Upcoming SPARGO Performances
SPARGO Quartet, upcoming performances

May 22nd 2000 Mon. 8:30pm @ Deschlers Bar. No cover charge.

June 16th 2000 Fri, 8:30pm @ Rakinos Cafe. $5 cover charge.

June 28th 2000 Wed, 9:30pm @ Deschlers Bar. No cover charge.

July 21st 2000 Fri, 8:30pm @ Rakinos Cafe. $5 cover charge.

August 11th 2000 Fri, 8:30pm @ Rakinos Cafe. $5 cover charge.

17 High St (parallel to Queen St)
Auckland Central
(09) 379 6811

1st Floor, 35 High St. (parallel to Queen St)
Auckland Central
(09) 358 3535

Review of performance: "OF NOT WHAT'S NOT, BUT WHAT IS"

Performed @ Manifesto Wine Bar, 18th April, 1999.
With special guest, multi woodwind instrument virtuoso Jim Langabeer, and a programme featuring new works by Kingsley Melhuish.

"Spargo shined through with its self-titled piece, delivering energetic excellence in musical variance and adaptability"

"Well written, well performed and well received"

Review in "Auckland What's Happening", April 22, 1999.


SPARGO are an Auckland based jazz quartet, first established in 1994. The line up consists of two horns and rhythm section, giving the music a rhythmic focus while at the same time harmonic freedom from chordal instrumentation. The band have performed throughout Auckland as well as Whangarei, the Hawke's Bay and Hamilton.


* Kingsley Melhuish
(trumpet, composer)
Kingsley has recently returned from two years overseas, and as the composer for the quartet has incorporated into the repertoire many ideas inspired by his travels through the United States and United Kingdom. He has been a mainstay of the arts advocacy group One World Living Art (OWLA) since its inception in 1993, and performed in OWLA ensembles at MIT, Boston and the Smithsonian Institute, Washington D.C. last year. He has performed with Harold Anderson, Stan Strickland, Slacker, Inner City Jazz Workshop, Lewis Scott, and Epizo Bangoura among others.

* Chris Watts
(tenor and soprano saxophones)
Chris is a familiar face to many who frequent music venues throughout Auckland. He is the leader of Go Blow, a jazz quartet, and performs regularly with renowned singer Beaver. Chris can be heard on CDs released by Rick Bryant, Bluespeak, and the Inner City Jazz Workshop.

* Luke Casey
Luke is highly regarded as a session and performance drummer throughout New Zealand. He has twice toured Australia and the United States and also recorded with the popular NZ band, Eye TV. His performing credits also include touring South East Asia with Ted Clarke, and touring New Zealand as a performer and teacher. Luke can be heard on CDs released by Grace, Sulata and Jordan Reyne. He is endorsed by Premier drums.

* Sam Giles
(electric bass)
Sam is a founding member of SPARGO, and also is in high demand as a session musician in Auckland. He has played with Dry Bone Shuffle, Streetcar, Jim Langabeer, Chris Mason-Battley and recently with Jazz in the Pacific Sense at the Fringe Festival in Wellington.

SPARGO jazz quartet

Kingsley Melhuish