Two New Zealand Jazz legends join Indian born tabla player Manjit Singh for a hybrid cross-pollination of musical ideas and grooves.

June 20

Nathan Haines and Michal Martyniuk (piano) – Young award winning Polish born pianist Michal Martyniuk joins Nathan Haines and a swinging rhythm section for an evening of acoustic modern jazz and improvisation of the highest calibre.