Last Thursday of the Month | 7pm - 9pm

28 June | 26 July | 30 August | 27 September | 25 October

Late Nite Sound Bite is a once a month late night opening on the last Thursday of the month with fresh NZ music and all galleries, cafe and shop open until 9pm. Entry is by Koha and is casual/family friendly.


28 June | The Serendipity Quintet: Cool Jazz

26 July | Hobnail Boots: Country

30 August | Bruce Brown: Silky Jazz

27 September | Mehana: Balkan Gypsy

25 October | The Uprights: Funky Town

Late Nite Sound Bite is brought to you by Expressions Whirinaki Arts & Entertainment Centre and the Upper Hutt Piano Trust.

Rotary Foyer

Koha Entry


The Serendipity Quintet makes music for that moment in time when the world seems mysterious and new again. It is an unanswered question hanging in the air, after midnight on an autumnal equinox night.

The Quintet gre out of a musical relationship begun between Mike Duffy (bass) and Jeremy Desmond (Guitar) in late 2010. They played as a Duo doing jazz standards as a side project to their tenure in Newtown Rocksteady. This duo held a monthly residency at Baobab cafe for close to 3 years in this configuration. Jeremy and Mike are the principle writers of the Quintet.

The Quintet adds some exciting up and coming players from Wellingtons notoriously cross pollinated music scene.

Ben Wood needs no intruduction, as a drummer, bassist, guartarist, arranger, songwriter, audio engineer and producer his creative touch has left its mark on Projects ranging across genres and continents including Trinity Roots, Dawn Diver, Newtown Rocksteady, French for Rabbits, Hikoikoi, Kufu's Ethiopics, Courtesy Caller, Ariana Tikau, and many others.

Garam Jung is a fantastic young tenor saxophone talent with excellent jazz sensibilities. He can be found as a member of the Wellington Mingus Ensemble, Clube de Choro, The Organic Trio, and out and about with Ras Judah and the Culture Embassy.

The Quintet is rounded out with the inclusion of James Guilford Smith who is one of Wellington's hottest young brass talents. He can be found playing trumpet with the RNZAF Jazz orchestra, Cumbia Bros, Raw Collective, Superbad soul section, Ras Judah and Culture Embassy amongst many others.

As diverse as this line-up is the common thread that binds them all together is the respect for jazz as a living culture. They are all alumni of the New Zealand School of Music Jazz Performance programme.

Their self titled 5 song album was released on 10 June during the Wellington International Jazz Festival and was recorded at the legendary Surgery Studios, Newtown, Wellington by Ben Wood.