The Noveltones are an improvising chamber jazz quartet based in Wellington, featuring the unexpected instrumentation of violin, soprano saxophone, bass clarinet and double bass.
With a sound that is melodious, beguiling and sometimes startling, the Noveltones fuse spontaneous improvisation with the lush sonorities of chamber music. The balance of carefully designed sonic architecture and free-form textural explorations combining the individual strengths of these members of Wellington’s jazz, composition, experimental and world music scenes.
“an assembly of gifted equals, collectively shaping sound while expressing individual voices.” – John Fenton, Jazzlocal32.com
Jasmine Lovell-Smith (soprano saxophone)
Blair Latham (bass clarinet)
Tristan Carter (violin)
Tom Callwood (double bass)
A 75 minute set of music composed by the members of the group including tranquil ballads, off-kilter swinging jazz and the mind-opening sounds of the avant-garde.