Jan 31, 2013 · 8:00 PM
Pleasure Point is a powerful and exciting group that plays a wide variety of styles, unique arrangements of hard-driving hard bop in the style of Hank Mobley, Horace Silver, Roy Hargrove and others, infectious Afro-Cuban and salsa rhythms, Latin jazz, lots of originals, straight-ahead swing, soulful blues and beautiful ballads.
The group was originally formed in 2003 when California-based pianist Steve Abrams came to Wellington, hooked up with his friends there, and did several concerts at Blondini's Jazz Cafe. It has been running in various guises since. The
group was named after a famous surfing spot in Santa Cruz, California, just down the street from O'Neill's Surf Shop headquarters. In 2010 the band was extended to a sextet to play at national jazz festivals.
Pleasure Point is led by the ubiquitous Greg Crayford on drums, second generation of the well-known Crayford jazz family. The hard-driving rhythm section also showcases Cuban-born percussionist, vocalist and dancer, Rafael Ferrer Noel, Patrick Bleakley on bass, Miles Crayford on piano and features a stellar front line of James Tait-Jamieson, tenor saxophone and Seb Soldrzynski, trumpet.
Pleasure Point will also be playing at the Organic River Festival on Sunday 3 February - Kimberly Reserve near Levin @ 2.40pm. See link for festival details: www.ecofest.co.nz.
See www.cubanfusion.co.nz for details of other upcoming related events. If you are not already a member, we also highly recommend you join the "CubanFusion Social Club" group on Facebook to receive invites and updates.